I’ve just finalized my vacation plans for Rome next month, and–after reserving a timeslot to visit Villa Borghese and brushing up on my Italian–I’m left with that other travel question, the nagging sartorial quandary that faces all jet-setting fashionistas: where can I find walking shoes that are both stylish and comfortable? Does such footwear even exist?
I know that Tom’s has launched fashion forward collections, but no matter how hard I try, I just can’t bring myself to wear them (and don’t bother preaching to me about the double- padded Nordstrom variety. I still can’t do it). Judging by how hideous Memphistos are, they must be comfortable. And don’t even get me started on Merrells (cringe). Looking at them physically hurts me, and my mother has taken to preemptively apologizing to me whenever she’s going to wear them.
I’m going to be in Rome for heaven’s sake; between the architecture, the fine art and Sophia Loren, the city practically invented beauty. It would be blasphemous to walk those ancient streets in ugly footwear. With that said, I’m no longer willing to sacrifice comfort for glamour. That boat sailed somewhere around my mid twenties. I need shoes that are as pleasant to walk in as they are to look at. [Read more…] about Comfortable & Stylish Walking Shoes