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“What are the best travel shoes for Italy?” This is always one of the biggest dilemmas for women traveling to Europe! In this post, our readers help you avoid looking like a tourist with their expert tips. Find out their suggestions!

 


What are the Best Travel Shoes for Italy?


 

 

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Travel Fashion Girl help! A reader asks:

 

I’m going to Rome for one week. I want to be fashionable, yet I know we will walk a lot! How do I combine comfort and style? It’s supposed to be rainy and getting chilly. What are the best travel shoes for Italy?

 

Great question! Shoes for Italy need to be incredibly comfortable! Not only do they have to be broken in, but you should be able to walk on them on the cobblestone streets. If you are unsure about how to pack your shoes, packing cubes make the perfect shoe bags to protect your luggage form dirty shoes!

Shoes for Italy should be tailored to how locals dress but also be comfortable for the rigors of stairs, cobblestone streets, and narrow passageways. See these reader recommendations for the best shoes to wear in this popular European country seasonally!

 

Here are some tips on the best walking shoes for Europe–including on cobblestone streets!

 

 

Best Sandals for Italy in Hot Weather

 

For hot summer days, sandals are quite fashionable in Europe in recent years and are very popular amongst our readers. Flat sandals with cushion are wonderful for sightseeing, but if you’re looking to elevate your travel outfits, wedges are ultra-fashionable and offered in a variety of cute styles, they’re also a great heel option for female travelers and are an ideal choice for Italy and the cobblestone streets.  Stay comfortable in the heat and opt for a pair of these comfy, yet chic sandals.

 

 

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Naot Sabrina Sandals

 

Naot Sabrina

 

The most comfortable sandals for Italy are the Naot Sabrina, and they’re also a huge  TFG favorite. They have a comfortable footbed, easy to wear strap, and are stylish! 

 

 

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Exploring Europe in Naot Sabrina Sandals

 

Many users say these are lightweight, which is helpful for packing light. Overall, this brand makes comfortable and cute shoes and the Naot Sabrina sandal is excellent for casual or classy scenarios. Buy it here!

 

 

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Vionic Amber Backstrap Sandals

 

Vionic Amber (Wide Sizes Available)

 

Elevate your Italian wardrobe with a stylish pair of  Vionic Amber Sandals! This brand is highly recommended by readers and travelers alike. The American Podiatric Medical Association ((APMA) has given its seal of acceptance for these cushioned, ergonomic sandals that have a sturdy rubber sole to tackle those cobbles with ease. 

Users say these fit well, provide support, and are high quality and durable. Not to mention they’re chic enough to pair with dresses, capris, or long shorts. Buy it here!

 

 

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Earth Origins Orno Foster Memory Foam Sandals

 

Earth Origins

 

The Earth Origins Memory Foam Sandals have cushioned arch support and the straps are stretchy and soft—no rubbing or friction at all!

 

 

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Earth Origins Foster Memory Foam Sandals with Anatomie Tank, H&M Jeans, Wallaroo Sun Hat, and Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody

 

While this style is not for everyone traveling Europe, some readers do want to stick to a Birkenstock vibe and these are more polished due to the braided leather and sleek buckle. You can walk everywhere with these and feel and look great! Buy them here!

 

 

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Birkenstock Daloa Ankle Strap Sandals

 

Birkenstock Daloa

 

If you want an actual Birkenstock and something more strappy, the Daloa Sandals are the perfect combination of sleek and comfort. The straps are delicate but the footbed is supportive and shock absorbing. 

A cute but durable sandal, Birkenstocks are endlessly popular with readers. And these would blend in beautifully with your Italy travel outfits. Buy it here!

 

 

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Sofft Mirabelle Wedge Sandals

 

Sofft Mirabelle

 

For a stylish wedge option without discomfort, the Sofft Mirabelle Sandals are not only cute but extremely comfortable and our readers just can’t get enough of them! 

We love all the colors and the feminine yet supportive straps. These are the perfect pairing for any European travel wardrobe because they are a combo of comfort on cobblestones and chic style. Buy them here!

 

 

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Ecco Flowt Wedge Sandals 

 

Ecco Flowt 

 

For another wedge option, the Ecco Flowt Sandals are not only stylish but functional. You can be confident in these walking for many hours as they offer arch support and are cushioned. A consistently popular sandal, it’s landed on our monthly reader must-haves series!

 

 

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Ecco Flowt Sandals, Eddie Bauer Departure Long Sleeve Shirt, and Zara Paperbag Shorts 

 

The velcro straps make them easy to remove or put on quickly and they blend in nicely to make a wonderful excursion option or evening shoe for a pasta dinner at a cafe in the town square. Buy it here! 

 

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​​Best Sneakers for Italy in Mild to Hot Weather

 

For easy and hassle-free footwear, opt for a comfortable pair of slip-ons or lace-up sneakers, depending on what style works for you. With a structure that’s simple and a look that’s stylish, these are a fantastic travel-friendly option to bring along to Italy. These classic sneakers are ideal for summer and moderate weather year-round.

 

 

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Taos Footwear Star Sneakers

 

Taos Star (Wide Sizes Available)

 

The Taos Star is the #1 sneaker on the blog and an excellent choice for Italy travel. With a lace-up closure, durable rubber sole, and soft textile lining, these offer flexibility as well as traction for various landscapes, including cobblestones!

 

 

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Taos Star Sneakers, with Anatomie Tank Top, and H&M Flared Ankle Jeans

 

These have a removable footbed and are made of canvas leather which makes them easy to maintain and keep clean. Some users say these can run small, so you may want to size up by at least half a size. Overall, the Taos sneakers are cozy and polished. Buy it here!

 

 

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Skechers Performance Go Walk Slip-On Sneakers

 

Skechers Go Walk

 

Skechers Go Walk Sneakers are synonymous with comfort and are made of a breathable knt so your feet won’t overheat. While a little sporty, these would still look fabulous with casual dresses and rompers, or some cute cropped pants.

These also have a generously cushioned footbed and good grip, so your feet stay comfortable and in place while walking narrowly built streets and taking in the majestic historical architecture. Buy it here!

 

If you want MORE of this brand, check out our post on the best Skechers for all occasions—from boots, sneakers, to sandals!

 

 

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Allbirds Wool Sneakers

 

Allbirds (Merino Wool)

 

The All Birds Merino Wool Sneakers are super popular with TFG readers because they’re comfy, stylish, and made from merino wool. Therefore, your feet will breathe and not overheat, but the wool keeps your feet insulated. 

And bonus, these can be worn for most seasons, though not recommended in the winter amidst snow or heavy rain, opt for wearing on milder days or during the fall. With so many cute color combinations to choose from, it’s not hard to find something that will suit your Italian adventure. Buy it here!

 

 

Best Flats for Italy in Mild Weather

 

Overall, flats are not recommended as extensive sightseeing or walking shoes, but they remain popular for Europe due to their polished versatility. When following the 3-shoe rule, flats could be your “wild card” shoe; the pair that fits with your laid-back or minimal activities, such as grabbing gelato or getting dressed up for dinner. 

 

 

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Hush Puppies Chaste Flats

 

Hush Puppies Chaste (Narrow, Wide, and Extra Wide Sizes Available)

 

Go for an easy classic with these Chaste Ballet Flats and conquer Rome! 

They have a breathable perforated arch, in addition to a cushioned footbed that means hours of comfort. Your feet breathe and they can move while still being supported, which is why these are so popular!

Choose from over 40 colors and prints to find your Italian style. And bonus, these come in narrow, wide, and extra wide sizes as well. Buy it here!

 

 

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Vionic Jewel Callisto Ballet Flat

 

Vionic Jewel Callisto

 

A simple, yet perfect classic, the Vionic Jewel Flats will go with just about any outfit. Equipped with a sturdy, but flexible rubber sole, they have an EVA footbed to support your feet as you explore the magical streets of Rome or Milan.  

These are polished looking shoes with the heart of complete comfort and will last years stylistically. Buy it here

 

 

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Skechers Go Walk Lite Ballet Flats 

Skechers Go Walk Lite

 

Skechers is known for their walking reliability and the Go Walk Ballet Flats  are a casual-polished way to explore Italy. Dress them up or down and enjoy the good tread, cushion, and total comfort. Buy it here!

 

  

Best Boots for Italy in Cold Weather

 

As if it can’t be recommended enough, boots are a European must-have! Ankle boots are ideal for mild days with light showers but bring some mid-calf or tall boots for heavy rain. Some travelers also suggest stylish galoshes such as Hunter boots. But if you want to dress like the locals, Italians wear high-quality, solid leather boots throughout autumn and winter. 

 

Shopping tip: don’t take them but buy some gorgeous boots there!

 

 

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Blondo Villa Waterproof Boots

 

Blondo Villa (Waterproof)

 

The Blondo Villa Boots shown above are beloved by TFG readers and THE most recommended boots for Italy. They look like a regular ankle boot function like rain boot are fully waterproof. On top of it, these are a versatile and reliable option for walking and exploring.

 

 

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Traversing Europe in Blondo Villa Boots in Black Color

 

This classic and streamlined boot will add a sleek sheen to all your outfits and they don’t take up too much suitcase space either! Buy it here!

 

 

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Pikolinos Vicar Zip Up Combat Boots

 

Pikolinos Vicar Zip Up 

 

Something that’s having a moment is combat boots, and these Pikolinos Side Zip Shoes are edgy and fun—they’ve also been a most bought item by readers in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Made from super soft leather, they have good arch support with a cushioned insole which is a must for walking.  

These are so stylish and go with everything. They feature a lace-up closure with a side zipper, along with a studded detail that makes them stand out. Though not waterproof, they can be treated with waterproofing spray. Buy it here! 

 

 

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Chaco Cataluna Waterproof Chelsea Boots

 

Chaco Cataluna (Waterproof)

 

Italian women definitely love sleek boots and these elegantly crafted Chaco Ankle Boots are waterproof, comfortable, and eye-catching! With good arch support, users say they are wearable all day, and if you need different support, the insole is removable so you can insert custom orthotics. 

Wearers say these have excellent grip (for those cobblestones!) and they are so versatile with leggings or slacks. Buy it here!

 

 

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Teva Anaya Waterproof Long Boots

 

Teva Anaya (Waterproof and Wide Calf Option)

 

We love tall boots because they can act as both a stylish shoe option and something that keeps you dry during any unexpected rainfall during your Italy vacay. These Teva Anaya waterproof boots are a triple threat of waterproof, style, and comfort! 

Made of burnished leather, they have a cushioned footbed and rubber sole that won’t slip on wet streets. And they come in half sizes, along with a roomy opening of 15”, so it can fit wider calves. These are so luxe for something so practical! 

Pair these with a skirt or some slim jeans and a cute, polished raincoat. Buy it here!

 

Tip: Most travelers agree that three is the magic number when it comes to packing shoes! Learn more about how to create a travel capsule wardrobe with just three pairs of shoes! 

 

Read this Rome packing list for more tips on what to wear on your trip!

 

 

Best Shoes for Italy Product Comparison Chart

 

Here’s a quick guide summary of the best travel shoes for Italy:

BRAND/NAME FEATURES RATINGS/PRICE
Best Sandals for Italy in Hot Weather
Naot Sabrina Sandals The most comfortable sandals for Italy are the Naot Sabrina, and they’re also a huge  TFG favorite. They have a comfortable footbed, easy to wear strap, and are stylish!  Check Price
Vionic Amber (Wide Sizes Available) This brand is highly recommended by readers and travelers alike. The American Podiatric Medical Association ((APMA) has given its seal of acceptance for these cushioned, ergonomic sandals that have a sturdy rubber sole to tackle those cobbles with ease.  Check Price
Earth Origins Orno Foster Memory Foam Sandals The Earth Origins Memory Foam Sandals have cushioned arch support and the straps are stretchy and soft—no rubbing or friction at all! Check Price
Birkenstock Daloa Ankle Strap Sandals If you want an actual Birkenstock and something more strappy, the Daloa Sandals are the perfect combination of sleek and comfort. The straps are delicate but the footbed is supportive and shock absorbing.  Check Price
Sofft Mirabelle Wedge Sandals For a stylish wedge option without discomfort, the Sofft Mirabelle Sandals are not only cute but extremely comfortable and our readers just can’t get enough of them!  Check Price
Ecco Flowt Wedge Sandals  For another wedge option, the Ecco Flowt Sandals are not only stylish but functional. You can be confident in these walking for many hours as they offer arch support and are cushioned. A consistently popular sandal, it’s landed on our monthly reader must-haves series! Check Price
​​Best Sneakers for Italy in Mild to Hot Weather
Taos Star (Wide Sizes Available) The Taos Star is the #1 sneaker on the blog and an excellent choice for Italy travel. With a lace-up closure, durable rubber sole, and soft textile lining, these offer flexibility as well as traction for various landscapes, including cobblestones! Check Price
Skechers Performance Go Walk Slip-On Sneakers Skechers Go Walk Sneakers are synonymous with comfort and are made of a breathable knt so your feet won’t overheat. While a little sporty, these would still look fabulous with casual dresses and rompers, or some cute cropped pants. Check Price
Allbirds Wool Sneakers The All Birds Merino Wool Sneakers are super popular with TFG readers because they’re comfy, stylish, and made from merino wool. Therefore, your feet will breathe and not overheat, but the wool keeps your feet insulated.  Check Price
Best Flats for Italy in Mild Weather
Hush Puppies Chaste (Narrow, Wide, and Extra Wide Sizes Available) They have a breathable perforated arch, in addition to a cushioned footbed that means hours of comfort. Your feet breathe and they can move while still being supported, which is why these are so popular! Check Price
Vionic Jewel Callisto Ballet Flat A simple, yet perfect classic, the Vionic Jewel Flats will go with just about any outfit. Equipped with a sturdy, but flexible rubber sole, they have an EVA footbed to support your feet as you explore the magical streets of Rome or Milan.   Check Price
Skechers Go Walk Lite Ballet Flats  Skechers is known for their walking reliability and the Go Walk Ballet Flats  are a casual-polished way to explore Italy. Dress them up or down and enjoy the good tread, cushion, and total comfort. Buy it here! Check Price
Best Boots for Italy in Cold Weather
Blondo Villa Waterproof Boots The Blondo Villa Boots shown above are beloved by TFG readers and THE most recommended boots for Italy. They look like a regular ankle boot function like rain boot are fully waterproof. On top of it, these are a versatile and reliable option for walking and exploring. Check Price
Pikolinos Vicar Zip Up Combat Boots Something that’s having a moment is combat boots, and these Pikolinos Side Zip Shoes are edgy and fun—they’ve also been a most bought item by readers in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Made from super soft leather, they have good arch support with a cushioned insole which is a must for walking.   Check Price
Chaco Cataluna Waterproof Chelsea Boots Italian women definitely love sleek boots and these elegantly crafted Chaco Ankle Boots are waterproof, comfortable, and eye-catching! With good arch support, users say they are wearable all day, and if you need different support, the insole is removable so you can insert custom orthotics.  Check Price
Teva Anaya (Waterproof and Wide Calf Option) We love tall boots because they can act as both a stylish shoe option and something that keeps you dry during any unexpected rainfall during your Italy vacay. These Teva Anaya waterproof boots are a triple threat of waterproof, style, and comfort!  Check Price

 

 

 


 

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