The 3 Best Autumn City Breaks (And the Best Shoes to Match)

Autumn city breaks are the perfect way to break up that long run-up to Christmas, and an equally perfect opportunity to show off the latest additions to your wardrobe.

We’re a team of passionate travellers here at Gabor, so we’ve compiled our top three tried and tested autumn city break destinations to give you some inspiration. And, of course, we’ve picked out our favorite pair of Gabor shoes to match each destination perfectly.

Ready to step into city chic shoes? We’re kicking off with some autumn sunshine:

Lisbon, Portugal

If you’re looking to catch a few final rays of sun this autumn, Lisbon should be your next city break destination. Temperatures in Lisbon remain in the twenties throughout October, and even stay within the comfortable high teens into November. This means you can explore this fantastic city in the sunshine without breaking a sweat, and get a bit of extra wear out of those summer t-shirts while you’re at it.

Autumn in Portugal is, of course, low season, which is great news if you’re looking for a relatively cheap autumn city break without the crowds. Accommodation, car rentals and even flights tend to be cheaper at this time of year, and the beaches and streets are far quieter. Lisbon’s streets and towns are packed full of stunning architecture, fascinating history and endless bars and restaurants serving local delicacies. If you love exploring, you’ll love Lisbon.

And every city explorer needs a good pair of shoes. Our first choice would be the Gabor Lanzarote Printed Mules, which are perfect for navigating these winding, historical streets in the warm autumn sunshine.

The pretty flower garden print is enough to make these the perfect sunshine shoe, but the soft micro-fibre footbed and air-cushioned sole make these the ultimate comfortable walking sandal for strolling around Lisbon’s sunny streets. Get yours here.  

Riga, Latvia

At the opposite end of the autumn temperature scale is Riga, Latvia’s beautiful capital and our next recommendation for a truly fantastic autumn city break. You’ll want to swap the t-shirts for jumpers and jackets, however, as Riga is a touch colder than Lisbon during the autumn months, with average temperatures of 8°C in October and a brisk 3°C in November.

Despite the chilly temperatures, this stunning city is an absolute must for those who love beautiful architecture. The city’s Old Town is on the UNESCO world heritage site list, with its charming, winding cobbled streets and gothic buildings. Riga also has a lively classical music scene to absorb, and the deliciously warming local cuisine is the perfect remedy to the brisk autumn weather.

When it comes to shoes, you’ll need something just as toasty warm as the food, and we’ve got the perfect choice: the Gabor Rayce ankle boots.

These fabulous ankle boots are perfect for colder weather, with their soft Gabor Tex linings and in-socks for luxurious comfort and warmth. The cushioned soles make them ideal for long days exploring city streets, and of course there’s that fleecy ankle cuff for even more cosiness. Find them in your size here.  


New York City, USA

We’re heading a bit further afield now, to the bright lights of New York City and our final autumn city break destination. At this time of year, Central Park turns into a wonderland of red and gold, and the weather is still warm enough during the day to get away with short sleeved clothing. The slightly cooler temperatures and quieter streets following the departure of the summer tourists mean October is the perfect time of year to explore this enormous city, with it’s countless museums, galleries, shops and dazzling rooftop bars.

And, if you’re thinking of booking a trip in late November, you might even catch the start of the world famous NYC Christmas window displays, which are an attraction all on their own and usually begin appearing shortly before Thanksgiving.

For exploring this exciting, fashion-forward city you’ll need footwear to match, and we could think of nothing more perfect than the Gabor Palmer long boots.

Chic NYC style and practical comfort combine effortlessly with these stunning long boots. This style is bang on trend right now, so you will look right at home among New York’s stylish residents, while enjoying the cloud-like comfort of the Palmer’s cushioned in-socks and cosy micro-fibre linings while you explore the city’s streets and parks. Find yours here.

Feeling a touch of wanderlust? Pack up your favourite city chic shoes and get those flights booked; we’re right behind you.