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mimi September 17th, 2002 12:49 PM

Shoes for Shore Excursions
Any advice on good walking shoes/sandals for shore excursions? Tired of living in sneakers every day! Thanks

Donna September 17th, 2002 01:33 PM

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Hi Mimi,
A nice comfy pair of sandals will work for shore excursions or just shopping around town. Just make sure they are not brand new and not broken in. There is nothing worse than wearing a new pair of shoes/sandals that hurt, so just make sure they are comfortable.

JIOL September 17th, 2002 03:41 PM

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Any thoughts on those aqua shoes?

Donna September 17th, 2002 03:46 PM

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Hi Jiol,
The aqua shoes are great for wearing while in water, not sure about on land though, since they have a very soft sole, I think I'd rather go with sneakers for that.

mimi September 17th, 2002 03:58 PM

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Thanks, Donna. What about shoes for those walking "expeditions" and lengthy standing and waiting times in Museums on European and Mediterranean cruises -- Pompeii, Ephesus, Florence, Rome, etc. ?

Donna September 17th, 2002 04:26 PM

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Hi Mimi,
For those kinds of days, just a very comfortable walking shoe, probibaly something you already have and that are broken in. If your feet are killing you, then what good is the excursion? Even if I buy something new for an occasion like this, I make sure to wear them before, so they do feel good.

Carol M September 17th, 2002 05:47 PM

We were in the Mediterranean last year for 2 weeks and did a tremendous amount of walking. (I did not gain one lb.!!!) I wore tennis shoes when I knew we were going to be walking on rocky surfaces, but most of the time I wore a good sandal I bought at Kohl's that had 4 strips of velcro closures across the top. I love them! Were not expensive. The best thing about them is being able to adjust the velcro at different places on your foot as our feel always swell when walking alot, especially in warmer weather!

I just returned from the Caribbean and wore the same shoes there.

The aqua shoes we bought were also great at the beach - snorkeling, etc.

pamda September 18th, 2002 05:21 AM

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My recommendation is Ecco sandals. Not cheap, totally ugly, but OOOOH, do they feel great.

JIOL September 18th, 2002 10:25 PM

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Elaborate on those Ecco sandals a bit.

Are they for men, women, or both?
What do they look like, were can buy them?
and how expensive are they?


P.S. I finished your book, it was well written, I liked your perspective on things.
It is now offically turnned over to my wife to read.

mimi September 19th, 2002 09:31 AM

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Thanks for the info, but please help with specifics. I visited their website, but there are many styles. What worked for you? Mimi

pamda September 20th, 2002 04:48 AM

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The totally ugly pair that I have can be observed on my personal website, <> under the "ruined cruise" topic.

Just look at the picture in the limo. (Ignore the glass of champagne and the cigarette.)

They are black suede, have two straps across the instep and a strap behind the heel. All the straps are adjustable with Velcro. Very useful when your feet swell. The soles are cork.

I think I paid about $125 for them. Worth every penny. In chillier climates, just wear them with socks. It looks pretty strange, but I am too old to care.

I don't know if they make them for men or not.

the important part is the adjustibility.

JOIL: Thanks for the kind words. Stand back. The next one is coming down the ways. Maybe I will cover sandals this time.

kirsten January 19th, 2003 10:08 PM

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Yeah!!! You can't go wrong with Ecco! (I'm part Danish, so maybe I'm biased)

I have the Soft II in Black and Sand colored nubuck and also the Receptor Cross Terrain in blue. I'm thinking of buying some of their sandles, but haven't decided which ones.

I buy many of my shoes online at They have good prices, excellent selection, customer reviews, and free shipping!

Hope this helps!

Nanatravel January 20th, 2003 12:19 PM

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The type of sandals I love and used a lot especially at our European port and cities tours where Four Way Sandals put out by Aerosoles. On sale for about $25-30 and they come in many colors, but black will work best. I have found them in JC Penny, Sears, and most good department stores like Macy's, Filene's etc. There are four wide straps that cross the front with a solid back. The soles are rubber and the innersole is padded. They are open for air circulation but the toe and heel are partially covered. They look nice in slacks, shorts or even a jumper. These are for women. I have bought them for my married daughter and my elderly mother who really like them a lot. Good Luck. They should be on the store shelves before your European cruise.
Bon Voyage

kannis January 20th, 2003 05:16 PM

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I swear by Teva Kinetic sandals. They're padded for comfort and can handle getting wet. I walked many, many miles in mine with not a sign of a blister. (They're available online, too. Just search for "Teva" and you'll come up with sites where you can see them and purchase.)

Waters March 4th, 2003 12:52 AM

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when you want to 'wear in' a pair of sandals that are new, for your cruise, but it is still snowing outside............what's a gal to do?


TMGable March 12th, 2003 10:13 PM

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I totally agree with Tevas. They are the best! I remember about 5 years ago, going to Disney World with my co-workers and I had a pair of strapped flip flop-type sandals. I have never had such foot pain in my life!! I ended up buying a pair of Keds with Mickey on the side, but my feet were already ruined and then, of course, the new shoes made their own blisters.

I bought my Tevas several years ago (after the Disney trip) and I swear they still look new. They were $65, but you can find them on sale at times. I can get them wet, and they won't pick up an odor, since they are open, your feet don't sweat, and they are easily removable (I just generally hate wearing shoes--well, my feet seem claustrophobic in confining shoes). And, every time you put them on they get adjusted to the tightness that you want....depending on feet swelling, etc.

I would swear by them and recommend them. No, they are not the most attractive shoes in the world, but when someone with nice, pretty shoes is wincing from pain, they look longingly at my painless Tevas!!

AfricanGray March 15th, 2003 10:08 PM

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Funny you should mention this topic, cause I have been looking myself. I finally found some Birkenstocks on sale which were a really good deal. I wanted to have a comfortable sandal which had a strap around the heel. Anyway, Birkenstocks are a tad cheaper than Eccos, and in the same ballpark.

Atiya April 1st, 2003 08:23 PM

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My all-time favorite sandals for travel are made by Rockport, since they are comfortable, give good arch support, and generally aren't as expensive as Birkenstocks (which I also like). The best thing about Rockport is that off and on they have models which are comfortable enough to wear all day tracking up and down hilly cobbled streets, but still look nice enough to wear with a dress for dinner. Saves packing!

I sadly don't see anything quite like what I have on their website right now (the "Sarasota" looks like an uglier version of one pair, and the "Pruja" like a less comfortable version of the other), but they seem to change all their styles with great frequency, so it's worth taking a peek if you have a Rockport store near you.


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