Walking is a must throughout Rome. What are the best shoes/sneakers to wear for someone with walking challenges.
I have challenges also and wear New Balance. I have had a orthodic support made that goes into the shoe.
I have a couple of different styles of Keens shoes - the maryjanes are comfy and cute. I have real problems with my feet so having a lot of support and good soles to absorb the shock, so to speak, especially when walking on marble and cobbelstones is very important or I would have a miserable trip.
But there are all kinds of excellent brands offering the type of support you will need. I would suggest that you definitely buy them ahead of your trip so you have a number of weeks to break them in.
I swear by Merrells.
Another vote for Keens! But, if you also want something a little more stylish or for dinner, try Mephisto.
I will have to look into these Keens. Not familiar with them. Will see where I can find them.
I also swear by Merrells. I almost cried when my first pair of sandals busted. I mourned that pair of shoes. They're like walking on clouds. I recently bought a pair of Merrell Siren Sport, wore them for 7 days in Spain with only one *minor* ankle blister and 10 days in Turkey without a single blister.
I personally dislike Keens. The one trip I took them on, I ended up with blisters all over my pinkie toe for 2 solid weeks.
Try out a couple of shoes before you go. Zappos.com and Shoebuy.com are good sources with good return policies if you live in the US.Edited: 16 January 2011, 19:49
What ever is most comfortable for you, that is what you should take with you. For me it is a tennis shoe, and my wife will also take tennis shoes, l think you know what is best, think of your feet, not what others my think. Good luck and have fun. Hubie
Well, Hubie, the OP did ask for suggestions about shoes so people have offered suggestions based on their own experiences. Of course, the OP will choose what is best for their needs.
I buy all my shoes now from Zappos - it is amazing - free shipping and no charge for shipping returns. Their return policy is one full year so, if you forget to send something back and stumble across it five months later, you can still return it, no questions asked. I usually get my items the next day or second day after I order it. Don't know how they do it, but poof! they do....
Of course, you can't return items you have worn or used but they have a great selection, including all the brands mentioned above and tons more.