Packing for Paris?
Always; whether real or imaginary.
There is a trip planned at the end of June and already I am thinking about what to pack. It is a quick trip so the luggage will be limited but as I have a mix of plans I need to cover all bases. I am hopeful the weather will return to normal, the floods subside and even a ray of sunshine or two cover this beautiful city,
I am going to try and cut my 3 shoe rule and opt for two; ambitious but that’s the plan. Did you try travelling with the 3 shoe rule? It is a tough one to impose but there is a freedom on the other side.
This time I am going flat with sneakers and smarter with a pair of stacked heels.
Sneakers because I can run around all day and not be footsore; stacked heels because they are super comfortable and won’t disappear into the depths of the cobblestones. Scuffing the stilettos when walking around the narrow streets in Europe is a thin heel hazard.
Stacked heels are back; that makes me happy.
I don’t want to give up heels but the days of wearing very high, thin stilettos are becoming less appealing when I can wear a pretty stacked heel and feel equally feminine and fashionable. Wearing stilettos, as much as I adore them, are a “pick up and drop off” situation only.
Planning a wardrobe for any trip is a dilemma.
The warmer weather makes for an easier pack but it is the shoes that make or break the bag. Too many and they stay put for the duration of the trip; the wrong pairs and the days are spend in discomfort or trying on new ones. Shoes need to be both practical and good looking.
I am often asked if Paris is a place for sneakers; yes, the sneaker trend of the last few years is happening. So far nothing has replaced the French love of ballet flats and biker boots but sneakers are definitely working their way in as a staple.
Heels are the quickest way to dress up and look a little more put together (plus a good strong lip colour). Heels don’t have to be a towering 10cm to work their magic; a stacked lower heel in the right proportions can change the way any outfit looks. The thicker heel supports the foot, in the same way a wedge and a platform do; the extra height causes no pain.
A stacked heel is more flattering and dressy than a flat sandal, yet they can work in smart and casual situations.
“I have always believed that a beautiful shoe is useless unless it feels as wonderful as it looks.”
Stacked heels equal all gain and no pain.
The best stack I know, the one that works in summer with my jeans, my skirts, dresses and tailored pants is the Stuart Weitzman NEARLYNUDE. A shoe is never perfect but this one comes close. I have several colours, simply because they are the easiest shoe to wear and the style I favour in the summer. My dilemma is which colour to pack? Go practical with black or be bold with rouge?
and if you want a personalised pair for a special celebration, why not?
As long as my toes match I’m in heaven ;)
Packing For Paris: The Best Stacks
thank you Stuart Weitzman for “Packing for Paris: The Stacked Heel”
images ines & vinoodh for l’invitation au voyage