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Sandals in late September - Italy

Hey all,
I’ve planned out my packing for a sept 18-28 trip to the northern Lakes (Como, Garda and maggiore) ending in Milan.
Everything was kind of built upon my favorite walking sandals..a pair of Ecco and a pair of Merrill.

It’s still crazy hot in Atlanta into September, but I’m worried looking at morning lows of 50 around the lakes, that my toes may get cold. Thoughts?

Maybe I should swap a sandal for a slip on?

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I wore sandals in France in September and October. I wore sandals in Spain in November. I am planning on at least one pair of sandals for my trip to Northern Italy mid October.

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I would take one pair of sandals and one pair of covered shoes in case it is cold or rainy.

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If that overnight low is at 4:00 a.m., it's likely to be warmer by 8:00, etc. I'm quite happy in sandals through October in much of Italy.

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We were in Milan in mid September last year. It was so hot we could barely cope. Take sandals for sure!

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Ok, so sandals are still on. I can always wear socks, right? Lol

I did decide to bring a pair of sneakers just in case, although they really don’t look good with anything.

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I have feet that can get "unhappy" and we walk a lot when we travel. I have rather plain black Nike running shoes. I have no qualms about wearing them when I need to.

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Oh, wow, I'm also in Atlanta and will also be arriving in Italy on Sept 18! (We're starting in Rome, then Florence, the Cinque Terre, and on up into France.)

I am absolutely bringing walking sandals. Of course my itinerary takes me to the beaches, but even so I expect at least a few pretty warm days in Rome at the end of summer and I want to be cool and comfortable.

You can wear a regular slip on shoe on the plane and pack the sandals. Sandals don't take up much room, and you're gonna need both, right?

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I don’t wear sandals any longer for two reasons: neuroma aggravation and foot protection. I’ve been on way too many group events where someone in sandals has injured a toe, a nail bed, pebbles and other objects get inside, or sunburned the tops of their feet. My Altra Paradigms are ultralight mesh, have a huge toebox so I can fit my therapeutics, and maximum cushioning that extends my walking range.

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It doesn't sound like you are going to Cinque Terre but I believe they enforce a closed toe policy on the hiking paths

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I just came back here to add that I covered 9 miles today in Rome and it was quite warm and I’m GLAD I wore sandals. We covered a lot of stair steps at the Coliseum and the Forum and walked on cobblestones, and my feet feel fine, and I stayed as cool as possible. I saw lots and lots of sandals out there, too.

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Last year I hiked in sandals in Cinque Terre and no one said anything to me about it while we were hiking, nor did the EMT for the CT Park trails we rented a room from. He gave us all kinds of information about the trails, verbally and in print. He never mentioned we couldn’t hike in sandals.

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Guys— reporting back after trip.

I took 2 pairs of Ecco sandals and wore them most days. Luckily I brought my NB sneakers..because there were a few cold ferry rides, I was very glad to have closed toes.

The lakes were magnificent and the weather spectacular. Favorite was Lake Maggiore.