headed to nyc in a few weeks, for 6 days of city walking, and I still remember the cramps and blisters of nyc vacay '08. the shoes I packed last year, though cute and perfectly comfortable for day-to-day wear, were frankly the wrong equipment for touring. it was so unpleasant I found myself constantly (unsuccessfully) scanning shop windows for a better option. much of the trip was spent looking for seated respite in the quiet of small upper-east side museums, for adjusting band-aids and resting my barking dogs. It was a wonderful, adventurous, delightful trip, don't get me wrong, but the lesson was surely learned.
the dilemma: finding shoes that don't kill my aesthetic...or my budget. it's becoming a real challenge. those sensible shoes are so often ...well...sensible looking.