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I need shopping help

Hello, friends list! As you may be aware, mangofandango and I are taking a trip to Italy this May. This trip will require lots of walking around, and my current shoes are old, worn, loose, and not good for lots of walking. Do any of you have suggestions for a comfortable men's shoe that won't give me blisters or sore feet after walking and standing for hours upon hours?

Second, while we are in Italy, I want to be able to keep my wallet in a safe place, so I am looking for a lightweight comfortable spring jacket with an inside pocket. Preferably something made of khaki-like fabric. If you know of anything like this, I would appreciate hearing about it.

Thank you all!

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okb
Feb. 9th, 2006 03:53 pm (UTC)
The most comfortable pair of shoes I have owned was a pair of Rockports. I then got another pair of Rockports that was uncomfortable and then another that was comfortable, but not quite as comfortable as the original pair. In conclusion, you should take a look at Rockport shoes.
rfreebern
Feb. 14th, 2006 12:07 am (UTC)
I will take them 2/3rds into consideration!
rfreebern
Feb. 13th, 2006 11:54 pm (UTC)
Ooh, they have a really nice looking jacket that might be just what I need. Thanks for the pointer!
allypopsicle
Feb. 9th, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC)
i walked around in my Birkenstocks in italy, and i was fine, but i understand that not everyone has industrial strength soles. :)

also, when i was there in March, there were several days that i did not even need a jacket. you may want to think about a wallet on a belt to go inside your pants. MONEY PANTS?? WHAT?

well, here's the one i had:
that hung like a miss america banner across my chest inside my jacket.

this one is one my mom offered, which she used when she went to italy during the summer, so she didn't have to have a jacket on all the time.

i hope these give you some ideas!
allypopsicle
Feb. 9th, 2006 04:19 pm (UTC)
i didn't mention it, but these also might be a good idea because they are always on your body, rather than a jacket which is something you might accidentally leave on a chair somewhere.
rfreebern
Feb. 13th, 2006 11:55 pm (UTC)
My brother has a pair of good travel wallets like these that he is going to loan to us for the trip. They certainly do make sense.
rfreebern
Feb. 13th, 2006 11:59 pm (UTC)
Man, these look nice, but wow, a bit pricey. Some of the hats are fantastic but I don't think I can bring myself to spend $70 on them. Thanks, though. Maybe they'll have a sale.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 9th, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
oh that sounds like fun! I've always been happy with New Balance! (and yes, I wear men's sneakers!)
evaleia
Feb. 9th, 2006 08:58 pm (UTC)
eek.. that was me! sorry!
kespernorth
Feb. 9th, 2006 09:14 pm (UTC)
Powered armor?

Dolphins strapped to your feet? (They do tend to squeak, though.)

Wooden sandals, Japanese-style?

In all seriousness, Eccos are quite comfortable and good for walking.
rfreebern
Feb. 14th, 2006 12:06 am (UTC)
I tried the dolphins a while back but they kept getting spraypainted by PETA everywhere I went, and, let me tell you, paint remover is harsh on dolphins.

I'll look at some Ecco shoes next time I'm at the store. Thanks.
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rfreebern
Feb. 14th, 2006 12:02 am (UTC)
Re: apropos of very little...
Thanks for the offer, but we already found and booked a nice-looking hotel.

You should get your passport now before they start putting evil RFID chips in them!
(Anonymous)
Feb. 10th, 2006 12:01 am (UTC)
i don't know if sarah has seen my comment or not, but i'm wondering if i can have your mailing address. i know i've had it before, but i can't find it. you can email it to me at rachel.nicole at gmail dot com. and if you do you'll be getting something in the mail in a few days :)
rachelish
Feb. 10th, 2006 12:01 am (UTC)
that was me, in case you know another rachel nicole hehe
rfreebern
Feb. 14th, 2006 12:03 am (UTC)
Oops, I am slow. Sarah says she already emailed it to you!

(Woop woop hooray for mail!)
morleygirl25
Feb. 10th, 2006 12:36 am (UTC)
I've always found Teva sandals to be the most comfortable, I don't know how the climate will be there, but I wear them up until the fall... Have Fun!!!
rfreebern
Feb. 14th, 2006 12:04 am (UTC)
I have a pair of Tevas that I was planning on wearing some of the time, but I expect I will need actual shoes some of the time too.

It sounds like the temperatures will be in the 60 - 75 degree range, and not too much rain. That sounds great to me!
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