Here we go. A typical problem which many woman have, who travel. How many shoes and especially which shoes?
Even some man struggle with the decision.
This is what I usually will take if I go somewhere for a longer time (talking about several months).
This list can be adapted according to the activities you plan, the weather and depends if you are staying somewhere or traveling with a backpack from place to place.
- Sportshoes – These are a must on every list. They are usually light and very comfy. You can walk in them when you are doing sightseeing and they are great if you like to stay fit even if you are on the road. While I usually wouldn’t train with them forms, they are a must if you go running. They protect your joints and give you a much better grip like, for example, classic Kungfu Shoes. In short perfect for sport and for walking of all kinds.
- Flip-flops – While I tend to say no open shoes for many parts of asia, just saying public squatting toilets, 1 Pair of Flip-Flops I leave never at home. Not the nice leather ones, but those I can shower with. Firstly you never know what you will see in Hostels, secondly they work as houseshoes too if the floor is cold or dirty and then there are the occasions when you are actually at a beach 😉
- Black shoes – Any pair of simple black shoes, which are not too sporty, so that they can be combined with a going out outfit or be worn for a walk through the city. There is no way that you will get into a club or even some bars with the shoes named above, so a simple black pair of shoes is a must. Why black? First they go with everything and secondly you won’t see the dirt as bad. I actually love white shoes, but I won’t take any with me. Why? Because every time I go to China my white stuff gets instant grey, no matter how often I wash it. Maybe it’s the air pollution or I am too stupid for the washing maschines…whatever it is...no light colors…If you are backpacking you will have the same problem, they just get dirty to quick.
Being reasonable these are actually all you need, but what if it gets cold?
- 4. A pair of boots – If you know there will be big temperature differences you will need a pair of boots. When the feet are cold it so much easier to get sick. I like to take a pair of boats which is not lined with fur, so that they will already work in spring/autumn weather. When it gets cold I have a pair of fur insoles which I put in to keep my feet warm and cozy. This gives me much more possibilities to wear the shoes. Also I pick simple ones, which I can either updress or downdress.
You are a woman? And you can’t leave without a decent pair of heels?
- 5. Heels – So be it. I always have to take a pair too. You never know for what reason you like to dress up. For example a birthday, a dinner or going out in a big city. One has to have fun. This is more an option if you are actually staying somewhere for a longer time, but I’d say one pair is ok even if you are traveling with a backpack. But be careful that the heel isn’t to thin, because roads can be rough and holes are everywhere.
You are not living out of a backpack? Great then you can add to shoes if you want, because you will most likely have a bigger luggage
- Another pair of heels/flat shoes – Whatever you prefer. I mixed it. I have a red pair of sneaker, which have this fun hidden heel. They are as comfy as flat once, but add a couple of centimeters to my hight. I like them because they add a splash of color to my outfits and also if I am sick and tired of my black shoes I have something to mix things up with.
- The Fun-Pair – This is simply your favorite pair. Already got it with you, great then you don’t need an extra. But if it is still missing and you still have enough space, feel free to add a pair you love. Maybe you won’t wear it as often as the others, but if it lightens your mood or looks just awesome with that one dress or whatever the reason, go for it and be happy =D
Thats it. Well not quite. I have a secret weapon which I usually take with me.
Not the shoe model, but those slippers you wear in ballet or gymnastics. Why? They fit into every handbag, are super light, work as houseshoes as well as if you feet are hurting from your heels after a long party night, they are quite durable and easy to wash. They saved my feet more than once and earned their place in my luggage.
So these are all in all 8 shoes.
If you are wondering why I am not taking hiking boots, the answer is easy. If you are not planning to actually go hiking I would stick with normal sport shoes. Not as heavy and in the city you really do not need that extra support for your ankles. Also I do not like hiking shoes if the weather is very humid or warm, as they get uncomfortable hot. I can’t do sports with them and they look absolutely horrible and literally go with no outfit. So if you are not planning on climbing various mountains and hiking for weeks through the jungle, I doubt you will need actual hiking boats.
What do all of these shoes have in common?
They are all super comfy. In China everything tends to be bigger, so I already know that I will walk a lot in my shoes, if they are too tight or high I’d be in real trouble. Even with public transports and taxis distances can be a lot more then what I am used to in Germany, so just shoes I can at least walk 5 km in without pain come with me.
What do you think? Did I miss something? Would you take more or would you take less for 9 month living abroad? Tell me what shoes end in your luggage?^^
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