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The Best Shoes for Travel
Selecting the best shoes for travel is one of the most important parts of preparing for any trip. The key item to remember is comfort, as most times you’ll be doing A LOT of walking regardless of where your destination might be. In saying this, having uncomfortable shoes will really put a damper on your trip. We’ve made a list of the shoes that have been reliable allies during our trips and hope they can provide you comfort too.
The Best Shoes for Travel: Women
Hiking Shoes for Travel
The first of these best shoes for travel is, hiking shoes! Hiking shoes aren’t necessary for all travel but if you plan to go hiking or spend a lot of time outdoors they will be helpful. Selecting the right kind of hiking shoe for travel is also important. I’ve had a few different kinds of hiking shoes but my favorites are my Merrell Capra Bolt hiking shoes.
Not only are they comfortable they have extremely good support and structure that will keep you moving when walking or hiking long distances. If you want a different style, I’ve been pleased with all of the Merrell shoes I’ve purchased for hiking.
Casual Boots for Travel
If traveling to a cooler weather location or during fall or winter, bringing a casual pair of boots is the perfect addition to pack. One of my favorite pairs of boots are Dr. Marten Chelsea Boots they take a little bit of time to break in, so make sure you wear them in a bit before taking them for travel. But once they are broken in they’re super comfortable, durable, and pair nicely with jeans, dresses, skirts, and shorts. If you don’t like the Chelsea style Dr. Martens has a variety of other styles to choose from too.
Casual Sneakers for Travel
I enjoy having a pair of casual sneakers on me when I travel because they’re comfortable and can be worn with a variety of outfits – even skirts or dresses! I personally love Vans, Steve Madden slip-on tennis shoes, and Nike AirForce 1s.
Sandals for Travel
For a casual sandal that can be dressed up with everyday outfits, I personally like Merrells (similar $85), or my Teva sandals (similar $49.95) are my go-to. Bonus? The Tevas are also waterproof so they’re perfect to wear while swimming or at the beach.
Dress Shoes for Travel
While I usually don’t pack high heels during international travel, sometimes you need to pack one pair of dress shoes for special occasions. Typically I opt for low wedges (pictured below) because they are more comfortable to wear for a longer amount of time and they can be dressed up or dressed down.
The Best Shoes for Travel: Men
Hiking Shoes for Travel
Like above, hiking shoes aren’t necessary for all kinds of travel but are definitely helpful if you plan to spend a lot of time outdoors hiking. My favorite hiking shoes are the Merrell All Out Crush. They have an amazing grip that moves with your feet so you shouldn’t have to worry about twisting your ankle when trekking.
Athletic Sneakers for Travel
I’ve been through a number of athletic sneakers that are comfortable for travel but by far my favorites are my Adidas Ultraboosts. But, not only are they comfortable, they’re stylish too making them perfect for a pair of jeans, joggers, or athletic shorts.
Men’s Sandals for Travel
My Teva Sandals are honestly one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. They’re waterproof, durable, and provide just enough support and grip when walking long distances.
Dress Shoes for Travel
I don’t typically need dress shoes when traveling unless I am dining at a place that has a dress code or have an event to attend but I have always been a fan of Sperry’s shoes. These Sperry Loafers are easy to pack and are comfortable enough to wear for quite a few hours and can be worn with dress slacks, jeans, or shorts.
Other Tips for Comfort
Quality Socks: Until recently we always bought socks in bulk to cut the cost. We didn’t know what we were missing until we each bought a pair of wool socks and have noticed a dramatic difference. A pair of quality socks can help provide support, compression, and can help avoid painful blisters.
Supportive Insoles: Adding insoles not only help with arch support but heel support as well. We recommend Superfeet insoles for stability, support, and all-day comfort. We have a set in our hiking shoes, tennis shoes, and even some of our dress shoes that have removable insoles.
Break-In Your Shoes: It seems like common sense, but make sure you wear your shoes frequently before you travel in order to make sure they will give you comfort while walking during your trips!
What are some of your most comfortable shoes to wear while traveling?