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Travel Tip: Trainers

Packing for a trip can be hard….so many clothes, so little space. Especially as airlines get more and more strict about baggage weights and allowances. My biggest struggle is looking cute, but still being dressed practically. And really, the biggest concern about practicality of your outfit traveling is footwear. Generally you’re walking A TON on holiday in Europe. I mean, there are times you’re on a beach, or hiking and need specific footwear for that, or it’s a million degrees and you want sandals, but generally speaking, the wrong footwear can really ruin your trip and comfort is key on your travels.

 

Even now on trips to Paris, where my main goal is to relax, soak it up, drink wine and eat cheese, I end up walking a ton. Doesn’t matter that I’m not darting about trying to see all the biggest tourist attractions. It’s just a big city and in big cities you walk a lot.  There are trips where you won’t walk as much though.  Our trip to Croatia isn’t very walking heavy: the cities are small, we’re doing outdoorsy things 4 days (hiking/kayaking/cycling) where I’ll wear running shoes, but otherwise I brought sandals and Tieks.  But think about if you go somewhere like Rome for the first time- you’ll be walking everywhere trying to make the most of your trip and see everything!  It’s a big city with a lot of proper “sights” to see.

 

While I yearn to look cool and not touristy and bring all my fabulous shoes, they aren’t the most practical. Especially in the fall and spring when I prefer to do most of my travels.  Fabulous shoes:

  • Aren’t always the most comfortable.
  • Cost more, which is worthy of consideration with lost luggage, hotel theft, and the fact you’re bringing less shoes, if you encounter some unexpected weather and ruin fabulous suede oxfords in rain…it sucks.
  • Can take up more space. I would love to wear riding boots in my euro adventures but they are so big…and then there’s the possibility of swollen calves and not even fitting in big ole’ boots.

 

And thus, you need cool trainers- that aren’t for working out. Because even cool booties tend to hurt after 10 miles of walking uphill in Edinburgh in a day. Running shoes are too sporty and stupidly colored. Cons aren’t my thing and don’t offer enough support. Sandals don’t offer enough padding for lots of walking. I’m not a Toms person so I have no idea about them. Sperry’s make my toes grip at every step and then cramp up. Ballet flats might go the blister route and pairs like Tory Burch Reva’s don’t offer enough support (although Tieks give it a great shot and they do tend to make it on all my trips, maybe a review on that…). But that’s why I have 2 pairs of my go-to travel trainers- both Nikes.

Why two pairs? Because I’m a nazi about black and brown. While some rare occasions work where you’re mixing black and brown. Most times you’re not and you shouldn’t. And a brown purse should never be worn with black shoes in my book….but I am also not a minimalist traveler or packer…or minimalist anything if I’m being perfectly honest with myself.

Two trainers I totally recommend for travel:

Nike Internationalist GPX Grey & Black are the ones I have but they have great colors and patterns being released all the time.  imgres nike-internationalist-gpx-ladies---black-white-flower

Nikes + blazer + skinnies = just cool enough for paris.

Nikes + blazer + skinnies = just cool enough for paris.

Nike Women’s Pre Montreal Vintage Racer Beige to go with everything, but notice the sole isn’t white, it’s off white…must keep in mind white will get wickedly dirty.

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skirt + trainers = perfect for a spring stroll in a park

skirt + trainers = perfect for a spring stroll in a park

I have to say I love the Internationalists the most. Not only is the pattern great (they are actually men’s shoes for some reason), but they are the most comfortable pair of trainers to walk about in. The Montreal Vintage Racers are cool, but a little thinner soled and their tread is a bit nubbier which I don’t think is as comfortable. But they’re both solid shoes.

 

I used to travel in Nike frees and then not need socks, but the problem with that is your feet and then your shoes stink like all get out. I’d recommend getting some no-show socks to absorb sweat but not be seen, and you can wear these shoes with anything and still look cool: shorts, jeans, even a skirt or dress if you style it right.

 

If you’re a person who travels a lot but is sidelined the second day with blisters and sore feet, it’s time to up your shoe game with some comfortable but wicked cool trainers.  Where do I get all my cool trainers?  This random, german website I found: 43einhalb!  The shipping fees suck, but they are super prompt and helpful with every order (and send you poprocks gum!).  I also am a big fan of Asphalt Gold’s website but have yet to order from them.  They both have great instagram feed that leaves me lusting over shoes way too much…currently negotiating these beauties with myself.

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10 Essential Scottish Shoesies

Moving to Scotland? Ya better rethink you shoe game before the movers come. Because I guarantee you’ll need to enhance your shoe collection and it’s a lot cheaper stateside than it is here.

My mother would claim that I couldn’t possibly need more shoes. But she would say that if I had one pair. Yes, it’s true most of my UK friends think I have an obnoxious amount of shoes. But I’m actually not a huge shoe person. I swear. I’ve got nothing on my friends that are real shoe gals. And the shoes I do lust after tend to be sneakers. And have you know…I’ve only bought one pair since I’ve moved here. And they are amazing. And I get compliments wherever I go in them. The availability of sneakers in Europe is a lot sweeter than in the states. I digress….

These are the shoes that I feel are essential to have in Scotland.Slide1

  1. Wellingtons aka Wellies – Obviously. Don’t send these in the sea shipment- get them in your suitcase or at least your air shipment. I know Hunters are all the rage, but I stand by Burberry wellies. I’ve had these beauts since 2006. Worth the cost for sure, although I think I deserve an upgrade. (Cough, cough E)
  2. Wellie-bobs – In truth my wellies were in the sea shipment that got delayed and I needed wellies ASAP due to the fact that I have to take Stella out and didn’t want to ruin my trainers. So I went out and got some cute little wellie-bobs. They’re super easy to slip on for a quick dog wee. And bonus- I got ones that are fleece lined! Even in August, it’s not warm enough (especially when raining) that fleece lined wellie-bobs will make your feet sweat.
  3. Waterproof Hiking Boots – Even if you’re not the sportiest, these will be a good investment living here. And actually, they are the #1 footwear I recommend when coming to visit. Just ask my mom: she’s so glad she got a pair. Scotland is gorgeous.   You are going to want to explore it thoroughly. And a lot of that is done walking. Also, Scotland is not flat. So some ankle support never hurts. And a lot of the walking is on trails. And trails and grass are muddy. And covered in sheep and horseshit. If you get one pair of shoes moving here, it should be these.
  4. Hiking Shoes – I like to have a more casual pair of hiking shoes. These are great for walks on the beach or casual strolls in the woods when you don’t need waterproof-ness or a ton of support. I really hate getting sandy trainers, but sometimes full on boots just seem too intense. That’s when you wear these gems.
  5. Extra Trainers – this is only necessary if you’re running outside and going to the gym. Because you’ll be running in rain, mud, horseshit… you don’t want to track that into the gym. More importantly, they don’t want you to track it into the gym. You should have some clean trainers to get you through your indoor workouts.
  6. Short booties – I would recommend black and brown. They are dressier than sneakers and are the answer when you don’t want to wear heels.  And in all honesty, it doesn’t really pour here all the time.  If you don’t want to look like a frump-ball, you need booties for the rain.
  7. Golf shoes – Um, hello? It’s Scotland. You’re gonna want to get on the links.
  8. Tall boots – Okay, these aren’t essential in Scotland. They were essential in Chicago though and I won’t give them up. But in actuality, I can’t believe how infrequent I wore equestrian style boots in Scotland.  But see note about short booties, same applies.  You can’t tromp around in rubber boots all day.
  9. Slippers – I’ve mentioned you should also get these in your air shipment if not on your person when you arrive. The houses here are cold unless you have heated floors (and even still, my kitchen tile isn’t heated and is deathly cold) you’ll need these.
  10. Sandals – oh no, not for Scotland. For someplace warm where you’ll holiday. Coming up on my diary: Turkey and Portugal.

And to be fair, I did note that some might be considered optional in your life. But none are optional in mine.  Honorable mention goes out to my trail shoes!  I never needed trail shoes before and I still feel damn cool in these light weight, super tread shoes.Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 8.40.49 PMAny pair I forgot or you disagree on?  Don’t get me wrong, it does get warm enough to wear cute flats, but they wouldn’t really be necessary I don’t think.  I also did not put in Uggs because they’re not the best for wetness.  And even though I brought both my regular shearling Uggs and super industrial lined snow-proof, water-proof, -20 degrees fahrenheit Uggs….I wore them the one day it was snowing…and they were completely unnecessary, as hiking boots would have been fine.  But who knows, maybe next year I’ll need winter boots AND sandals in Scotland.  Global warming is a tricky b.