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.
Comfortable & Stylish Walking Booties
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
In short, some great brands are: Sperry Superga TOMS Soludos
Sneakers You Can Get Away With
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 :)
Fall & Winter Walking Boots
Good brands for boots: Frye Coach Tamaris
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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.