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After reading my daily tip on how not to stand out like a tourist in a foreign country, one of my readers asked,

“If I can’t wear sneakers, what should I wear?”

So, I thought this may be helpful. And please know, I am in no way saying you shouldn’t wear sneakers. If that works then great, keep doing what works for you.

I thought I’d share the shoes I wore on my last few trips abroad this past year. Since I never check a bag, I can’t take too many shoes with me and the shoes I do take need to be comfortable, cute, and pack easily.   Normally, I’ll pack 2 pairs of shoes then wear another pair, so that give me 3 pairs of shoes to choose from which I think is a lot. When I  travel to a cold destination I usually only take two pairs of boots, one black and one brown and I’m good for the whole trip.

The following pics are my personal shoes, I’m not getting paid or sponsored by a brand, these are just shoes that I find comfortable and I like to travel with.

And remember, these shoes aren’t professional models, so please don’t judge them 🙂

Jessica Simpson

 You may not think of taking wedges with you when you travel but these shoes by Jessica Simpson were extremely comfortable and they matched everything. I always make sure that any shoe I take matches several outfits, or else it doesn’t make sense for me to take them.

 

 

Sketchers

I normally only wear these black Sketchers when I travel. I wore these when I was in Ecuador and they are great walking shoes. They aren’t the best for dressing up but they match everything and my feet are not tired or hurting after wearing these all day.

 

Steve Madden

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I love these shiny gems. You might not think that a sparkly shoe like this is good for vacation but they can be. They go with tons of stuff, and they are comfortable which are two of the most important things. And if you are going to a nicer place (dinner, theatre, etc) these can easily dress up  an outfit without trying too hard.  If you are concerned about not being comfortable enough, buy gel shoe inserts, they work wonders and I usually put them inside of my flat shoes. It makes all the difference.

 

 These pink flats are so old there isn’t even a name on the inside, but they are really comfortable and easy to pack. Pink is easy to match with different outfits and I just love a ballet slipper. I have a gel insert inside of this shoe, that is the gray that you can see.

 

 

When I visit a country and the weather is going to be hot, I like sandals and these Sketcher Tone-Ups were amazingly comfortable, they are supposed to help shape your legs as you walk in them and I wore these all the time while in Russia. With the pattern on them it dresses them up a bit so I could wear them anywhere, they went with dresses and pants and as long as my toes were painted, I was good to go!

I don’t hate sneakers, they have their place. In fact, when I went to Ecuador, I didn’t bring a pair because since the exchange rate was so good, I decided to buy a pair while I was there and I wore those when we did sporty things.  When the trip was over, I threw the sneakers away because they were ridiculously cheap, they had gotten thrashed with all that we did and they had served their purpose and I had no room to bring them home anyway. I tend to do this whenever I go to a country where my money goes really far. Obviously, if running is important to you, then you need your sneakers.  As I said, this is just what I do, and I hope this has helped.

 

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Some people travel. Roni IS travel. For over 20 years she has been traveling the world and now shares her unique insight with her worldwide audience on her blog, www.RoniTheTravelGuru.com. Whether you have never gotten on a plane or are a seasoned traveler, the expertise and insider knowledge she shares on her blog will help you make your travels an adventure. No where else can you find the uniquely helpful ins and out given to you by someone who has lived overseas for 4 years, speaks fluent English, French and Spanish, and works for a major airline. And guess what? She’s also a licensed elementary teacher and has an MBA.

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