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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
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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.
My cozy chelsea boots outfit traveling from London to Paris on the Eurostar (similar style)
Ankle Booties for Europe
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, and they are a stylish addition to your capsule wardrobe. Your feet will be dry and warm. As a bonus, add a pair of Dr. Scholls inserts and warm travel-friendly socks.
Here are some tips on the best walking shoes for Europe–including on cobblestone streets!
Here are TFG’s recommendations for the best ankle booties this season:
- Blondo Villa Waterproof Ankle Bootie
- Teva Ellery Ankle Waterproof Boots
- Sorel Lennox Chelsea Boot
- Naturalizer Tia Ankle Boot
- Sorel Emelie Chelsea Boots
- Born Cove Waterproof Boots
- Sorel Cate Lace Up Leather Rain Boot
- Lucky Brand Basel Ankle Boots
- Blundstone 1351 Chelsea Boot
Blondo Ankle Boots: Editor’s Top Pick
For the more adventurous traveler who likes to stay on trend, a lug sole option like the Blondo Villa bootie shown above may be the answer to your fashion ankle boot needs.
Polished black leather adds an interesting texture to your outfits, this is a popular choice for waterproof boots. It can act as a neutral and looks great with just about every color. Furnished with a buckle and a zip closure, these are versatile and comfortable, which is why we included them on our list of the best ankle booties. Buy it here!
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! This style is versatile and can be dressed up or down in any of the neutral colors available.
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”.
Teva Ellery 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 Teva Ellery waterproof boots with durable rubber soles. They’re also a little higher on the leg than a traditional ankle boot so you’ll have less of a chance of getting rain inside your shoes.
Whether you’re traveling in March or June, showers may still be prevalent in your destination. We love the Teva style above for a visit to Ireland, Scotland, or Wales. Cute, practical, and comfortable, too. Buy it here!
Sorel Lennox 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 Sorel Lennox Waterproof Chelsea Boot make for some of the best shoes for spring and fall travel.
Naturalizer Tia Combat Ankle Boot
Add some edge to your European travel wardrobe with the chic Naturalizer Tia black ankle boots. Wear them with your favorite pair of skinny jeans plus boxy sweater on cooler days and then wear them with a flowy floral dress when the temperatures go up.
These shoes aren’t just all looks, they’re ultra-practical, too. The waterproof leather will keep your feet dry on wet sightseeing days while the durable rubber sole means you’ll never have to worry about slipping on the cobblestones. Buy it here!
We love lace up boots. Here are our must haves for stylish and comfortable combat boots!
Sorel Emelie Chelsea Boot
The popular SOREL Emelie Chelsea boot will keep your feet dry and cozy no matter where you’re traveling. TFG readers LOOOVE this boot for both the rain and snow alike – ideal for early Spring and late Autumn!
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!
Born Cove Waterproof Bootie
The Born Cove Bootie is a clear winner when it comes to comfort. Reviewers rave about it being the “boots of their dreams”! Wear it at home then take it on the road on your multi-city European tour.
With a pull-up chelsea design, these boots are easy to slip on and off when you’re on the road. The low heel offers comfort while still being easy to walk in. It’s waterproof and available in several colors, we love the suede taupe suede and the gorgeous leather black. Buy it here!
Sorel Cate Lace Up Leather Rain Boot
Sorel is a popular brand for attractive comfort shoes. This Cate platform heeled chelsea ankle boot is an unexpected option for your travels – it’s not only practical but it’s seriously stylish, too.
While knee high boots and ankle booties are forever classics, our readers are loving these mid-calf boots!
Lucky Brand Basel Comfy Ankle 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. But it here!
Blundstone 1351 Walking Boots
When asked about Blundstone boots for traveling in Europe, readers agree: these boots were made for walking! These are particularly awesome if your trip includes outdoor activities. No need to pack hiking boots plus sightseeing shoes – this one pair can do both.
Despite not having major arch support, travelers still say they’re surprisingly comfortable. Available in sizes 5-13, these premium waterproof boots are sure to last the test of time. Buy it here!
Product Comparison Chart
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 Ellery 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 Teva Ellery waterproof boots with durable rubber soles.||Check Price|
|Sorel Lennox Waterproof 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|
|Naturalizer Tia Combat Ankle Boot||These shoes aren’t just all looks, they’re ultra-practical, too. The waterproof leather will keep your feet dry on wet sightseeing days while the durable rubber sole means you’ll never have to worry about slipping on the cobblestones.||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|
|Born Cove Bootie||The Born Cove Bootie is a clear winner when it comes to comfort. Reviewers rave about it being the “boots of their dreams”! Wear it at home then take it on the road on your multi-city European tour.||Check Price|
|Sorel Cate Waterproof Boots||Sorel is a popular brand for attractive comfort shoes. This Cate platform heeled chelsea ankle boot is an unexpected option for your travels - it’s not only practical but it’s seriously stylish, too.||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|
|Blundstone Walking Boots||When asked about Blundstone boots for traveling in Europe, readers agree: these boots were made for walking! These are particularly awesome if your trip includes outdoor activities. No need to pack hiking boots plus sightseeing shoes - this one pair can do both.||Check Price|
Other Shoes to Bring
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.
Skechers, 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.
Wearing Skechers slip on sneakers in Paris
When you’re searching for the best shoes for traveling in Europe, keep in mind that you might be walking 5 to 6 miles per day. You will be exhausted when you’re done exploring the beautiful cities. For that reason, thousands of travelers swear by Skechers walking shoes such as the style shown above.
Nothing beats the Skechers cushioning when you spend all day standing and walking. These tend to be the preferred option for problem feet!
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.
Our readers voted for the warmest socks for winter travel!
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:
- What Shoes to Wear in Italy
- What Shoes to Wear in Paris
- What Shoes to Wear in London
- What Shoes to Wear in Scotland
- What Shoes to Wear in Ireland
- Cute and Comfortable Walking Shoes 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:
- Versatile Black Ankle Boots
- Women’s Waterproof Leather Boots
- Waterproof Boots you Won’t be Embarrassed to Wear this Winter
- Ankle Boots for Fall
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