You walk a lot when exploring a new city so you’ll want a pair of the best walking shoes for women on your next trip. Walking is our favorite way to explore a new city and one of the first things we do in any new destination. We’ve found ourselves lost in Taiwan, New York City, and the historic streets of Florence, Italy.
However, the wrong shoes can leave you with blisters and aching feet. A lot of people believe you have to sacrifice fashion for comfort, but these comfortable walking shoes all look good and will make happy feet.
We’ve taken a selection of sneakers, slip-ons, flats, running shoes and sandals all that fill the best of the best walking shoes for women. You can expect stylish looks, substantial arch support, and soles that will stand up to travel. If you’re off to a more adventurous destination, check out our post on the best women’s travel shoes that includes boots for hiking, winter, and style.
The Best Walking Shoes For Women
Walking shoes is a great call for any trip. When it comes to extended travel days that involve a lot of walking you want comfortable closed-toe shoes that have a thick sole. Of course, walking around the streets of a major city, you don’t want to look like you’re on the way to the gym so opt for a stylish trainer, flat, slip on, or sandal. Walking shoes should be simple, fashionable, comfortable, and most importantly, affordable. All of these comfortable walking shoes are around $100 with several under $50, so you can save more for travel!
Allbirds Wool Runners
If you’re shopping for a new pair of travel shoes, likely, you’ve already come across Allbirds on the internet. They’ve billed themselves as the most comfortable shoes in the world, made to fight odor, be worn without socks, and generally handle the demands of travel exceptionally. Those are all some tall claims.
While you can undoubtedly contest the most comfortable shoe on earth claim, they are amazing. Allbirds tries their best to source sustainable materials for their shoes, which we love. The style is also great, and they look even better in person than online with high-quality details.
The feeling of wearing them is best compared to wearing a wool sweater comfortable and cozy. Fit is exceptional as they come a little tight, but with your first day of wearing stretch to fit your feet, like magic. What makes these unique are the properties that wool bring such as odor and dirt resistance. They’re also machine washable, dry quickly, and can keep your feet warm even when wet.
They’re a great all around shoe that feels comfortable in a multitude of environments from the beaches of Indonesia to the streets of Venice. Don’t mistake these as running shoes as they’re more apt for running around airports or the streets of Paris than anything. If you’re worried about the heat you can try out their latest line of shoes called Tree Breezers made from eucalyptus pulp. Altogether, these are easily some of the best travel shoes ever made.
Superga 2750 Classic Sneakers
Another staple shoe that has been around for a long time, but these adored shoes are from Italy. Most affectionally known as “the people’s shoes,” or their original stock number “2750”. Everyday Italians have worn them for nearly 90 years, and now they’ve expanded across the world. They’re a basics cotton sneaker like Converse AllStars but have more shape around the body along with a more robust sole.
It’s tough not to love these simple shoes that can be worn with just about everything and thrown in a washing machine to look new again. They’ve expanded to have a wide variety of color choices along with some cute floral prints if you’re looking for a different look. For travel, though we suggest sticking with a classic color that can match a multitude of outfits. Of course, if you’re heading to Rome, you’ll need to add them to your packing list for Italy.
Cole Haan Tali Bow Ballet
Cole Haan’s ballet flats are small and easy to pack up, so they make for fabulous shoes to pack for travel. What’s surprising about these flats are how comfy they are such a simple shoe. They’re formal enough to that you could get away wearing them to a wedding, opera, or any formal event. With supple leather, they form to a wide variety of feet, ensuring comfort.
As a short person, I also appreciate the very subtle wedge heel. These are made with leather and provide a synthetic sole and are great for a night out on the town in a new city. These flats are excellent quality, have great sizing and beautiful shoes. I love the bow they make for super cute walking shoes!
Rossignol Alex Velour
We’re very familiar with Rossignol brand for their ski and snowboard products, but they also produce some great lifestyle apparel for when you’re not on the slopes. The leather sneakers, Alex Velour, are a great addition to your wardrobe if you want a high-quality sneaker.
We love the thick velour leather that’s similar to suede throughout the sneaker. A robust rubber sole on the bottom does an excellent job at providing traction and a padded midsole makes them comfortable to wear all day long. They’re a beautiful shoe in person and they’re accented with the signature stripe Rossignol strip on the tongue and rooster on the side.
Nike Tanjun Sneakers
If you haven’t noticed a lot of trends from the nineties are back in style and these old Nike’s have made a return. They’re super comfy and with fun color choices look great pair with a graphic tee and jeans. It’s pretty hard to go wrong with Nike’s, and I’ve used their sneakers for decades as they make great trainers for the gym.
Not only is the fit on these shoes great, but they’re one of the most comfortable shoes on this list. You can be on your feet all day with comfort thanks to the nice cushion in the sole. You can go wrong with these women’s travel shoes.
These shoes originate from Hawaii and set on making a premium product that’s all about comfort. Their company ethos aims to have a minimal production footprint which we love! The footbeds of these shoes are designed to anatomically fit your feet and offer superior support for slip-on shoes.
I love these shoes because they’re lightweight, versatile, and provide exceptional comfort, which makes them the one the perfect travel shoes for women. The only thing to note would be these shoes are slightly narrow, which may present a problem if you have wide feet. I love Olukai’s because they’re comfortable women’s walking shoes that work well for travel.
Keds Women’s Champion Leather
Keds are a staple and have been making shoes for over a century. They are the first company in the U.S. to make canvas topped sneakers with rubber soles. Then in honor of their 100 year anniversary in 2016 they launched their “Ladies First” campaign which focuses on celebrating female empowerment. I love the leather version of their original Champion shoe as they last longer than the canvas.
Keds offers excellent customer service manufactures and all of their shoes in Michigan. They’re a great simple shoe that fits a multitude of environments with their classic style. Above all, they’re pretty comfy for such a basic shoe with a decent sole and plenty of room for your feet.
Finding a comfortable pair of flats can seem like a mission sometimes. I’ve always had a problem with flats since I have a bunion, but then I found these shoes. They’re super comfortable and I would feel comfortable in them for hours of standing. They’re great flats for women with plantar fasciitis due to their excellent arch support.
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
There is hardly a more classic sneaker than the Converse All Star. They’re perfect for travel as they’re lightweight, stylish, and comfortable. Plus they have universal appeal as you can find them the world over whether you’re exploring London or Beijing. If you’re looking for that old school look with a pair of jeans these are a great call.
What’s great about Chucks are they’re affordable and reliable in their shoe fit. It’s just a great canvas shoe that has been around decades. There are some drawbacks such as longevity and the fact they lack arch support. If you have custom insoles you can always fix that though. We travel with a pair and swap them in and out of shoes.
Women’s Brooks Ghost 11
These are a go-to running shoe for serious runners and have been so reliable they’re now in their eleventh version. The newest version comes with the Brooks DNA Loft midsole for a smooth ride that aids foot health. Cameron is a pretty avid runner, and he’s tried out a number of the top brands. He owns a pair of Ghosts and ranks them as one of his favorite cushioned running shoes. The Ghost 11 is a beautiful cushioned shoe that offers excellent support and allows for marathon mileage coverage that leaves your knees and feet feeling fresh.
Ghost 11 is a road running shoe, so it’s a good fit for those who are looking to hit the pavement running while abroad. Given that many streets around the world are uneven, we recommend a cushioned shoe like these as the best women’s running shoe for travel. Running on cobblestone makes it easy to pronate or supinate so opt for a shoe like this on rough surfaces. Running shoes are the most stylish shoes, but they are by far some of the most comfortable walking shoes for women available.
Hoka One One Speedgoat 3
Hoka One One Speedgoat 3 is my absolute favorite trail running shoe out there. I recently upgraded to the Speedgoat 3, which has been named the Editors Choice by Runner’s World, and they are great for traveling. First, they are lightweight saving you weight in your precious airline luggage.
They fit well, are durable, and stable and fit for any day on the trail. I’m particularly happy with their traction, which has kept me from falling more than once on some muddy trails in South America. As for comfort the Speedgoat 3’s have a nice cushion feel and decent arch support. Hoka One One is famous for having strong arch support and helping people who pronate or have flat feet that aid proper running form.
UGG Sammy Sneaker
That same shoe company we all love for their cozy fur-lined boots also makes some serious cute slip-on sneakers. Sammy Sneakers come in a number of options such as knit canvas top to leather options. They’re adorable in the light color knits with a leather accent in the rear. In person, they have a sporty look that’s is flattering on your feet.
I prefer the canvas top knits as it makes these spring/summer shoes breathe a little better. Soles are firm, and the arch support is decent, but those with weak arches may want to look elsewhere.
Birkenstocks are some of the most loved sandals for good reason. They’re the perfect everyday wear because the sole conforms to the shape of your foot for the ultimate support. I’m partial to the Mayari as they’re more feminine than the original Arizona style. The neutral heel profile and deep heel cups keep the weight of your body evenly distributed across your feet for the ideal comfort.
They’re perfect for travel as they are so comfortable and you can spend all summer in them without any problems. Birkenstocks come with the highest price tag on this list, but for the comfort and warranty, they’re well worth the price.
Merrell Trail Glove 5
For minimalist out there you should try out some Merrell’s best selling shoes over the last few years. These trail running shoes are meant to mimic barefoot running with all the protection of shoes on your feet. These aren’t those goofy toe shoes, but high tech trail runners with midsole support and sturdy soles that offer protection. It’s a solid walking shoe for women who like to mix in some athletics or a trail run.
Running in these shoes quite literally feel like running in gloves as they bend and move naturally with your feet. It’s a remarkable experience the first time you take a run in them. I would only recommend these for those who know what they’re getting into as they offer minimal cushion. However, they come with the massive bonus of being super lightweight and compact saving space and weight in your luggage.
Salomon OUTline GTX
Salomon makes some great products that I have come to really love. The Ellipse GTX are one of the top-rated women’s travel shoes on the market. They have a trail runner design making them easy to go for a jog in.
The shoes are comfortable and extremely light. It makes them easy to pack into a bag when you’re on the go. The shoes are waterproof and provide good traction. Traction doesn’t always sound important, but believe me, after a couple of slips and tumbles. You’ll come to realize shoes with good traction are valuable.
You’ve probably noticed a theme for walking shoes for women with classic sneakers by now, but that’s because they’re a classic look with versatility. Hell, Ellen rocks a pair of sneakers all the time and looks great. adidas Superstars scream Rock n’ Roll, and just about every famous musician has worn them at some point or another.
I’m a sandal person and don’t believe any travel bag is complete until I throw in a pair. I’ve had Rainbow flip flops for almost eight years now.
In those eight years, I have only had two pairs of Rainbow flip flops, and I only had to replace the first pair because of theft on a bus in Thailand. In my opinion, these are the best brand of flip flops.
The sandals are made with premium leather, nylon threads, and are triple glued for optimal durability. Perhaps what makes these so great is the high arch in the midsole, this allows me to wear the sandals all day.
Merrell Moab 2
These aren’t the poshest shoes in the world, but they retain some style for hiking shoes. After trying on close to 30 pairs of different shoes, the Moab Ventilator shoe is what I ultimately went with and top this list as the best travel shoe. The main reason being that these are hiking shoes. However, I can wear them around like I would Nike trainers, and they don’t look ridiculous.
These shoes are built tough, built to last, and are just in general good women’s travel shoes. I have probably put over 500 miles, and they got me through a year of bushwalking in Africa – I still haven’t thrown them out. They are well padded, extremely comfortable, and for about a $20 different you can get the Gortex version (waterproof).
I also have wide feet and a slew of other foot problems and I can easily walk all day in these shoes through all different terrains. Seriously Moab Ventilator, you are some of the best women’s walking shoes for ladies that love the outdoors.
Women’s Insoles For Walking
If you have weak arches or problematic feet a pair of insoles can help make any pair of shoes work for you. I have a bunion and have found that in my athletic shoes help with walking long days.
The sandals are listed above, but the same tech can be used to create a pair of insoles custom molded to your feet. Wiivv used images of your feet to custom map your feet and then ship you specialty insoles to your home. We love our insoles and use them in our hiking boots as we cover a lot of miles in them. Of course, you can pull them out of shoes and swap them around as you need them.
This is a great affordable option for insoles if you have mild foot pain. I don’t know if I’d recommend them for someone with plantar fasciitis. They don’t operate like those cheap gel insets you find at the drug store but focus on distributing your weight across your feet properly. The result is better comfort, foot health, and even back health in the long run. The Superfeet Green is by far the most popular option. The only negative of Superfeet is. They may not be robust enough as they do not custom mold to your feet like Sole or Wiivv.
Soles are a cross between Superfeet and Wiivv as they are affordable and custom mold to your feet. Instead of a custom mapping, they are heat molded which you do at home. We’ve used their sandals, and they are some of the most comfortable sandals we’ve ever worn.
How to Travel With Your Walking Shoes?
I always travel with walking shoes in a separate part of my luggage. I don’t want the dust and dirt from the street to get on my clothes. If I’m traveling with a suitcase, I will place my shoes in either a reusable bag or a packing cube and place them sole up at the bottom of my bag.
My travel shoes never go next to my best outfits, just in case they do happen to get dirt everywhere. See more of our packing hacks here.
If I am on an adventure, I will wrap my shoes in a reusable bag and place them at the bottom of the backpack or duffel bag. If they are travel flip-flops or rugged tennis shoes, I will either wrap them by their shoelaces on the outside of the bag or place them in the side holds. Just watch out for theft if you leave your suitcase unattended.
What Shoes Do I pack For Travel?
There are always at least three pairs of shoes in my bag, but sometimes more depending on where I am traveling and the season.
- Athletic Shoes: For working out, hiking, and walking around all day. That may be a pair of running shoes or a pair of hiking boots, but I always like to be prepared to get active. It all depends on the destination.
- Sandals: There is almost always a pair of sandals in my bag. For dirty showers, walking outside your room for just five minutes, or beach time sandals are key.
- Cute Black Flats or Loafers: This is key as I can always look appropriate for any last minute formal plans. Surprise event or romantic dinner? Not a problem!
Women’s Foot Care Advice
Even if you have the best walking shoes for women sometimes, your feet will get sore, or a blister will form from hours of walking. These are a few tips to help keep your feet happy and healthy.
We keep a couple of these in our first aid kit for hikes and even when we travel. You’ll always be thankful to have these when you need them.
Don’t forget to pack a some nail clippers in your toiletry bag. Not only are long nails gross they can also lead to blisters and toe pain.
High-quality socks make all the difference in your comfort in the heat or cold. Whenever we can we wear our wool socks. Look to have a couple of warm wool cushioned wool socks for cooler temps, but also light ones for the summer months. We love Smartwool and they have some really cute prints!
Our feet often get dried out when we travel, and dry feet are uncomfortable. Pamper yourself with a fine body or foot lotion to keep your feet hydrated and happy.
Some people have smelly feet and to fight odor and moisture. A little bit powder in your shoes at the start of each day can make a world of difference.
What to look for in a pair of travel shoes?
There are thousands of shoes, sandals, and boots out there that can cover the three points described below. But the very best travel shoes can accomplish that goal and more by presenting them in a stylish and attractive manner. The style is one of the most important things I look for while in a pair of women’s travel shoes. Style varies so much between the different shoe types, but my one tip is to look for versatility and opt for prints or colors that work with a multitude of outfits. You won’t be able to take a whole closet of shoes with you when you travel.
A sad reality of traveling is that you won’t have room to bring several different pairs of shoes to fit every occasion. Whatever pair of walking shoes settle on, you’re bound to spend a lot of time in them and cover a fair number of miles. So, as you may have guessed, it’s absolutely crucial that those boots be comfortable and supportive!
Pay special attention to the outsole and footbed material to gauge its comfort and durability. We are particularly fond of Vibram outsoles as they provide a nice comfortable ride, but they also hold up very well to wear and tear and allow the boots to last as long as possible.
Your specific travel goals will of course also play a role in the type of walking shoe that best suits your needs. Perhaps you’re planning on spending most of your days jetting from sight to sight in the big city. Maybe some time in galleries and museums, interspersed with street walking to find the best eateries and views. Or perhaps you have a certain proclivity for remote mountain trails and exploring the great outdoors in every country you visit.
Whatever your preference, take the time to consider your future activities and pick a shoe that will offer the highest level of utility in that department. A black flat may not serve you well for rock scrambling, and a heavy-duty boot may raise a few eyebrows at your luxurious dinner after a day of exploring.
So, you get the idea, make your travel shoes agree with your activities. Or better yet, opt for a shoe that can be at home almost anywhere! It’s about finding the greatest versatility for you! Everyone is different.
Regardless of your activity of choice, one essential characteristic that we highly recommend for any travel boot or actives shoe worth its salt, is waterproofing. A stylish boot aimed for city travel is not immune from the occasional rainfall, and there’s nothing worse than sloshing around town on your vacation with wet boots!
This is equally true if you’re out in the countryside soaking up the views. So, take the time to ensure that your travel boot of choice incorporates some form of waterproofing treatment. At the very least, treat the boots yourself with one of the many waterproofing agents that you can purchase online or at a sporting goods store.
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