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Comfortable Walking Shoes For Travel

My favorite comfortable stylish walking shoes for travel, including sandals and boots.

If your family vacation includes a lot of walking, you’ll definitely want to make sure that you have comfortable walking shoes for traveling. Everyone has different walking styles – so you’ll definitely want to try out a variety of different shoes before embarking on your family vacation. Otherwise, you may find that those “comfortable” shoes actually aren’t.

And, while some people love wearing sneakers on vacation, I don’t always find them comfortable when it’s hot outside. The best shoes for walking all day may vary for you.

Don’t despair if you don’t like a specific pair of shoes especially if they are loved by others. There are so many different options to try out. A good rule of thumb is to stick with the type of shoe that you typically like.

So, if you prefer to wear flats, you’ll want to choose flat walking shoes. Here are some of my favorite comfortable walking shoes for travel. Remember to check the weather at your destination before leaving on your vacation so that you have the most appropriate shoes.

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Footprints in wet sand at the beach

Comfortable Walking Shoes for Travel

When I travel on vacation, I look to bring a variety of shoes on my trip. Not only will you want different styles, but you’ll also want to change things up daily. I find that my feet get sorer if I wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row.

In general, for a warm weather vacation, I pack a pair of beach/pool shoes, two pairs of walking shoes, a pair of fun sandals (not for walking), and a pair of more durable shoes. Always be sure that you have at least one pair of closed-toed shoes for activities that require them.


These are my absolute favorite shoes for travel, as well as for hanging around town. They are definitely the best walking sandals, in my opinion. They are comfortable and stylish and work with stylish pants, jeans, skirts, and shorts.

Depending on your travel plans, flip-flops may not be appropriate. You can get dressy styles, but they are open-toed and are still a flip-flop style. I do find that the soles are sometimes a bit slippery, so they can be tough to wear on some surfaces, especially on European streets with slippery cobblestones.

Josef Seibel

These shoes aren’t the cheapest, but they are super comfortable and well-made. There are a variety of styles offered, including boots, loafers, and sandals. I like the loafers as a comfortable closed-toe shoe for travel. I also have several pairs of Josef Seibel boots.

They can be a great comfortable, stylish walking shoe. The high heel shoes are beautiful and look great with long pants, but aren’t as comfortable for longer walks.


I love my Sanuk yoga sandals, although they don’t offer a ton of support. The soles are so soft and cushioned. I have a pair of Sanuk flip-flops that I wear on the beach and by the pool. They are fairly inexpensive and are offered in different colors.

You may wonder, especially with the soft sole – are Sanuks comfortable for walking? The yoga sandals definitely are, but I find that they are only good for short distances. Other Sanuk styles are closed-toe and more comfortable for longer walks.


Not everyone loves Dansko shoes, but I find them to be so comfortable. They offer sandals, boots, and the popular clog pictured above. I recommend walking around in them for short distances before your family vacation, to make sure you like them. The strong arch can take a little time to get used to.


Keen Rivington II sandals are my go-to for traveling. They are comfortable walking shoes for travel, and have a rugged sole that is great for slippery surfaces. When we visited the Acropolis last summer, these were the perfect shoe to wear because the ground there is both rugged and slick. I wear them so much when I travel overseas in the summer.


These shoes are similar to sneakers but are a little more dressy. If you prefer a shoe that’s more similar to a sneaker, they are a great option.


Rothy’s are one of my favorite new shoes. The ballet flats are comfortable and look great with a variety of different outfits. They are also machine washable and made from recycled water bottles.

On Cloud 5

These sneakers are my new favorite all-around travel shoe. They are incredibly comfortable, and do feel like you are walking “on clouds”. They come in a variety of styles and colors, but I especially like the ones that don’t have to be tied.

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