The 7 Best Shoes for Travel

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Having tried and tested many (and I do mean many) shoes whilst travelling, I’ve decided its about time I share the seven best shoes for travel that I have found. Now there are a couple of categories these shoes need to fit in order to make it to the list, 1) they need to be comfortable; 2) they need to be durable; 3) they need to be shoes other than sneakers (because a list of 10 pairs of sneakers would just be too obvious now, wouldn’t it!?)


1. Soludos Classic Espadrille

If your travels take you to small charming coastal towns or European cities with plenty of cobblestones to meander through, these Soludos classic espadrilles are your ultimate answer. They have really comfy soles and are made of canvas so also really light to pack. If you have a little more cash to spare, these espadrilles by Tony Burch are just gorgeous!

2. Converse Chuck Taylors (low rise)

These are my absolute go-to travel shoe. The Converse Chucks are great for short walks around cities but certainly shouldn’t replace sneakers (they’re comfy for short distances but not for long walks). While they’re most classically worn with skinny jeans, I love to pair them with a dress or jumpsuit to stay casual!

3. Adidas Sneaker

If you’re after something a little more comfy than the converse for longer wear (i.e. a full day) or just a comfy plane shoe to pair with some slacks or jeans and a sweater, these Adidas sneakers are all the rage at present. I’veeven  seen some super stylish Parisienne’s pulling them off in their effortless manner!


4. Dolce Vita Over-the-knee boots (suede)

I do love an over-the-knee boot, especially in a timeless black that goes with everything. These Dolce Vita boots are great for day wear in Autumn or Winter climates, however they are made of suede so not great for wet weather. I have a very similar pair from Zara that I’ve been wearing for years.

5. Cole Haan Over-the-knee boots (leather)

Here’s a wet weather alternative: these Cole Haan boots are made of black leather, so are a better choice for wet winter weather (London and Paris being key candidates!)

6. Nike Air Max

These Nike Airs are my go to sneaker for day walks, hikes, adventure activities… you get the drill. They’re ridiculously comfortable and the best walking shoes I’ve found thus far. They also double as a gym shoe if you’re into that thing!

7. ASOS Joan Espadrilles

For tropical adventures, look no further than a comfy (but also stylish) pair of sandals to top off any outfit. I like to buy mine from Asos (l.o.v.e these Espadrilles) as they’re usually a bargain and that way once they wear out (I usually get 6-18 months out of a sandal), I’m not completely heartbroken to part with them (though sometimes this is still the case!)


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    April 25, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    I consider clothing and especially footwear while traveling to long distance as comfortability is essential for me. Thanks for you writings. It will help me choose one for my next trip.

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    March 22, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    I could not resist commenting. Perfectly written!

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    February 3, 2016 at 1:03 am

    I can’t disagree that sneakers are the best shoes for travel. I’m just addicted to to this type of shoes, I have a lot of pairs, but my favourite travel sneakers are. As for me, that’s the best choice for travelling.

    January 14, 2016 at 1:29 am

    Your shoes are so nice and well come my Hanoi

    January 12, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Love this! footwear really sometimes makes or breaks it for me in terms of how happy I was that day and how eager I was to explore everything….love the boots!

    Characters & Carry-ons

    January 8, 2016 at 3:54 am

    Thanks for the inspiration!! I also like Birkenstock a lot! What kind of shoes do you wear in the picture above? I saw them many times in your videos and always wonder 🙂 they look amazing!! Xoxo

    Megan A.
    January 7, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    My FAVORITE sandals are the Sanuk yoga sling 2’s. The bottom is made of yoga mat material and the strap material is a soft, stretchy jersey. I have worn them all day for travels and music festivals, and they are seriously the best. And they come in a ton of colors!

    Brooke Powers
    January 7, 2016 at 9:50 am

    I love my oka b flats for travel. They come in all the colors and look cute with jeans, skirt and sundresses! And you can’t destroy a plastic shoe!

    January 7, 2016 at 8:58 am

    I have a pair of Timberline booties-stylish (surprisingly), lightweight, great if the weather goes sideways and I can wear them with or without socks. My feet last all day even walking on the cobblestones in Rome. And I always take chucks too 🙂 Cuz they are just too cute!

    Wandering in the Wonderful
    January 6, 2016 at 5:17 am

    For over 10 years I traveled exclusively with a pair of leather strappy sandals. Every adventure I took these shoes were on my feet. They broke this summer and are unable to be repaired. Thanks for the idea’s as to what my next pair of travel shoes should look like

    January 6, 2016 at 5:04 am

    Nike and Adidas are definitely the best ! 🙂

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    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    January 5, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Love the espadrilles :))
    Shoes you need to travel… That’s a GREAT excuse to go shopping actually!!

  • Sisley
    January 5, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Such great suggestions! Love my Nike AirForce 1’s for a long day of walking, they also keep me warm! I also love my Blundstones for every day wear & nature walks 🙂

    Cest La Vibe
    January 5, 2016 at 6:41 am

    I agree with you on the Converse and Air Max but my favorite kicks for long-term travel are Nike Roshe Runs.
    They have the support of running sneakers, they’re stylish, and they’re easy to pack in a suitcase.

    Gabi @ Books & Trips
    January 5, 2016 at 4:47 am

    Converse Chuck Taylor are my favorites! So comfortable and perfect for walking around everywhere! Plus they go with almost everything I own!

    January 5, 2016 at 3:27 am

    Great suggestions! My problem is that I always have a tough time limiting the number of shoes I pack for a trip. I usually wind up bringing a pair of boots, nike running shoes, as well as a couple of pairs of flats and sandals (depending on the time of year and destination). A good flat is a must for me because they can be casually paired with jeans or dressed up for a dinner out. Definitely not good for walking though, which is where the nikes come in!


    January 5, 2016 at 1:40 am

    I love my Aquatalia boots..waterproof, leather and stylish! I’ve trekked though the rain in London, Paris, NYC an points in between in them and my feet stay dry as a bone and warm as can be and they are so comfortable and stylish. I will not travel in the winter without them!

    Michaela B
    January 5, 2016 at 1:36 am

    This is such a nice idea for a post!I have to totally agree that the comfort during traveling is very important.My most comfortable shoes for day long walking is adidas neo.I have spend in them 14 days in NY and I never had a foot ache.

    January 5, 2016 at 1:25 am

    Without a doubt, I would recommend Keen Shoes. I wore the Mary Jane style around NYC and they were super comfortable. We walked 12+ miles on the first day, 10+ miles on the second day and 11+ miles on the 3rd day. With the wide toe, there are no problems with toes feeling “squished” and there is plenty of arch support. You can’t go wrong with Keen.

    Michelle Foley
    January 5, 2016 at 12:58 am

    Finn Comfort are the ultimate in comfort. There are only a very few styles that are “cute” but if you are looking for comfort…….,Finn Comfrt

    January 4, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    oh my gosh! Thank you for your lovely tips. They sound so comfy!!

    January 4, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    Love your shoe selection Will definitely give some a try xxx
    Daisy Candle

    January 4, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Any sandal reccomendations? ☺️

    January 4, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    I’ve found Sketchers are amazing for travel. They are like walking on clouds, and their shoes are always very light! They make all different styles and colours as well, so can get some black ones that could double for going out for dinner shoes with some nice jeans! These SAVED my life during an 8 week holiday in America, bought them week one after my feet were starting to hurt, never hurt again! (And we walk a lot on holidays)

    January 4, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Adidas and Nike are my favourite brands when it comes to sneakers!


    January 4, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    YES CONVERSES ARE SUCH GREAT TRAVEL SHOES!! I’ve been wearing mine for 8 years (well they just gave way but prior to this!) They were DEFINITELY TRUSTY!

    x Carina / Running White Horses

    January 4, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    I love my Converse as well! I put in some supports because I have flat feet, and they’ve been amazing to wear on long trips. I was surprised to see a pair of OTK boots on your list, because I’ve never thought of them as comfortable – especially if you have to take your shoes off, but I’m interested in trying them out now!

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin’

    January 4, 2016 at 10:08 am

    I need to get some Adidas sneakers!! How have you gone with Birkenstocks?

    January 4, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Love those Nikes! White converse are also my favorite go-to.

    January 4, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Such a great idea for a post! Nikes are my saviour when travelling!

    January 4, 2016 at 8:57 am

    I love my low converse but the biggest mistake I ever made was wearing them for a day around Walt Disney World, my feet where aching for days afterwards! Not ideal for long, on your feet all day kinda days at all!

    Sarah 🙂

    January 4, 2016 at 8:43 am

    I’m with you on the low cut Cons – I have a pair of white leather ones, and they’ve seen most of the world now haha so reliable! Love the espadrilles too, I’d never really considered them, but they make so much sense!

    Megan Hill
    January 4, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Ooh great suggestions! I would also recommend Saltwater sandals – they’re super comfy and waterproof 🙂