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    Default LOOKING FOR "SHOE" ADVICE . .

    . . . my granddaughter is going to Italy next year in March (school affiliated) . . . this granddaughter also loves, loves, loves 'shoes', especially Italian leather shoes . . . the question is for all of you in Italy or 'in the know' - would she be better off to wait and buy shoes 'in Italy' rather than buying them here in the New York area. Bottom line, will prices be less expensive in Italy?

    Also, any advice for my DGD about Italy in March and what 'not to miss' on a visit to Italy! She's 17 and looking to continue her education, after high school nx yr, in Fashion. Just need to give her advice and try to keep her 'grounded' since she tends to be dramatic.

    NC sayin's from my mama n' daddy, a reminder, lest I forget:

    ~I’m gonna tan your hide. (You’re about to get a whoopin’.)
    ~set yourself down a spell ~~every day of the week n' twice on Sundays
    ~knock you clean into next week n' then some ~~deader than a door nail
    ~can't get blood from a turnip ~~your neck o'the woods
    ~You're just playing possum (pretendin' to be asleep when you didn't want to get up n' go to school)
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    Default Re: LOOKING FOR "SHOE" ADVICE . .

    I know someone who lives in Italy. I'll ask her. I just PM'd her on Facebook. I'll let you know what she says when she responds. Remember that the Euro is a bit higher than U.S. dollars - $1.14 American to 1 Euro. It fluctuates but I checked and that's the exchange rate right now.
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    Default Re: LOOKING FOR "SHOE" ADVICE . .

    Would she have to "declare" anything bought in Italy? Is there a dollar amount to keep it under?

    Which part of Italy is she going to?
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    Default Re: LOOKING FOR "SHOE" ADVICE . .

    Quote Originally Posted by rebeccas-sewing View Post
    I know someone who lives in Italy. I'll ask her. I just PM'd her on Facebook. I'll let you know what she says when she responds. Remember that the Euro is a bit higher than U.S. dollars - $1.14 American to 1 Euro. It fluctuates but I checked and that's the exchange rate right now.
    Thanks Rebecca - I look forward to hear her thoughts. With exchange rate & possible duty tax, they'd have to be very reasonable - but she might simply like getting them in Italy. I hear they keep the best quality & only export lesser quality.
    NC sayin's from my mama n' daddy, a reminder, lest I forget:

    ~I’m gonna tan your hide. (You’re about to get a whoopin’.)
    ~set yourself down a spell ~~every day of the week n' twice on Sundays
    ~knock you clean into next week n' then some ~~deader than a door nail
    ~can't get blood from a turnip ~~your neck o'the woods
    ~You're just playing possum (pretendin' to be asleep when you didn't want to get up n' go to school)
    "B"

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    Default Re: LOOKING FOR "SHOE" ADVICE . .

    Quote Originally Posted by Vonnie View Post
    Would she have to "declare" anything bought in Italy? Is there a dollar amount to keep it under?

    Which part of Italy is she going to?
    Hopefully more details will be posted. I know they'll be in Rome but also visit other cities, Which she told me, but I forget - will have to ask again 'n hope I remember!
    NC sayin's from my mama n' daddy, a reminder, lest I forget:

    ~I’m gonna tan your hide. (You’re about to get a whoopin’.)
    ~set yourself down a spell ~~every day of the week n' twice on Sundays
    ~knock you clean into next week n' then some ~~deader than a door nail
    ~can't get blood from a turnip ~~your neck o'the woods
    ~You're just playing possum (pretendin' to be asleep when you didn't want to get up n' go to school)
    "B"

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    Default Re: LOOKING FOR "SHOE" ADVICE . .

    Hi I'm Italian and although I may not know everything maybe I can help?

    I'm sorry I'm not that very strong in fashion but maybe I can help My family was from Rome so I spent enough time over there, I know beautiful historical locations and a couple of good places where to eat

    I don't know about shoes though... you can find shoes for every price, but if she's into fashion and wants something with a nice brand I don't think it will cost less than 100 euros! But in my humble opinion shoes are very important (more for comfort for me than design and style) and as long as she buys "made in Italy" I think it will be a good shopping to do here. We use a different way to number shoes' size btw.

    Some tips: I'm afraid to say sometimes tourists do not receive the best treatment in tourist city like Rome. Tell her please to be very careful EVERY time she's in Rome, always keep her bag close to her, maybe not keep too many money or keep them separately, like in a belt or in a tiny bag around her neck. I don't want to sound too alarming but I have a friend who lives in Rome and she already had the misfortune to have thieves picking her wallet from her bag and this way too many times!

    Another tip: Rome people usually are very friendly and generous, it's common to offer guest beverages and food and every comfort. It's their way to relate. Food especially

    I'll thinking about something else... sorry right now I'm very tired I do not think straight PM me if you need anything specific!
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    Default Re: LOOKING FOR "SHOE" ADVICE . .

    Quote Originally Posted by Juliet Taylor View Post
    Hi I'm Italian and although I may not know everything maybe I can help?

    I'm sorry I'm not that very strong in fashion but maybe I can help My family was from Rome so I spent enough time over there, I know beautiful historical locations and a couple of good places where to eat

    I don't know about shoes though... you can find shoes for every price, but if she's into fashion and wants something with a nice brand I don't think it will cost less than 100 euros! But in my humble opinion shoes are very important (more for comfort for me than design and style) and as long as she buys "made in Italy" I think it will be a good shopping to do here. We use a different way to number shoes' size btw.

    Some tips: I'm afraid to say sometimes tourists do not receive the best treatment in tourist city like Rome. Tell her please to be very careful EVERY time she's in Rome, always keep her bag close to her, maybe not keep too many money or keep them separately, like in a belt or in a tiny bag around her neck. I don't want to sound too alarming but I have a friend who lives in Rome and she already had the misfortune to have thieves picking her wallet from her bag and this way too many times!

    Another tip: Rome people usually are very friendly and generous, it's common to offer guest beverages and food and every comfort. It's their way to relate. Food especially

    I'll thinking about something else... sorry right now I'm very tired I do not think straight PM me if you need anything specific!
    Thanks Juliet - all good info and especially the tips about safety of her purse, etc. when in Rome. I'd really appreciate the info on eateries and historical sites. I worry about her traveling out of the US (I guess all grandma's worry about her grands!) but she's so excited to come to Italy, I hope it will be a fun (and safe) trip for her. Between now and March I may be in touch via PM to ask you for more insight. Thanks again!
    NC sayin's from my mama n' daddy, a reminder, lest I forget:

    ~I’m gonna tan your hide. (You’re about to get a whoopin’.)
    ~set yourself down a spell ~~every day of the week n' twice on Sundays
    ~knock you clean into next week n' then some ~~deader than a door nail
    ~can't get blood from a turnip ~~your neck o'the woods
    ~You're just playing possum (pretendin' to be asleep when you didn't want to get up n' go to school)
    "B"

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    Default Re: LOOKING FOR "SHOE" ADVICE . .

    Here's what my friend had to say.

    "Hard to say...nothing like buying Italian shoes in Italy..if she will be in Rome or Florence..then definitely could buy then and if she doesn't find any..she can always get them in NY."
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    Default Re: LOOKING FOR "SHOE" ADVICE . .

    Yes, tell her how very important it is to protect her valuables. My daughter had a really scary experience when in Argentina. She was in a crowd of people with all her valuables in her backpack. Everything of value was stolen including her passport. They were told to look through the trash bins since the money would be removed and the rest would most likely end up in the bins. Our friend's son found her passport which was the most important loss. Wearing one's valuables inside one's clothing is probably the safest way to go. My husband has an ankle wallet that he wears concealed under his jeans. I wear one of those travel wallets around my neck inside my top. I, also, usually carry a backpack. When I'm in close quarters with others, I move it off my back. I sling it over one shoulder and hold it in front of me. My purse is very small and that sits in front of me across my body. I never carry a large purse when I'm traveling. Knock on wood I've never had anything stolen while traveling.
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    Default Re: LOOKING FOR "SHOE" ADVICE . .

    Thank you so much ladies. My mission fm now to March is to make her keenly aware of safeguarding her valuables - and herself- by doing the things you have suggested. Maybe I can make her a small purse to conceal under her clothing.

    Do you think a "tattooed passport" would satisfy customs????? Seriously though, the 'shoes' are such a minor concern compared to keeping herself and her valuables safe. My work is cut out for me with this dramatic, naive, gorgeous young lady - who talks to everyone and trusts people too much. I want her to be friendly and trusting so it's hard to try to point out that it's not always wise.

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    Thanks again!
    NC sayin's from my mama n' daddy, a reminder, lest I forget:

    ~I’m gonna tan your hide. (You’re about to get a whoopin’.)
    ~set yourself down a spell ~~every day of the week n' twice on Sundays
    ~knock you clean into next week n' then some ~~deader than a door nail
    ~can't get blood from a turnip ~~your neck o'the woods
    ~You're just playing possum (pretendin' to be asleep when you didn't want to get up n' go to school)
    "B"

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