thanks to you all!
Lessalt, the shoes are Arcopedico, from Portugal. The leather is very soft but the soles are nice and sturdy. Best of all they don't weigh a lot. I have troubled feet that complain at the least bit of discomfort. And I just had to get orthotics made, to keep them from getting worse. Arcopedicos have removable insoles and my orthotics, which are wide as my feet are, fit well. They have shoes in many cute styles and my favorite colors, the nice green and a kind of pumpkin orange (sometimes trimmed in green). I got them at footsmart.com, which looks like it might be an orthopedic store but is really a shoe store for maximum comfort.
Coco - yes coral and its sisters and olive green and its sisters are my favorite colors. They are my (ahem) neutrals.
PurpleIvy, I think three pairs of shoes would work well. You will be visiting my old stomping grounds, and in summer it can be very rainy and wet. So you can let one pair dry out while you wear one of the others! I agree. Shoes are a bane. I spend a lot of my time plotting, planning, examining, and buying/returning shoes. It's ridiculous but I have invested pain and $$ on medical business for my feet and I do not tolerate hurty feet any more. My top favorite shoes for walking are Lowa shoes, but they are a hiking boot company and their low cut shoes show their hiking boot heritage. Still, they are the most sturdy and comfortable walking shoes I have ever had. Long ago they used to have leopard print as a color option. No more, alas. . .
There are two good sites for shoe reviews: www.barkingdogshoes.com
Thank you again for appreciating my dress and my lovely green shoes!!