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City walking shoes

(63 Posts)
butterfliesinmytummy Tue 30-Apr-13 11:59:52

We're going to be quite a lot of trekking around cities in the uk this summer and I'm looking for a lace up shoe to go with crops etc. I dont want a trainer or a brogue (got some, love them but not sure I can walk more than a couple of hours in them as they are a bit narrow for me). Was looking at Clarks and Ecco

Are they ok or a bit mumsy? I'm heading for 40 but trying to resist grin

Hopefully Tue 30-Apr-13 12:15:42

They are exactly what they say on the tin - comfortable. they aren't going to set the style world on fire, but so little that is comfy is! How about something more shamelessly trainer-ey?

Gillybobs Tue 30-Apr-13 12:19:04

I've just bought some leopard print Superga for a trip to NYC, I hate having sore feet so comfort is king for me too! Some nice styles on their website,ph70,sb0,pp1,pa0,sa

I'm trialling mine today btw and so far so good . Oh and I'm 40 next week....

butterfliesinmytummy Tue 30-Apr-13 12:29:19

I really like the trainers ones but already have very lightweight trainers for running (dont know if i can justify more trainery types) and am tempted by superga. Are they really comfortable / supportive enough for wandering for hours? I've had converse before but they were too flat and not supportive enough if that makes sense now I sound ancient. Are they similar to converse?

They do come in pretty colours

butterfliesinmytummy Tue 30-Apr-13 12:31:01

Uh oh, just seen the red sequin supergas....

Lottapianos Tue 30-Apr-13 12:33:15

Absolutely love both the Clarks and the Ecco pairs that you linked to smile

Hopefully Tue 30-Apr-13 12:34:27

I think supergas are similar to converse in terms of supportiveness.

dexter73 Tue 30-Apr-13 12:41:39

I know you said a lace up but how about sandals?

butterfliesinmytummy Tue 30-Apr-13 12:45:01

I looked at Merrell sandals but I live in a hot country and get very cold in the uk in the summer so tend to wear closed toe shoes, socks, trousers, sweater and jacket when everyone else is taking off layers....

dexter73 Tue 30-Apr-13 12:55:31

These Skechers are supposed to be very comfortable.

Gillybobs Tue 30-Apr-13 13:02:24

I find superga more substantial than converse, definitely a better sole on them. I got these...,default,pd.html?cm_mmc=Google+Adwords-_-Product+Extensions+And+Listings-_-Product+Extensions+And+Listings-_-_Superga+2750+Spotted+leopard+print+lace+up+shoes&_$ja=tsid:44970%7Ccid:146503675%7Ccgid:7042018915

butterfliesinmytummy Tue 30-Apr-13 13:26:21

Not fond of the Skechers dexter and can't even tell you why, they just don't appeal.

Still tempted by Superga. What's the sizing like? I can't get them where I live so would have to place an international order. I take a 39 or 40 (about 6.5 UK size)

Thanks everyone for your help thanks

Gillybobs Tue 30-Apr-13 15:22:44

I think they are quite generous. I'm a 41 and ordered as such and they are roomy.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Tue 30-Apr-13 18:43:14

Sorry but those in the OP are beyond hideous. I'd rather have aching feet than wear either of those. Then again, I have as yet failed to find anything that will suit, and I also need something for a city break in which I will be walking a lot, but that won't necessarily be warm enough for sandals. Converse too flat and make me look idiotic.

zipzap Tue 30-Apr-13 22:52:15

I have a pair of Clarks slip on shoes that are the slip on cousins of the lace up pair you linked to.

They are wonderfully comfortable - and I am rue-ing not buying a second identical pair on the sale when I saw them. I have had them for several years and they are by far and away my most comfortable shoes. I would love to get another pair but unfortunately they only do the lace ups at the moment when I really want a slip on pair.

It's taken several years of hard wear and abuse but they are finally beginning to wear through the soles on the bottom so I am going to have to find something to replace them with!

But I can highly recommend for comfort and hard wearing-ness!

I've also had very comfortable Ecco shoes and sandals in the past.

Rowlers Tue 30-Apr-13 23:00:54

I've been looking at those too, OP.
I really love my years old wallabees and the ones you linked to are similar, but somehow not quite right.
I'd prob buy them though as I HATE uncomfortable shoes.
Would rather look like a granny.

FrugalFashionista Wed 01-May-13 06:37:38

I see thousands of tourists every week:
Nearly all American women wear trainers with bootcuts.
Northern Europeans usually have a weird 'about to go trekking' look that involves capris (often in khaki), Merrells or other comfort shoes, anoraks and rucksacks.

The best tourist looks I've seen involve normal city clothes or those types of bright fashion trainers Hopefully linked to worn with chinos, good jeans and a blazer or some other slightly more stylish jacket/trench/mac.

FrugalFashionista Wed 01-May-13 06:42:47

Oh and the Clarks and the Eccos on the first post both unfortunately have that cornish pasty look about them that seems to attract a lot of ridicule on MN. Both lines have plainer and simpler models, would any of those work?
If you don't want to make the shoes the focal point, choose plain colors such as black, brown, navy and gray. Much easier to blend them in.

Nehru Wed 01-May-13 07:11:45

Super GA sizing is poor.

Plus they'd not be supportive

Nehru Wed 01-May-13 07:14:25

I've just got some bright blue nikes. Obv not gym trainers.

Nehru Wed 01-May-13 07:15:44

Bit of this ilk

bigTillyMint Wed 01-May-13 07:16:35


Don't do it.

Surely you can find some comfy but more-stylish-than-those-monstrosities-trainers?grin

Nehru Wed 01-May-13 07:17:43

Meh. I live in tourist central.
The Pretend Walky shoes offend me way more.
Plus crocs fit flops etc

Bunbaker Wed 01-May-13 07:20:46

These are unbelievably comfortable. They seem to be flying out of the door at the moment as I tried to buy some yesterday and there weren't any left. They are available in a range of colours. The sizing comes up on the large size BTW.

bella65 Wed 01-May-13 08:18:11

Sorry OP but the first links are really horrid sad Mumsy and old lady in the extreme.

Converse and Superga are okay-I iwear them- BUT you would need a sock liner- footsies- because without your feet get very sweaty in these types of shoes, and eventually you might get blisters.

I'd have thought you could find something nicer- have a look at Geox for loafer types shoes, or more casuals from Clarks.

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