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Rome is notorious for its uneven streets that require miles and miles of walking in order to get to the best sites. This is why it’s essential to have the right shoes. Keep reading to find out how to choose the best travel shoes for Rome.
How to Choose the Best Travel Shoes for Rome
Roman style was best described to me as Parisian inspired with a Mediterranean influence. Many travelers can pack the exact same thing to travel to both of these cities in the summer.
However, unlike Paris, Rome is a tougher city. From the cobblestone streets to the intense dust and the endless walking you are visually inspired to do, your feet get hit hard when visiting the Eternal City. Sightseeing on cobblestone streets sucks.
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I couldn’t have had better luck than finding the Roman Guy’s Gold Cart City Tour. Not only was it an excellent way to get a feel for the city but it was also a golden opportunity to rest my feet – perfect to conserve your energy at the beginning of a trip or exactly what you’ll need at the end.
It seemed as if countless other tired travelers felt the same way as they watched with envy as we got a tour of the city in comfort, allowing us to focus on the important matter at hand – Rome’s mesmerizing beauty.
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I’m not exactly sure why I’ve heard so many travelers, both women and men, complain about their feet as in Rome. Perhaps it’s the cobblestone streets.
Maybe it’s the city’s beauty that inspired people to walk it in its entirety or perhaps it’s the sweltering summer heat that enhances the above two factors and doubles the size of their feet.
Based on the female tourist fashion I saw in the streets in Rome it appeared as if everyone showed up in their cutest shoes and quickly ran to the nearest shoe store buying the first (and sometimes hideous) trainers available.
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Everywhere I looked women wore gym shoes paired with their lovely summer dresses but based on the styling and color combinations it did not look like it was done on purpose.
Make sure that this doesn’t happen to you and pack comfortable shoes to Rome right off the bat.
There’s no point in packing cute outfits and gorgeous shoes if you’re going to end up wearing your running shoes anyway. Wouldn’t it be slightly better to wear semi-fashionable functional shoes from the start?
I think so, and with that being said I’m not giving you the most fashionable shoes for Italy. Instead, I’m sharing what our readers have said, from experience, what makes for the best shoes for Rome so your feet can survive the sightseeing!
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Here’s what our readers rated as the the best travel shoes for Rome.
- Skechers Microburst
- Skechers Flex
- Teva De La Vina
- Keen Rose Sandal
- Naot Sophia Sandal
- Crocs Alice Work Flat
- Clarks Leisa Annual Sandal
- Superga Cotu Sneakers
- Geox Lola Flat
- Born Trinculo Boots
- Naot Sabrina Flat Sandal
Here’s a quick review of the best travel shoes for Rome:
|BRAND / MODEL
|Skechers Microburst Sneaker
|“These shoes took me through the catacombs, the Colosseum, the Parthenon, and the Vatican without a sound from my feet.”
|Skechers Flex Appeal 2.0 Sneaker
|“I brought two pairs of Go Walk Skechers but my friend brought these Flex Appeal 2.0 sneakers and she looked more stylish and did not need to switch shoes.”
|Teva De La Vina Dos Chelsea Boot
|“Even in warmer months I’d suggest shoes, not sandals. I made that mistake in July and my feet got so, so dirty from the streets and historic sites.”
|Keen Rose Sandal
|“I lived in my leather Keen Rose sandals my last trip. Great support and good toe protection, which I consider crucial on cobblestones.”
|Naot Sophia Sandal
|“I was in Rome last summer and wore these everyday.”
|Crocs Alice Work Flat
|"This style features a variety of graphics, thicker construction at the toes and metatarsal areas, increased arch support, and nubbed Croslite foam footbeds for a massaging effect with every step."
|Clarks Leisa Annual Sandal
|“When we were in Rome in May, I wore a pair of Geox sneakers and a pair of Clarks sandals and they worked perfectly.”
|Superga Cotu Sneakers
|“The oldest, most comfortable sneakers/trainers you have…don’t care how they look…ones you have been thinking about throwing away, but just can’t because they are so comfy….those….take those!”
|Geox Lola Flat
|"TFG readers love their ballet flats bit they also have casual yet sophisticated trainers for both women and men of you prefer a closed toe shoe for your exploration."
|Born Trinculo Boots
|"They’re lightly padded shoes are loved for comfort but can also be worn stylishly by women of all ages."
|Naot Sabrina Flat Sandal
|“I have a pair of Naot Sandals that carry me everywhere. They have a slight lift to them so they look good with dresses or with pants. I can walk for miles in them and the bottom is sturdy for cobbles."
Now let’s look at what our readers have to say about their favorite travel shoes for Rome.
Skechers Microburst One Up Flat
We’re not surprised to see our readers mention Skechers, as they make so many comfortable pairs of hybrid flats and sneakers. One reader recommends the Microburst One Up style, saying, “these shoes took me through the catacombs, the Colosseum, the Parthenon, and the Vatican without a sound from my feet.”
The air-cooled memory foam is perfect for hot days in Rome so your feet don’t sweat, while the thick rubber sole makes it feel like you’re walking on a cloud.
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Skechers Flex Appeal 2.0 Sneaker
Sneakers are always a good option for Rome, especially in cooler months like spring and fall. One reader says, “I brought two pairs of Go Walk Skechers but my friend brought these Flex Appeal 2.0 sneakers and she looked more stylish and did not need to switch shoes.”
The knit material of this shoe makes it so breathable so your feet don’t feel cramped by the end of the day. Plus, with so many colors to choose from, you can find the perfect pair to match your style.
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Teva de la Vina Boots
Boots may not seem like a good choice for warm weather seasons in Rome, but if you prefer comfort over fashion, consider boots for a year-round choice. And as one reader says, “Even in warmer months I’d suggest shoes, not sandals. I made that mistake in July and my feet got so, so dirty from the streets and historic sites.”
If you’re looking for a good boot, consider this Teva style. One reader who says, “If you need a single pair that will work year round, my old standby, Teva de la Vina boots could work.
They would be hot in summer, but even good sandals might not be enough support for Rome.” These comfortable boots offer excellent tread for walking on uneven streets so your feet can feel secure and stable.
KEEN Rose Sandal
We’ll be the first to admit that Keen sandals aren’t the best option for the fashion focused. They’re more of an outdoorsy look and wouldn’t pair well with skirts or dresses. However, for days when you’re walking miles and miles, these shoes won’t let your feet down.
As one reader says, “I lived in my leather Keen Rose sandals my last trip. Great support and good toe protection, which I consider crucial on cobblestones.” Sounds like one of the best travel shoes for Rome!
Naot Sophia Sandal
If you want a stylish and feminine looking shoe that also makes the list for the best travel shoes for Rome, look no further than the Naot Sophia sandal. It has a dressy 1.25” heel that’s still easy to walk in on cobblestone streets.
One reader says, “I was in Rome last summer and wore these everyday.” Naot’s anatomic cork and latex footbed is wrapped in a pampering suede and molds to the shape of the foot with wear for the ultimate comfort.
Crocs Alice Flat
Crocs haven’t had the best reputation in the fashion world, but they have stepped up their designs, making them a fashionista favorite. Diana from D Travels Round lived these shoes for her European trip and I’m sold based on how cute they look in her pic.
This style features a variety of graphics, thicker construction at the toes and metatarsal areas, increased arch support, and nubbed Croslite foam footbeds for a massaging effect with every step.
Clarks Leisa Annual Sandal
A long time traveler favorite, I recommend this brand for women that would like to challenge the locals to a walk-a-thon while wearing wedges. Their summer styles are cute and comfortable. They also make attractive ankle boots for winter.
One reader says, “When we were in Rome in May, I wore a pair of Geox sneakers and a pair of Clarks sandals and they worked perfectly.”
Superga Cotu Sneakers
One reader recommends taking “the oldest, most comfortable sneakers/trainers you have…don’t care how they look…ones you have been thinking about throwing away, but just can’t because they are so comfy….those….take those!”
For us, our pick would be Superga sneakers. Insanely popular in Paris, these shoes are said to be more comfortable than Converse and Vans slip-on flats but with the benefit of European appeal. They got two big thumbs up from one lovely traveler, which seals the deal in my book.
And some readers agree with us! For the best shoes for Rome, one reader says, “for a closed toe shoe I’d probably go for a sneaker, a Superga.”
One reader recommended Geox sneakers, but we think their flats are great too if you’re looking for a dressier shoe option that’s still comfortable.
Geox is the Italian attempt to make a good looking shoe that breathes. TFG readers love their ballet flats bit they also have casual yet sophisticated trainers for both women and men of you prefer a closed toe shoe for your exploration.
Born is my new favorite travel footwear for women that don’t require intense arch support. They’re lightly padded shoes are loved for comfort but can also be worn stylishly by women of all ages. Who knew comfort could look this good?
Best of all, Born can cover all your shoe needs. For winter in Rome, go for ankle boots. Spring and fall are perfect seasons for sneakers, while summer is a great time to bring out those sandals.
We love Naot sandals, and so do our readers! One reader says, “I have a pair of Naot Sandals that carry me everywhere. They have a slight lift to them so they look good with dresses or with pants. I can walk for miles in them and the bottom is sturdy for cobbles.”
Naot sandals are great if you want a dressier look without compromising on comfort. Think of them as a more feminine version of the Birkenstock.
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What do you think are the best travel shoes for Rome? Share in the comments below!
For more tips and ideas on travel shoes, please read:
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- Don’t Break these Travel Shoe Rules
- Where to Shop for Comfort Shoes
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