Travel isn’t just about the destination; it’s about the journey. And as any experienced traveler knows, there’s one element that can make or break your trek: the right pair of shoes.
When exploring new cities, climbing through dense jungle or getting lost in all the right ways, you don’t want to worry about getting sore feet. The importance of a good travel shoe is why the market for comfortable and durable kicks is so competitive. For consumers, this means a plethora of options.
When deciding on the perfect walking shoe, you want to start with the kind of travel you’re doing. Are you planning to tackle trails and mountains, or city streets? Will you be traveling in warm weather, wet weather, or a mix of both? From there you can think about fit (support, traction, flexibility), weight (do I need to pack this in a carry-on, backpack, or large luggage set), and of course, style.
Once you’ve settled on the right pair, make sure to break in your shoes before you head out on your adventure. Wear them around the house, at the end of the day once your feet are slightly swollen, or on short walks around your neighborhood. Your feet (and your travel companions) will thank you.
The Range AC+ offers a classic look with the comfort and durability that savvy travelers need. It’s built with all the elements you need in a great travel shoe: 3-D stretch knit for flexibility and breathability; an EVA midsole for stability and comfort; and the company’s patented M Select Grip outsole for added traction. For anyone that plans on some serious hiking or exploring, this shoe delivers.
Vessi launched its Kickstarter in 2018, promising a lightweight shoe built for all seasons. The 100% waterproof, breathable knit shoe is ideal for mixed-weather vacations where you might get caught in a sudden downpour. Plus, the minimalist style will go with any outfit you pack, making these a standalone travel shoe that will go the distance.
Birkenstock Arizona Soft Slide Sandal
Birkenstocks have long been a staple on any traveler’s packing list, and for good reason. The moldable cork-and-latex sole mimics the shape of your foot, giving you supreme comfort and support for hours on end. Treat them with care and you’ll likely have them for years (and many vacations) to come.
Vivobarefoot Gobi II
Looking for something that can take you from the trails to the boardroom? Consider the Gobi II by Vivobarefoot. The ankle rise boot is made from 100% scarred leather, giving it an upscale but relaxed look that you can wear with jeans, shorts or dress pants. Lightweight and flexible, you can roll up and stow these shoes in your carry-on.
Xero Shoes Z-Trail Sandal
The Xero Z-Trail Sandal is breezy and comfortable, yet shrinks down to fit in any carry-on: a purse, backpack, you name it. For travelers who aren’t sure whether they’ll be finding themselves on a beach in Turkey or a steppe in Peru, these shoes offer exceptional versatility. Add them to your packing checklist and rest easy, no matter where your adventures take you.
If your travels are taking you to a seaside getaway, Sperry Topsiders are the easy choice. These nautical slip-ons offer classic style (see the moccasin-stitched toe) plus long-lasting comfort (thanks to the flexible sole). Right now they’re available at an incredible 50% off, so it’s the perfect time to nab a pair.
Allbirds Tree Runners
When searching for a reliable travel shoe, always keep Allbirds on your radar. The brand designs thoughtful, comfortable shoes that are produced using methods that reduce waste and pollution. So, you and your feet can feel good about investing in a pair. The Tree Runners are made with eucalyptus tree fiber, which offers cooling comfort. Choose from eight unique colors and patterns.