Hi folks, much appreciate any input from the enablers in this thread regarding my next MTO. I'm planning a trip to Italy this fall and I plan on doing a lot of walking, probably about 8-10hrs per day. I've been looking at my current shoe line up and apart from my New Balance trainers and Converse Jack Purcells, the only shoes I feel will allow me to walk that much comfortably are my tan chukkamok with vibram gumlite rubber sole, chili Carson City boots w/ white harrier sole, and probably to a lesser extent the grey Aberdeen with the mini lug sole.
The problem I have with these shoes are they aren't very versatile either because of their color (grey) and/or design (long wing chukka, thick white rubber sole). I'd like to have a more versatile shoe with a forgiving sole that I can wear with jeans, chinos and cords. Dainite is out since I dont think it has enough give for really long walks (I'll probably be carrying my 2yo son quite a bit too).
I was thinking of either getting a MacNeil or Black Hills in natural CXL with natural welt and red vibram gumlite sole. My current preference is the red gumlite sole, but concerned that it will again limit the pant-shoe combination I can use it with. Also concerned that natural CXL will be too light and that golden brown CXL might be the better option. That said it will be casual show thus it shouldnt matter that much. For background info I will most likely bring the walnut strand, burgundy EC and navy suede grayson too.
Much appreciate any input. Here are the rest of my shoes to provide more background info.
Walnut Strand with V-tread tap soles
Tan suede Amok
Navy suede Grayson with JR soles
BB chili grain MacNeils
Chili Carson City
Burgundy Eagle County with black Dainite
Navy Eagle Country with black Dainite
Tan waxy saddle Eagle County with mini-lug tap soles
Brown CXL Rothsay with mini-lug tap soles
Brogue Suede Grayson with red Dainite (in production)
Chili Grain Lexington with v-tread tap sole (in production)