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Best shoes/sandals for walking a lot in NYC

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Itchyandscratchy Sun 26-Mar-17 11:50:23

I have wide feet that swell attractively in hot weather and on planes so by the time we get to our first stop in our US adventure this year they will be very puffy. Which trainers/sandals would be best to be comfy but also allow them to breathe and spread out for doing lots of walking in NYC?
I'm considering birkenstocks (so would buy now and break them in) or Skechers maybe which I find very comfy. Any thoughts? Thanks.

ActuallyThatsSUPREMECommander Sun 26-Mar-17 11:55:16

Teva and Merrill do good sandals.

ActuallyThatsSUPREMECommander Sun 26-Mar-17 11:55:36

Oops Merrell

Iamastonished Sun 26-Mar-17 12:02:00

I wore Sketchers Go Walks in Florida last year and they are so comfortable. If you are going in summer I would wear sandals that are designed for proper walking. I don't "get" the MN love for Birkenstocks IMO they are hideous and look uncomfortable and are expensive.

rollonthesummer Sun 26-Mar-17 12:04:57

Well, lots of people love Birkenstocks! I do and find them extremely comfortable.

Itchyandscratchy Sun 26-Mar-17 23:22:16

Thank you. I like Birkenstocks! Just wondered if they're comfy enough for lots of walking, as opposed to comfy to schlep about in.

Might have to go for the fugly mountain sandals for my fugly fat trotters then. Cheers for the suggestions.

fluffiphlox Sun 26-Mar-17 23:26:21

I find those Merrell type sandals actually MAKE my feet swell. I'd just wear properly fitted trainers or walking shoes.

fluffiphlox Sun 26-Mar-17 23:27:04

Or avoid NYC in the summer. It does swelter.

allfurcoatnoknickers Tue 28-Mar-17 15:39:51

I live in NYC and I'm going to strongly suggest actual shoes. The streets are REVOLTING and covered in mysterious smelly water and rubbish and I prefer to have my feet covered up. I walk miles every day and usually wear a pair of velcro Supergas because you can adjust them on the fly if your feet swell up! They're also a light canvas so your feet can breathe.

Itchyandscratchy Thu 30-Mar-17 22:57:19

Fabulous allfurcoatnoknickers. Just what I needed. Thanks 😀

PleaseTieMyBow Thu 30-Mar-17 23:07:38

I spent last summer in NYC and Washington DC. It was baking hot and we walked miles. I wore FitFlops. They were brilliant. And having thick soles, if there is muck on the pavements, you are a bit protected (though have to say I never found a problem with dirt!)

feelinginthedark Fri 31-Mar-17 20:00:44

I wore Birkenstocks all last summer in NYC and they were great, very comfy, and the sole is thick enough to keep your feet off the gross pavements. Also they look stylish and are worn by actual New Yorkers so you won't look like a tourist!

Itchyandscratchy Sat 08-Apr-17 08:38:07

Thanks for advice.
Have narrowed it down to:
www.hotter.com/gb/en/tourist-sandals?fit=Standard+Fit&colour=Aquamarine (by Hotter confused or
www.rubbersole.co.uk/Birkenstock-x3059778.php
A and possibly some of these as well as sandals:
www.clarks.co.uk/c/Glove-Puppet/p/261176084075

CurriedEggs Sat 08-Apr-17 09:44:27

I like those Clarks shoes.

Itchyandscratchy Sat 08-Apr-17 09:46:14

They look nice on too. Inner isn't all leather apparently tho, so insole might be needed. Dead comfy.

smashyourglasses Sat 08-Apr-17 09:49:10

Ecco. But you should still change to a different pair of shoes after a few days so they stay comfortable.

RealHouswifeofBury Sat 08-Apr-17 22:46:31

I completely ignored fashion and did 5 days in New York in sketchers
My feet were thankful

Gah81 Sat 08-Apr-17 22:53:11

I have walked miles and miles in my Birkenstocks and never had any problems - love them!

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