I really regret not bringing sneakers with me. What was I thinking? I was thinking the Germans used to make fun of tourists in sneakers when we lived there, but now everyone wears them while sightseeing, even Germans. And they’re really cute nowadays, not those glow-in-the-dark, white running shoes of twenty years ago. That was all that was available then.
So I didn’t bring my sneakers, but brought two pairs of good walking shoes – one of which gave me blisters the first week because my feet were swollen from the flight over, and the other I really intended to wear with jeans when the weather gets cooler. (In other words, they look hideous with skirts and capris.)
I like to vary the shoes I wear; I don’t wear the same pair two days in a row. When you walk around 12,000 steps a day, it’s much better to rotate the blisters. Different shoes rub in different places. So I’ve been keeping my eyes open for shoe sales. Turns out they’re having summer clearance sales right now, and I found this adorable pair of Chuck Taylor knock-offs for 10€ (around $11)! Of course, I should have just brought my Chuck Taylors from home, but don’t say that to a woman who agonized for over a month over what to pack. So, I call these my Chuck Trailers. Whadya think?