The importance of shoes and style
Summers in Greece are beautiful, there’s no doubt about that! Temperatures can be really hot and that can mean some discomfort for people. One area in our summer attire we try to always keep comfortable is our feet. Many travellers will opt to wear sporty sneakers, flip flops, flat closed shoes or Birkenstocks. And, so did I when travelling one summer in Athens. I had bought from Toronto Naot sandals. They were very simple, three 1 inch wide straps and a velcro strap on the side, colour black. For travelling around and exploring a city I wanted to have ultimate comfort. But I quickly learned that especially for women, comfort needs to have some fashion style. I was noticing how the Greek people would first look at my feet and then to my face. This would happen everywhere I would go… city streets, shops, restaurants, cafes! It was a very simple process. For instance, I would walk into a store and I could sense the eyes studying my feet and then I would wait to see what their approach to me would be like. Most of the times they could tell I was a tourist. I will be honest, the Naot are like Birkenstock and they don’t c
ompliment many summer outfits. So I decided to start looking at women’s feet and see what types of shoes they would wear during the summer days. Many wear wearing leather sandals. Different styles of course. But what I also noticed was that the Greek woman took pride in her everyday appearance and made sure that her full attire, head to toe would represent her style.