Traveling Shoes: Spring in Europe

I figured its time to do my first post in my “Traveling Shoes” category, and this one I am going to theme around Europe in the spring. Need some tips on what shoes to pack and what shoes are just taking up space in your suitcase? I have just the list to help your packing efforts!  Check my past blogs for tips on what to do in these shoes in London and Paris.  Coming soon.. Amsterdam & Dublin :).


These are the shoes I consider essential for navigating around Western Europe during spring time. Keep in mind, if you are going during the winter you will want to check back later for my winter traveling shoes post :).

  • SNEAKERS– You need to have some comfortable touring shoes when visiting all of the museums and monuments that these historical cities have to offer. Remember that public transportation and walking are usually way more cost effective than cabs & uber, so these shoes are a good basic walking shoe that can go with any of your day time sightseeing outfits.

SPLURGE– Marc by Marc Jacobs- Slim Kicks Slip On Sneakers

The neutral color pallet of these slip ons make this choice so versatile.

SAVEConverse- Unisex Chuck Taylor Classic Colors Sneaker

“Got Chucks on with Saint Laurent. Got kiss myself, I’m so pretty” Uptown Funk- Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars
  • RIDING BOOTS– Remember, Europe can be quite dreary and rainy during the spring, so you want to be prepared to travel in the rain without the threat of cold damp feet. Riding boots are a good way to be comfortable, warm and dry.

SPLURGELanvin- Textured Leather Knee Boots

Wedges for waterproof wanderlust.

SAVETarget- French Blu Tall Quilted Boots

I love the cognac color of these Target Boots!
  • NEUTRAL ANKLE BOOTS– The important detail here is to make sure the heel is chunky if any (mostly because there are so many brick streets that a spike heel would really suck). You want to be comfortable, but appear well put together for all of the photos of your trip.  Neutral colored booties are a good basic shoe that you can match with all of your outfits.

SPLURGE– Rag & Bone- Harrow Suede Ankle Boots Dark Brown

These are my go to, so comfortable but add that little bit of height.

SAVETarget- Stella Strap Booties

All this style for under $40. NICE.


Ok, I don’t know about you, but surviving on only 3 pairs of shoes seems like roughing it to me. I’m a Gemini, so I never even know who I will be tomorrow, let alone what shoes I want to wear for a week and a half straight! Below is my list of shoes that are not essential to the trip, but you may want just incase.

  • RUNNING SHOES– I REALLY debated putting these in the need category because exercising is such an important thing for me to do when traveling. However, if you’re not a runner, you could get by with just the simple sneakers that I listed in the need category.

SPLURGEAddidas by Stella McCartney- Ultra Boost Shoes

Fashion Running with Stella McCartney.

SAVE– Nike- Free 5.0 Flash Running Shoes

I love the Nike Free Run. And purple is just my color.
  • BALLET FLATS– These are only necessary if you are gone for such a long period of time that your sneakers will not cut it for every outfit. The good news is that they are easy to pack, so I am categorizing these as a go for it item.

SPLURGEChole- Scalloped Leather Ballerina Flat

I’m not sure what I like most about this pair, the color or the scalloped edging.

SAVEForever 21- Pointed Ankle Strap Flats

Not a bad basic for a F21 price.
  • STATEMENT ANKLE BOOTS– I can never get enough of ankle boots, and statement ankle boots are my favorite. Here are a couple of my recommendations:

SPLURGEFreebird- Mezcal Low Bootie


SAVETarget Z London Bobo Combat Lace Boot

Light-hearted twist on the combat boot.



Unless you are not planning to use public transportation, and can afford those oversized heavy luggage fees, this is my list of what shoes to leave behind.

  • SANDALS– For spring time in Europe, I consider sandals to be too cold. Though, I may be biased coming from Miami :).

SPLURGENasty Gal- Wanderlust Leather Sandal Bootie

Although these didn’t make my list for Europe, I think I’ll need them for my upcoming Asia trip.

SAVEAldo- Albisano

Cute basic sandal.
  • SPIKE HEELS– As much as I love wearing these on date nights, Spike Heels are not conducive for European public transportation. There are many old brick streets, flights of stairs to conquer and people to dodge.

SPLURGEAlexander Wang- Lovisa Pump

I bet these can make any woman’s calves look amazing.

SAVEAldo- Astfeld

Not a bad version for fractions of the A.Wang version.
  • WEDGE SNEAKERS– I love wedge sneakers just as much as you do, but they just are so dang bulky to pack. But like I said, if you have an unlimited budget and someone willing to lug your suitcase around for you, go for it!

SPLURGEIsabel Marant- Bobby Hidden-Wedge Sneakers

I’ve had my eyes on these babies since 2011, since I still like them 4 years later, I think they are probably worth the splurge.

SAVEAldo- Meggitt

Here is a good basic introduction to the wedge sneaker trend.


Now that you know what to pack, check out my past article on what to wear to the airport :).

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5 thoughts on “Traveling Shoes: Spring in Europe

  1. Awesome tips! I’m going to Europe in May and have really been struggling on which shoes to bring and this has helped solidify my choices. I have been thinking of bringing converse for everyday activities and you have convinced me! I spent a month in Europe two years ago and brought my tennis shoes but found that I only actually went running once! I feel like the constant walking around the city to see all the sights is a pretty good workout in itself. Thanks for the suggestions!


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