QI am going on vacation to San Francisco this summer and the trip will involve a lot of walking. However, I really don't want to wear sneakers with every outfit. Are

there any cute sandals or other summer shoes out there that are comfortable enough to take, or am I just fantasizing?

Michelle M.,


AFor the streets of San Francisco, you have lots of great options (as opposed to if you were going camping, in which case I'd just

recommend getting a pair of hiking boots). A personal favorite:

an adorable metallic thong by

Michael Kors ($150) -- it's part Birkenstock, part disco, and its ergonomic sole makes it very comfortable. Then, I don't know how you feel about the real thing --

Birkenstocks, that is -- but they're heaven for walking and considered far more stylish than they used

to be. You could go with the two-strap Arizona Birki ($100) or kick it up with the Gizeh, above ($75). There's also the company's Curacao style ($90), a slip-on souped up with gold nylon straps. Check out Rieker's anti-stress shoes, too -- they tend to look better on actual Europeans, but their padded footbeds are designed for walking. For something a bit more substantial, and pricier, Prada Sport makes a leather ballet flat ($295) that combines the support of a sneaker with the look of a dressier shoe.

Sara Switzer

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The Gizeh sandal from Birkenstock.