I’ve poured hours of time into research for the best women’s travel shoes. After trying on more shoes than I care to admit to help with my problematic feet, it’s safe to say I have generated an extensive list of footwear.
Shoes are arguably the most important item to consider when packing for your travels. A good pair of shoes for travel may not be the most exciting thing in a suitcase, but comfortable feet can make or break your day.
We walk a lot when we travel.
Long walks allow you to immerse yourself in new destinations not to mention it’s healthier. Given modern work trends, we could all stand to walk a bit more.
It may seem simple, but there are a lot of factors that go into a good pair of shoes for travel. These shoes are all picked with optimal comfort in mind, some may not be the most stylish women’s travel shoes, but they are some of the best footwear on the market.
These are my favorite women’s travel shoes for walking all day.
The Best Travel Shoes for Women
Most Comfortable Travel (and Hiking) Shoe
These aren’t the poshest looking shoes in the world, but they aren’t the ugliest either. 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 just like I would my 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 bush walking 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.
Best Travel Sneaker
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 slips and tumbles. You’ll come to realize shoes with good traction are valuable.
Cutest Walking Shoe
The Aerosole is one of the best women’s shoes for travel in Europe. They are sleek, stylish, comfortable, and will look good on even the streets of Milan. They have suede memory foam insoles and rubber soles for traction. The best part? They slip on in a flash and the heel won’t bend because of it! From skirts to pants these shoes are stylish walking shoes for travel.
Most Comfortable Walking Sandals
I’m sorry, but the Teva Hurricanes have to be the most comfortable women’s travel shoes on the planet. Sure, they may look a little nerdy and Taylor Swift may laugh at you. But who will be laughing when Tswift is flat on her face from falling while walking on a stone path? You, that’s who, because you will be wearing the best travel sandals there is (just kidding Tswift, no bad blood please). Seriously though Teva’s have long been regarded as a top rated women’s travel shoe and for good reason. They are comfortable, durable, and come in hundreds of different styles.
Best Lightweight Walking Shoe
Casual, classic, and a top rated lightweight women’s travel shoes. Toms have been around for years and I’m sure they have been in every country in the world given how much I see them worn by other travelers. Toms are great for all types of vacations. Beach vacations, city vacations, and even romantic vacations prove that Toms can be worn. They weigh virtually nothing and pack up well. The shoes are simple and are definitely stylish walking shoes for travel. Besides all this the best part about Toms is that they are still a One for One company, meaning for every pair of shoes bought they will donate a pair of shoes.
Most Stylish Comfy Sandal
I have been a fan of crocs for years. I find them to be one of the best travel sandals for walking while still looking cute. Yes, I said cute. Crocs actually make some pretty cute women’s travel shoes. Seriously, I have had a few pairs now and have even worn them to the clubs. Crocs are reasonably affordable, are comfortable for a day of light walking, and they are completely waterproof. AND my mom does all of her garden work in them (Hi Mom!).
Best Summer Walking Shoe
Leather. Imported. Rubber sole, and yoga chic? Sign me up! These slip on shoes are pure comfort while maintaining style. They are great for all day wear as well as slipping in your purse if you’re going out at night. I want just about every color of the Ahnu Karma Shoe.
Best Travel Flip Flop
I’m a total flip flop person and don’t believe any travel bag is completely packed until you throw a pair of flip flops in. 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 it was stolen on a bus in Thailand. In my opinion, these are the best brand of flip flops ever. 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.
Best City Walking Shoe
For a great, all-purpose travel shoe there is the Merrell Rant. This leather and canvas sneaker is one of the best shoes for walking all day. They are reasonably priced for a Merrell shoe and have been praised as the “most comfortable walking shoe ever.” They feature a cushioned sole with good support, but yet are stylish and light. The Rants are offered in a variety of different colors to suit every traveler’s style and I can’t stress how these shoes are 100% comfortable walking shoes for women.
Most Fashionable Walking Shoe
Perfect to wear with leggings or skinny jeans, while still screaming fashionable. These Clark boots are made with a soft suede upper and twin back goring. These are slightly waterproof, and cover the ankle, and are just the most perfect stylish walking shoe for Europe. I love these shoes because I am short and the little heel gives me a height boost!
Most Comfortable Flats for Walking
Flats are small and easy to pack up, so they make for great shoes to take while traveling. Cole Haan makes some darn comfy ballet flats for travel. These are made with leather and provide a synthetic sole, and are great for a night out on the town in a new city. Plainly speaking these shoes are excellent quality, have great sizing, and are simple, but beautiful shoes.
Best Trail Running Shoe
Hoka One One’s are my absolute favorite trail running shoe out there. I recently upgraded to the Speedgoat 2, 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 2’s have a nice cushion feel and decent arch support.
Best Walking Shoes for Winter Travel
I traveled with these Teva boots for the entire winter season last year and loved them. Not only are the comfortable and durable, but they look nice with just about anything and can easily dress up a pair of leggings. These boots are waterproof, warm, and go up to a little below the knee. I’m guessing these boots will last me at least five to 10 years if I wear them every season, and now I have no reason to ever have to spend money on another pair of stylish winter boots. It’s not just me that loves them though – check out the reviews on Amazon!
Best Beach Bum Shoe
There aren’t many shoe companies better suited for beach footwear than Sanuk. Sanuk’s laidback style can be seen in almost all of their products, but some of their most popular are the Donna Hemps. These are hemp slip ons that are good for just about anywhere near the coast. They have a premium, molded EVA footbed with an antimicrobial additive to reduce odor and are extremely comfortable and durable. When I want something as free as a flip flop, except covering my toes I turn to my Donnas.
Best Shoe to Give You a Lift
If you’re looking for a nice all around sandals that you can wear to all functions this shoe by B.O.C is ideal. I love B.O.C sandals for their comfort, they have never let me down. Not only is this shoe comfortable, but it gives you a 3/4″ lift. The sandal is secured by a back zipper that doesn’t rub against your ankle and cause discomfort.
Best Lightweight Tennis Shoes
Le Mouton Merino Wool Lightweight Unisex Shoes are made of top quality Merino wool and polyester blend. The merino wool makes these shoes breathable, offering temperature-regulation properties to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Many people choose to wear these shoes without socks as the natural antibacterial fiber material protects against odor. You can also throw these shoes right in the washer when you feel it’s time. They come in a variety of colors, but I would recommend black or grey so they go with everything in your travel suitcase.
Best Sandal for Guaranteed Compliments this Summer
Those shoes with the puppy at the top? Those are my Plakas. While they aren’t the most durable, my other favorite, more fashionable sandals for the beach women out there are Plaka. Plaka sandals are handwoven women’s sandals with a hard rubber sole that is good to wear anywhere in the summer. All of these sandals are hand-made and water resistant and can really dress up a beach casual look. I have a pair in almost all of their styles and always manage to get compliments when I travel! The best part? They take almost no room up in a suitcase or backpack but can easily dress up a summer outfit. (Psst here is a code for 20% of your next pair on Amazon: PLAKAS18)
Best Moccasins for Travel
If you’re in the market for moccasins you really can’t go wrong with UGGS. This Australian brand has been around for a long time and are well known in creating quality shoes. These Moccasins are cute, made of leather, and fully lined with pure wool. They are a bit expensive, but if you take good care of them they should last you for a couple fall and winter seasons.
How to Travel With Your Shoes
I always travel with 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 in 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 a backpacking trip I will still wrap my shoes in a reusable bag and place them at the bottom of the backpack. 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 on the side holders. Just watch out for theft if you leave your bag!
There are always at least three pairs of shoes in my bag, but sometimes more depending on where I am traveling and the season.
- Tennis shoes: For working out, hiking, and walking around all day.
- Flip Flops: No matter the season there is always a pair of flip flops in my bag. For dirty showers, walking outside your room for just five minutes, or beach time sandals are key.
- Nice black everyday shoes: So I don’t look like a bum everywhere we go.
What are your favorite women’s travel shoes? Any that you find comfortable, stylish, and good for walking I would be happy to add to this list!
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