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Lourdes Perez

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Shoes and Bags for Travel?

Going on my honeymoon in Italy this May-June and I'm really curious as to what suggestions you guys have on walking shoes. I really don't want to wear any birkenstocks but am looking for comfortable/attractive all day sneakers, etc. 

Also since there are some places in Italy that don't allow large bags, I wanted to hear your thoughts on great compact travel bags I should take into consideration. 

Thanks!

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  • Lauren Folkmann

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    I have the OG bag from Lo & Sons that I've used for several years and it is fantastic - no matter how much I stuff it with, it always fits under the seat in front of me on an airplane and it has tons of great pockets and compartments - and it's super stylish.

    As for comfortable shoes, I swear by the ballet flats from Tieks. I have worn them walking all over the uneven cobblestone streets of Paris, Amsterdam, and Germany and they are super comfortable and stylish at the same time - I have a patent black pair that I could wear both day and night and they easily fold up in your bag for packing. A higher price point, but very high quality and they will last you quite some time.

    Congrats and have a great trip!

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      Great tips -- thanks for sharing! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Edward Lowe

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    I concur with the advice on shoes. Flats, with an arch. Something not yet mentioned is security. Have a look at http://www.daymakers.com/. They have a line of good looking anti-theft bags, purses, wallets and the like. The shoulder bags have re-enforced straps that can't easily be cut.

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  • Veronica Slager

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    Buy black sneakers, great for day and at night with pants they look dressy. Since storage is at a premium, don't go bigger than a 21" suitcase. Use easy lightweight wash & wear clothing. A great hint I got, bring "old" underwear and as you wear it throw it away freeing up a bit of room in that suitcase for momentous (and suprising that new hubby on how resourceful you are). Most of all have fun.

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  • Brenda Burns

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    I bought a beautiful of sandals almost an earth shoe base but beautiful hardware and velcro in two places for fit (which you could not see). They came in standard black and other colors but they had them in pewter and copper colors which were both neutral and a bit more snappy. Gave ma a bit of height and I climbed duomos and towers and walked 10 hours a day in them. Equally nice with sundress, skirt,or pants. Got them at the walking company.

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    • Brenda B.

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      wait, I did not see the bad part. Also, have a light weight cross body bag with lots of zippered pockets. I had a Baggallini with a clip on one end. it nylon so you can wipe off stains and it doesn't get dirty very easily. It was great I put my iPad, phone, reading glasses, sunglasses, coins, and a bunch of other stuff in there and it still fit flat across my body. Best of all, I could unhook the strap and wrap it around a chair or table leg for extra safety while dining or having a drink. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Katharine Zumbro Crosson

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    Take no more than two pairs. Keen and Merrell are good, inexpensive brands. Break them in well before departure. Italy means cobblestone streets, so flat, comfortable shoes are a must. And I hope you can manage with one carry-on bag....it makes travel so much easier. You can add a tote bag.

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  • Gina Czupka

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    My style is more "adventure ready" than "Audrey Hepburn," so take what I say with that grain of salt.

    If I had a slightly smaller camera, I would have gone with Ethnotek's Cyclosling bag, which is adorable and cleverly designed for travel, with the added benefit of supporting weaving traditions in number of countries (yay!). They also sell a variety of backpacks, but having caught pickpockets attempting to get me in the past, I'm personally not a fan of wearing all my stuff on my back where I can't have a hand on it. Other people certainly have more tolerance for that, as backpacks are everywhere right now. I ended up getting a Patagonia bag—the Minimass—for my most recent trip because it fit my camera and a variety of other crap while still being compact.

    As far as shoes, Birkenstock Gizehs are actually pretty chic, if you ask me. Otherwise, as a sage soul has already mentioned here, check out Born and Clarks, both of which meld comfort and style with a degree of capability. I have a great pair of sleek black leather ballet flats from Born that has respectable arch support while still being cushy.

    Enjoy your honeymoon in this gorgeous place!

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  • Judi Garner Farkas

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    Wear whatever normal shoes you have that you can walk comfortably in and that look good with your clothes. Italy is a fashionable country so people dress nicely, and it's also easy to buy any footwear that you lack. Any soft soled shoe will do well on the cobblestones. If you are hiking while there, bring whatever hiking shoes you normally would wear. It can be rainy in May so plan for some waterproof footwear as well.

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  • Sheryl Chapman Kammer

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    Congratulations. Seeing as so many commented on shoes I will skip that and go directly to bags. I wear a cross body and/or over one shoulder Baggallini (brand name) in black that's about 12" X 14". My camera fits in one of the outside pockets and I can stuff a rolled-up windbreaker or thin raincoat in the inside. There are less expensive knock-offs that would work as well. The material is washable, too.

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  • Talia Hoffman

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    Second Birkenstocks! They're comfortable and mold to your feet. I also bring my Nike LunarGlides. Great support for your feet.

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  • Cindy Hickman

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    I wore Merrill black sandals all through Italy and Hungary. They were awesome. I had a cross body "bagallini" bag. Very functional but not too sexy. Get a cross body or backpack so you can be hands free

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  • Deborah Gedelian

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    I have found that skechers are nice. I recently went to New Zealand and wore those and my Sperry shoes a lot. Plus they look nice with a lot. Over there (Italy) they can tell the tourists by their shoes (tennis shoes) and these don't bring to much attention. Flats are the best way to go to me.

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      You're so right about the tennis shoes! I love Sperry also, they look so preppy. · (0 likelikes)

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    First off- congrats on exploring the world. Hope you have a nice trip.

    In Europe you'll see many people wearing really cool Birkenstock styles ( don't discard them just yet, they're perfect for the terrain)

    If you're completely against them, you do have other options such as Cole Haan uses Nike Air technology and can be very comfortable. Kelsey Dagger has pretty cool sandals and they're comfortable too.

    Target has some functional travel bags that protect your passport and credit cards from being scanned by scammers at airports and touristy areas. Look for those in their luggage section.

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    I went to Italy last year and logged miles on my Rieker walking shoes. They are cute and comfortable.

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    When I went to Italy I just took some Nike training shoes but it rained so much that my shoes got soaked! So I would suggest maybe some rain boots, maybe short ones because it is kind of hard not to step in a puddle. As for bags I took a small Claire's bag it was perfect for me!

    I hope you have an amazing time! Enjoy!

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    Espadrilles are in and super cute. Nordstrom has a lot of cute options at different prices.

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      Yes! Any kind of a wedge looks nice but you really can walk all day in them. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Joyce Kappeler

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    What a wonderful place for a honeymoon! I've made many trips to Italy and they all involved a tremendous amount of walking, many times on cobblestone and rough terrain. Save the stylish shoes for going out in the evening and wear the most comfortable sneakers you have when seeing the sights. Personally I love Mizuno because they have good support and are light weight. Everyone already knows you are a tourist if you are carrying a camera anyway (you want to carry a camera for some beautiful shots) and Americans stand out in so many ways. As far as bags, be sure to take a fold away backpack and you can put your nice (hopefully light) purse and small camera in it when you are tired or want your hands free for that fantastic shot or to climb a tower.

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    Skechers carry all sorts of slip on sneaker type shoes with memory foam which are comfortable for walking on those cobblestones! there are Skechers located in many outlet malls and it's not unusual for there to be great deals (e.g., buy one, second half off.) For bags REI has backpack style luggage with a zip-off daypack. They come in lots of sizes, both carry-on and larger, with and without wheels. I am also partial to Lipault luggage - very lightweight and comes in bright colors so it's easy to spot on a carousel and the carry on sizes fit well in an overhead. Drawback to soft fabric luggage like this is if it happens to be raining while your bags are loaded/unloaded your clothing can get damp to soaked. Many happy returns!

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    Something comfortable and already broken in,but not broken down. If that for you is a tennis shoe or Birk then wear them. So Italy is a fashionable country you are there mainly as a tourist so comfort is utmost concern. You will be pegged as an American for many things besides your footwear. Be a proud one.

    FYI, I wore Mary Jane's from Walking Company and short low heeled Life Stride boots for 2weeks in Scotland

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    I swear by Teva sandals. They not only offer great support for my high arch, work really well on cobblestone streets, but are good in the rain. I think they are actually "water sandals" and I have them in 2 colors. That said, any comfy flat also comes along with me, as do my tried and true lightweight hiking shoes. Have a ton of fun!

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    I recommend Clarks and Dansko. Both are meant for support and walking while still looking nice. Some styles you can wear for both day and night.

    I definitely recommend bringing one slid pair of athletic shoe because there are some amazing outdoor excursions in Italy that you might want them for.

    Then bring a casual shoe, something that you can walk all day in but that looks nice, and could possibly transition into evening.

    Lastly, bring a nice pair of black heels because you're bound to have a few really nice dinners and of course, it's your honeymoon, you will want to feel dressed up.

    As far as bags go, have you heard of Herschel? They have some great backpacks that you can fit a lot of stuff into. They are so cute, you won't care that you're carrying a backpack on your honeymoon. Their large duffle bag is also an excellent option.

    http://www.herschelsupply.com/

    As far as daytime bags, I definitely think a cute cross body bag is better than a shoulder bag. For evening, bring a really slim clutch.

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