I’ve left Paris and am now settled in Geneva for the next week. One thing I was reminded of while in Paris is the importance of comfort and having shoes that you can walk around in all day. When packing for a sightseeing vacation, the first step is to determine which shoes will be the most comfortable and then to build the outfits around each shoe. It turns out that you really still can look fashionable if you pick the right shoes. If you don’t have great walking shoes and plan on shopping before your trip, I recommend 3-4 wears before your trip to make sure they are broken in and comfortable. These are 3 “tourist” outfits I created based on different types of comfortable shoes (from left to right).
Birkenstocks (or any other sandal with support): Huh? Yes, Birkenstocks are incredibly comfortable, back in fashion, and can actually look very cool with the right oufit. In this case, I paired them with a simple black top and torn denim shorts. Shoes: Birkenstocks at Nordstrom; Shirt: Rag & Bone at Intermix, Shorts: Zara; Handbag: Topshop at Nordstrom; Sunglasses: Karen Walker at Shopbop
Sneakers: Wearing sneakers doesn’t mean you need to be in a t-shirt and jeans; they can easily be paired with a skirt for a more feminine look. Sneakers: Keds at Asos; Top: Topshop at Nordstrom, Handbag: Forever 21; Sunglasses: Wildfox at Nordstrom
Ballet flats: It’s common to mistake every pair of flats as comfortable, but they actually need to have good support to be appropriate for a full day of walking. I love Cole Haan Airs, which use the Nike air technology and can feel just as comfortable as your favorite pair of sneakers. A simple pair of ballet flats can complete nearly any outfit, in particularly a flattering summer dress. Flats: Cole Haan at Zappos; Dress: Topshop at Nordstrom; Handbag: Zara, Sunglasses: Tom Ford at Nordstrom