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 find them comfortable. So I try to stick to shoes that are a little more stylish and comfortable for me. The best shoes for walking all day may vary for you.
Don’t despair if you don’t like a specific pair of shoes – there are so many different options to try out. A good rule of thumb is to stick with a 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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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, you’ll also want to change things up daily. I find that my feet get more sore 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.
These are my absolute favorite shoes for travel, as well as for hanging around town. They are comfortable and stylish, and work with stylish pants, jeans, skirts, and shorts. Depending on your travel plans, though 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. When I travel to Walt Disney World, I almost always wear my FitFlops.
These shoes aren’t the cheapest, but they are super comfortable and well made. There are a variety of styles offered, including loafers and sandals, like the ones in the picture above. 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 – 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 options.