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Packing for fall weather

Im traveling to The Netherlands, Belgium, Paris and London Oct 16- Nov 11. From what I've gleaned online, the weather will be fairly similar to Seattle at that time. I've got a good packing list that puts me at 15lbs, outerwear is all set (grew up in an REI family).

What I'm more concerned about is shoes. Are boots of any kind necessary at that time of year? Or would walking shoes / comfy sneakers be fine? I've never traveled to Europe at this time of year, I'm so excited to pack for non-summer weather!

Give me your thoughts. Please and thank you :)

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I'm traveling to France and England this year. Though I'm returning home in mid-September, I'm taking waterproof walking shoes. The Wikipedia articles for most major cities include weather charts that are easy to find (look for the color as you scroll down). Most have useful precipitation stats.

I don't know of any reason why you'd need boots.

Posted by
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My shoe preference for wet season travel are "waterproof" shoes built with breathable waterproof membrane. REI has 103 men's waterproof shoes. They can be low cut for walking around cities where ankle support isn't needed. Soles with traction are good for polished cobblestone tracks which can be slippery compared to American pavements.