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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.

 

Tip: Packing cubes make the perfect shoe bags to protect your luggage from dirty shoes. Take a look at other shoe bag ideas here!  

 

 

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My cozy chelsea boots outfit traveling from London to Paris on the Eurostar (similar style)

 

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, 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 TFG’s recommendations for the best ankle booties this season:

  • Blondo Villa Waterproof Ankle Bootie
  • Teva Ellery Ankle Waterproof Boots
  • UGG Stockton Ankle Boot
  • Teva De La Vina Dos Chelsea Boot
  • Sorel Emelie Chelsea
  • Naturalizer Verney Waterproof Boots
  • Born Cove Waterproof Boots
  • Lucky Brand Basel Ankle Boots
  • Blundstone 1351 Chelsea Boot

 

 

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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 Ellery Ankle Waterproof Boots

 

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!

 

 

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UGG Stockton Ankle Boot

 

UGG Stockton Combat Ankle Boot

 

Add some edge to your European travel wardrobe with the chic UGG Stockton ankle boot. 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!

 

 

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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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Sorel Emelie Chelsea Boots

 

SOREL Emelie Chelsea

 

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!

 

 

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Naturalizer Verney Waterproof Boots

 

Naturalizer Verney Boot

 

Naturalizer is a popular brand for attractive comfort shoes. This Verney platform heeled chelsea ankle boot is an unexpected option for your travels – it’s not only practical but it’s seriously stylish, too. 

Featuring a fine leather waterproof upper and cushioned comfort technology, this boot allows you to walk all day through London and Paris in style. Buy it here!

 

 

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Born Cove Waterproof Boots

 

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.

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!

 

 

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Lucky Brand Basel Ankle Boots

 

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!

 

 

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Blundstone 1351 Chelsea Boot

 

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.

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!

 

 

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
UGG Stockton 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
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. 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
Naturalizer Verney Boot Naturalizer is a popular brand for attractive comfort shoes. This Verney 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
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
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

 

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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