Summer is the time to explore! When your urban vacation is filled with museums, shopping, sight-seeing, and fine dining, you will need footwear that's fashionable and comfortable all day. You won't want painful feet to keep you from enjoying your excursions! Whether it is a weekend getaway or a driving tour from town-to-town, it is a balancing act to find practical shoes that also make you feel special.
When space is tight and you can only bring a limited number of shoes, you’ve got to plan accordingly. There is no room in your luggage for an uncomfortable choice, and the pairs you bring may have to do double duty from day to evening. Something in black, white or a solid neutral color pairs with anything you are wearing and is an instant classic.
My choice for something with a sporty flair that looks cute with shorts or a dress? Sorel sandals! We've got several popular choices from Sorel that are as comfortable as your favorite pair of sneakers. Pair them with this Daniella Lehavi tote in black & white for an effortless cool fashion statement.
The Sofft Saydee marries the best features of an open toe “city sandal” with the all-day comfort of a wedge. Malleable perforated leather contours to your foot while a uniquely supportive footbed takes the pressure off your toes with built-in metatarsal and arch support. When sandals are this good looking, no one will guess that they are also so comfy!
For more traditional tastes, consider a Robert Zur loafer or slide. The driving moccasin sole flexes in the right places while still providing support. The gold accent ornament polishes your look to perfection.
If you are spending the day on your feet walking, you will appreciate a fresh pair of sneakers. The Roger Advantage by ON is designed by tennis champion Roger Federer. It has the classic look of a tennis shoe—only more supportive and stylish. No one will mistake these for gym shoes, they are the sneakers that will pull together your casual vacation look into something refined. I became slightly obsessed with bringing ON brand into the store when I took up running, but they are equally excellent for all day adventuring in urban landscapes. I know I'm not the only one to think so. I see ON sneakers walking into the store all the time, and now you can pick up your next pair at Plum Bottom!
When your tours are done for the day and you are ready for cocktail hour, we love Brenda Zaro heeled slides. These Spanish made sandals offer a high enough heel to be elegant so that people will never know they are also a comfortable choice.
Just as important as your choice of footwear is the handbag you bring for on your city vacation. A pro-tip for packing more than one handbag: nest your smaller bags inside a bigger tote that you either carry with you or pack to save valuable space. And consider the environment in which you will be carrying your bags. When you are dodging crowds, you’ll feel more secure with a crossbody or belt bag. Not only does it leave your hands free to explore, you also won’t accidentally set it down and forget it.
Traveling light? Day & Mood is our go-to accessory brand for easy travel handbags.
Timelessly styled, Malou Maxi Crossbody by Day & Mood in soft leather is light weight and offers several compartments to keep you organized. Just for fun, we've paired it here with Lemon Jelly slides.
Daniella Lehavi makes adorable mini purses that can tossed into a bigger bag and used as a stash pouch, carried as a crossbody or as an evening clutch. When one bag can do so many things with so much style it's perfect for an active vacation.
Prefer a bigger bag? We are in love with the Tokyo Half-Moon crossbody by Daniella Lehavi. Its black-on-black 3-D print with nylon strap feels urban and edgy without being heavy—important when you are carrying the bag on your all-day outings.
No matter which big-city adventures you embark upon, Plum Bottom’s staff will help you find the ideal shoes and handbags. Visit us in Harrisburg at the Shoppes at Susquehanna Marketplace, in Camp Hill at 1801 Market Street or online at www.PlumBottom.net. Online customers enjoy free shipping on orders over $120. Safe travels and happy shopping!