If you’ve been around for a while, you know that walking a lot is one of my favorite things to do just about anywhere in the world.
Living in New York means that my standards for travel shoes – stylish, but comfortable for walking – now apply to my whole closet. (Except for a couple pairs that are strictly taxi-only, but that’s not why we’re here.)
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During the colder half of the year, neutral ankle boots see me through all kinds of outfits, destinations, and weather.
The winter I got these boots was my feet’s happiest yet. They definitely fall into the “investment” category, and I’m so glad I sprung for them on sale. They fit like a glove, keep my legs warm, look fantastic, and have never caused me pain.
There are plenty of imitations of these boots out there, but it’s hard to imagine they’re anywhere near this great. And look, the real ones are on sale right here!
Quick tip: fold the boots in half when putting them on or taking them off. Instead of basically trying to put on thick suede tights, you’re now just pulling on a calf-height boot and unfolding the rest.
Oh, ballet flats. They’re so classic, and fashion magazines talk about them like they’re made of marshmallow fluff – but my feet know better. To really walk in them, they must be comfy to the core, and that’s surprisingly hard to find.
Aka oxfords, derbies… I count my monk strap flats in this category, too! I had kind of written off this style of shoe until I popped into Sézane a few years ago, bought this pair, and proceeded to traipse around the whole freaking world in them.
While the monk strap flats are good to go with just a hidden sock, there’s room in the Sézane pair for an extra cushion if you like – though I skip it and have zero complaints (and years left of wear in the shoes!).
P.S. These are my dream brogues. 😍 It’s important to have goals.
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Okay, I’m not suggesting that you wear these to walk the length of Manhattan – but they’re still part of my regular cute-walking-shoe rotation in spring and summer. Keep them for days with less walking, but still enough that potentially uncomfortable shoes need not apply.
I’m on my second pair of these striped espadrilles in four years, and they’re a standard part of my comfy shoe rotation whether I’m in New York or Rome. The newest addition to my espadrille arsenal is this cap-toe slip-on version that I brought on safari!
If I were handing out shoe awards, this one would win Most Polished Look & Lazy Feel. I swear these suede loafers are like walking on butter – in a very non-greasy way.
50% loafer, 50% sandal. Like the espadrilles, these aren’t suited for a huge trek, but they’re great for some city or museum exploring. I’ve strolled the world over in a pair of black leather mules, and here’s a suede version for good measure.
For summer, when you’re walking through gardens, up the Positano steps, or out to the beach. If you’re ever in Greece or Italy or the French Riviera, buy yourself some locally made sandals. They’re theeeee best!
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