An Embarrassment in Paris

In a couple of weeks, hubs and I will be trekking all the way to Europe with two of our bestest friends (note: they are not dating each other, they’re more like our children), and although I am crazy excited about the trip, I am having A LOT of pre-travel anxiety.  Every night is a different kind of nightmare:

  • I left for Europe 2 weeks too early
  • I went to the wrong city first
  • I forgot my passport, which wasn’t a problem getting INTO the continent, but now they won’t let me out
  • I forgot a suitcase and clothing of any kind
  • I neglected to pack until the day of, and then it took me 12 hours to fill my bag, one article of clothing at a time

No dreams about walking the streets of Paris naked…yet.

I’ve spent a lot of time over the past few months envisioning the most important part of the trip: what to wear.  Specifically, footwear.  I want to look cute, but not look like a tourist.  I want something comfortable without looking like I’m 28-going-on-80.  I want shoes that will keep my feet warm without taking up too much space in my suitcase.  So today at lunch I headed to DSW in a panic, where I found these:

Madden Girl Ecker Booties in Brown...ooh la la!

THEY ARE THE COMFIEST SHOES I HAVE EVER TRIED ON.  The top of these babies is padded like you would not believe.  The sole is flat enough to (hopefully) sustain hours of wandering on cobblestone streets.  They aren’t even fugly!  They’re not my typical style, but I’ll sacrifice some of my identity for super comfy kicks.  Maybe they’re even a little bit Katniss goes to Paris?  …maybe.

I am so relieved to have found something legit.  Best part?  Only $32.  Holla!

The boys have been under strict instructions for the past few months to find shoes that do not scream “I AM AN AMERICAN, PLEASE PICK MY POCKET!”  So less of this:

And more of this:

It’s been really hard for them.  But I think we’re all going to be okay.  Just don’t tell hubs that Kate Middleton wears big fat American running shoes when she plays field hockey.  He’ll never forgive me for making him wear Converse.

Three cheers for culturally appropriate leisure shoes!

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