I have worn Keen's for travel before but looking for something a little different. Comfort is number one priority! I am looking for something leather that is versatile to wear all day around a city but can be worn out for casual diners. I am trying to pack very light so looking for one shoe for about a week's travel. Thank you in advance!!
My husband really likes his Ecco soft Seven leather sneakers.
He started with the black suede ones but they quickly look dusty, so now he prefers the black smooth leather.
You can usually find them on sale for less than the Zappo’s price. He paid around $80 for his first pair at Nordstrom.
My Blundstone boots, the classic 500-series, are the most versatile shoe I can imagine. Mine are my travel go-to.
(Also my gardening go-to, grocery shopping go-to, walking the dogs go-to etc.... And this from a guy with a closet full of shoe options.0
Another vote for ECCO soft seven. My husband has worn them for a number of years and bought a third pair just in case they stop making the style! Every pair was purchased on sale at Nordstrom. Perfect as an everyday shoe. I too wear the ECCO Soft seven. So comfortable!
SAS. No breaking in necessary
I could be Janis's cloned husband. Her comment apply completely to me. I now own six or seven pairs of Eccos. The city walker is my travel shoe.
My husband likes his Merrell shoes. He gets the brown leather walking shoes. They don't look like athletic shoes but are very comfortable. And they are nice enough to use as dress shoes.
Just a note—-the Ecco Soft Seven leather sneakers that my husband, Janis’ husband, and Frank all favor (enough to buy multiple pairs) do not look at all like athletic shoes. They are what is often termed “city sneakers” or “lifestyle shoes”. My sons (in their 40’s) wear the style too.
My wife & I both wear New Balance sneakers for our trips. We average over 4 miles of walking each day (according to her app) so comfort is a priority. I had read that Europeans don't wear sneakers (or running shoes) but we found that most places you go are 90% tourists who all wear sneakers (and shorts in the summer!). The younger Europeans are all wearing the same American branded sneakers as well so I suggest you wear whatever is the most comfortable. The one negative would be very wet weather (which I suppose could be an issue for you) which is why I always have 2 pairs on my trips. In terms of style, Ecco is very nice.
My initial thought was that even if packing light, I wouldn’t take just one pair of shoes in case they got wet. There’s nothing more uncomfortable than having to put wet shoes back on.
Second the recommendations for SAS shoes. That's almost all hubby and I wear for travel and at home due to comfort le el and no need to break them in. They have great quality walking shoes that also appear dressy enough for most occasions. However I also agree with the poster who advised to always take two pairs of shoes. Given that you are traveling in an area where it rains frequently, I would also take a pair of waterproof boots. We love both love the Ariat short English riding boots (sometimes called "jodphur" boots). They have different quality levels, so look for the ones with the waterproof leather and comfort insole feature. I can be on my feet walking comfortably all day in these. As an added bonus, the ankle support of the short boot is welcome on those uneven cobblestones! Dover.com is a good source to look at the options.
As for packing light, I am also a "carry on only" packer. Wear the boots and pack the one pair of shoes.
Consider the Rockport Pro walker; I agree with mulv67 priorities and these have been my first choice for travel shoes for 15 years. Lightweight yet stable. Good option for wider feet.