One of my biggest anxieties when I travel is whether or not my feet will be able to keep up with the pace my heart wants to set in a new place, so my shoes for travel have to be perfect.
There are a few criteria I have for footwear, particularly anything that is lucky enough to make it into my suitcase for a trip.
- I have some arch issues, so I need a good supportive shoe that won’t have my arches screaming after just a few miles.
- They need to be CUTE.
- They need to be versatile… Can I wear them with shorts and a t-shirt AND a cute dress AND jeans and a blazer?
- Will they hold up to several days of walking 8+ miles and being on my feet for 10+ hours at a time? I’m not interested in shoes that will fall apart after one season of wear.
Thankfully, after spending more money than I’d like to admit trying out different sneakers, sandals, tennis shoes, and boots I’ve finally found the two pairs shoes for travel I love the most: one for summer and one for winter.
Shoes for Travel in Summer
I wore these Naöt gladiator sandals a lot last summer in Italy and they check all the boxes for me. I did run into some blister situations when wearing them on an impromptu hike through Cinque Terre. So for the record, I DO NOT recommend them for hiking. But if you’re going to be walking around the city all day then these are your shoes.
They’re a little pricy, but they have held up beautifully through a full year of use and abuse.
Shoes for Travel in Winter/Spring/Fall
I wore these Jack Purcell leather sneakers almost every day during our trip to London, and on the days I didn’t wear them I wished desperately that I had. They provided the perfect amount of support, were pretty dang water resistant, and kept my tootsies warm without getting sweaty. While these are pretty casual, sneakers are having such a moment right now that I was able to get away with wearing them in even some of the nicer restaurants we went to without feeling the least bit out of place.
There’s something about having the right pair of shoes that makes it feel like you can take over the world.
There are a few other shoes I’ve found (including the über popular Adidas Superstars) that I can wear all day with no problems, but these are by far my two favorite. Do you have a favorite pair of shoes for travel?