Sandal to wear with summer dresses suitable for lots of walking?

(136 Posts)
TessTheTeacher Thu 02-May-13 07:43:53

I am going on holiday and it is a city holiday, not a by-the-pool type of holiday. I have some lovely new summery dresses and would like a nice pair of sandals to go with them.

So far everything I have seen that fits the bill have been way to granny-esque. I want a open toe rather than a toe-post and they need to have a strap of some sort, I don't want a slip on because all they do is slip off! I'd need them to have a half decent sole, not just the basic flat, hard sole that lots of sandals have because I won't be able to do a full day of walking in those basic soles. I think either metallic or brown tan would go with my dresses best.

And, I can only spend about £30, £35 max sad Any suggestions?

Kikithecat Thu 02-May-13 08:27:32

I am waiting for the answers on this one as I would also love to know. I have some which I think fit the bill but know from experience that MNers think they are fugly.

bella65 Thu 02-May-13 08:42:55

For that price range you might find something at Clarks or M&S.

I've just bought some nice sandals from J Lewis- their Collection range- open toes, flat, two straps across with buckles in a tan/nude colourway- but they were £65.

TessTheTeacher Thu 02-May-13 09:21:35

In Clarks and M&S stores I thought everything was a bit granny. I'll have a look online in case there is a range that they didn't have instore.

Spookey80 Thu 02-May-13 09:29:28

I got a lovely pair from white stuff that are beautiful soft tan leather and have padded sole. They were £20, but I had a 15% off code, so even cheaper. I haven't worn them yet, but they seem comfy.
I only got them last month, so shoud still be on website and in store.

Startail Thu 02-May-13 09:31:53

You are after the Holy Grail, which for some reason does not exist.

If it has nice thin strappy uppers with discreet buckles it has a paper thin sole.

If it has a decent thick sole it has Granny velcro straps, Why??

Every time I go to Mallorca I end up wallking miles along the seafront in the evenings, why can't I have comfy sandals that also look nice?

Amazon have sent me an email advertising comfy looking Fly sandals, but they are £60-70

Like the OP my budget is ~£35

Xiaoxiong Thu 02-May-13 09:34:33

spookey are they these ones? They're gorgeous.

member Thu 02-May-13 09:45:11

What about a low wedge?


MarjorieAntrobus Thu 02-May-13 09:58:22

I am not a style guru by any means, but I do live in a hot city and I wear either Birkenstock Gizehs (of which I have several pairs) or these Jones sandals that I bought last summer in the UK in two colours. They don't seem to stock them any more though. They look smarter on the foot than in the picture.

Anyway, these are the things I wear on my feet for everyday traipsing about in a dress in a tropical city. I do have smarter things for nights out.

Keep looking, OP.

OneHolyCow Thu 02-May-13 10:05:25

I go for birkenstocks too. The 3-strap over the heel ones do not come off easily, so they might be slip ons but don't slip off so much.
I live in them.

haggisaggis Thu 02-May-13 10:07:11

I like Merrell sandals - here - although mine are the ugly, walking type. But looks like they do some nice ones as well - but they are pricey.

auntpetunia Thu 02-May-13 10:23:32

Some of those Merrell one's are lovely Haggis . What about lotus someone linked to a lovely green pair …which I can't find as am on my phone they looked like they'd fit the bill. I have Birkenstock Kairo which are the toe post Gizahs with a back strap to stop them coming off.

bella65 Thu 02-May-13 10:25:53

What about Superga plimsolls- unless you have really skinny legs ( like me) then plimsolls with dresses can look quite chic IMO- see examples on The White Company website and there is a code for 20% off if you want it.

Gillybobs Thu 02-May-13 10:33:24

Im going to NYC and have bought these from Clarks (I got 20% off so not too pricey) they are unbelievably comfy, I promise, extremely padded and soft inside.

Ive also bought leopard print superga and they are also really comfy and quite supportive (much more so than converse)|cgn:Product+Listing+Ad|tsid:15858|crid:23762382057&gclid=CJuK5KyO97YCFWXJtAodNU0A_w

2madboys Thu 02-May-13 11:06:20

Although they have been mostly slated on here blush, I have these: from Clarks in the Navy and also a bright pink which they don't seem to be doing this year. I have to be a bit careful about what I wear them with so they don't look too frumpy, but I think the patent just about helps me get away with them (have been complimented by very stylish people when wearing them). Possibly the comfiest shoes I've ever had. They're now on their third summer and still going strong - outside of your price range but so long-lasting possibly worth a look. I bought them with a 20% code which they seem to do sometimes.

FlowersBlown Thu 02-May-13 11:09:31

No such thing exists. All sandals are either nice but kill your feet or comfortable and ugly. I have the Merrells. They are fantastic but you can't be afraid of looking like a pensioner if you want to wear them. My 75 year old MiL has the exact same ones as me.

aoife24 Thu 02-May-13 11:26:04
Heavywheezing Thu 02-May-13 11:29:30

Fit flops

FlowersBlown Thu 02-May-13 11:30:31

I have some like the Topshop ones which are fine for light strolling or pottering, but for serious walking they are horrible. The soles are about as thick as a birthday card, usually rock hard with no give, and they offer no support whatsoever meaning that on top of aching feet you also get a bad back.

Xiaoxiong Thu 02-May-13 11:57:47
coffeeinbed Thu 02-May-13 12:04:34

I resort to Flipflops I'm afraid.

hugoagogo Thu 02-May-13 12:17:20

nicer in silver I wonder how comfy they really are though?

Nagoo Thu 02-May-13 12:23:04


Last year I got some from clarks, they aren't too bad but not perfect. Very very comfy though. Can't see anything like them on this years...

Xiaoxiong Thu 02-May-13 13:13:36

Ah you're right hugo, I just assumed they were nice foamy comfy soles. I suppose they could be stiff horrible platforms and give you terrible blisters instead.

These gladiators look like they have a more substantial sole and come in lots of colours, £35.

These are a tiny bit more expensive at £40 and also look like the sole might be a little bit better.

YoniOno Thu 02-May-13 14:01:32

These are gorgeous, comfy and only £20ish with the discount code.

notasgreenasiamcabbagelooking Thu 02-May-13 14:26:59

Are these to grannyish?

They look comfy.

sparkle12mar08 Thu 02-May-13 14:43:21

Tevas. I live in mine in the summer, walk miles and miles in them, you can sling them in the washing machine, and they'll last for 6-8 years. Teva Kayenta are prettier but more expensive.

notasgreenasiamcabbagelooking Thu 02-May-13 14:43:51

Or how about these?

notasgreenasiamcabbagelooking Thu 02-May-13 14:44:19

TOO grannyish!

MrsWolowitz Thu 02-May-13 15:07:39

Oh I really like those clarks ones notasgreen

I bet they very comfy. I want them.

<sits on hands>

notasgreenasiamcabbagelooking Thu 02-May-13 15:32:40

Yeah, I thought they were nice. Good price too. I live in Spain and I just looked at them on their Spanish site and they're charging 70 euros! Bloody rip off.

TessTheTeacher Thu 02-May-13 19:14:48

Wow, been out all day and just came to see if there were any suggestions. I'll have a look through all the links, thanks grin

AuldAlliance Thu 02-May-13 19:25:02

Won't you need two?
<<runs away>>

Josef siebel but maybe a bit ££

TessTheTeacher Thu 02-May-13 19:46:50

Love the BHS ones, just won't be able to manage a wedge walking all day. Don't want the Merrell or Teva style walking sandals, I have some like those but these need to be suitable to walk but also to wear out at night to look smart.

I like these ones from Oasis but even with the discount code they are a bit pricey.

These are ok from BHS

These too but not sure how good they would be to walk in.

Can't decide if I like these ones

Like these ones from Next but not sure if they are granny-ish or not?

Do you think these would be comfy? Next again.

TessTheTeacher Thu 02-May-13 19:47:33

Auld Maybe I can afford better ones if I only buy the left foot? wink

cornyderpy Thu 02-May-13 19:48:36

aspiga sandals are very comfy I reckon

Yonihadtoask Thu 02-May-13 19:51:42

I bought these


They look a lot nicer in real life- the pictures do no justice. I have them in white - but was also considering the tan.

Very, very comfortable.

bella65 Thu 02-May-13 19:55:31

The ones you link to at Next are very similar to many Clarks styles and I think Clarks would be comfier.

bella65 Thu 02-May-13 19:57:59

TBH I think you are looking for something that doesn't exist. sad
Comfy sandals have thick soles mostly- all the ones you link to have thin yet hard soles, especially the Oasis pair.

I'd say you need 2 pairs- one for walking- maybe a trainer or Converse style or a comfy Clarks pair- and a strappy pair for evenings.

BreasticlesNTesticles Thu 02-May-13 20:02:03

These are the mos comfy sandals ever here

I have loads of pairs

Branleuse Thu 02-May-13 20:04:56

i get a new pair of these every couple of years and I walk a lot. They are amazingly comfy and go with most things

Branleuse Thu 02-May-13 20:05:06
TessTheTeacher Thu 02-May-13 20:05:46

I just hate the look of the thick soles, they look so utilitarian and granny.I need somewhere in between the two.

So not the very basic sole like these but not the granny soles either. It can't be impossible <<deluding herself>>

OhBuggerandArse Thu 02-May-13 20:06:36

I think Breasticles' ones are actually pretty good.

teacher123 Thu 02-May-13 20:17:57

these from clarks

I bought these last week, I teach and am on my feet all day, they're v comfy and bang on budget!

MrsWolowitz Thu 02-May-13 20:21:13

What about these


these ?

I think I'm going to buy these ones that notasgreen linked to upthread

Earth Spirit (comfy if a bit hmm )

FlyFlot (Italian sandles)

I bought some really dirt cheap (about £10) from Deichman years ago. Slight wedge ,three buckled straps across the front.
Could walk forever in them.
Drive in them
Only problem was they were noisy - sounded like I was farting every step blush

TessTheTeacher Thu 02-May-13 20:36:40

Will check out Deichman, £10 and comfy sounds perfect, will see if they have anything I like.
Why is it so hard to buy sandals??????

TessTheTeacher Thu 02-May-13 20:43:00

70isalimit Like these in Deichmann

noddyholder Thu 02-May-13 20:43:43

these are ok rest of site horrendous though! I have the dead flat clarks school type ones which look horrible until you put them on. All my mates were hmm when I got them a couple of years ago but now they all have a pair! They are so comfy and if you are stylish and have nice feet they do look stylish

nothruroad Thu 02-May-13 20:51:24

These are the comfiest sandals I've ever had. They come in loads of different colours too.

bella65 Thu 02-May-13 21:14:37

What about these from Clarks- and they do them in brown

noddy Are Clarks selling your ones this year?

miffybun73 Thu 02-May-13 22:31:56

Definitely Birkenstocks (Madrid) So comfy it feels like you have bare feet smile I walk miles in mine.

Bunbaker Thu 02-May-13 22:41:58

The thing is I don't think the Footglove or Clarks ones are grannyish. I think they meet the comfort and style criteria quite well.

tethersend Thu 02-May-13 22:44:01

I've been mocked in the past, but these are fantastically comfy.

3MonthMaid Thu 02-May-13 22:53:27

Fly sandals are v v comfy. I have the "missy" style and they look great with dresses ... But not cheap!

Try eBay?

SwedishEdith Thu 02-May-13 23:34:05

Red or Dead and Camper shoes are incredibly comfortable

These are bang on budget and there is another pair with coloured flowers.

Or these?

TessTheTeacher Fri 03-May-13 07:53:11

Thanks all, I think I'll admit defeat and buy a pair I like that will kill my feet. blush

My mum is 63 and wears the M&S Footglove ones so I just can't bring myself to get them. I'll be vain and go for style over comfort. I will regret it later

Bunbaker Fri 03-May-13 07:56:53

It's up to you, and maybe I'm old, but for me comfort comes before style. I suffered yesterday for my vanity and have paid the price. Besides, I don't really notice what other people are wearing on their feet unless it is something exceptionally nice.

Why don't you take a pair of stylish shoes, and some comfy ones for the hard core sightseeing.

TessTheTeacher Fri 03-May-13 08:11:39

For me, style definitely still comes before comfort. I'll give myself a few years yet before I give in grin

My budget is £30 or £35 max so I don't think I could afford to buy two pairs of anything decent.

I have already got a hiking style pair similar to the Merrells and I have 2 pairs of Birkenstocks (which are a bit battered admittedly) but they aren't the style that will go with my lovely new dresses.

I'm sure I'll regret it though!!!

noddyholder Fri 03-May-13 08:11:51

Travel I think they are. They are in the vintage range called kestrel inthink I have the off white the vbpale pink are lovely. Nice with skinnies ad dresses etc

I think you're being daft OP. You'll ruin your holiday if you knacker your feet. Get a grip on yourself and buy something comfy from Clarks!

these are over budget but will be comfortable.

LadyIsabellaWrotham Fri 03-May-13 08:35:27

I really fancy the Teva Kayenta for hardcore walking round town, but there are no stockists south of Keswick apparently and I hate buying shoes online sad <entitled Londoner emoticon>

bella65 Fri 03-May-13 08:39:00

You will regret it- sore feet are no fun.

Honestly, the Clarks styles are not that bad- some of them.

If your mum is 63, you must be quite young (?) and I suppose I am nearer your mum's age than yours- but I would not want to look grannyish! Having said that, some of the Clarks /Merrell styles seem ok IMO.

ZolaBuddleia Fri 03-May-13 09:10:51

I have some Crocs wedges that are really comfy and look nice. A different breed from the clog style. Here's their current range of non-wedge non-clog sandals:,en_GB,sc.html

Xiaoxiong Fri 03-May-13 09:19:22

I actually love the ones Breasticles linked to and am getting myself a pair toot sweet. I'm 29 and somewhat pregnant so no chance of being confused for a granny anytime soon I hope grin

Actually the people I know who dress the most grannyish are teenagers round here. Seriously - pleated knee length skirts, brogues, and I even saw a girl the other day in a twinset with a cardigan round her shoulders (she was wearing hotpants as well, but still, a twinset!!)

sparkle12mar08 Fri 03-May-13 10:05:35

LadyIsabella - I've tried most styles of Teva, and the Kayenta are true to size length ways but they are a rather slim/narrow fit. I have very wide feet and couldn't wear them, but I'm fine in Hurricanes, Terra Fis and Pretty Ruggeds.

Bunbaker Fri 03-May-13 10:17:22

"You will regret it- sore feet are no fun."

I'm inclined to agree. I got horrible blisters after walking around Vienna all day in ballet flats. I couldn't walk anywhere after that. It spoilt the rest of my visit.

polyhymnia Fri 03-May-13 10:24:58

I'm usually pretty anti-Clarks but I'm with those who think for your purposes one of their styles would definitely be best. Having done lots of city walking holidays, that sort of thick sole makes a huge difference in comfort.

Sandals with thinner soles might look a bit 'prettier' or 'delicate', but they really won't cope with pounding city streets all day and it just isn't worth the agony of aching/rubbed raw feet which spoil the holiday and your ability to walk a long way the next day.

FWIW, I did once repress my horror at their frumpiness and try Hotter sandals for a city holiday and they shredded my feet, so, for me, were not as good as Clarks (aesthetic considerations apart).

ExRatty Fri 03-May-13 10:42:07

gladiators look vile on most people's legs unless small of ankle and slim of leg

herbaceous Fri 03-May-13 10:46:09

Here I am once more leaping on to a 'comfy shoes' thread and shouting FITFLOPS.

I've got a pair a bit like this, but yellow and raffia, and they're mega comfy.

And I like to think that because they wear they comfort with pride, but without going as far as velcro, they're a bit cooler than the M&S style of trying to make a not very nice sandal comfy.

Ooooh tethersend I love those Office sandles (though the lattice effect would give a weird suntan on the feet) grin

If you like BIRKENSTOCKS then QVC ( have a Todays Special Value of Betula sandles for £29.96 + £4.95 p&p.
They have a 30 Day Money Back Guarentee on everything.

I can't wear Birkies- too wide freakily narrow feet

Moredofbumsnet Fri 03-May-13 13:36:14


or teva

Both have really comfy soles and (IMO) look quirky rather than frumpy with a dress.

Have a look at the Dune sale section too. Admittedly I usually only buy heels, but find their shoes are always comfortable for walking in.


[[ tan espadrille]

Sorry, now with working link tan espadrille

polyhymnia Fri 03-May-13 14:29:05

Of those last two the metallic are way too thin soled for serious city walking IMO. OK to go put in the evening a short distance but no more.

polyhymnia Fri 03-May-13 14:29:30

Out not put!

TessTheTeacher Fri 03-May-13 15:19:50

Moonlight Those metallic ones from Dune are lovely, they are just a little too much money. I'll keep looking, if all else fails I'll go for the ones I like in Next, think they were only approx £25.

TessTheTeacher Fri 03-May-13 15:24:35

Polly If I could find nice ones that would go with my outfits then I'd go for comfort, but otherwise I'll just put up with the pain.

I've done 7 nights in NYC in ballet flats before so I know I can manage without the comfort fine, I just would have preferred to have found some with an element of comfort.

You wouldn't catch me dead in a pretty summer dress an my Teva style camping sandals though. Hell hasn't frozen over yet grin

polyhymnia Fri 03-May-13 15:54:36

Ah well, you're obviously young!

Oops - sorry Tess, I thought they were marked to £35, not £45. Have you tried TK Maxx either?

polyhymnia - honestly, they shouldn't be, assuming they are up to Dune's usual standard, which is to pad under the ball of the foot.

tethersend Fri 03-May-13 16:10:56

Hmm, what size are you?

DD has these and oh Lordy, they seem comfortable. All springy and light. I'd get them if I didn't have feet like Sideshow Bob.

If you're a 5 or less, have a look at girls' sandals.

TessTheTeacher Fri 03-May-13 16:14:39

Poly I'm 33 so not that young, I certainly don't feel too spritely, but not old enough to have to be utterly sensible on the style vs. comfort debate yet.

MrsWolowitz Fri 03-May-13 16:30:11

I don't think it's an age thing.

I'm 29 and go for comfort over style when it comes to shoes. Always have.

I have horribly sensitive feet and thin soled shoes are just an absolute no- go for me.

That said I'm pretty fashionable (I think) and dress nicely. I just won't wear rubbish uncomfortable shoes. -- Finding heels that I find acceptably comfortable is no mean feat!--

Willowisp Fri 03-May-13 16:33:57
polyhymnia Fri 03-May-13 16:45:48

When thinking about all the bad shoe choices I've made in the past for city holidays with lots of walking, I'm not thinking so much of 'discomfort' being something mild and worth putting up with for more 'dainty' shoes - I'm thinking feet covered in vast blisters and rubbed raw in several places, so they've ended up absolutely covered in Compeed anyway - not an elegant look!

As said by lots on a recent thread, some people just seem to have particularly sensitive/ easily damaged feet!

But I don't actually wear Hotters - though do often wear for daytime both the 'smarter' Fitflop sandals and some (not the worst!) Clarks sandals. Ditto. Even then, I make sure they're properly 'broken in' before I set off.

Bunbaker Fri 03-May-13 16:50:49

I have a pair of sandals very similar to those Ecco sandals, but from Clarks. They are extremely comfortable and IMO don't look too frumpy.

Saw these in Jones today and thought of the OP. They're Hush Puppies so out to be comfy but look quite nice, I think.

DOh. Ought not out.

Just seen these hush puppies

Any good?

Great minds Blue! Sorry hadn't opened your link before posting

johnnycomelurky Sat 04-May-13 08:07:29

I bought a pair of these a few years ago and they are very comfortable and fairly attractive but Clarks' newer version isn't as nice IMO

TheConstantLurker Sat 04-May-13 08:18:33

I am a dedicated Birkie wearer but found some Ipanemas two years ago which were a revelation in attractive comfort. I pounded up and down on the school and nursery runs quite comfortably

mewkins Sat 04-May-13 08:39:56

life's too short to have painful feet. It would ruin a holiday for me. It's a family mum's enduring memory of a Rome city break is the blisters on her feet.

Anyway there were some lovely sandals in tk maxx the other day- some were ecco and looked very sleek but were comfy to wear. It's worth a rummage as they also had some unheard of brands which looked lovely.

forgetmenots Sat 04-May-13 09:05:28

I bought these from Clarks yesterday (in wide fit because of my pregnant swollen feet!!) very comfy so far.

forgetmenots Sat 04-May-13 09:05:42
lavenderpekins Sat 04-May-13 09:36:23

TessTheTeacher get yourself a pair of Havainas sp? Don't worry about them slipping off, they won't! They're the most comfortable, light, cushioned sole, summer sandal i've ever had! Natural rubber sole doesn't slap your feet and they'll keep your feet cool! You won't look like a granny you'll look cool! Some of these links are hideous, sorry! I'd get a pair of nude ones! Have a great holiday! Oh and under budget at around £20!

auntpetunia Sat 04-May-13 09:39:35

Oh constantlurker they look fabulous, are they really comfy?

TheConstantLurker Sat 04-May-13 11:03:47

Auntie- they are! Despite being flat with barely any support. They are rubbery so slightly cushioned and don't chafe.

GibberTheMonkey Sat 04-May-13 11:37:12

This thread is too long and my phone keeps freezing but

I have the ideal shoes
(Not In white)

Ok teu don't fit your brief but... They look better on and they're so comfy, I can walk miles in them. They don't do that flip flop slip off thing and you don't have to curl your toes to keep them on. You can't feel the toe post but they make them more secure.
I have had them in black and have them in the brown and the silver/pewter which I am wearing now
I love them and if I won the lottery would buy a few pairs in each colour in case they stopped making them

polyhymnia Sat 04-May-13 11:47:43

All respect to everyone who can walk in shoes like those with a toe-post - they really hurt me. The bit between my big and first toes seems to be even more super-sensitive than the rest of my feet.

And also just can't cope - and never have been able to - with sandals with no 'backs'/ straps that go round the back of your foot, like mules or flip-flops. Scrunching up my toes enough to keep them on on is a knack my feet have never learnt!

hopkinette Sat 04-May-13 11:53:19

poly can you link to the thread where there was a discussion about some people's feet being more easily damaged than others'?

cerealqueen Sat 04-May-13 12:16:12

I would never dream of wearing toe posts (too painful) till I tried some fitflops, amazingly comfortable. Don't buy those with a white sole though, they get filthy.

Ipanems are best fit flops, lightweight, more so than havaianas. They come up small though.

The m&s footglove looked the best, quite fancied them myself.

ZolaBuddleia Sat 04-May-13 12:39:23

Just had a proper look at the crocs page I linked to and am mortified, they're fugly! Mine were from 2 years ago and were lovely wedges, honestly!!

polyhymnia Sat 04-May-13 12:51:32

Hmm, I can't even cope with the toeposts in Fitflops - bleeding between toes after a 10 min. walk to supermarket. Pathetic!

hopkinette - it was a quite recent thread which started on a similar sort of subject to this - about wearing summer shoes without socks, I think. Have to go out now, but will try and look later.

GibberTheMonkey Sat 04-May-13 12:55:13

I find normal toe posts painful. Especially where the pressure is on the toe post
The ones I linked to though the pressures on the main piece of leather and as the post is a bit of leather sideways its thin and doesn't dig in.
I cannot sing their praises enough. I walk a lot as I don't drive and I walk for fun too. I've worn them while trekking for hours on tracks and paths and also all over places like Paris.

ExRatty Sat 04-May-13 13:17:24

if you are thinking flip flops these are brilliant
weirdly comfortable and as they go around your heel as well they are brilliantly easy to walk in

higgle Sat 04-May-13 13:20:34

Has anyone mentioned Moshulu? their shoes are a bit grannyish but very comfy, the seville bright sandals are lovely here a it over budget but they sometimes have introductory discounts etc.

auntpetunia Sat 04-May-13 13:43:17

Oh higgle Am loving the Nile and the Rhone just enough heel (Am 5ft11) and an ankle strap! <Wanders off to find credit card>…

TheConstantLurker Sat 04-May-13 14:11:13

Have we lost the op completely with our fitflops and flipflops?

coffeeinbed Sat 04-May-13 14:45:35

We have, Lurker, about 30 posts ago.

hollyisalovelyname Sat 04-May-13 18:48:43

Gibber- i have those Gabor from last summer- they're great and if you are getting a bunion they help keep your toe straight smilewon't help those with bunions already i'd say though

hollyisalovelyname Sun 05-May-13 23:04:23

Hotter Shoes, Heavenly Feet and Caprice are all brands that do comfy shoes. Check their websites.

Startail Mon 06-May-13 01:42:35

Yes, but where are my heavenly feet wedge sandals. I can't find them or their bright red box. Both DDs claim to be innocent.

Since my brickstocks were on DD2's feet yesterday and her crocs are on ne, this may or may not be valid evidence of innocence.

Mumelie Mon 06-May-13 07:40:41

I have similar problems to the OP - painful feet and knee issues - great looking but comfy sandals are indeed the holy grail!
Did buy from Next Solesurviver range last year [[ here]]. something similar to the leopard print metal tbar ones. so comfy - could walk for miles in them! Great price too. Only issue was the colour of the foot bed - got very grubby very quickly in the city sad.
really recommend trying them though.

Mumelie Mon 06-May-13 07:41:27

and seems I can't post a link from my phone! sorry about that wink

Nehru Mon 06-May-13 07:53:36

What about these?

amessagetoyouYoni Mon 06-May-13 07:59:08

There are some of the ugliest shoes I have ever seen on this thread grin

Thing is, after a couple ofhours of walking, you wont care. I would buy something super comfy from Clarks, M&S Foot Gloves or Next Sole Survivors range and bung a pair ofpretty flip flops in your bag just in case.

Nehru Mon 06-May-13 08:17:02

Those roman type ones like laced up Cornish pasties. They're the worst.

specialsubject Mon 06-May-13 11:49:47

no such thing. And if you wear open toes on a busy city street, don't whine if you get your toes stubbed or trodden on. Or covered in dog poo in most of Europe.

all these shoes are ugly but there's no such thing as supportive, decent sandals that have pretty little straps.

summer city tourist outfit - long shorts, trainers (ideally not enormous, but with support) and whatever you wear on top. Job done.

Bigwuss Mon 06-May-13 12:01:58

Lots in TKmaxx at the moment here

Bunbaker Mon 06-May-13 19:02:34

I don't understand why it is more important to look "stylish" while walking around a city than have feet that aren't sore and covered in blisters.

IMO a woman hobbling around in ridiculous shoes because she didn't want to wear something more practical just looks silly.

OH and I once took some Hungarian visitors around York for the day. The woman wore ridiculous high heeled shoes and we didn't get round all the sights because we had to keep stopping to wait for her because she couldn't walk properly. It was frustrating for us because of her silly vanity.

I've just impulse bought the BHS tan wedges from right up the thread, discounted to 28 quid in the bank holiday sale. They feel pretty comfy, and they'll be an inoffensive standby for travel to and from work on hot days, but I'm not sure they'd be up to a full 5 mile+ sightseeing day.

soaccidentprone Mon 06-May-13 20:09:13

I am also looking for some new sandals. I have some of the Merrill's which are fugly but comfy.

I have stupidly narrow feet and also not very deep, so most sandals are just crap as my feet just slide out of the front, so they either have to be very narrow to start with, or Velcro so that I can adjust them.

I have some pretty silver sandals from moda in pelle which fit, but they have very thin soles, so aren't that comfy. I also can't do heels since breaking my leg a couple of years ago.

Any ideas?

I have these... Can walk for miles in them. Have even managed a bit of rock scrabbling in them today, though they weren't ideal for that really wink.

They also do open toes versions and the Oreo ones shown on amazon look a bit strappier.

FrugalFashionista Tue 07-May-13 06:34:43

Bunbaker I try to fit in with the locals at least to some degree, out of respect mainly but also for security reasons (pickpocketing). I live in a very old and historic city that millions of tourists visit every year, walk an average of 5 km per day, but have never yet felt the need to wear hiking gear or beachwear to tour the city. My staples are ballet flats, loafers, wedges, modest heeled sandals (cage wedges, hasbeens), espadrilles and flat suede chelsea boots and tall flat boots in the winter. I break them in at home (=almost never get blisters) and then combine them with dresses or jeans worn with a blazer. I avoid high heels, very strappy shoes (this includes most sandals) and peeptoes - all of the tend to chafe. I wear trainers only when I run but they are an acceptable alternative for tourists. The only way to find suitable shoes is to try on a lot of pairs, then pick the ones that fit best.

SparklyStream Tue 07-May-13 07:01:16

Timberland Earthkeepers?

rootypig Thu 06-Jun-13 21:46:48

OK so probably noone is ever going to check back to this thread but:


OP, I HAVE FOUND THEM! Startail, your holy grail does exist.

And they are: Sun-San Saltwater sandals. Incredibly comfy, long lasting, oddly flattering on the foot and leg, and affordable. They are from the US and about $35 there. All the trendies in London are going mad for them (even trendies want the holy grail) and they're selling for £45 - £55 here. Well worth it though. Sold out in lots of places but KJ's Laundry still have some, with free shipping.

<retires to admire shoes and despair of state of toenails>

ClartyCarol Thu 06-Jun-13 22:08:15


Yes go to Next but get these...perfect!

justforachange Thu 06-Jun-13 22:16:26

Totally with you there startail. I have been lusting after salt water sandals for the last couple of years but thought they were way too expensive and probably wouldnt look as good on me as they did on the skinny model in the Toast catologue. I finally took the plunge and bought red ones this year (from modcloth) and they are a-maz-ing!!! I've hardly had them off my feet. Dead comfy and yes, weirdly make your feet/legs look great.

rootypig Thu 06-Jun-13 22:46:05

oh my god justfor modcloth is amazing! Fuck I need to cut up my credit card, pronto.

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