Traveling Europe for a month in January by car . Will need waterproof shoes . Then May doing walking tour of Spain . What shoes would you suggest to do both trips ?
Not sure where you live (UK... Ireland...US...) so specific brands (like Merrell Hi-tec or Keane) are difficult to suggest - and there are cheaper alternatives. But I think you've answered the Q in your post title! Just ask in your local specialist outdoor/walking store (or even a decent big generalist shoe shop) about basic walking shoes. (or 'approach shoes' as they're called on the Millets or the Blacks UK websites)
Don't be talked up into 'three season' walking boots or anything too heavy- I'd go for the lightest, comfiest possible walking shoes or even decent goretex lined trainers; In fact you might be better off for the January Europe trip, with shoes or boots by Romika or similar, especially if you have to cope with wintry, snow or rainy conditions, but want something soft enough to drive in. Romika 'Polly' boots are aquite dear but are discounting at around 40 GBP on the web. My wife buys Romika ankle boots for town use; perfectly waterproof, incredibly light and very soft so no 'breaking in
And unless you plan extreme routes (the higher levels of the Pyrenees or Picos) you definitely won't need walking boots in Spain in May. A bit of tread on the soles would help on steep or stony paths, but I've walked the high valleys of the Picos de Europa in May in trekking sandals (Keanes, with enclosed heels and toes, but previously wearing open Merrells). In fact, a pair of trekking sandals would be a great thing to have as a back-up; some look good enough to wear in town (as do the Romika boots) and boots could be far to hot in May in Spain
So there you are- I've talked you into two pairs!
I live in an Australian country town . Thank you for your time . You have been a great help . Will trek to Sydney and look in outdoor shops . And it's not hard talking me into buying two pairs of shoes ! I am the shoe queen .. Thanks again
Go to Kathmandu, Paddy Pallin, Bogong, Columbia or one of the other outdoor specialists in York St between Town Hall and Wynyard.
Tell them what sort of hiking you will be doing and they will point you in the right direction for appropriate shoes.
Make sure you take some thick socks with you and try on at least 4 pairs of shoes - even if you think the first ones are fine.
If you are going to be doing a lot of walking, don't go for cheap - you'll regret it in the end.
So much for the 'good' advice............I personally buy my walking shoes when I'm in Europe or the States - they are so much cheaper - less than half the price you will pay here. I bought a pair of Salomon gortex boots (about $400 AUD) for under $200 in the US and a pair of Ecco walking shoes (over $200AUD) for 50 Euro in Amsterdam.
I've never had a problem with 'wearing them in' as a good fit shouldn't need wearing in.
Thank you evamelb . Do you think I should just wait till I get to Dublin and get them there . . ?
While Keens (Sydney model) are my favourite walking and travel shoes - and yes they are ridiculously cheaper over seas than here in Aus - I wouldnt personally be wanting to break them in during my actual holiday!!
(and as previous people have discussed here on shoe threads - "a good fit" has nothing to do with breaking in issues - my feet bleed for months irrespective how how perfect the fit is!).
I use New Balance walking / running shoes. Lightweight with plenty of support. Thats for an urban environment with light country walking. You dont indicate if your walking tour is a hike or semi urban.
Depending on how long it takes you to 'wear in' new shoes.
One option is to take an old, grotty but comfy pair of shoes with you - buy your brand newbies in Dublin and alternate new with old until the new are comfy - at which time you can toss out the old. Obviously if you are like PP that won't work for you.
Good quality thick socks help a lot.
Shoes take up so much space and are not easy to pack. I bit the bullet and have rationalise to one pair of Rockports that are fashionable enough to ware out and comfortable enough to wear all day. I also take two pair of sandals which are light and less bulky.
I bought a pair of Karrimor walking shoes from Sports Direct about 6 months ago. They only cost £25.00 and didn't even need breaking in. I wear them most days and they are still in near perfect condition.
Most UK towns and cities have a branch of Sports Direct, but I've just looked at their website and they do mail order and deliver worldwide.
They always have a permanent sale on too!
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