If you read through the comments left on my post about visiting Disney with my family, you will see that my dear friend Lisa joked about the fact that I wore sneakers while there. The reason she would pick up on this seemingly "what's the big deal" matter is that we share a similar opinion about said footwear.
I walk almost daily for the fresh air & exercise and yes, almost 99% of the time I wear my sneakers. I don't care if they get muddy or wet, and I would venture to say they probably have the best traction of any shoe in my closet. (They also are the one of the few shoes I own that are not heels.) However, 99% of the time they are removed at the door and sit there beside my wellies & loafers waiting for the next time the sun peeks out and I venture out again.
The dilemma for this Vintage~Fashion~Style~Lover when I discovered Disney was Le Destination for our winter vacation was: What in the world am I going to wear while traipsing all around Amusement Parks for a week? Most citizens of the US would without a doubt answer:
But what if you generally don't wear sneakers? Ever? Unless you are doing your daily walk? What if you try to bomb around in sneakers like so many who live here and just find yourself feeling frumpy, untidy, lazy, like you've given up? I am not saying wearing sneakers means that. I am simply saying that when I wear them other than when I am exercising that I feel like that. Maybe I've read too much about proper dress & style, maybe a bit too much about why French woman always looks fantastic, maybe it's all the beautiful books & photographs I have acquired on vintage fashion when ladies dressed to the nines and looked amazing! Maybe I just like to feel put together and for whatever bizarre reason in my DNA I just don't feel it when I am in sneakers. Maybe I just love pretty shoes?!
To make a long story short, I buckled under marital pressure (see my Disney post) and brought & wore sneakers for the entire week I was there. Was I comfortable? Physically, yes. I pounded the pavement without a single complaint of discomfort. But mentally, I could not seem to feel comfortable in my sneakers. To the point I could say it sort of detracted from my trip. Now, if you are a sneaker lover you probably think I am the most shallow person on the planet. However, if you love style & fashion, especially vintage fashion, perhaps you will understand how much I wanted to wear something a bit more. . .I don't know. . .feminine? Romantic? Stylish? Pretty?
So after looking through some travel photos both modern & vintage I decided to do a bit of Internet research on:
WHAT TO WEAR WHEN TRAVELING
and thought I would share a few of the interesting links I found with you:
I guess in the end it depends where your destination is and finding out as much as you can about the culture, climate and what you will be doing while you are visiting. Actually, my sneakers fit right in in Disney. . .but, WHICH PAIR would you choose?
It is important to remember what Shakespeare said: "To thine own self be true". . .next time I'll pick a different pair!
xx ~ Michelle