For anyone who’s into fashion, Parisian fashion, and how you should/shouldn’t look when you travel to Paris, you know that they all say you should fit in as much as possible. You don’t want to stand out as a tourist, they say. Don’t wear bright colours, don’t wear sneakers, don’t do this, don’t do that.
I got to Paris, and the first day we walked 25km (15 miles). I saw the tourists, I saw the Parisians. And I learned something. The Parisians are not all they’re written about to be. They don’t dress to the nines all the time. They can be unorganized in their fashion, they can wear sneakers. They dress as they please, and the majority of them pull it off just fine. It’s that little je-ne-sais-quoi that makes them special, not their choice of footwear.
So I wore sneakers. I wore cute little Dolce & Gabbana ones, and I wore not-so-cute comfortable New Balance ones. And it was okay. I channelled my inner fille-française through my outfit, and made my travelling comfortable and enjoyable through my footwear.
If I were to wear “stylish” footwear through my 2.5-week trip, I would have to get my feet amputated by the end of it. As much as I am for looking great, fashionable, and put-together, there are times in life when this isn’t the biggest priority. When travelling, the priority is to be comfortable enough in order to get the full experience of the city.
So forget about all the rules, and no matter where you are in the world, be yourself. Because that’s going to make you most comfortable, and make the experience worthwhile.