As I didn't want to hijack Lauren H's topic, I am adding this one. I usually take one pair of shoes to Europe; i.e., something like Clark's unstructured shoe (leather uppers, cushiony sole). They look nice, not too sporty. However, I am going on the RS Greece tour soon so I'm thinking differently. I usually travel independently so if there was a horrendously rainy day, I'd adjust my type of activity. However, I assume, if we are scheduled to see ruins on a mountainside we will see them regardless of the weather. Thus, shoes might get absolutely soaked and a second pair will be needed. In Lauren H's post I see comments about having nice looking shoes for dinner, etc. Is there a restaurant that won't let me in because of my shoes? I am a little paranoid about this because in Boston, a Jazz place, early in the evening, in the 90's, I was not allowed in due to my commuting sneakers to listen to a jazz pianist...in spite of my VERY nice business attire...(I have not yet recovered from the insult) and they were willing to let me in once they found out we knew the premier people, but I was uncomfortable and left extremely early. Apparently, people wearing sneakers in the 90s were hoodlums... Ok, so I digressed, again. Anyway, I'm thinking my most wonderfully comfortable gym shoes, (black with slight silver stripe...not too gymish but still, Abeos I think,) which have really nice/deep traction on the sole will be warn on the plane. My second pair is a pair of Clarks, dark brown hiking sneakers, which I would use more outdoors/in the hills than in the town, but either would suffice. I really hate to take two pairs but I think it is necessary for an organized tour. Also, I don't want to slip on the marble or uneven walkways so taking better traction shoes than usual.
Anyway, do I need nicer shoes for restaurants/evenings? (I'm sure there is no one to vouch for me and indicate I'm not pond scum in Greece to get me in.)