Hi! I'm going on a long backpacking trip VERY SOON - and it'll be up to several months long, involving Spain, Portugal, England, Ireland, and France.
I only own 2 pairs of shoes, and neither are suitable for this journey. (1 pair of slippery soled winter heel boots and 1 pair of slippery soled Nike sneakers, i bought them in my unpractical shopping years.)
So I need to buy shoes and ideally will only have 1-2 pairs because I'm living out of my backpack indefinitely!
I understand conditions get wet and slippery out there
I also understand tourists stand out wearing sneakers and other "unfashionable" shoes
I really just want to be comfortable, and have lightweight shoes that have good traction.
Is it really a big deal if I get something like the barefoot style Merrell trail sneakers for walking around all these fashionable places like Paris and Barcelona? Besides, what about when I want to hike?
I will be doing LOTS of city walking, and also some trail hiking - not rockclimbing, but I want a good shoe.
This has really been stressing me out so I would appreciate your help!
What shoe(s) type should I get?
And what about going out at night?
See, this is really stressing me!