The Best Shoes to Wear in Europe, Whether You’re Sightseeing or Relaxing

post featured image

Whether you’ve been abroad before or not, there are soooo many little things to consider when planning for your trip. The time of year and what your itinerary entails will obviously dictate what you end up packing, but after numerous trips to Europe, I’ve learned that the type of shoes you tote along is crucial. And honestly, regardless of the activities you intend on doing during your getaway, the style of shoes you bring really won’t change much.

When traveling so far, I’d say it’s a safe bet to assume you have a wide range of stops you’re making. You might do some sightseeing, some relaxing, and lots of indulging in tasty meals. I know that luggage space is precious, so getting the most wear out of each shoe type you pack is key.

To help you plan ahead and pack wisely, I’m sharing a handful of the best shoes to wear in Europe. Each of these categories includes some specific finds I love or that I’m eyeing, but as always, go with whatever feels the most comfortable to you.

Best Shoes to Wear in Europe

White Sneakers

Aside from formal occasions, there’s really never a bad time to wear white sneakers. What I love about white sneakers specifically is that they go with everything, so you can get a lot of wear from just one pair of shoes.

Also, sneakers make a great travel day shoe option, which is handy because I know they can be on the clunkier side (aka they can take up prime real estate in your suitcase.)

Wear them with any outfit, from a summer dress to denim shorts. Also, if you go with a pair that has a very simple look, they can easily transition from more casual daytime outings to nicer dinners.

best shoes to wear in europe

Comfy Sandals

During my recent trip to Europe, I was pretty much living in sandals. It was the beginning of the summer and the temperatures were already quite warm, so sandals were truly a no-brainer. If you plan on doing a lot of walking or browsing through museums, be sure the pair you choose offer good support.

My best suggestion is to order a few pairs ahead of your trip and wear them while you’re out and about. This is the easiest way to ensure they are actually comfy before you tote them all the way to Europe (no blisters here!)

If I had to choose one pair of sandals to bring, it would definitely be these, which make you feel like you’re walking on clouds. I had these in high rotation during my trip, and couldn’t recommend them more. Plus, so many of you have ordered them and said you’re equally as obsessed!

Another fool-proof option? Birkenstocks. I know you’re either a Birkenstock person or you’re not, but even if they aren’t your typical shoe of choice, they are super comfy and provide ample support.

best shoes to wear in europe
best shoes to wear in europe


If you want to switch up your shoe game during your getaway, consider adding some mules to the mix. Offering the ideal in between sandals and ballet flats, mules are easy to slip on and look great with a variety of outfits. I personally wouldn’t wear these during long walking or standing days, but I do think they’re a cute option for grabbing lunch or drinks.

Low Heels

I almost always bring a pair of heels with me when I travel—you just never know when you might be in the mood to dress things up a bit! In Europe, so many of the streets are made of cobblestone, making it quite the challenge to walk well in heels. For this reason, I’d suggest only packing heels that are on the lower side. Save your high pumps for other occasions!

Kitten heels or shoes with thicker designs work best. These are some options I’m currently loving…


A pair of loafers perfectly complements the charming streets in Paris and London. This classic shoe is as chic as it is practical, and it just so happens that they also provide a good amount of cushion. Anything from slingback loafers to slip-on options work—the choice is yours!

Oh, and while I love a loafer look during the fall months, they can really be worn any time of the year. Pair them with a denim skirt in the summer and spring or with a basic pair of jeans and a cardigan in the fall and winter.

best shoes to wear in europe

Ballet Flats

The ballet flat trend has proven that it’s here to stay, and I don’t know about you, but I’m a fan. While ballet flats aren’t traditionally known for comfort, I’m including them here because if you have room in your suitcase, they can make a good short-term shoe choice (think morning runs for coffee or a nice dinner). I wouldn’t wear these for long days on your feet, but these would all make a pretty finishing touch to a night out look or brunch outfit.

Slip-On Sneakers

Last but not least, don’t sleep on slip-on sneakers! Trust me, they don’t have to look bland—there are actually a lot of stylish options out there these days. Slip-ons are a reasonable shoe pick when traveling in Europe because they’re supportive, but they also make a great long-haul flight shoe. You can get a lot of wear out of one pair since they could go with just about any look.

I hope this post helped you figure out what shoes to wear in Europe! What are your go-to picks? Let me know in the comment section below.

Leave a Comment

Form Below

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.