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Comfortable & Stylish Shoes for Your Move Abroad

August 9, 2017
Travel Tips

Europe is where shoes go to die.

Don't underestimate this. If you are even going to a trip for just a short time you are going to walk like you have never walked before. Good lord, if you move there, prepare to bury some shoes.

A lot of shoes we wear in America are not prime for this kind of hardcore walking. Uggs with their complete lack of support or any other plasticy garbage shoes are not going to serve you well. All they will do in Europe is fall apart. You will be walking up and down beautiful cobblestone streets, hopping on and off public transportation, and running through train stations. You gotta have some good soles, baby.

I have high arches. IT SUCKS. So I have to try on shoes and run around in them and then buy them. It is very hard for me to find shoes that are comfortable and not bright white tennis shoes. Don't wear those.

| Voyaging Viking | Europe is where shoes go to die. Invest in some good walking shoes.

Comfortable & Stylish Walking Booties 

shoes to wear in europe
Paul Green-Tommy Bootie

I love these booties. They fit true to size and have good arch support and they look awesome with skinny jeans.
shoes to wear in europe
Paul Green-Jillian Bootie

Paul Green really knows how to make comfortable and stylish shoe.
shoes to wear in europe

TOMS-Deia Bootie

Cute and comfortable, even with my arches from Satan.

shoes to wear in europe
TOMS-Ella Bootie



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Dansko Sheena Bootie
shoes to wear in europe
Sam Edelman-Petty
SO CUTE.

Some great brands you can rely on: 
TOMS
Sam Edelman
Paul Green (my favorite for supportive booties!)

Everyday Casual Shoes that Aren't Bright White Nikes

comfortable stylish flats for walking
TOMS-The Classic! 
We've all seen these. They have all kinds of colors and patterns. I like this because they are nice and squishy :) 
comfortable stylish flats for walking

Vans-Old Skool
I personally have these and LOVE them. Mine are a dark grey and these are good casual shoes for when you are going to class or a quick run to the store.They're unisex so get the right size! 
comfortable stylish flats for walking

Vans-Slip On
Pretty non-descript and super comfortable. Again in unisex!

comfortable stylish flats for walking
OluKai-Pehuea

I've never worn these but have heard some great things.

comfortable stylish flats for walking
Sperry-Barrelfish
comfortable stylish flats for walking
Superga 2210 Cotw
comfortable stylish flats for walking

Soludos

Soludos has a lot of different styles and colors. They are nice and squishy and super cozy.

In short, some great brands are: 
Sperry
Superga
TOMS
Soludos

Sneakers You Can Get Away With

good walking trainers
Adidas Superstar These are pretty popular in the US, Canada, and abroad. I have them but I have orthopedics in them as I feel they are too flat.
good walking trainers
Nike-Tanjun Nikes are popular and don't always scream HOLY TENNIS SHOES
comfortable stylish flats for walking
Reef Ocean Mist

Sandals

I'm not a big sandals fan. I don't like feet. So I got some advice from my friends so don't be mad at me if these suck, be mad at them :)

comfortable stylish flats for walking
OluKai-Upena
comfortable stylish flats for walking
Birkenstock-Arizona -people may think you are silly for wearing these outside as many people use them as house shoes or slippers in Europe. Just a warning :) 

comfortable stylish flats for walking
Naot-Kayla

Fall & Winter Walking Boots

shoes to wear in europe
Coach-Carolina Riding Boots
shoes to wear in europe
Sam Edelman-Kent Over the Knee Boots
Over the knee boots are warmer than regular boots and these ones won't break the bank. I promise.
shoes to wear in europe
Clarks-Reunite Go GTX Motorcycle Boots
No one will mess with you when you wear these.
shoes to wear in europe
Frye-Veronica Short Boot

I can't talk about boots and NOT include Frye

shoes to wear in europe
Tamaris-Crepona I bought these shoes after moving to Germany and I LOVE them. They lasted me the whole dreadful winter (and really cold end of fall and cold start of spring). I could probably write a post about where me and these shoes have been. They're great.

Good brands for boots: 
Frye
Coach
Tamaris

| Voyaging Viking | Comfortable Walking Shoes for Your Trip to Europe

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Siggi Einarson

My name is Siggi-dubbed by my American friends because of the Icelandic yogurt-I am a writer, polyglot, and aspiring expat, not a cup of yogurt (unfortunately).

My love for travelling began with a trip to Iceland and Sweden to visit my family when I was just 15 years old. I spent so long dreaming of the possibilities of life abroad but I always figured these dreams were too far reached. Flash forward almost 10 years, here I am again, both cursing and thanking this damn travel bug.

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