What are the best shoes to bring with me to wear while in Germany for 9 days mid-April? I know I'll be doing a lot of walking and I want to be comfortable and stylish.
Are you a man or a woman? We can tell you what works for us, individually, but it all depends on your foot, and what fits you best. I have found it best to go to a store and try several pairs, until I find what is most comfortable and fits my needs. I have 2 pairs of Clarks leather loafers as well as a pair of much more casual Sketchers that have worked very well for me for several trips. But I'm not hiking or spending days out in the countryside, which would require a different type of shoe.
Sorry! I'm a woman. I have high arches and I will look at Clarks. Thanks!
Munich in April - bring golashes. That can be an extremely wet, slushy, rainy time of the year.
Eeek. Okay, thanks for the tip! I'll look for some of those as well.
Galoshes would not be very supportive, let alone stylish. I just bought these waterproof Clarks for my trip next Fall. I also have high arches and they are very comfortable.
Those look very comfortable (and also on sale) - I'll check them out! Thanks!
My new favorite travel boot is the Vicar by Pikolinos, a Spanish brand you can find on Zappos, Amazon and Nordstrom. Ankle high, functional lace with a zip, super cute and incredibly comfy--flexible sole and 1" heel, and the gel insole is marvelous. I bought them on a whim and wore on a 2 week trip to the Baltics last May, averaging 8-10 miles a day and I never even bothered with my second pair. European sizing and I find my usual 39 is perfect. My other go-to comfy and stylish shoe is the leather sneaker/oxford by Ecco, they come in a nice range of colors and comfy right out of the box for me.
Plan for comfort- if you already have a comfy pair of shoes, especially if they are leather, apply a waterproofing spray, maybe three coats. It has worked perfectly for me, even in Scotland's down pours!
Don't forget SAS. They have a wide range of styles, some schoolmarmish, but others quite nice. (I buy the schoolmarmish ones, usually.) They're well made, come in a great range of sizes (I wear 11W, so this is important to me, ) and are made in the US of A.
I bought the Sperry Saltwater Duck Boot for my potential rain days.
The CLARKS® Wave Go Waterproof Sneaker mentioned by Andrea are a great pair of shoes (I have them myself). I wouldn't exactly call them stylish though, but they are super comfortable and functional. However, you should go to a Clarks store (if you have one nearby) and actually have your feet measured for proper fit. If I bought my shoes off the internet and didn't realize how different "narrow" and "wide" sizes actually felt on my feet, I doubt I would have the same great outcome.
I LOVE my Sketchers On-the-Go Joy bundle up chukka boots. I wore them to cold & rainy Paris last November. They’re seriously as comfy as slippers, yet supportive and gave good traction. I sprayed them with a waterproofed and gave worn them all winter.
I like Naot and Arcopedico. They have lots of different shoe models to choose from. Super comfy AND stylish!
After 50 years of hiking I have never before had a pair of hiking shoes/boots that fit as wonderfully from the first day as did my Dolomites. Not cheap, but they come in bunches of colors for your stylish genes. On my latest trip to Europe (without DW this time) my major assignment was to get her some new ones, in Turtledove grey with salmon laces.