One of the main questions people ask me about summer travel in Europe, especially in Italy, is what shoes to pack.

Ideally you don’t want to pack more than 3 pairs of shoes, just because who wants to drag the extra weight around? Packing space is premium, so fewer pairs make more sense.

European and Italian travel means lots of walking. Lots and lots of walking, (my Fit Bit Alta always tells me that on my first day in Rome I walk around 32,000 steps!)  so you want shoes that you can walk around in all day and night, and not be crippled with blisters, chafing, sore feet and ankles. The obvious choice is a good pair of sneakers but that doesn’t always meet our desire to look chic and stylish.

I have found (through trial and error) some sneakers and sandals that not only are super comfortable and good to walk around Europe in all day long, but also manage to look chic and stylish.

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For the past few years I have been wearing Italian Superga Cotu sneakers.

pink supergas

They come in fun, bright colors and look really cool with everything. This year I ordered them from Zappos.com in light pink. Previous years I have bought them in hot pink, royal blue, grey and black. I normally put an extra insole like a Timberland Pro or a Vionic but Zappos has tons to choose from.

Last year I bought these fabulous Somers slip-ons from Sofft in gold.

 

sofft somers in blush

I have literally worn them almost everyday for months. the gold look killer with black pants and dresses (my work wardrobe), look totally dialed in with jeans and with anything white. They might just be the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned! In my real job (makeup artist) I can be standing for hours on end so its really important to have shoes that support your feet and by extension your lower back. The Sofft Somers look chic too. I’m ordering the Sofft Somers in blush for this summer. Like Zappos, Sofft gives you free shipping.

Sandals can be tricky to shop for for travel that involves a lot of walking, because most of them aren’t designed for endless hours of walking. They typically don’t have sole support so your feet can get really sore, and often they chafe and blister your feet too. Here are some great options.

If you had told me 3 1/2 years ago that I would even own something called a Birkenstock I would have died laughing! But here I am, 2 pairs in (one white and one black) to the best summer sandal ever! One of my travelers on my Glam Italia tour pointed out 3 years ago that every chic tourist who had an outfit we were scoping was also wearing these Birkenstocks Gizehs.

birkenstock gizeh

I now own 2 pairs, one black and one white. you do need to break them in before you travel, but the sole forms to your foot and then gives the best support you can possibly imagine. For the past 3 years this has been my Italian sandal – all day long, all over Italy, this is the sandal I’ve been wearing. They come in lots of color choices too. I order them from Zappos.com

Born makes a similar sandal called the Orla. They also offer free shipping.

 

born orla white

 

One of my friends doesn’t like wearing flat shoes. She always looks glam when we travel together, always has heels on. Her secret is wearing shoes by Born. (Born are also known for their incredibly comfortable, super supportive shoes) One year we both trotted around Florence in  heeled sandals similar to these  Born Gayles , our derrieres having that wonderful lift that only a heel can give you, yet so comfortable we felt like we we wearing sneakers.

 

born gayle

This year with mules being so huge the Born Crato is a stylish yet wickedly comfortable option.

 

born crato

 

Last week I was working with this very chic European photographer, who as always looked amazing. She had on the latest cropped jeans, a black T, her blonde hair was all mussed up and fresh, and she had these Sofft Mirabelle sandals on in black. They looked fantastic! I was expecting them to be something she picked up in Paris, but she told me she bought them here, online at Sofft.com (they are also available on Zappos.com). She also said that she wears them all day long on shoots because they are so comfortable, even when she is shooting in a studio with a concrete floor. (That makes them perfect for walking around all day in Europe!)

 

sofft mirabelle

I don’t think this photo does them justice – they looked so good on! I don’t need any more black sandals, but I do need some neutral nude sandals so I’m ordering this pair pictured above.

 

I just found out the the Zoe Report Box of Style discount codes that I posted last month have been extended through the end of April!

If you have been following this blog for a while then you already know how excited I get when my Box of Style arrives.

Zoe Report Box Of Style

Rachel Zoe, longtime personal stylist to Hollywood royalty, and her incredible team curate a box at the beginning of each season. The Box of Style contains key fashion elements that you need to be super stylish for the season ahead. The Spring 2017 Box Of Style was extra special because each item came from companies owned and run by women, several of which provide work and a decent, livable income to women in third world and developing countries, who would otherwise be living in poverty or be forced to work in the sex trade. You can read about it here.

The Zoe Report Box Of Style costs $100 and gives you $400 worth of merchandise. The first item I opened in the Spring 2017 Box Of Style was a full sized container of Japanese Luxury brand Tatcha‘s Gentle exfoliating Rice Enzyme Powder. it has a retail value of $65!

I have been a huge Tatcha fan for several years now, and always travel with their sensational skin care products.

If you enter the discount code BOSSP10 at checkout you will get $10 off the price of the Spring 2017 Box of Style until the end of April. If you want to subscribe for a year of Box of Style use the code BOSSP20 and receive a $20 discount. Unfortunately for me I signed up a couple of years ago so can’t take advantage of the discounts!

At the end of April the discounts will disappear, so take advantage of them before it’s too late!

Sprig 2017 Zoe Report Box Of Style Review

You can read my review of the Spring 2017 Zoe Report Box Of Style here

I am beside myself over these new Stila eye shadows! These are the absolute coolest thing for summer. They are called Magnificent Metals Glitter and Glow Liquid Eye Shadow and you need them right now.

Stila Magnificent Metals

Here is the lowdown: liquid eye shadow that dries to a firm finish that stays on all day. High octane colors underneath with supersonic glitter built in and a high gloss finish. They are off the chain!!

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I was desperate to have them for my Summer 2017 Beauty shoots for Luca Magazine and was actually quite scared I wouldn’t be able to get my hands on them on time.  You can’t but these in stores, they are only available online at Stila.com and they are selling out like crazy. Luckily they arrived last week in time for this week’s shoots.

Stila Magnificent metals Liquid Eye Shadow

For my beauty shoots I ordered three shades, Molten Midnight which has a deep, dark midnight base and gold glitter finish, Bronzed Bell, which has a gorgeous bronze base and a silver and gold sparkle, and Gold Goddess, which has an antique gold offset with a silver sparkle.

Get Stila’s new Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow at StilaCosmetics.com! This brilliantly long-wearing sparkle eye shadow combines the perfect mix of pearl and glitter.

 

Stila Aqua Glow Perfecting Bronzer

Also from Stila I just ordered another Aqua Glow Perfecting Bronzer. I never can find this in stores either, so always get it online at Stila.com. This is honestly just my favorite bronzer ever. It is a gel that you can manipulate to give you as sheer of a veil or as intense of a bronze as you want. You can mix it into your foundation to juice it up a little, wear it beneath or over your foundation, or if you are like me just wear a little of it alone across cheekbones and collarbones and wherever else I want to add a little luxe love. As a pro makeup artist I really intensely dislike most of the bronzers out there – generally I don’t like the color calibration and the sparkles that they put in the products. Bronzer should add a sunny glow to the skin, not a sparkle.

 

 

Stila Magnificent Metals Liquid Eye Shadow

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