Hi Everyone! I just wanted to share with you my recent best find! I’ve just discovered what I think are the most stylish walking shoes for travel and sightseeing, as well as just great everyday walking shoes for around and about home.
Seriously, I think they are amongst the best comfortable stylish travel shoes for walking all day as they are lightweight, stylish, strong and sturdy modern sneakers.
Best Sneakers for Everyday wear
When choosing sneakers as walking shoes for travel or everyday wear make sure they are:-
- Comfortable from the get-go
- Have a wide toe box
- Come in versatile colours you can wear with pants, skirts or dresses
- Preferably feature leather uppers and lining for comfort and longevity
- Have heel support
- Offer arch support
- Have some forefront cushioning
Because I’m aways looking for comfortable shoes, and especially versatile travel shoes to keep my feet happy (and therefore more active) I’ve been collaborating with one of my favourite shoe brands FRANKiE4 Footwear, and trialling their MiM sneakers.
As a keen walker I love that FRANKiE4 shoes are designed by a podiatrist who totally understands our feet.
And I think you’re going to love the new FRANKiE4 MiMs which will definitely be in my bag for my upcoming trip to England,.
For the Europhile sightseers amongst you do consider these as your comfy walking shoes for Europe, and also for walking in style and comfort around the decks of a cruise ship.
Not only are they really stylish travel shoes but they are also fashionable and comfy sneakers with a modern look, great for everyday wear that you can team with pants, skirts and dresses.
Why are walking shoes different to trainers?
Walking shoes are stiffer. Running shoes are more flexible. If you run and also walk then get a pair for each activity.
Walking shoes differ from running shoes in that each addresses how a person moves. Walkers strike first with the heel and roll through the step. Runners, by contrast, strike in the midsole and need a built-up heel to soften the impact as well as a flared heel for stability. Walkers need neither of these things.verywellfit.com
Tips for choosing comfortable walking shoes for travel and everydaywear
- There should be about a thumb’s width between the end of your big toe and the end of the shoe.
- Make sure the heel fits quite tightly. Your foot should not move out of it when you walk.
- The part of the shoe that goes over the top of your foot should be snug, but not tight.
- Make sure you can wiggle all your toes.
- Walking shoes should feel comfortable from the get-go.
“Whilst MiM has that trendy ‘chunky sole’ it should still feel lively and light because the rubber is blown rubber- Enjoy them x ”Caroline McCulloch FRANKiE4 Footwear Founder | Designer
In the photo I’m teaming MiMs with Crazy4Jeans black jeans with detail at calf, an M & S ivory jacket, and a crinkle cut Bobbie Button swing top from Vivid International.
MiM Comfy Stylish Walking Shoes feature …
- Heel support.
- Arch support
- Forefront cushioning.
- MiM comes in several lovely pastel shades as well as white and black.
- MiM has leather uppers and lining
- A sturdy rubber sole.
- A spacious toe box.
- Full length and half length footbeds for personalised fit.
“The secret to a tailored fit lies in FRANKiE4’s Patented* Custom Fit pack. Included in every pair of our ‘Custom Fit’ styles is all you need to have your feet feeling fab whether you are narrow, wide or a standard width. Best of all it’s super simple, all components are included in the box! *Patented Fit pack includes: Full-length Footbeds, Half-length Footbeds.” Caroline.
Browse all the styles, and purchase sneakers, boots and sandals online at FRANKiE4 Footwear website.
What if they don’t fit?
And I know you’re thinking, ‘But I’m buying them online – what if they don’t fit?’
Well if you find the shoes you buy are not the right size then FRANKiE4 offer a returns policy for you to change them for another size, credit note or refund – I needed to change a pair for another size, and I found it was very swift and easy. But do measure your feet according to the sizing charts, and check out the returns policy on the FRANKiE4 website for the full terms and conditions before you buy.
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Comfy Shoes and Fitness
On the subject of walking, are you keeping active? Are you doing your daily 10,000 steps? If you’re anything like me you’ll look for excuses not to exercise.
Everyday I try to trick myself to do as many steps as possible – like parking the car further away from the shops than I need to, and walking briskly around the shopping mall rather than loitering.
But my delicate trotters need to be comfortable – and if they’re not, then I become like a tortoise. Very slow. Very apt to park as close to the shops as I can.
If you love walking and want to keep fit by making walking part of your day, then do invest in a comfortable pair of walking shoes you can just slip on with everything you wear.
Remember … Your walking shoes should support your foot where it needs support and provide flexibility where your foot bends. Also look for shoes with a rounded, roomy toe compartment like the MiMs above.
“At FRANKiE4, we design styles with the aim to help reduce foot pain, while keeping you looking fabulous.
Founded by Podiatrists and a Physiotherapist – we’ve re-invented the way sneakers are designed! It’s the foot support and cushioning in fashionable styles that make the FRANKIE4 difference.” Caroline
Did you know the name Frank is from Caroline’s much loved dog? And the 4 stands for FRANKiE4s core principles: Innovative. Functional. Fashionable. Giving Back?
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