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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
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?
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....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.