Post # 1
Hi! Need some advice from people who live in walking towns! I’m going to Paris in May and I want to get some cute shoes that are comfortable for walking all day. I don’t want to look too “touristy” with sneakers or tevas. Any advice??
Post # 4
I was hoping someone would have an answer for you. Maybe try posting this in the “Honeymoon” section?
Post # 5
@CanAmBride: I always hear raves about Toms, but never tried them on. Rockports are amazingly comfortable too, but expensive.
Post # 6
I looked everywhere for sandals when I went to France a few years ago (South of France, in the summertime, so I needed sandals). I ended up with these Naots and for me, they were fantastic.
They are not the most stylish things ever, but they were good non-touristy shoes and super comfortable to walk around in all day. Worked well with shorts, jeans, and some skirts. I think they are a bit narrow. Good luck!
Post # 7
@Rouquine: I tried on Toms but they were too wide on me and they don’t come in narrow 🙁 They would be perfect if they fit! Maybe someone will come up with a knockoff before May that would work…
@eeper: Thanks for the suggestion. I have an old pair of Birkenstocks which are similar but they look so clunky with my spring dresses and capris.
Where are my Manhattan Bees??? I was hoping you’d be tuned into this?!
Post # 8
Birkenstocks do come in cute models thats what I wear with everything.
Post # 9
You could try Ssekos! They’re sandals, but you can wear the straps in a lot of different ways, and you can change up the straps, so they can match a lot of different outfits. I have a pair and they’re really comfy!
I also love my black Teva flip flops. They’re not tourist-y looking like the ones with velcro, and they’re so comfortable.
Post # 10
Hello! Manhattanite here ^_^
If you’re going to be walking all day, you should think more about support for your feet. Look into shoes made by comfort brands. Make sure your arch is supported!
Did you buy wedding insurance?
If you want something with a heel, wedges are much easier to walk in for long periods of time. If you’re looking for something with a lot of height, look for a high platform. This makes it so that you’re not walking around on the front of your feet the whole day. The platforms should be light (like the Jeffrey Campbell Lita) because clunking around all day with heavy shoes also gets tiring. If you’re going to be out at night for a few hours, find a heel with a lot of padding around the ball of the foot area (Joan and David).
Also, check out shoes by Cole Haan. They have many shoes with Nike Air technology incorporated into them for comfort. A loafer is always a cute, comfortable option
so of course check out Tod’s as well. And check out Taryn Rose as well, she’s an orthopedist turned shoe designer. She keeps in mind the need for comfort and support.
Remember, if you buy a leather shoe, always make sure the leather is very very soft (especially patent, if you want soft patent, Miu Miu makes an adorable patent loafer and the patent is soft like butter. I can’t stop myself from bending it back and forth again and again every time I see one) especially in the back. You don’t want to walk around all day in a shoe that’s hard in the back because it will constantly chafe you and give you blisters.
It’s always handy to have an insert, or some friction tape for your shoes as well. http://www.drscholls.com/drscholls/conditions/shoerubbingfriction.jsp’ defer=’defer
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@Shlieka: Thank you thank you!! This is great advice. I really appreciate it!!
Post # 12
No problem! Have a lovely time in Paris!
I also forgot to mention Miz Mooz. They’re not the chicest shoes, but they’re cute and comfortable! And Ecco, they make comfortable, breathable sandals with actual arches built in.
Lol, I keep thinking of the shoes in my closet that I forgot to write down. French Sole New York makes some very beautiful, and very comfortable shoes. I own probably about 10 pairs in assorted colors because of their wonderful sales in NYC (2 pairs for $100). They use genuine leather, which is very very soft. The highest height heel they carry is just 2 inches.
Post # 13
If you have smaller feet, Toms kids would probably work for you. I’d say if you are a size 7 women’s or smaller, you could get Tom’s in kids size. I wear a size 5.5 or 6 in women’s and I fit into Tom’s size 2.5 kids. I assume the kids would be more narrow. They are honestly super comfortable even if they aren’t the cutest.
Post # 14
Since you mentioned Taryn Rose, do you think these would be a good “light” walking shoe? I’m also going to be doing a lot of walking on my honeymoon and I plan on bringing a pair of sneakers, a pair of sandals, a cuter pair of shoes for shorter excursions and a fancy pair for any nights out that require minimum walking.
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@LuckyJuls: Sorry! Having a hard time keep track of everything I’ve posted on. I don’t know how all you bees with hundreds/thousands of posts do it! =)
How light is light? It’s not too tall, and has a nice chunky heel. I’d say I could do probably a good solid 3-5 hours of straight walking in those shoes. If you’re looking for something more than that, I’d go with a light wedge. With a wedge, I can usually go 5 -8 hours of solid walking/clubbing.