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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:

 

 

Ankle Booties

 

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.

You’ll be happy to have them in the cool Spring rain. Your feet will be dry and warm. As a bonus, add a pair of Dr. Scholls inserts.

 

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:

 

 

 

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Blondo Villa Waterproof Ankle Bootie

 

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!

 

Watch this video or read my review and find out why the Travel Fashion Girl readers and I love this comfortable boot for travel!

 

 

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Teva De La Vina Dos Chelsea Boot

 

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!

 

 

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Clarks Maypearl Tulsa Ankle Bootie

 

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!

 

 

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Naturalizer Jarrett Boot

 

Naturalizer Jarrett Boot

 

Like Clarks, Naturalizer is a popular brand for stylish comfort shoes. The Jarrett boot is a classic flat black 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!

 

 

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Sam Edelman Tinsley Rain Boot

 

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!

 

 

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Seychelles Lucky Penny Bootie

 

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!

 

 

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Cougar Connect Boot

 

Cougar Connect Boot

 

Run out the door and take your style on the road, no matter the weather, with the Cougar Connect double zip booties. This boot has made from a smooth waterproof leather and features an extended tongue and dual hardware zippers at sides for a trendy vibe. Along with an anti-slip outsole for durability, the memory molded removable insoles provide all-day comfort and easy wear. Buy it here!

 

 

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Sorel Emelie Chelsea Boots

 

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!

 

 

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UGG Rea Ankle Boots

 

UGG Rea Ankle Boot

 

Experience true comfort with rugged sensibility by pairing the UGG Rea 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 Treadlite 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
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
Naturalizer Jarrett Boot The Jarrett boot is a classic flat black boot with trendy gold hardware for a moto touch. 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
Seychelles Lucky Penny Bootie For a modern take on a Western style bootie, the Seychelles Lucky Penny Bootie is a winner. Check Price
Cougar Connect Boot This boot has made from a smooth waterproof leather and features an extended tongue and dual hardware zippers at sides for a trendy vibe. 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
UGG Rea Ankle Boots Experience true comfort with rugged sensibility by pairing the UGG Rea ankle boot with your favorite pair of jeans for a cozy look. Check Price

 

 

Other Shoes

 

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.

 

 

Socks 

 

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:

 

 

Read our ultimate guide on how to choose the best shoes for travel to any destination!

 


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