Okay, here's the deal. When I travel, my feet swell outrageously. Even though I travel with walking shoes--Clark's, Doc Martens, sneakers, etc. my flesh gets torn off my feet. It's horrifying to behold. I wear good shoes and usually socks. I break the shoes in. I cut back on salt and drink as much water as I can. And still my feet swell so much my shoes don't fit.
When we went to Italy on our honeymoon, I could barely hobble around because my sausage feet hurt so much. I felt like they were stuffed into three-sizes too-small shoes. A week into the trip, my feet were still swollen alarmingly and the men all said I should have been wearing sneakers--as if that wouldn't have been worse--I wasn't wearing stilettos, I was wearing freaking walking shoes! And sneakers are awful when your feet are swollen because there's only so far you can loosen the laces. There's no relief. Another woman helped me out by loaning me some shoes that were a half size larger than I normally wear. I finally felt some relief.
On subsequent trips, I've had my feet swell again. When we went to Eastern Europe I had a pair of Sofft loafers and a pair of Clarks loafers with heels. I had no problem until we were in Paris and I wore the heeled loafers with tights instead of socks. I had the old horror movie torn, bloody flesh. Painful and also extremely sexy. All I wanted to do was lie on the bed with my feet up the air. And that's it.
So, what should I do? Should I just buy some nice walking shoes in a half size larger? What about socks? I want to be able to wear skirts and dresses (you can easily dress them up or down).
And I don't want to wear some horrible ugly shoes! Especially because I know from running that some hideous lace-up thing, like sneakers, can be a torture chamber when your feet get all hot and swollen.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!