Shoes for Days


This picture represents the shoes my family took on our recent trip to Europe.   Four people, 3 weeks, 17 pairs of shoes.  That averages out to roughly four pairs each, but in actual fact I ended up with 6 pairs in my suitcase.  This was no beach vacation, so I knew we needed comfortable shoes.  Our plans included walking – lot of walking!!

Here’s the breakdown of who took what:


  • Flip flops
  • Native slip ons
  • Sketcher slip ons
  • Under Armour runners

She only wore the Natives once, so I probably could have left this pair at home.  Same with  the Under Armour runners as she preferred her Sketcher slips ons most days.  I wish I had bought a pair of Birkenstock sandals for her as the selection and price in Germany was way better than here at home.  #missedopportunity



  • Flip flops
  • Vans black slip ons
  • Under Armour runners

My son wore exactly what he brought exactly when I thought he would.  He didn’t complain about sore feet, so I deem his shoe packing a success.




  • 2 x pairs of Adidas
  • Flips flops
  • Running shoes  (for running/hiking)

Husband rotated through his shoes each day as we did a lot of walking.  He didn’t end up wearing his flip flops at all, but since they didn’t take up much room it was still worth bring them along.  #justincase

(note:  couldn’t find the other Adidas to put in the picture as he was wearing them)



  • flip flops
  • tan coloured sandals
  • Black Nike runners
  • White Superga runners
  • Black espadrilles

I am pretty happy with the shoes I packed and I wore them all.  I wish I had swapped out my white laces on the Nikes to black so that they would have looked more like a fashion runner than a workout runner. That said, with a white tee and black jogger pants they were just fine.

The Superga were a new purchase before we left and I was surprised how comfortable they were.  Of course I bought white and they got dirty, but I was ok with that.   I also bought a pair of black espadrilles before we left and I’m glad I did!  Very comfortable for walking around and went just fine with my jeans, jogger pants and both my dresses. My Mat & Nat sandals were also quite comfortable and easy to wear with all my outfits.

And while in Germany, I purchased these:

The Birkenstocks were purchased because I have a lot of friends who rave about them and since I was in the land of Birkenstocks…I had to have a pair.  They have been on trend for a few years now and while I used to shun them, I’m now happy to have a pair.  If you haven’t tried them, you should.  You might be surprised.

I would use this shoe packing guide again for any other long trips that involve a lot of walking.  What do you think?  Did I forget to include anything?  Let me know in the comments what shoes you take on your trips.

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12 thoughts on “Shoes for Days

  1. jaymieashcraft August 11, 2016 / 4:46 pm

    It’s always good to be prepared!!! Love the shoes you bought!!!!

  2. happinessatmidlife August 11, 2016 / 10:13 pm

    I think you had some great options for traveling with lots of walking. I always have a pair of sandals, flip flops and sneakers as well.

    Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week. Have a great weekend!


    • Colleen August 12, 2016 / 4:43 pm

      I think flip flops have to go on each and every trip you take, because you just never know…!!

  3. robjodiefilogomo August 13, 2016 / 7:36 am

    I haven’t succumbed to the Birks yet—and I’m aware of never to say never! I love my shoes though and can’t imagine traveling without some fun sneakers & bright walking shoes!!

    • Colleen August 14, 2016 / 7:21 pm

      I might have to add my bright pink runners (sneakers) to my next trip as they are so much fun! Thanks for the visit!

  4. jennie1969 August 14, 2016 / 6:03 pm

    Good selection of shoes for vacation overall and I am sure they were great for walking around. I really like the Birkenstock’s you purchased, too! I’ve enjoyed seeing that trend on others the past few years.

    Thanks for linking up with Fabulous Friday and have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Darcy August 15, 2016 / 11:59 am

    When we went to London in the spring it was so hard to narrow down the shoes.i Wanted soemthing comfy, something for rain, something for date night, etc.!

    • Colleen August 16, 2016 / 8:03 am

      Exactly!! I think 4 pairs of shoes is the average for a European vacation or maybe 5 if you buy a pair 😉

  6. shoestoshiraz August 17, 2016 / 7:41 am

    I always manage to fail in the shoe-packing department. Great purchase…love the colour of those Birks!

    • Colleen August 17, 2016 / 3:07 pm

      Thanks – I decided to stick with a neutral colour so I wouldn’t tire of them. Enjoy your week!

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