THIS LIST IS COMPILED BY A GLOBETROTTING SHOEAHOLIC.  IT TOOK AN INTERVENTION BY FRIENDS TO TAKE MY SHOE COUNT FROM 175 TO 75, OR SO.  WITH THAT IN MIND, AFTER NEARLY LOSING A FOOT TO INFECTED BLISTERS WHILE TRAVELING IN GUATEMALA, I AM PROVIDING THE MOST SENSIBLE ADVICE POSSIBLE.

These shoes have been around the world.

1. DO – WHEN YOU PACK FOR A TRIP THE FIRST THING IN THE BAG SHOULD

COMFORT SHOES

BE YOUR MOST COMFORTABLE WALKING SHOES.  NEW SHOES WILL CAUSE NOTHING BUT PROBLEMS AND A BLISTER OR TWO, OR THREE.  THROW SOME EXTRA SOCKS AND SHOELACES IN JUST IN CASE.

2.  DO – IF YOU NEED TO SHOP FOR A SHOE DO IT AS FAR IN ADVANCE AS POSSIBLE TO BREAK THEM IN AT HOME.  IF TAKING A WORN IN PAIR MAKE SURE THEY STILL FIT AND ARE COMFORTABLE.

well worn shoes

3.  DON’T – DO NOT  BRING TOO MANY SHOES YOU WILL RARELY NEED THEM ALL.

This might be on the list of too many shoes.

LIMITING YOUR SHOES WILL SAVE MONEY ON BAGGAGE FEES AND ROOM IN THE SUITCASE FOR THE SHOES YOU COULD BUY ON THE TRIP.   DEPENDING ON WEATHER, AND IF IT IS BUSINESS OR PLEASURE,  THE LIST MIGHT BE AS FOLLOWS:

BOOTS OR SANDALS

LOW PUMPS OR STYLISH FLATS

WALKING SHOES OR TENNIS SHOES

TUXEDO STYLE SHOE OR BALLET SLIPPER  (EITHER ARE GREAT FOR A DINNER OUT)

WINTER – STREET SHOE SUMMER – CANVAS SHOE

SUMMER – CANVAS SHOE

THONGS FOR SHOWER IN THE HOTEL, POOL OR BEACH

IF THERE WILL BE ANY CLUBBING IT IS A GOOD REASON TO SLIP IN A SPARKLED HIGH HEEL, WITH OR WITHOUT TOE AND POSSIBLE AN ANKLE STRAP. PATIENT LEATHER IS ALWAYS A GOOD CHOICE INSTEAD OF SPARKLES, OR METALLICS.  PATENT LEATHER IS EASY TO CLEAN AND IS WATER RESISTANT.

YOU HAVE 5 PAIRS WITHOUT THE NITE LIFE SHOES.  DON’T COUNT THONGS THEY ARE A NO BRAINER, A MUST HAVE AND TAKE UP LITTLE ROOM.

good for beach or shower

WEAR SUPPORT SOCKS OR HOSE ON PLANES AND MAKE SURE YOUR AIRPLANE SHOES (A WHOLE NEW TIP CATEGORY) STRETCH TO ALLOW FOR SWOLLEN FEET.  THE SUPPORT HOSE AND/OR SOCKS WILL HELP WITH THE SWELLING.

One size fits anyone.

A GOOD IMPRESSION ON CHECK IN CAN GET YOU BUMPED UP A CLASS.  I USUALLY WEAR THE MOST COMFORTABLE YET STYLISH FLAT OF THE SEASON.  BREAK THEM IN BEFORE YOU LEAVE IF THEY ARE NEW.  GET TO THE BOARDING GATE AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE AND BE VERY FRIENDLY TO THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT.

Perhaps not.
Maybe these, stylish yet comfy.

ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA TO CARRY SOME BANDAIDS AND NEOSPORIN JUST IN CASE.  YOU MAY WANT TO SWITCH SHOES MID-DAY SO A TOTE BAG WOULD BE HANDY TO HAVE.


THIS LIST IS GOOD FOR MEN TOO WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE PUMPS, BALLET SLIPPERS AND THE HIGH HEELED DANCING SHOES, OR NOT.

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