Travel Trouble

Wed, 17 Apr, 2019Courtney Allan

Warning: Wearing this popular shoe could get you in trouble in these two countries

Warning: Wearing this popular shoe could get you in trouble in these two countries

When heading to certain Mediterranean destinations, Aussies need to be careful about what footwear they pack.

Some spots have local rules that tourists don’t tend to know about, and wearing the wrong footwear is one of these niche rules.

In Spain’s Gran Canaria and Italy’s Capri, there are very strict regulations when it comes to wearing thongs.

According to travel technology company Kiwi.com, the reason that thongs are banned in Capri is because they’re too noisy.

“It is illegal to wear noisy footwear, including flip-flops in the popular holiday destination Capri, Italy,” said Alison Couper from Kiwi.com to Express UK.

“The locals value their peace and quiet and the law has seen tourists prosecuted for disrespecting this rule.”

However, over in Gran Canaria, the rules are a bit different. Thongs aren’t illegal over there, but they’re also forbidden to wear whilst you’re driving.

"It's important for any holidaymaker who is planning to drive overseas to familiarise themselves with the rules of the road of the country they are visiting,” Alison explained.

“A lot of the rules are logical and pretty similar to what we're used to, but some are more surprising: for example, it is illegal to drive wearing flip flops on Gran Canaria, and doing so can result in a big fine.”

Have you been caught out by these rules? Let us know in the comments.