Every big city referenced to you has a lot to enjoy. And surely the best way to do it is on your feet. Don’t hide away from everything you can see inside a taxi or a bus. Get your gear on and go find the smallest streets, the most traditional venues right alongside the postal card monuments and museums.
When you plan to go discover a city get these first: a map and guide of the city, a backpack (water and other hydrating fluids, healthy snacks, some currency money and your mobile contact), the most comfortable clothing you have for the weather conditions and the right shoes and socks.
Exploring a big city by foot is not for everyone – it will leave you exhausted by the end of the day but the treasures you can find when opting to lose yourself a bit are really worth it.
Shoes and socks are one of the most important things to choose from when trying to hit pavement on a city unknown to you.
We recommend that the shoe is fitting *you*. No brand or type of shoe is a guarantee of comfort. The flexibility of the sole, the support the shoe offers and it’s cushioning must fit your foot because no one’s feet is the same – don’t go by the advice of a brand or model unless you’ve tried it out for yourself.
Do you need to compensate for any particular stride issues you have? Having a more flatted foot or, on the other hand, an extreme curvature on the palm are things you must resolve before starting off – usually a doctor will indicate to you the best insole you can get to compensate for any problem you might have. Please take the time to care of these issues because they will help you in the long run, way after any traveling and beyond – and, in case you have an issue on your feet shape, it’s not recommended you walk without any type of additional support besides what the shoe has to offer – no matter how comfortable they might feel.
That first challenge hit, find shoes that are comfortable and never tight – your feet will swell a bit after a couple hours of walking, imagine how they will be in the end of the day! It’s always better to use a comfortable shoe on the verge of fitting loose than a tight fit or with no margin for the feel to swell. These can be in the form of boots or sneakers. Either way, you need to verify if the stitching of the sole is perfected, if you leave quite a bit of room for your toes (no toes touching the front of the shoe) and check out the materials – washable, breathable fabric and preferably, a waterproofed finishing (you can add this waterproof layer yourself easily with one canister of the product).
You have to consider, as well, space inside for adequate socks. This is the fabric that will either help you walk or destroy your feet due to heat, perspiration and friction.
The socks should be more on the loose fit. These should be higher than the top of your shoe – by the ankle, never less. The socks that only embrace the bottom of the foot are prone to slip away from the heel, leaving your skin prone to abrasion from the shoe itself, creating hurtful steps!
Socks made of 100% cotton are the best, you can choose from a variety of models and thicknesses. This fabric is also breathable and will prevent your feet from over heating.
A good option is to have some sort of sandals in your backpack – in the most hot days, it’ll be useful to change your shoes to something refreshing for a couple of minutes while having lunch while watching the sight.
Now that you have everything you need for comfortable globetrotting, pack up and walk on!
Writing from Copenhagen, Denmark, Jane is an entrepreneur, wife and ultramarathon distance runner. She spends most of her time on nicershoes.com, monicashealthmag.com & runnerclick.com and she has been featured on popular running and fitness blogs all over the world.