There’s nothing worse than being distracted while on an amazing vacation because your feet are killing you due to incorrect footwear. While traveling, you’ll encounter a variety of surfaces, ranging from rocky to cobblestones, and accumulating a high step count is just part of the deal, but aching feet don’t have to be. Especially if you choose one of these shoes, which are very comfortable and suited for long walks.
Allbirds Wool Runners
These are absolutely great overall, since they are not just comfortable but also versatile, and not to mention sustainable. They’re made of wool, so maybe not the best for warmer destinations, but that does mean that they are temperature regulating. They’re super lightweight, which is perfect not just for walking but also for packing, and you can also wear them without socks.
Ecco Soft 7 Sneakers
These shoes are your travel secret weapon: they’re stylish but also very comfortable. Ecco is a brand that’s known for their emphasis on comfort and these don’t sacrifice on style like other comfort shoes. However, the one drawback is that they are a bit heavier. Megan Moore, a photographer, shared why she loves them so much: “The first thing that drew me to them was the larger platform at the sole. This means that my feet aren’t hitting the ground very hard because there is a lot of padding between my feet and the floor — saving me lots of foot aches! I also love that they are lace-up shoes because you can tie them up very tightly to reduce any slipping, which in turn reduces the risk of blisters. I got these shoes in black so that I could walk around on the grass and muddy grounds without the sneakers being affected!”
Clarks Rio Tie Sneakers
These sneakers are very stretchy and are conveniently available in wide sizes, half sizes, and of course, full sizes. Candice Criscione shared: “I have been planning vacations in Italy for over 18 years. I spent 10 years traveling around the globe as a cycling and hiking guide and I still occasionally guide cultural and hiking trips in Italy. Clarks are my go-to brand for travel. I love their Unstructured Collection because they’re comfortable and act like athletic sneakers without looking like them. They’re cushioned, supportive, made with breathable materials, and work for sightseeing or paired with casual dinner outfits.”
Naot Dorith Sandals
If you’re looking for a travel sandal, look no further than Naot’s Dorith sandals that are made of sturdy cork but are still soft and comfrotable. Podiatrist Dr. Tim Oldani shared: “I believe the best material for a sandal’s footbed will include cork and latex with a suede cover, which is a mainstay of the Naot brand.” Not only are these sandals comfortable, which make them perfect for travel, they are also quite stylish and come in a wide variety of colors.
Tieks Ballet Flats
These amazing sandals are fantastic for traveling because they fold up and also come in a huge variety of colors so you can really choose whichever ones suit your style the best. Kim McCardell from Windward & Crown shared: “As a luxury travel advisor and the recipient of a partial knee replacement, I take my shoe choices very seriously these days. If you want to dress things up and feel comfortable all day, then Tieks are the best. Anti-slip, durable soles, arch support and an incredible fit pair perfectly with their trendy patterns and signature teal soles.”