Minimizing my wardrobe and travel habits meant cutting down drastically on my shoe collecting habit.
Instead of coveting every smart-looking shoe I laid my eyes on- I began looking for a combination of fashionable -comfortable- traveling-walking-hiking -easy to clean -quick drying-not super expensive shoes.
I did find a pair -and I am here to let you get acquainted with them.if this is of any interest to you- than continue reading.
*I remind you that I do not get anything from anyone, not any shoe company nor amazon, this is my true and honest opinion, I paid full price on all my shoes, and I am sharing all this just because I am such a wonderful person.
Meet my Palladium shoes.
These lovelies are 4-5 years old, and have been through a lot.
*I don’t have trillions of shoes so every pair of shoes gets “a chance to do some walkin”. (read how I downsized my shoe cabinet here: The possible hidden feminist story behind Cinderella -and why I stopped wearing high heels.)
I made a very smart choice and took them as my only pair of shoes– to Guatemala.
This meant that I did all my walking– and there was a lot of walking in cobblestone streets, and a lot of playing soccer with the kids in school, and 2 volcano hikes-in these shoes.
(read all about the hike here: Hiking the acatenango volcano in guatemala- usefull tips for beginners).
The most surprising part was how well they climbed the Acatenango- a very slippery uphill and downhill hike, and they were marvellous!
Can’t forget that they look really good too- so no need to hide your hiking shoes under the table at dinner time.
Another huge plus- is that they are very light weight , made of sturdy material, and as far as I’m concerned they are sure winners- since they are totally vegan and not over priced. they wash in the washing machine and dry very quickly.
*Mind you they are not water resistant though!
The true advantage of taking one multi-purpose pair of shoes on a trip is obvious (they are on you- nothing to put in your bag (and shoes take a lot of space)+ there is always that strange feeling you get when putting walking shoes in your bag- even if it is in a separate bag- it always feels a bit dirty…so none of that.
*These can be worn 2 ways- as ankle high- and calf high.
I think my point is made.
If you have any other ideas for multi-purpose shoes in a reasonable price -please share.