A trip to Europe presents the ultimate shoe-packing dilemma—you want to look stylish (and not out of place in running shoes), but you know you’re going to be walking for miles every day on hard sidewalks and cobblestones. I tested out a number of different travel shoes on recent trips to Europe; here are the ones that I would pack again.
Best Shoes to Wear in Europe This Season
These are the best shoes to wear in Europe because they not only are stylish but also stood up to days of nonstop walking.
I am skeptical of folding flats, because while they are great for packing, they rarely are comfortable for walking. The Born Izzabellascompletely surprised me—they are not only a stow-and-go flat that folds neatly into a bag for packing, but they offered a high level of support and padding. Born uses a patented handcrafted construction method that sews together the entire shoe at once, which eliminates rigidity and unnecessary seams that rub, and I could definitely tell the difference. The footbed is very cushioned as well, so I didn’t have problems wearing these on hard surfaces. The Izzabellas are hands-down my new favorite ballet flats—they didn’t cause blisters or foot fatigue and the nude color matched with everything. I packed these and wore them when I was transitioning from sightseeing to dinner, and they worked wonderfully and looked great.