Third pair of shoes for a long weekend/city break?

(8 Posts)
EmmaWoodlouse Sat 02-Jul-16 10:34:52

Planning what to take for 4 full days (and two half days) in a major European city at the end of July.

Have decided on capri length jeans and stripy tops for the days, capri length leggings and a couple of slightly more dressy tunic tops/short dresses for the evenings (when I will probably be meeting local friends and sitting outside cafes watching the world go by).

I'm definitely taking white lo-top Converse-alikes and white Birki type toe-post sandals, both of which I know I find very comfortable for the amount of walking I'll be doing. I'm umming and ahing about taking a third pair of slightly more dressy shoes (maybe wedge-heeled sandals) for the evenings but does three pairs sound excessive for a long weekend? Is there a substitute for one of the first two pairs that would be a bit smarter without sacrificing comfort? I can take 20kg of luggage (and obviously will be wearing one pair of shoes at any given time) but I like the idea of streamlining things as much as possible...

EmmaWoodlouse Sat 02-Jul-16 10:36:52

("evening" outfits are predominantly black, by the way)

mysteryfairy Sat 02-Jul-16 16:21:37

If you have hold luggage no harm in taking another pair. I always take too much on holiday and don't use half of it though. If you're just sat in pavement cafes I think converse or birkies are fine if that is what you generally wear and they go with your clothes.

PerspicaciaTick Sat 02-Jul-16 16:23:53

I love Birkenstocks, but I think I would ditch them and just go for day/high mileage shoes (Converse?) and evening/smarter but comfy shoes.

Oly5 Sat 02-Jul-16 20:17:14

What about flat glittery sandals? Something like this if you have the budget? Can be dressed up or down
www.russellandbromley.co.uk/flat-sandals/trinket/invt/431017

Also, I'd take a couple of
Lightweight dresses in case it's boiling. You would swelter in jeans in July in Italy for example

Blueberryblueberry Sat 02-Jul-16 20:44:22

Was also thinking flat sparkly/jewelled sandals/flip flops. Reasonably comfy for walking, a bit dressier but take up practically no room/weight

ForgetTheHighCourtJudgeTest Sat 02-Jul-16 21:25:41

I would bring another pair of shoes. Your clothes wardrobe sounds quite coordinated, dare I say capsule, which is great. If you walk a lot/feet get hot etc I think you would be glad of another pair. Also your night outfts would look nicer with flat black sandals.

EmmaWoodlouse Sun 03-Jul-16 17:43:38

Thanks for all the suggestions. I have a pair of black sandals that would probably fit the bill (they're not sparkly, I'm almost tempted to customise them a bit!) so I'll probably decide whether to put them in instead of the white ones or as well at the last minute now. It's important to me to leave a bit of space for impulse buys while I'm there... wink

Oly, I take your point about it possibly being hot. It's not Italy, but it is Central Europe so it can get very hot in summer (and cold in winter). The trouble is I am very fair-skinned (ginger and freckly) so when it's hot my instinct is to cover up more, not less, but in thinner materials. I'll be on my own most of the time so I'll have no-one to help put sun cream on my back if I take strappy dresses, and I don't want to spend any more money getting some more "covered up" dresses which might just make me feel middle-aged and boring. Having had a look at the long-range forecast I think I might well end up putting in at least one pair of loose, lightweight, light coloured trousers to wear with my stripy cotton tops. That wouldn't necessitate rethinking the whole selection, which I was rather pleased with. And one pair of capris is white, which might not get quite so hot.

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