Shoes for Days

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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:

Daughter:

  • 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

 

 Son:


  • 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.

 

Husband:

 


  • 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)

 

Me:


  • 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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If the shoe fits…

Hi, I’ve been on holidays, but did a little shopping before I left.  This post will be mostly visual.  I’ve been scoping out shoes and thought I’d show you what I had found:

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Coach flip flops at Winner’s
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Snake print slip ons – similar to Vans at Winners
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Glossy Hunter Boots at Winners – less than $90!
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Hunter/Emerald Green Hunter Boots at Winners – less than $90!
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Cute ankle rain boots with camo – on trend and a great price – at Marshall’s
Pink Nike at Marshall's
Pink Nike at Marshall’s – less than $60!

For the kids, I saw these two cute pairs for my daughter:

Tommy Hilfiger plaid runners
Tommy Hilfiger plaid runners – only $20!!
Floral runners - perfect for Spring
Floral Vans – perfect for Spring

and I thought my son would like these:

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Vans with flames at Sport Chek – less than $30

Lastly, my newest purchase for our beach trip (which I will tell you about later):

Grey (yes, I know...) Native shoes.  These are the best and so cute & comfy!
Grey (yes, I know…) Native shoes. These are the best and so cute & comfy!

Hope you have enjoyed this round up of Spring boots and shoes!

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