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When a reader asked for the best shoes for travel to Europe this spring or fall – the answer was clear: ankle booties. Scroll down below to find out TFG’s recommendations for the best ankle booties this season!
What Shoes to Wear in Europe
Travel Fashion Girl Reader asks:
Traveling to Europe for the first time in mid-April and I’m stuck on footwear. We’ll be in Prague, Paris, Normandy and Amsterdam. I’m traveling with my husband and 12 year old son so nothing fancy in terms of outings at night, etc.
I have a great pair of Sketchers that I will wear for walking, but need advice on a more fashionable shoe to wear to dinner or when I want to wear something other than sneakers. Will it be warm enough for no socks in a flat? Or should I just go with boots?
Ankle booties are your best bet! With any luck, April can be warm but most of the cities listed can be rainy and cool. Paris could be the warmest place (mid-70s). Normandy can be windy and cooler. Make sure your sneakers are mud-proof if you’re hiking around the D-day beaches!
There are likely to be some cold (and maybe a bit rainy) days at that time of year in Northern Europe. Prague may be a little warmer than Amsterdam where you should expect to wear sweaters.
Start by reading these general tips on packing for spring and fall travel:
- How to Pack for Trips with Mixed Weather
- How to Layer a Summer Dress for Spring
- How to Pack for Europe in Spring
- Best Shoes for Traveling in Spring and Fall
Since April is still cold and chilly, bring ankle booties, either dressy or casual depending on your activities! A nice pair of leather boots are appropriate in various restaurants.
Bonus tip: read this post for travel outfits and tips on how to wear ankle boots for fall and spring travel!
Here are TFG’s recommendations for the best ankle booties this season:
- Blondo Villa Waterproof Ankle Bootie
- Teva De La Vina Dos Chelsea Boot
- Sorel Emelie Chelsea
- Clarks Maypearl Tulsa Ankle Bootie
- Seychelles Lucky Penny Bootie
- Sam Edelman Tinsley Rain Boot
- Naturalizer Jarrett Boot
- Lucky Brand Women’s Basel Boots
- UGG Kesey Boots
Blondo Ankle Boots: Editor’s Top Pick
This style is versatile and can be dressed up or down in any of the neutral colors available. So many of our readers mentioned Blondo Villa Waterproof Bootie as one their favorite travel shoes for cold and rainy trips that I had to test them out for myself – and they’re fantastic! Not only are they comfortable and practical when it rains but they also look good, too.
One reader says, “These were perfect walking in snow and on wet surfaces. I used them on my trip to Iceland and Ireland”.
For those who love to spend their vacations wandering through cities and exploring the sites, come rain or shine, the is a popular choice for waterproof boots. They’re comfortable and practical but also stylish, too. Black is the most classic option, but the “Taupe” is also a versatile choice. Buy it here!
Teva De La Vina Dos Chelsea Boot
This new take on the beloved Chelsea boot blends a classic pull-on style with travel-friendly finishing details like lux, waterproof leather piping and collar. The pig skin lining offers a soft and luxurious feel against the skin, so the Teva De La Vina Dos Chelsea Boots make for some of the best shoes for spring and fall travel. They also have a trendy moto boot style that makes them perfect for trekking through European cities. Buy it here!
SOREL Emelie Chelsea
The lux look of the SOREL Emelie Chelsea boot will keep you in style all spring and fall long no matter where you’re traveling. Along with a waterproof full grain leather upper, the seam-sealed waterproof construction keeps out the wet elements for a drier, more comfortable foot environment. The removable memory EVA footbed is so comfy while the microfleece top cover provides added cushioning and softness. Buy it here!
Clarks Women’s Maypearl Tulsa Ankle Bootie
For a dressy, black leather boot that’s still comfortable enough for travel, the Clarks Maypearl Tulsa ankle bootie is the perfect choice. You can easily dress these up or down, and although the heel is 2.25”, the ortholite footbed and sturdy rubber sole mean you’ll still enjoy all-day comfort. For fall and spring, pair them with tights and a floral dress and leather jacket for a truly chic look. Buy it here!
Seychelles Lucky Penny Bootie
For a modern take on a Western style bootie, the Seychelles Lucky Penny Bootie is a winner. With a zipper on each side, these boots are easy to slip on and off when you’re on the road. The slight 1.25” heel offers comfort while still being easy to walk in. Available in several colors, we love the taupe for a boho vibe. Buy it here!
Sam Edelman Tinsley Rain Boot
For rainy destinations or trips to the outdoors where there may be mud or dirt, you’ll feel confident and stylish trekking in the Sam Edelman Tinsley rain boots. This Chelsea rain boot features a pull-on loop at the back and deep elastic goring on sides, making it easy to pull on and take off. The rubber material and sole also makes them easy to wipe off and keep clean. Buy it here!
Naturalizer Jarrett Boot
Like Clarks, Naturalizer is a popular brand for stylish comfort shoes. The Jarrett boot is a classic flat brown boot with trendy gold hardware for a moto touch. Featuring a fine leather upper, this boot has easy access zipper closure and supportive synthetic lining. The N5 Comfort System elements ensure you get extra cushioning, breathability, marvelous stability and flexibility along with lightweight walking experience. Buy it here!
Lucky Brand Boot
Run out the door and take your style on the road, no matter the weather, with the Lucky Brand double zip booties. This boot is made from smooth leather and features metal zippers and it comes in a variety of colors and textures to suit any style. Along with a 1.37” rubber flex-sole for durability, the padded insoles provide all-day comfort and easy wear. Buy it here!
UGG Kesey Ankle Boot
Experience true comfort with rugged sensibility by pairing the UGG Kesey ankle boot with your favorite pair of jeans for a cozy look. The plush UGGpure™ wool lining offers warmth while wicking moisture so your feet never feel sweaty. And the durable spider rubber sole means you’ll never have to worry about slipping when walking on wet surfaces. The black color makes these easy to pair with just about any outfit. Buy it here!
Here’s a quick overview of the best ankle booties:
|BRAND / MODEL||REVIEW||RATING||PRICE|
|Blondo Villa Waterproof Ankle Bootie||For those who love to spend their vacations wandering through cities and exploring the sites, come rain or shine, the is a popular choice for waterproof boots.||Check Price|
|Teva De La Vina Dos Chelsea Boot||This new take on the beloved Chelsea boot blends a classic pull-on style with travel-friendly finishing details like lux, waterproof leather piping and collar.||Check Price|
|Sorel Emelie Chelsea Boots||Along with a waterproof full grain leather upper, the seam-sealed waterproof construction keeps out the wet elements for a drier, more comfortable foot environment.||Check Price|
|Clarks Maypearl Tulsa Ankle Bootie||For a dressy, black leather boot that’s still comfortable enough for travel, the Clarks Maypearl Tulsa ankle bootie is the perfect choice.||Check Price|
|Seychelles Lucky Penny Bootie||For a modern take on a Western style bootie, the Seychelles Lucky Penny Bootie is a winner.||Check Price|
|Sam Edelman Tinsley Rain Boot||This Chelsea rain boot features a pull-on loop at the back and deep elastic goring on sides, making it easy to pull on and take off.||Check Price|
|Naturalizer Jarrett Boot||The Jarrett boot is a classic flat brown boot with trendy gold hardware for a moto touch.||Check Price|
|Lucky Brand Women's Basel Boots||This boot is made from smooth leather and features metal zippers and it comes in a variety of colors and textures to suit any style.||Check Price|
|UGG Women's Kesey Boot||Experience true comfort with rugged sensibility by pairing the UGG Kesey ankle boot with your favorite pair of jeans for a cozy look.||Check Price|
In addition to ankle booties, you may want to consider flats with a rubber sole, which are great for nicer days but can also double as a walking shoe.
Toms, brogues or lace up shoes are a good alternative (to avoid damp feet) and tights may be a good idea rather than full on winter boots.
If you are prone to cold feet then you’ll need socks. Many flats in those cities don’t have carpeting, and the older buildings don’t retain heat very well. For indoor use, you may want to bring warm (packable) slippers or slipper socks.
Ultimately, if you’re heading to Europe in April, bring ankle booties! Additional shoe options would be comfortable flats, low sturdy heeled shoes, or sneakers.
Don’t let your shoes ruin the trip of a lifetime! Click the below articles for more suggestions on what shoes to wear in Italy, Paris and the rest of Europe:
- 10 Cute and Comfortable Ballet Flats
- What Shoes to Wear in Italy
- What Shoes to Wear in Paris
- Should I Pack Heels for Europe?
- Cute and Comfortable Walking Shoes for Europe
- The Unexpected Travel Shoe that’s Perfect for Europe
Read our ultimate guide on how to choose the best shoes for travel to any destination!
What ankle booties will you pack for Europe in Spring? Share and comment below!
For more ideas on boots for travel, please read:
- The Best Waterproof Boots for Travel
- Women’s Waterproof Leather Boots
- Waterproof Boots you Won’t be Embarrassed to Wear this Winter
- Budget Friendly Autumn-Winter Boots for Women
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