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When a reader asked what the best shoes for travel to Italy and if she should pack heels – the answer was heartily answered by our readers. Take a look at everyone’s replies!


Should you Pack Heels for Italy?



Travel Fashion help! Reader asks:

I am leaving for Italy in September for a ten day trip (Rome, Venice, Florence, Sienna, Amalfi Coast). I think I’ll lean more toward the summer wardrobe but will add a few fall pieces just in case! I wasn’t planning to pack a pair of heels (and I am a huge heel girl)…so now I am rethinking my no heel decision. Perhaps wedges can suffice?

Our helpful readers sound in with their advice on this question–what are the best shoes for traveling in Italy? Heels, wedges, or something else?


The Argument Against Heels for Italy


A TFG reader suggests no heels saying, “Not for walking on cobblestones! You don’t want to have to test the Italian health care system.”

Another reader cautions against it, having experienced Italy’s cobblestones firsthand. She says, “I’m here now… Don’t pack heels, you’ll die.”


The Case for Wedges in Italy


Many TFG readers say the best shoes for cobblestones is a pari of wedges–a wonderful option to add pizzaz to an evening outfit. Even locals wear wedges, too!

One TFG reader advises, “Skip the heels, wedges will make you feel dressed up and be nicer on your feet.”

Another reader also observed what the locals are wearing. ‘No heels unless they are wedges in Rome, even Roman women wear wedges or sandals with ankle straps due to cobblestone roads, I noticed.”

If you’re looking to forgo heels and consider wedges, here are some top picks for wedges:

The Case for Sneakers or Flats


When considering a trip to Europe, packing up to three pairs of shoes is a good idea so you have travel wardrobe choices for long days of sightseeing or short excursions like a cafe street lunch or Venice canal dinner that calls for a little more polish.

Some readers advise that the best thing to do is get “a good pair of walking shoes and forget about heels.”

One reader shares her experience in Europe. “I’m back just a few weeks and just did the same trip. I packed wedges and never wore them! Very hot, the best shoes for travel to Italy are flats and flip-flops.”

While wearing heels sounds appealing in cosmopolitan cities like Milan or Rome, this TFG reader shares her advice, “Wedges for short walks and/or evenings out. Comfortable but cute shoes for the rest of the time. Italy is not easy on the feet! Especially that many places in a short time.”

If you want to add to your shoe choices, flats or sneakers won’t steer you wrong when you have a busy European vacation planned. Here are reader recommended shoes to consider:


Final Verdict: Pack Heels for Italy or Not?


Based on readers tips, it seems the balanced answer to the best shoes for travel to Italy is to pack a pair of cute flats or sneakers for sightseeing during the day and to take one pair of wedges to wear out to dinner.

However, if you are really keen to pack heels we have a guide about walking in heels on cobblestone streets. And read this post to find the ultimate heels for travel.




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If you are not sure what shoes to pack for your summer trip to Europe, watch this video to learn the three pairs of shoes TFG’s editor took with her and why!



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Tips for Packing Your Heels (Or Whatever Shoes You Bring!)


Determining how to pack heels for travel can be difficult, especially if you’re trying to pack light and avoid a heel poking through a bag. To make it easier, start by choosing a container such as a shoe bag or a packing cube, then pack according to your type of luggage.

Whether you have a front loading or top loading backpack, it is important to put your shoes in first, at the bottom. If you’re planning to pack shoes in a rolling carry-on, remember that it’s stands sideways so it is important to note how it functions when it is upright. Most often, your shoes will need to be packed close to the wheels, so that the luggage maintains its balance in transit.

To store, use washable shoe bags, gallon size Ziploc bags, or plastic shower caps to keep your belongings separate from your shoes.

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What do you think are the best shoes for travel to Italy? Please comment below!


Please note: Most of Europe’s budget airlines have this carryon bag allowance: 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. Always check your airlines individual baggage rules and regulations in advance.



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