Pack These Cobblestone-Proof Shoes For Your Mediterranean Getaway

Sneakers that don't *look* like sneakers? Count us in.

By Tess Falotico

9 July 2019

You’re in Positano, walking on uneven cobblestones after a few spritzes. Or maybe you’re in Provence, scaling hundreds of steps to a medieval hill town. Maybe you’re keeping your balance on a rocking boat off the coast of Corsica. Whatever the Mediterranean getaway, one thing is true: flip-flops are not going to cut it. (In Cinque Terre, flimsy sandals are outright banned). Our friends at THE OUTNET have you covered for that week on the riviera with sturdier—but no less beach-y—footwear.

Here’s the deal with THE OUTNET: everything is a deal. You’ll find cult-favorite brands like Ganni and A.P.C. and institutions like Valentino and Jimmy Choo—all at up to 75% off. They shared a few of their favorite summer shoes that will hold up to hours of exploring on uneven, ancient terrain.

Substantial Sandals

Leave your flip-flops at home and use your precious carry-on space for a more structured pair of sandals that can do double duty both on and off the beach. This leather pair from Umbrian designer Brunello Cucinelli would look so good with white linen…anything—pants, skirt, dress, whatever.

Bead-embellished grosgrain-trimmed leather sandals
Brunello Cucinelli

These are as easy to slip on as thong sandals, but they won’t leave you slipping and sliding on the rain-slicked steps to your cliff-side hotel.

Metallic cracked-leather slides
Stuart Weitzman

The rubber sole makes these sandals more cobblestone-friendly, and that dusty rose color is giving off San Tropez villa vibes.

Nixon knotted suede slides
Jimmy Choo

These are the Fashion Week version of touristy Tevas, and we’re into it.

Leather sandals

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Easy Slides

Use them to dress up your cut-offs or pair them with a sundress—these are your dinner shoes, and they’re so easy to kick off for a late-night dip in the pool. The woven texture feels beach-y, but elevated.

Avery woven leather slippers
Iris & Ink

Updated Espadrilles

Espadrilles were invented in this region—they were first worn by Catalan dancers—and they’re still classic shoes for Mediterranean exploration. This hot-pink pair mixes espadrilles with another classic: Valentino rock studs.

Rockstud Double pebbled-leather espadrilles

These classic espadrilles get an elevated boost from their modern shape and polished hardware.

Satin-trimmed jacquard espadrilles
Stuart Weitzman

Dolce & Gabbana have always had a way of nodding to traditional Italian motifs with a wink and a smile. These espadrilles, printed with the kind of pattern you’d normally see on Italian ceramics, are no exception.

Printed jacquard espadrilles
Dolce & Gabbana

Summer Sneakers

They’re a must for long days spent climbing cathedrals and wandering museums, but they can still be chic. THE OUTNET carries kicks from capital-F Fashion brands, like this Lanvin pair. Sneaker, meet espadrille.

Leather espadrille sneakers

We love this sporty pair from the queen of better-than-the-real-thing faux leather.

Perforated faux leather sneakers
Stella McCartney

For walking around cities like Naples or Marseille, classic white sneakers can’t be beat. And they make everything you wear just a little cooler.

Smooth and metallic leather sneakers

Treat those hard-workin' feet to a sturdy (and stylish) pair of shoes from THE OUTNET (code: Journy20).

Planning on spending most of your time at the beach? Stock up on these dresses, bathing suits, coverups, sunglasses and hats while you're at it.