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Yes, You Can Wear Sneakers In Europe Without Looking Like A Tourist

We show you that you can wear sneakers while traveling through Europe.

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There is a common misconception that all Europeans wear fancy shoes and if you wear sneakers in Europe you’ll immediately be pegged as a tourist and be constantly accosted by roaving hoards of pickpockets.

They think everyone walks around looking like this fashionable lady below.

And this sends soon-to-be-travelers into a footwear induced panic as they try to find the perfect pair of shoes that won’t make them the laughing stock of Europe.

Well, we have some news for you.

Europeans wear sneakers.

And no, they don’t wear high-heels and loafers made from the finest Italian leather every day.

They wear sneakers.

Nike. New Balance. Adidas. You’ll see these brands on the feet of both teenagers and to middle-age folks.

They’ve fully embraced sneakers. And they’ve fully embraced both white and brightly colored sneakers.

But here’s the thing… they don’t really wear straight up athletic/running shoes — that’s still largely an American thing. Europeans stick to styles that walk the line between sport and style.

To prove my point, I took photos of peoples’ shoes when I was traveling around Spain.

This middle-aged guy was rocking some classic green Adidas with jeans and a sport coat.

Here are some similar shoes that I found on ZapposAdidas Campus and Adidas Matchourt

Adidas Originals Campus
Adidas Matchcourt RX

These two young ladies looked fashionable in their brightly colored New Balance sneakers.

You can’t really go wrong with any of the New Balance Classics. Search around Zappos to see all the styles and colors.

New Balance Classics CRT300v2
New Balance Classics CRT300v2
New Balance Classics WL574 Summer Sport
New Balance Classics WL574 Summer Sport
New Balance Classics WZ501v1
New Balance Classics 574v2-USA
New Balance Classics 574v2-USA

Here we have white Adidas and yellow Reeboks (I’ve seen a lot of Reeboks recently during my recent travels). Check Zappos to see the styles and colors.

Reebok Lifestyle Classic Nylon Color
Reebok Lifestyle Classic Nylon Color
Reebok Lifestyle Classic Nylon Color
adidas Running UltraBOOST
adidas I-5923
adidas I-5923

I saw a ton of white Adidas. I mean, it seems like basic white Adidas were the shoe of choice when I was traveling. Take a look at Zappos to see what similar styles are available.

adidas Originals Superstar 2
Adidas Originals Superstar 2
Nike Court Royale

More Reeboks in multiple colors (check Zappos)

Reebok Lifestyle Club C 85 MU
Reebok Nylon
Reebok Lifestyle Revenge Plus MU
Reebok Lifestyle Revenge Plus MU
Reebok Lifestyle Club C 85
Reebok Lifestyle Club C 85

The lady with the flowers has Adidas and this dude has some kind of casual sneakers (and some cool green pants). Search around Zappos to find something that fits your style.

Timberland Groveton Leather and Fabric Chukka
Timberland Groveton Leather and Fabric Chukka
Converse Chuck Taylor® All Star® '70 Hi
Converse Chuck Taylor® All Star® ’70 Hi
Converse Chuck Taylor® All Star® Core Ox
Converse Chuck Taylor® All Star® Core Ox

Yes, people even wear Nike sneakers.

Like bright colors? Go for it.

Want More Footwear Advice?

Not into sneakers? We’ve written an in-depth guide to the best travel shoes that you might want to check out where we cover everything from boots to flats and everything in between.

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