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re: Good shoe for traveling in Europe?
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Good shoe for traveling in Europe?
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Pettifogger
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re: Good shoe for traveling in Europe?
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I looked these up and they looked very intriguing. Do you have the wool ones or the other material? Looking at picking these up for our upcoming European vacation.



I only have wool pairs but my friends have the tree ones and say they're better for heat and feel a little more structured. I'll probably try them soon.

I very rarely wear athletic shoes when not working out or walking the dog, but I'll make an exception for Allbirds because they're just so comfortable. I just got back from France and because of a blister (from making the mistake of breaking in new shoes), ended up wearing them about 80% of the time. Glad I had them.


The Spleen
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re: Good shoe for traveling in Europe?
Interesting to see all the Allbirds recs. I see their ads all the time on my Instagram and never really considered them. I like the minimalist look of them so may give them a try. Plus I don't like to be like everyone else and wear the damn On Clouds every white male in the Bham suburbs wears.


Falco
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re: Good shoe for traveling in Europe?
I mean honestly, who cares if they know you are a tourist. You will stand out as you walk around taking photos, looking at your phone, and whenever you speak.
Wear shorts, wear flip flops, wear whatever makes you comfortable. You are seeing more and more locals who wear shorts now (not cargo) and flip flops. Just be comfortable. As far as shoes I wear a nice pair of Steve Madden slip on shoes. Inexpensive and very comfortable to walk around in.


Htowntiger90
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re: Good shoe for traveling in Europe?
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My go-to travel shoes are Ecco Mobil II GTX ankle boot laceups.


Thanks for this - how heavy are the Eccos? (I wear a 13.)

Yea I'll look like a tourist if I go to Paris in the fall. Will be wearing my LSU hat looking for an all-night bar to watch LSU-Miss. St.


Nole Man
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re: Good shoe for traveling in Europe?
You know to be honest I found some really nice new pairs on eBay for half the price


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DaBeerz
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re: Good shoe for traveling in Europe?
Make sure to break them in before you go or you likely will have blisters from hell


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Pettifogger
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re: Good shoe for traveling in Europe?
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I mean honestly, who cares if they know you are a tourist. You will stand out as you walk around taking photos, looking at your phone, and whenever you speak.



Plus in major cities tourists are part of the everyday fixture anyway. The individuals change but they practically make up part of the daily population, and in some ways blend right in to the background. If you're not with a tour group and not making a scene nobody will think twice about you.

Going to major sites at off-peak times and hitting neighborhoods/towns the tour groups don't go to is what'll give you the authenticity you want. And in those environments, there is no hiding that you're a tourist


Falco
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re: Good shoe for traveling in Europe?
No one even cares about tour groups unless you are blocking a path or something. It isn't like America where everyone wants to know what is the purpose of the group, where are they going, etc. Most keep to themselves and ignore the large groups because they're use to it.


hungryone
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Thanks for this - how heavy are the Eccos? (I wear a 13.)

The shoe I cited is a women's shoe, but a comparable men's 13 seems to weigh about 12.5 oz per shoe (according to Zappos). I'm all about the GTX/waterproof, esp in Europe in fall/winter. Paired either with a lightweight truly waterproof jacket or trench (look at the Royal Robbins Oakham), or in colder weather, a triclimate jacket w/waterproof shell & fleece or down liner).


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Pettifogger
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re: Good shoe for traveling in Europe?
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No one even cares about tour groups unless you are blocking a path or something. It isn't like America where everyone wants to know what is the purpose of the group, where are they going, etc. Most keep to themselves and ignore the large groups because they're use to it.



I agree generally but it's a scenario where people will get more annoyed. Not to get too off path but large tour groups probably have more than their share of "annoying tourists" in them. Think day trip groups from cruises or asian bus loads. Anyway, my point was that in the big cities you have all kinds of people taking photos or looking a little different who don't fall into a traditional "tourist" category. Expats, students, etc. So even if you don't look like a local, you're not necessarily going to be noticed as an obvious tourist, either.


tigeroarz1
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re: Good shoe for traveling in Europe?
We will be doing touristy stuff but also enjoy visiting restaurants, shops, and areas that are more local hangouts. We will not be with a tour and are traveling by car to multiple smaller towns once we’re out of Paris the first couple of days.

Out of all of the shoes mentioned Allbirds really don’t fit what I’m imagining. I guess I’m thinking slip on leather oxfords that are as comfortable as sneakers and look good with pants and possibly shorts.....that’s another thing...men wearing shorts really isn’t that common, right?
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Pettifogger
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re: Good shoe for traveling in Europe?
Was just in Paris when it was low mid 80s and saw plenty of people in shorts. I think most were EU travelers, not Americans, FWIW. I think you'll stick out if you're wearing shorts in France when it's 75, but if it gets hotter you'll see them and you won't find it weird.

As for the shoes, give the astorflex a look if you like them, they're super light and one of the few things I can think of that could arguably pull off dressed up pants and shorts. Just know they need a break in. Any lightweight/comfortable venetian loafer might work, I just had trouble finding one that was good looking and had a full sole. I've done your same search BTW so I suspect I know what you're trying to pull off, I don't think there is a perfect answer.


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hungryone
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re: Good shoe for traveling in Europe?
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I guess I’m thinking slip on leather oxfords that are as comfortable as sneakers and look good with pants and possibly shorts.....that’s another thing...men wearing shorts really isn’t that common, right?

In largest cities, you'll see some of everything. Generally speaking, in France, grownups aren't wearing shorts if they're not at the beach/seaside, doing something athletic. Youth/teens, maybe. But most well-heeled adult French men aren't showing knees in the city center.

Germans, on the other hand, are fond of hiking shorts. Often, the tourists you see in France who are wearing cargos & sandals or hiking shoes are German.

I'm a fan of dressing slightly better on vacation. You don't want to miss an opportunity to see/do something because you're dressed so down that you can't get into a (historic church, restaurant, etc)


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bayoubengals88
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re: Good shoe for traveling in Europe?
I just put about 60 miles on some new brown leather slip on Skechers in Europe.
$65 at Academy. Was a good decision and they look good with khakis, jeans, etc.


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yessir
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re: Good shoe for traveling in Europe?
I recently purchased these right before a trip to Italy. Wore them every day for 12+ hours a day, on my feet for the majority of it with no problems. Bought them on a whim and I'm very happy with them.


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Optimus Gus
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re: Good shoe for traveling in Europe?
Crocs


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crazyLSUstudent
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re: Good shoe for traveling in Europe?
I disagree. If you dress well peopld will not know where you are from. While in Europe, people routinely addressed me in French or German when meeting me


crazyLSUstudent
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re: Good shoe for traveling in Europe?
Can't go wrong with a clark boot. I put probably 80-90 miles on mine over our European vacation. Still comfortable to the very end


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lordguill
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re: Good shoe for traveling in Europe?
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I disagree. If you dress well peopld will not know where you are from. While in Europe, people routinely addressed me in French or German when meeting me



Yep. I’m black and I’ve been talked to in German, French, Swedish, Dutch, etc...

It’s easy to not dress like a tourist. The overweight 40-year-old wearing tennis shoes and a Nike t-shirt is an American. He doesn’t need to open his mouth.


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