When I was 17 I can remember saying to my Mum, “I never want to go on a boat or a plane and I never want to leave Devon.”
Eleven international relocations, and over 20 countries later ( even though these days I spend a lot of time at the computer) I’ve had to eat those words many times over.
At what point travel became my partner in crime, I can’t quite decide. Was it when I fell in love with a peripatetic geologist who I would later marry? Was it when I set off for Belgium with a rucksack and my guitar slung over my shoulder as an 18 year old? Was it when I first cast eyes on idyllic tropical beaches fringed by palm trees?
But with travel as my companion, this life of mine shows no giving up on her hand-hold, and for that I am of course very very grateful because travel broadens the mind, takes us out of our comfort zone, and quite often involves adventure.
Travel Friendly Shoes for Comfort and Style
Which leads me onto my quest to always try and travel in style. Not style for style’s sake you understand, but style as a way of dressing appropriately, looking as good as I can, and most of all feeling comfortable in what I’m wearing.
Shoes can often be a failure. My pathetically soft Pisces feet blister easily and scream loudly when tightly compressed in anything less than, shall we say, flexible.
So when I was contacted by FRANKiE4 footwear who are on a mission to ‘save soles’ I was delighted to say “Yes” when they offered me some new season sandals to take for a complimentary trot on my travels.
Here’s what I found and why I love FRANKiE4 shoes for travelling.
- They give great support in the right places. Designed by a podiatrist you know you’re onto a winning streak when it comes to the correct cushioning to reduce the impact on your joints.
- They are comfortable. Being leather, they stretch and mold to your feet the more you wear them. Some styles have adjustable velcro straps.
- They are functional and versatile. My covered ELLiEs* for instance have been worn with jeans, cut offs, knee length and long dresses.
- They are stylish to look at. Yes, I’ve been complimented often on my FRANKiEs.
- They are durable. I like to walk, and my shoes have to as well. My FRANKiEs have stood up well and I think will last many seasons.
I’ve spoken about travel shoes before in this post : Best Travel Shoes and How to Choose Them and here: The Most versatile travel shoes I’ve ever owned but one of Lifestyle Fifty’s readers recently asked …
How many pairs of sandals should I take on a summer trip away?
Well, I’d say the magic number is 2.
I’m talking about summer holidays. The sort where you’ll be doing a fair amount of sightseeing. You’ll also probably sneak in a comfy pair of trainers for more intense hikes, and a pair of thongs for the beach.
1 pair of sandals should be selected for walking. This is the pair of shoes which you will probably be wearing the majority of the time so they should offer good support and cushioning. You need support to your arches, heel and lots of cushioning to help reduce the impact to the joints. You don’t want tired and sore feet to get in the way of your sightseeing.
Plus 1 dressier pair of sandals which gives you the option to dress up your outfits. Choose dainty sandals which look pretty that can also be worn for sightseeing. Look for adjustability, versatility and comfort. When you travel your feet can swell so having sandals with adjustable straps is a bonus. I’d stick to neutral colours that you can wear with the majority of your outfits.
Below, my MARGiEs* were my going out shoe of choice in Bali, where the adjustable straps were constantly being adjusted due to the intense heat and humidity.
One additional thing to take on board… pardon the pun
Always wear your travel shoes a few times before venturing off. Break them in!! Last thing you want is for your comfortable shoes to be uncomfortable on the first day!
There is an old maxim to bear in mind : When travelling, you are most likely to be either on your feet or in your bed. It pays to invest in both!
Check out the most recent FRANKiE4 range and purchase Here at FRANKiE4
So how did FRANKiE4 come about?
FRANKiE4 was established in 2010 by Brisbane Physiotherapist and Podiatrist, Caroline McCulloch.
It was the day one of Caroline’s patients cried in the consultation room when she was prescribed a ‘comfort’ shoe as part of her treatment that Caroline realised that looking and feeling good was incredibly important to many women. They want to feel confident and stylish in what they are wearing, and not have to compromise on comfort.
FRANKiE4 footwear is designed to improve body mechanics and increase comfort with every step, all within stylish designs. Features include: the Functional Footbed which offers support and comfort from heel to toe, patented Custom Fit system which enables everyone to get a perfect fit, an asymmetrical shape to accommodate and complement the foot’s natural movement and the range also offers orthotic friendly options. FRANKiE4 prototypes undergo rigorous performance testing and quality control, including testing prototypes in Caroline’s two podiatry practices in Brisbane. Caroline and her team oversee the entire process from concept and design through to manufacturing.
The range of sandals, heels, boots, active flats and everyday flats are ideal for women on their feet all day, mothers, travellers, health professionals and active, busy women.
The Functional Footbed is designed to provide women with the ultimate foot support by cradling the heel, supporting the arches and cushioning the sole.
Disclaimer: Items marked with an * were gifted for editorial consideration in accordance with my conditions and disclaimer policy.