In the weeks leading up to your vacation, shortlist the most comfortable walking shoe options, and wear them for at least 2 weeks prior to departure. Nothing else matters…almost.

That’s the tip! If you are interested in my story, read on.

Everything can wait. Everything but trying and testing for the right shoes to go with eager legs. I learnt this the hard way.

Having always trusted a certain brand for comfort, I dropped in, and bought a good looking pair of walking shoes, a couple of days before our departure. All I thought I needed to ensure was that they were my size. And I did. Our first stop was Amsterdam. A day in the city, and I found myself limping. I recall sitting on the floor of the Anne Frank house, like, well, a desolate Anne Frank. How I envied people around me who actually managed to stand for the audio-visual rendezvous into history.

With bad sores, I bought a flip flopfor 8 euros, from a street vendor at the Damrak, to take me through the remaining three weeks of our trip.

Written by Globe-a-Holic

Bagging memories with a green passport.


  1. LOL @ a desolate Anne Frank. That is a very important tip, about shoes, and it’s something most travellers only learn the hard way. I have my stories, like the one time I bought a perfectly comfortable looking pair of casuals, only to swap them with the everyday chappal while walking around the city. The shoes failed me miserably. Now I look for “walking shoes” from reputable brands whenever I need a new pair for travelling (for me it’s usually Clarks). Also because I’m broad-footed, no longer I buy an unknown piece of foam and leather that just “looks” good but doesn’t do the job.

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