Love the timeanddate site! We used it to project needs for this trip. As such, wee are not expecting any warm and sunny at all. That way, if we get that on some days, it'll just be a bonus! (That's why my shoes are basically rain sneakers.)
LOVE all those fun Italian girl outfits. My gal is way (way) more low key than that. She is in the "dad fashion" phase as well. Old "ugly" oversized diamond pattern dad sweaters, stonewashed jeans (men's as well).
Thank you for the links. I have read 6 or 7 blog posts very similar to the one you shared and I have read packing lists from Rick Steves and quite a few others. We feel pretty decently prepared except for the shoes, which is why I thought I'd ask specifically which shoes have worked for other teens. I googled around for it quite a bit but couldn't find a single post on travel shoes for teen/college age. Lots for younger children and older adults.
I didn't want to blather on in my initial post, but this may explain things: My darling daughter is awful (I mean, awful!) about wearing appropriate footwear. She insisted on picking out her own shoes for basketball without my input. They didn't fit, so she wore converse to basketball practice (which I wouldn't have thought would be problematic) but she blistered so badly, her socks were bloodied for two weeks and she lost a toenail. (We ordered bulk epsom salts.)
She got a pair of popular white sneakers last year and literally shuffled as though she was injured in order to prevent "creasing". At school, she wears a pair of clunky Doc Martens oxfords that aren't super comfy and are too heavy for long distances. (It's a small school and she switches to basketball shoes for gym. The basketball shoes are impractical for travel and not allowed off the court anyhow, in order to prevent damage to the gym floor.)
And that covers all three pairs of shoes she owns at the moment. We, thankfully, have some wool socks that are already on our packing list. That should help with minimizing laundry too.
You know, I think ordering a bunch from Amazon wardrobe is a great idea!
We haven't traveled much. When we went to Boston a few years ago and Williamsburg last year for history studies, she wore the (now creased) Nikes and wanted to turn back before the rest of us were ready. Every day.
Well, we went to Italy on our honeymoon. I was 18 and the internet was very new, so you relied on word of mouth for travel advice. I wore flip flops. On the train. In public. I guess poor footwear choice is hereditary, lol? (If you want a laugh: I have very long feet and wore the flip flops with a skirt. I did not need to be told I'd made a faux pas. The stares and raised eyebrows were impossible to miss. One woman stared at my feet for an entire hour long train ride!) Most people we saw were wearing nice leather shoes-oxfords, loafers, ankle boots, etc...
That's brilliant advice- for traveling and parenting. I don't think she can come up with 200 in time, but probably 100! She can (at the minimum) get a decent, simple pair of sneakers for that if nothing else.
@TinaC I wish I had a gif of my daughter's jaw dropping when I told her she can bring one pair of shoes. (She has a backpack. That's it. And I won't be paying to upgrade that pack because of size or weight, so she will have to toss anything that's in excess. I think that got the point across?)