Originally Posted by bafe
I know that's not what you want to hear, but why don't you just wear a comfortable pair of loafers? For sure they look dressier than any sneaker.
Hmm, loafers might work, and they are certainly much dressier than any sneaker out there, but if I had to optimize for either walkability or style, I'd have to pick walkability. I don't think I'll be able to comfortably walk in loafers for a long distance. Thank you, though.
Originally Posted by monci
The Puma "El Reys" aren't too bad!
Wow, they do look pretty good! I'll have to consider those for sure. Thanks!
Originally Posted by schrag
Don't know what climate you'll be in (or your age, clothing choices, etc) but I'd rock some boat shoes or clean-lined low top sneakers -adidas samba, converse, GATs, superga, purcell, etc.
Thanks for that list—the GATs seem pretty great and I'll have to do some research on the rest—and sorry for the lack of detail. Age is 20, and I will be in mostly temperate climates but also some colder places (northern Europe).
I'm currently wearing Sperry boat shoes as in your first picture, actually. They are good, but not great for walking long distances. Thanks!
Originally Posted by martinottawa
What about a pair of skate shoes (Vans, DVS, Emerica, Etnies, etc) in a conservative colour like navy, brown or grey? Maybe something like this?
Some of the outdoor-product companies also make interesting sneaker-type shoes - see Scarpa, Keen, Merrell, Patagonia, etc.
Alternatively, you could get something other than sneakers, a leather shoe with a thick rubber sole (like Doc Martens, Rockports, Clarks, Mephisto, etc). They may be ugly (and I hope I don't get kicked off SF for mentioning those names), but they are comfortable as hell for travelling / walking around all day, and you can go into bars that have "no sneakers" rules.
How walkable are skate shoes? I've never worn them, but are they comfortable for walking more than 5 miles a day?
As for outdoor-product companies, good call, I didn't think about looking at them. Thanks for that, I'll check them out in addition to folks like Tom Bihn and REI — I'm not expecting great style from them, but I think at least one of them has to have a functional sneaker that looks decent.
Interesting re: leather shoe with rubber sole. I didn't expect those to be comfortable since they sound heavy; do you have any specific suggestions under those brands that I should take a look at that are especially good for walking? Thank you, by the way.
Originally Posted by SirGrotius
I'd go with CP Achilles in black or Dior GATs. Both run a bit large so try on if you can before ordering. Anyway, both will be more of a baller, dressier sneaker yet will hold up well with a lot of walking.
you might have more luck in the SW&D section.
CP Achilles looks like a classic street-wear sneaker. Great style. Might post in SW&D, but is reposting in there frowned upon? I agree, though, it might have been a better idea to post in there in the first place.