I try my hardest not to look like a tourist wherever I go. I own no fanny packs and you won’t find me in an American flag t-shirt. I like to look like I belong. I want to be mistaken for a local. I live to be asked for directions. Suffice to say, it’s a bit of an obsession.
But since moving to Europe I’ve let go of my no sneakers while traveling rule, because:
#1 Europeans love sneakers. From the flashy and colorful to understated and high-end, the Swiss-French adore to wear their le tennis on the weekend.
#2 Sneakers give me more mileage. I have barely worn a pair of heels since moving here, because I walk everywhere and on cobblestoned streets, no less.
#3 There are some seriously cute sneakers out there! Gone are the days of bright white Reeboks that scream “tourist!” A pair of well-chosen sneakers never look lazy when paired with a tailored outfit.
A few of my favorite summer sneakers for some dream trips:
Seaside in Cape Cod:
Surf camp in Costa Rica:
Backpacking through Europe:
Sailing in the British Virgin Islands:
Wine-tasting in Tuscany:
Island-hopping in Greece (the lightest shoes for your suitcase–I’ve worn them since 1992):
Weekend sightseeing in New York:
Road tripping down the Californian coast:
The go anywhere classic white summer sneaker:
Happy travel planning (and sneaker shopping!). For now, a few links:
- Fun ways to wear your sneakers this weekend (WhoWhatWear)
- Men: How to wear sneakers when you aren’t at the gym (Men’s Health)
- How celebrities wear sneakers (InStyle)