General Travel Tips

Let’s Talk About Shoes For a Moment…

Not for long walks.

I’m a member of a travel group on Facebook where people ask each other questions and give advice on all things related to travel. Since I happened to be in the market for a new pair of travel shoes, I decided to ask the group for their recommendations on their favorite shoes for travel that are both stylish and able to be comfortable when walked around in all day. What I didn’t anticipate, however, was how enormously popular this topic would be. I’ve never had so many responses to anything I put on the internet…ever. Clearly I had touched on something there.

So, I decided I would write a post about it because, really, we all need some good travel shoes. These recommendations are based on both shoes I’ve worn traveling and loved in the past as well as the enormous response from many, many people with their recommendations.


Hush Puppies

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This one comes from personal experience. I wore my pair of Hush Puppies boots all over Japan this winter and spent long days tromping around on foot in them. These shoes have stamina, and they are comfortable, too! I bought them about a month before the trip and started wearing them to break them in, but honestly they didn’t need much breaking in. I still wear them all the time and go on long walks in them whenever the weather is a little cooler.

Here is a link to the boots I bought, but some of their other styles look great as well!

UGG Boots

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For the longest time, I didn’t really consider UGG boots to be for anything other than tromping out to the mailbox in my sweatpants and tank top, like a true Southern California slob. They are so often seen around here paired with hilarious things like shorts, swimsuit bottoms and a sweatshirt, etc. We do what we want here on the West Coast. That being said, I never really thought of them as…well…fashionable. My mom bought me a pair of these UGG boots for Christmas though, and I also brought them to Japan and used them for activities from hiking up a snowy hill in Kyoto to tromping around the streets of Tokyo. Warm, comfortable, and worked well with my Winter clothes.

Tieks

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I’m sure by now you’ve seen the ads for Tieks, the ballet flats designed for comfort and made so that you can easily fold them up and stash them in your purse. I’m a big fan of ballet flats and always have a pair, but the members of the travel group seemed to love these. I had multiple people singing their praises. The good thing about these shoes is that they are flat, comfortable, and stylish, so they can take you from a daytime stroll around the museum to some sightseeing to a night at the opera. They are small, so they don’t take up too much space or weight in your suitcase. Definitely worth looking into!

Cole Haan sandals

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So…these might not be the cheapest shoes, but Cole Haan has some great walking sandals that are comfortable enough to walk around all day in but stylish enough to not feel like you belong on a hiking trail and not on the street of Paris. I like to try and blend in as much as I can when I travel, but it’s a challenge because I’m walking quite a bit more than your average local when I’m in a new city. These sandals come highly recommended and look good enough to wear with a dress, jeans, or whatever.

My trusty Coach Loafers

2017-06-12_1659I’m going to have to give a shout out to my trusty Coach loafers for a moment. I wouldn’t walk 15 miles a day in these shoes, but if you’re going to be flying, they are so comfortable for being on the plane, slipping on and off in security, and walking around a decent amount. Wear these on days when you want to stroll around town but not when you’re going on an epic trek across the city. I often bring these traveling with me because they are good for a variety of activities, don’t take up a lot of space in the suitcase, and look good with most outfits, from jeans to dresses to business wear.

Vionic Orthoheels

Let your summer style shine in our Lonny Backstrap Sandal. ✨

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Several people suggested that I look into Vionic’s Orthoheels. On their website, they have a ton of different styles for both men and women, and they are both fashionable and orthotic. Sounds good to me…sign me up!

Merrell

Merrell is actually a hiking and outdoor shoe company, so they are a good option if you’re in the market for those kinds of shoes as well, but they also have some great fashion-forward sandals that look pretty comfortable as well.

Birkenstocks

Ah, Birkenstocks …not just for hippies any more! These shoes are known for being comfortable (I can’t tell you how many people responded that they loved Birkenstocks when I asked about shoes, but it was a lot). I checked out their site and they have a lot of new styles out there, so if you’re in the market for some comfortable walking sandals, you might want to check them out.

Aerosoles

Aerosoles is a shoe company that is all about comfort. Even their name evokes images of comfortable feet. They have a really wide variety of shoes spanning from heels, flats, boots, sandals, and more, so whatever you’re looking for, chances are they have a comfortable version of it. As for me? I’m a fan of their flats, sandals, and ‘sport casual’ shoes.

Teva

Mention Teva, and images of outdoorsy shoes come to mind. If you’re planning an outdoorsy trip, you should definitely look into this company because they have some great options. That being said, they also have some shoes that can easily work for you while strolling around a city as well.

Adidas Sneakers

Sometimes you just want to tromp around in your sneakers, but that doesn’t mean you need to wear running shoes all day. There are plenty of sneakers out there that are quite fashionable. For instance, these Adidas classics!

TOMS

A lot of people responded that TOMS were their favorite travel shoes. I’m actually a big fan of these shoes myself. They are an environmentally and socially responsible company and they make great shoes that I very much like the look of. I actually wear TOMS a lot around home, but I’ve found that they hurt my arches a little bit if I walk for too long in them. I have really high arches in my feet though. A good solution would be a good pair of insoles though. I definitely recommend this brand!

Keen Footwear

New from our Elsa collection: old-school canvas meets fresh spring hues

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This brand seems to have a lot of shoes for outdoor adventure types, so if you’re looking for some good hiking sandals, check them out! That being said, they also have some great looking sneakers and flats to keep your feet comfortable while you walk all day.

Minnetonka moccasins

If you’re looking for comfortable and good looking shoes, why not check out these amazing moccasins? I’ve had a pair of these in the past and I loved them. They were so comfortable and they lasted a long time, but alas, I eventually wore them out. This company also makes other great shoes like sandals and boots. Check them out!

Born

new women's Born ~zipper in back~ #bornshoes #shopwilkinsons

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This shoe company is dedicated to making stylish, comfortable shoes that you can walk in. Their boots specifically were suggested to me, but they also have a lot of really good looking sandals, casual shoes, flats, and more, so they are a good company to look into no matter what style of shoe you’re looking for.

Insoles!!!!

Ok, so all the above shoes are pretty great on their own, but sometimes even comfortable shoes can hurt after long hours on your feet. My advice? If you’re going to be doing a lot of walking, it couldn’t hurt to invest in a good pair of insoles to put inside your shoes.


One last note on shoes…

The best travel shoes are the ones you have already worn and broken in before you go. If you’re looking for a new pair of travel shoes, be sure to buy them well before your trip and wear them often so you have the chance to break them in. Walk a lot in them so you’ll know if they hurt your feet or not before you travel, and get any necessary extras like insoles ahead of time as well. The worst thing is buying a new pair of shoes for travel and discovering that they hurt your feet or give you blisters while you’re out exploring.


How about you? What are your favorite travel shoes?

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