In search of the best travel shoes for women? In this post, we cover the basics of the best women’s travel shoes and what we look for in our footwear.
We have put a lot of time into research and testing out 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.
Why are shoes important when you travel?
Shoes are arguably an essential 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 comfort in mind and style in mind. I’ve highlighted a good mix of trends and key facets. These are my favorite women’s travel shoes for walking all day.
The Best Travel Shoes for Women
Best Women’s Sneakers For Travel
Sneakers are a great call for any trip. For starters, neither of us like to fly with sandals as it feels a little gross. Then 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. Sneakers should be simple, fashionable, comfortable, and most importantly, affordable. All of these shoes are under $100 with several under $50, so you can save more for travel!
|All Birds Wool Runners||Walking||5*||$95|
|Keds Champion Leather||Walking||4.5*||$49|
|Converse All Star||Walking||4*||$49|
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 All Stars 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.
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.
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.
You’ve probably noticed a theme for classic sneakers by now, but that’s because they’re a classic look with versatility. Adidas Superstars scream Rock n’ Roll and they’ve been worn by just about every famous musician at some point or another.
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.
Best Active Shoes For Travel
We love to get active in our travels and we find ourselves seeking out more wild locations every year. While a pair of trainers or slips on might work on city streets, you need a tough shoe to take on the trails in the mountains or jungle. We’re not all about flowy dresses in Europe, these shoes are for women who want to hit trails, mountains, or streets full steam.
|Brooks Ghost 11||Running||5*||$120|
|Hoka One One Speedgoat 3||Trail Running||4.5*||$140|
|Merrell Trail Glove 5||Barefoot Trail Runner||5*||$100|
|Salomon OUTline GTX||Trailing Running/Hiking||4.5*||$100|
|Merrell Moab 2||Hiking||5*||$120|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best Women’s Slip-On Shoes For Travel
When I want the comfort of a shoe, but don’t want something as big as sneakers I love a pair of slip on shoes. They make security at airports a breeze and take up minimal room in my suitcase so I can always make room for a pair when we travel. Then combined with their low profile they can work with a multitude of outfits and settings.
|Vans Classic Slip On||Fabric||4.5*||$50|
|UGG Sammy Sneaker||Canvas/Leather||4.5*||$100|
|Tom's Alpagarta Slip On||Canvas||4*||$55|
|Sanuk Donna Hemp||Hemp||4*||$55|
Van’s Classic Slip-On
We love Vans despite this being the first time on this list of the best women’s travel shoes. Their classic slip-on is super comfortable and can be worn with or without socks. Vans classic slip on blur the line between sneaker and slip on shoes and look great with a pair of jeans or shorts.
They do require a break in period with socks as the back is made out of leather and create a tacky sensation that can cause blisters if you’re barefoot. As always we love a pair of shoe that comes around $50 so you have more money for travel.
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.
We’ve all heard of this shoe brand, and it’s tough not to love a company that donates a pair of shoes for every pair they sell. The uncomplicated canvas slip-on shoes are cute with a wide range of color and print choices. They also pack up exceptionally well and offer an offer a surprising amount of support for their size.
Above all, they’re affordable shoes that won’t break the bank. One downside is they tend to smell after a while and won’t last much longer than a year.
Sanuk Donna Hemps
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 is the Donna Hemps. These are hemp slip-on that is 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.
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.
Best Women’s Flats or Loafers For Travel
A pair of black flats is always great to have in a suitcase. They’re stylish comfortable, and they take up minimal space in your luggage. My tip, stay away from heels as many destinations around the world have uneven streets, and you don’t want to break an ankle trying to look good.
Flats or loafers are a great option for a dress shoe that eats little room in your luggage unlike a pair of heels. With flats, you can find a pair of shoes that look stylish, allow you to blend in with stylish locals, and are comfortable enough to wear all day.
|Cole Haan Tali Bow Ballet||Ballet||4.5*||$120|
|Massimo Matteo Penny Keeper||Loafer/Moccasin||4*||$70|
|Sam Edelman Loraine||Loafer||4*||$80|
|Vionic Minna Flat||Flats||4.5*||$120|
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!
Massimo Matteo Penny Keeper
A good pair of loafers/moccasins are great for comfort and a more casual formal shoe. These affordable women’s loafers come in a plethora of color choices that I love. The leather is soft right out of the box and they take minimal time to break in so you’re safe to buy right before your next trip. You can wear them right out of the box without any socks or slips without risk of a blister.
The Massimo Matteo Penny Keepers are largely leather with leather lining and footbeds that are slightly cushioned. They are very comfortable, but if you’re the slight cushion is not quite good enough to stand in all day. They work better as a nice evening shoe or perhaps an easy travel day in which you’d like to look cute.
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.
Sam Edelman Loraine
The Loraine is a classic loafer that looks sharp, and the soft leather conforms well to your feet. They have a slight heel that I always appreciate in a dress shoe. With an excellent selection of colors, you can mix match with several outfit choices and seasons.
I went with a half size smaller than I usually do, but everyone’s feet are different. What surprises me the most about these loafers is just how casual they can look since it’s a soft leather with lovely pastel colors and a wide range of fabric choices.
Vionic Minna Flat
These flats are super cute, and my favorite fashionable shoes in my travel wardrobe. What’s most important about these shoes and why their so great for travel is the tremendous amount of support they offer for your feet. They’re a beautiful looking shoe, and for the price, it’s tough to find anything similar. The only complaint I have is they’re a little narrow, so if you have a bunion or wide feet they might be a little tight.
They’re made from leather or suede and feature a bow that holds up well over time. With a firm back, they still slip on and off pretty easy, which is a helpful feature. I like the light colors, but they don’t hold up as well against dirt and grime.
Best Women’s Sandals For Travel
I’m a sandal person and don’t believe any travel bag is complete until I throw in a pair. Sandals are always a great call in the spring and summer plus you’d look pretty weird in a pair of shoes at the beach! I’ve selected a range of sandals that should offer anything you may need.
|Wiivv Sandals||Orthopedic Flip Flop||4*||$100|
|Rainbow Sandal||Leather Flip Flop||4.5*||$50|
|Plaka Sandal||String Sandal||4*||$35|
|Teva Hurricanes XLT2||Hiking Sandal||4.5*||$80|
|Crocs Serena||Rubber Sandals||4*||$30|
|Birkenstock Mayari||Leather/Cork Sandal||5*||$100|
I just got my hands on my first pair of Wiivv custom sandals, and they are a life changer! If you love the convenience and freedom of flip flops but hate how they make your body feel, these are perfect for you. Every pair of Wiivv sandals are made custom for your exact feet to give you the most comfortable fit possible.
They use groundbreaking technology to take a digital map of your foot. The first step is to visit their website and choose from a wide range of colors and designs; then after you purchase, you can download their app to take photos of your feet. The images get automatically sent to Wiivv, and they create a 3D-printable file unique to each foot. Within days you have a new pair of flops directly at your doorstep. Isn’t technology amazing?
Once I received them in the mail, I was able to see just how comfortable these flip flops are and how important good arch support is. Seriously, try them out for yourself! You can test them (outside!), and if you don’t like them within 30 days, they’ll refund your money.
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.
Plakas aren’t the most durable sandals on this list they are my 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 dress up a casual beach 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: S3NYM4TU)
Teva Hurricanes XLT2
I’m sorry, but the Teva Hurricanes have to be the most comfortable walking sandals for women. 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.
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 attractive. Crocs make some pretty charming women’s sandals perfect for travel.
I have had a few pairs now and even wore them to the club at a younger age. 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.
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.
Best Women’s Hiking Boots For Travel
Travel for women doesn’t have to be all about dresses, sipping cappuccinos, or enjoying a coconut on the beach sometime you want to get out and explore. I love getting out in the mountains so much that we now call it home, and feel more comfortable in a pair of hiking boots than heels. There are a plethora of trips and destinations that call for more robust shoes and that’s when I reach for a pair of hiking boots.
|Danner Mountain Light Cascade||Leather||4.5*||$360|
|Merrell Ontario Mid Hiking Boot||Leather||4.8*||$170|
|Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots||Leather||4.5*||$240|
|Vasque Breeze III Mid GTX Hiking Boots||Leather/Mesh||4*||$180|
|Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid GTX Hiking Boots||Suede/Nylon||4.5*||$165|
Danner Mountain Light Cascade
Danner has been crafting some of the best hiking boots for decades, but when it comes to blending hiking and travel for those adventurous spirits out there, the Mountain Light fits the bill. The boot is finely crafted to be ruggedly stylish and will hold up to just about any escapade you can throw at it.
Starting from the bottom, we have a rugged Vibram outsole that provides excellent shock absor7ption for a smooth ride, while also providing great traction over some tough terrain. The upper Sienna leather has a very attractive retro aesthetic while maintaining its utility with very durable construction. While not inherently waterproof, we love the classic construction that make these boots functional in the outdoors, yet classy enough to wear elsewhere on your travels.
Merrell Ontario Mid Hiking Boot
These boots may have a retro look, but they come with modern boot tech. Waterproof leather is their primary material that provides reliable protection in the worst elements. The Vibram soles are sturdy for comfort on rough or loose terrain and provide solid traction on slick surfaces.
The footbed itself is composed of high-density Ethyl Vinyl Acetate (EVA) which provides an exceptionally comfortable and supportive ride to keep your feet happy for every aspect of your trip! More than anything though I really love the look of these boots. They make for a stylish look in cool weather destinations like visiting the Canadian Rockies or The Alps.
Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boot
These aware winning boots have become a hiking staple. They provide supreme protection and waterproofing in a lightweight boot. With features like an inner liner of Gore-Tex, you’re guaranteed to have dry feet walking through a stream, snow, or in heavy rain. With great comfort, these boots are made for long hikes no matter the season. A pair of boots like these are great for winter travel or any hiking trip you may have planned.
Vasque Breeze III Mid GTX Hiking Boots
These boots are a great all around boot with everything you can look for in a hiking boot. They have everything we look for in a hiking boot — water resistance, support, comfort, durability, and water resistance. We’ve only tried these boots on and have not owned a pair, but the boots are comfortable like a pair of sneakers. It’s tough to beat a pair of boots like this that excel at so much perfect for adventure travel.
Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid GTX Hiking Boots
These are a great option for entry level hiking boots as they aren’t pricey as the top of the line boots, but offer a ton of features. With fantastic comfort, reliable waterproofing, and decent support you’ll be happy on the trail with the lightweight Salomon X Ultras. The only gripe is their lightweight nature may not be the best for rough or untamed trails. However, I wouldn’t let that hold you up as most likely they’ll be more than enough boot for most beginners or travelers.
Best Casual Boots For Travel
A great pair of boots are a timeless look and will still hold up well for modest hikes and modern cities. I love a great pair of leather boots that are versatile enough to take a wide range of settings.
|Dr. Marten's Pascal Combat Boot||High Ankle Combat Boot||4*||$100|
|Teva La Vina Dos Tall Boots||Suede Tall Boot||4*||$150|
|Clarks Desert Boot||Suede Ankle Boot||4.5*||$130|
|Sorel Caribou Boot||Leather High Ankle Boot||4.5*||$160|
|Mazin Cayto Boots||Leather Ankle Boot||4*||$100|
Dr. Marten’s Pascal Combat Boot
The Pascal Combat Boot has been a fashion staple for decades now. Combined with both a classic combat boot look, solid design, and comfort these boots are great for hiking. A large selection of styles and colors ensure you can choose whatever suits your mood.
The long history and great build quality mean the boots should also hold up against the elements. I wouldn’t recommend them for a hard adventurer, but they’re more than enough for the average backpacker or traveler.
Cobb Hill Daisey Panel Boot
I just got my hands on these Cobb Hill boots and they are perfect for looking sleek while traveling in cooler weather. They are ultra-comfortable with a supportive EVA footbed so that I can feel comfortable walking European cities all day without discomfort.
There’s only a slight one-inch heel so they look stylish without causing pain. Rockport has a ton of other styles of Cobb Hill shoes that I highly recommend as a great women’s travel shoe.
Teva La Vina Dos Tall Boots
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 ever to 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! My only note would be the lack of traction in the snow as the hard rubber soles are made better suited for wet cities.
Clarks Desert Boot
The Clarks Desert Boot has become a fashion staple with its casual look. Comfort is pleasant in these shoes, and they’re perfect for walking around European cities in the fall or winter as a pair of wool socks will keep your feet comfortable.
The boots remain affordable yet deliver a quality product. Desert Boots come in high-quality suede leather, which looks beautiful in person. Comfort is exceptional and the slight heel distributes your weight nicely across your feet.
Be forewarned in regards to the crepe sole on these shoes. While the soles look great, they pick up dirt and offer almost no grip in wet conditions. I remember learning this the hard way after stepping on wet tile entering a building.
Sorel Caribou Boot
These are only necessary if your vacation involves cold weather snow activities. Things like sledding with the family, skiing or snowboarding, snowshoeing, dogsledding, and trekking through the forest are all good reasons to pack a good pair of heavy duty non-slip boots that rise up higher than the ankle as you don’t want a foot full of snow!
We just bought our first pairs of Sorels since we moved to Canada. They are the best boots for a snowy European winter in Finland, Norway, or the Alps. They are expensive, but for that price, you get waterproof boots that keep your feet warm in -40 weather.
Hush Puppies Mazin Cayto Boots
We have yet another comfortably stylish boot here from Hush Puppies that we highly recommend for heavy city traveling that is going to keep you on your feet. The molded EVA foam padding is exceptionally comfortable for days of walking through the airport or streets, and the rubber outsole stands up to and absorbs the impact from, the endless streets that must be navigated to get to the best sights.
You’ll have your choice between soft nubuck leather or suede; both offer decent durability and comfort for your trip! We would, however, recommend waterproofing your shoes after purchase to make them even more durable.
Women’s Insoles For Travel
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 insoles make all the difference for comfort.
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.v.
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 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 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 shoes 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 shoes or boots you 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 travel boot 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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