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2021 Guide To The Best Shoes For Travel (Plus Tips For Picking The Best Travel Shoes)
Your flight is booked, your accommodation is sorted and now comes the ultimate task for your next travel adventure – packing your bags. Yuck. In the past, I’d always second-guess what to pack. But now, after 19 years of travel, I have learned a few tricks of the trade.
I have written a few packing list guides and in case you need those, you can find them at the end of the post.
But this guide is about how to pick the best travel shoes. Have you been asking yourself one of these questions?
- What are the best walking shoes for travel in Europe?
- Is there such a thing as fashionable walking shoes for travel?
- What are the most comfortable travel shoes?
- How much do good travel shoes cost?
- Will comfy travel shoes mean I look like a dork?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, keep reading and let’s go step-by-step to get you up to speed.
What You Need To Know About Shoes For Travel
The main thing you have to know is that the best shoes for travel are comfortable shoes.
Stylish yes, but comfortable first and foremost. Who cares how good your pumps look when you are limping along a cobblestone street in Croatia or Italy?
How far do you think you can walk in those plastic ballerina style slip-ons? They are ideal for the office, but in Europe, you walk and walk and walk. There is just so much to see, you can’t stop yourself (even heifers like me keep on moving morning, noon, and night), and being comfortable is key.
So pick your destination, decide what kind of adventures you expect to take once there, then use this guide to score yourself the most comfortable walking shoes for travel in Italy or a perfect pair of stylish travel shoes for New York City, and of course, everything in between.
Best Walking Shoes For Travel
Finding, buying, and breaking in comfortable stylish walking shoes for travel is one of the most important parts when packing for your vacation. Think about it, are you ever happy when your feet hurt? No. Even when you are at home, it’s not fun.
Comfortable feet are happy feet. Comfy shoes for walking are easy to find, but you just need to look for a few things:
- Do you use orthopedics? If so, your best comfortable shoes for travel in Europe will need to accommodate your slip-in saviors. For years, I struggled to find comfortable, yet half-decent looking shoes that accommodate my orthotics, and these Sperry Seacoast Canvas Sneakers have a removable footbed, which makes for plenty of room. Yes – cute travel shoes for Europe can be found!
- Cotton socks. Please wear socks when you wear your sneakers. No one wants smelly, wet, itchy feet – and cotton absorbs best.
- Break them in. Dance around at home in them, wear them while you are washing up or making the bed if you do not want to scuff them outside. Just be sure to break them in well before you go on vacation.
Comparison Chart Of The Best Travel Shoes 2021
We took a look at what travel shoes for women are best, compared their features and price, and made this easy-to-use table to help you review and decide which shoes suit you best.
Click on any heading to sort the table accordingly.
|Image||Reviews||Level of Comfort||Best For||Price|
|Find. Women’s Slipper Shoes||OK||Walking & Day & Night|
|Nike Women’s Tanjun Running Shoes||Best||Walking & Day & Hiking|
|Dr Scholl’s Vienna||Good||Walking & Day|
|Adidas Tubular Viral Sneaker||Best||Walking & Day & Hiking|
|Find. Chunky Gumsole Chelsea Boots||Best||Walking & Day & Night|
|Toms Zoe Sandals||Good||Walking & Day & Night|
|Sketchers Microburst||Best||Walking & Day & Hiking|
|Frye Slip-On||Best||Nights & Day Trips|
|Sperry Seacoast Canvas Sneakers||Best||Walking|
|Startas – Made in Croatia||Best||Walking|
|ASICS Metrolyte Gem||Best||Walking|
|Toms Jutti Flats||Best||Nights & Day Trips|
|Reebok Neoprene Skyscape Sneakers||Best||Walking|
|Merrell Rockbit Cove Hydro Shoes||Best||Hiking|
|Aerosoles Slip-On Loafer||OK||Nights & Day Trips|
|Atelje' Farine Double-Band Sandal||OK||Nights & Day Trips|
|Tod’s Women’s Leather Loafers||Good||Night & Day Trips|
|Patagonia Women’s Maha Flats||Good||Night & Day Trips|
|Naot Women’s Sabrina Sandal||Best||Day & Walking|
|Mephisto Women’s Helen Thong Sandals||Best||Day & Walking|
|Crocs Women’s Sienna Flats||Good||Day & Night|
|ASICS Women’s Gel-Fit Training Shoes||Best||Walking & Hiking|
Everyday Walking Shoes For Travel
Women’s walking shoes for travel are not as easy to disguise as men’s travel shoes. Those guys just wear sneakers, and they look cute, damn them. My most comfortable travel shoes for women are sneakers. I have arthritis, so that’s my excuse and I stick to it.
OK, enough tips already! Without further ado, the best travel shoes for women:
Amazon Brand – Find. Women’s Soft Low Top Slipper Shoes
You could be mistaken for thinking that these comfortable shoes are work shoes! Smart and casual at the same time, the shoes are a black shade with a very low heel (just 1cm) for extra support.
You can easily slip these shoes on and off whilst on the plane or train, and you don’t have to worry about damage as the outer is leather, giving you extra confidence and quality. With a normal width, these are some of the most comfortable shoes for women. They’ll give you the ideal fashion addition to your travel wardrobe.
I own a pair, and they are very lightweight and took no time at all to break in as the leather is so soft!
Teva Women’s W Freewheel Washed Canvas Shoe
If you’re looking for seriously fashionable walking shoes, these fit the bill. Canvas shoes are not only comfortable and durable, but they give off that relaxed, versatile vibe, making them incredibly stylish walking shoes for travel.
Choose between three different colors, including light brown, natural, and black/gray blend, which are all great shades to ‘go’ with many other colors. The shoes are made of an outer textile material with a thick, durable rubber sole that doesn’t snap over time.
There is an option for a second set of laces, to give you extra strength, and the price is fantastic for the quality. Overall, this is a great alternative to a higher-priced pair of Converse-style shoes, with the same fashion kudos.
These shoes make almost all ‘best shoes for traveling Europe’ lists, and they take the cake for trendy walking shoes for women. They really are excellent shoes for European travel, including Croatia, and we also recommend them to wear when sailing.
If you want a pair of simple but good stylish walking shoes for travel to take with you on your trip, nothing beats these Superga’s. They come in a bunch of colors. My faves are these gold ones.
You can choose from a huge range of different colors when you go for this option, though, and the price range differs accordingly.
With a canvas outer, this is possibly not the best choice if you’re out walking in slightly muddy or wet terrain. If you’re on a simple holiday, however, or traveling by car, plane, or train, this is a great option to have. The breathable canvas means your feet will be cool and airy, and the outsole is made of natural rubber, for stability, comfort, and grip.
A side note on the outer being made of canvas: they are machine washable, so this could get around that little problem.
Sperry Seacoast Canvas Sneakers
With a smaller sole than the Superga, these have a less sporty look.
A shoe that looks great, does what it’s supposed to do, and doesn’t cost you the earth, this particular choice ticks all of those boxes. These comfortable travel shoes are designed almost like a classic pair of Converse, with a thick rubber sole for comfort and bounce.
They have a breathable nylon canvas upper, and even better, they have removable footbeds that can be swapped out for orthotics. You can choose from a huge range of different colors and patterns to suit your fashion needs, and they have a lace fastening for support.
The only downside to this particular pair of shoes is that they might not be ideal for walking a lot in hot conditions, as your feet may get a little hot and sweaty. For colder conditions, though, these are ideal.
Made in Croatia, these are made with a natural canvas upper and natural gum rubber sidewall. Easy to clean and you’ll fit in with the locals who love these shoes.
This range comes in a huge number of different designs – check out the unicorn print. The cotton canvas outer is not waterproof, so do bear this in mind if you are heading somewhere particularly rainy, or if you are going to be walking in rugged or muddy terrain. Despite that, they are washable.
A very funky and fashionable pair of sneakers, these have a cotton EVA cushioned insole and rubber base, so they give you comfort and support where you need it. These travel sneakers may not be as durable as some, but they are inexpensive, which makes them worth considering for fashion. In our book, these make it on the list of best shoes for traveling around the world (or any “best walking shoes for city travel” list).
Clarks Women’s Arbor Jade Walking Shoe
Everyone has heard of Clarks, so that makes it a brand you know and can trust. This particular shoe costs much less than most, so certainly not a pricey option, and comes in a huge range of different colors.
Best described as sneakers that can double as comfortable but stylish walking shoes and slip on and off with ease. They make a good go-to option if you want to get out and explore your destination.
The OrthoLite insole helps to keep moisture away from your feet, giving you a cool, dry feel at all times. The outsole is also made of lightweight EVA, which means different terrains are catered for with flexibility. This is exactly why these make our “best travel walking shoes for women” list.
Find Women’s Mocassins
If you’re not a fan of sneakers when traveling, this pair of stylish and comfortable moccasins will be right up your alley. Choose between two different light-colored options, these shoes are made of high-quality leather and have a flat heel, so they’re super comfortable. They’re good shoes for walking around all day long.
The shoes slip on, which makes them ideal for travel, as you can just slip them on and off whenever you please. These comfortable walking shoes will also look fantastic with jeans or other pants or even skirts, to give you a fashion item to add to your wardrobe.
Adidas Originals Women’s Tubular Viral W Fashion Sneaker
Everyone knows Adidas. The name speaks for itself in terms of comfort. This style is one of the best travel sneakers on our list for a very active holiday involving hiking, walking, and basically being on your feet a lot.
You can choose between two different color options, namely black with a white sole, or all white. The outside is leather, the inside is a textile mix, and the sole is made of bendable rubber, which adapts to the various terrains you might come into contact with.
This is a sneaker/trainer type of shoe, but it is slip-on in style, and has a strap over the middle of the foot, to hold it securely in place. They are surprisingly breathable too.
The price might be a little higher because of the brand name, but these are such versatile shoes for travel that the price is worth it, especially when trying to pinpoint the best women’s walking shoes for travel. Travel in comfort or you will be miserable!
Lacoste shoes never let you down in the fashion stakes and this pair is no different. Ideal for travel due to the slimline design and comfortable fit, the outsole is made of rubber for comfort if you’re walking around doing a spot of sightseeing, and the outer is made of leather and synthetic material, so they’re also very easy to clean. The heel is flat so again, they’re super comfortable, and you can replace th places with something a little more colourful if you really want to, as they’re totally removable.
Choose between white or black for a very athletic, but stylish look.
Best Shoes For Traveling In Europe
Don’t fret, Europe is not any different from Australia or America, don’t let anyone tell you that we dress that much different here. Really, I promise.
That said, you’re not going to the mall where the walking surface is smooth and flat. If you plan to walk the streets at all, it is critical to get yourself any of these recommended best walking shoes. Women travel here all the time in shoes that make my feet say “ouch”! Europe has so many more cobblestone streets, and the fact is you’ll be walking crooked paths, up and downstairs to museums and churches and whatever else. Comfortable walking shoes for Italy, Germany, Croatia and everywhere in between are a must!
On the other hand, you could also snag yourself a pair of stylin’ Italian walking shoes while in town! I sure would if my trip landed me in Florence.
For everyone else, though, your best purchase for women’s walking shoes for Europe are ones like these:
Aerosoles Slip-On Loafer
360 degrees of comfort, flexible bottoms, memory foam insoles, and a suede lining – it’s no wonder we’ve found these to be some of the best walking loafers on the market.
This particular loafer-style shoe is available in a huge range of colors and patterns, and are a very affordable addition to your travel shoe wardrobe. These shoes are made of fabric outer, so not waterproof. They can be washed, though. The inside is made of memory foam, so you know your feet are going to be ultra-comfortable as you are walking around your destination.
Very comfortable yet stylish walking shoes, you could wear these shoes for most types of break, other than through terrain which is going to cause a major amount of mess.
Well made from real leather, Geox are worth those few extra dollars. Ballet flats are so versatile, and this particular choice could even be worn as a pair of work shoes, as well as a travel accompaniment! Again, wearing for city breaks that require a lot of walking is best. Travel walking shoes, stylish and chic, can never fail when in Europe.
These are not at all a cheap travel shoe option, but you do get what you pay for – quality. You can pick from a range of classic colors, such as various shades of black and gray.
The rubber sole means no sweaty feet to worry about, and the perforated section is also waterproof and breathable.
Eric Michael Women’s Lexi
When narrowing down your search for the best, stylish walking shoes, keep this pair in mind.
These Eric Michael Leather shoes are made in the USA. The small 1-inch heel means they are stylish, yet comfy shoes for travel.
Jessica Simpson Women’s JS-Mandalaye Ballet Flat
There’s no denying that travel and comfort do not have to be unfashionable, but there does come a time when you need to think about how much your feet are going to hurt when you’re walking a lot. Does this shoe top our list as best walking shoes for city travel? Nah. This particular choice is probably best saved for travel breaks that don’t require an enormous amount of walking. Think city breaks that are compact in nature, or evenings on holiday.
There’s no denying that they are hugely fashionable, though. This particular choice has an elasticated ankle strap, which adjusts to your custom fitting. If you suffer from ankle swelling on flights or when walking, however, perhaps these aren’t for you.
The footbed is lightly padded, for comfort when walking, and you can choose from different colors. Definitely walking shoes for travel to consider if you need a cute option for just a few hours on your feet!
Toms Jutti Flats
The perforated suede upper makes them airy enough for any summer adventure and the delicate, low profile design makes them some of the best cute walking shoes around.
If you like your shoes to fit like slippers and look a little like them too, this is your ideal travel shoe. A big-name brand you can trust, but not that expensive considering, this shoe is fashionable and comes in a large range of different colors.
You could say they are almost like a ballet pump, however, a little sportier, with a lacey cutout section across the foot which adds a feminine taste. These shoes are ideal for city breaks and are some of the best shoes for New York, Paris or Milan, when you want to look fashionable and on-point, but you need comfort when sightseeing too.
Lightweight Shoes For Travel
Don’t be an overpacker. Don’t pack too many pairs of shoes, but when you do pack shoes (and let’s face it, you WILL NEED AND WANT many pairs), think about choosing lightweight travel shoes. Walking shoes, women, can be lightweight, so you can likely find an option that features both comfort and lightweight criteria.
Lugging about your heavy bags at the start of a 6-week European vacation starts off fun, but as you collect souvenirs and move from hotel to hotel you’ll quickly regret packing those heavy shoes (and bags, and jeans, and all of those jackets and shirts you never wore!).
The best lightweight walking shoes for travel are:
Teva Women’s Original Sandal
If you’re in need of summer walking shoes, ladies, we’ve found the perfect pair. However, if you struggle to make a decision regarding what color shoe to go for, you’re going to have issues here because there are countless colors available!
Not only are these attractive walking shoes for travel, but they are comfy walking shoes for travel, too.
This is a sandal type of shoe, but it has a Velcro ankle strap and a rubber sole, which makes it somewhere between a sandal and a flip-flop.
The heel is around 1” in height, and the platform 0.50”, making it a comfortable choice. If you struggle with totally flat sandals, this is a good option for extra comfort and support. The open sandal is also great for breathability, and that means cool feel while you’re traveling.
The price again depends on the size and color, but the cheapest combination is very low priced indeed.
Why you should buy them:
- Variety of colors
- They take no time at all to be worn in (goodbye blisters)
- Huge variety of colors and styles.
Why you should keep looking for something else
- You want more fashion-forward.
- You are not a fan of Velcro (and how after a while it stops working)
Crocs Women’s Sienna Flats
If you have an unsightly image of Crocs in your mind, forget that when considering these shoes! These are much more akin to ballet flats and are very fashionable too. Available in several different colors, you can make your money stretch by wearing these comfortable, stylish walking shoes to work, too.
Made of synthetic outer and sole, these shoes have a sculpted type of shape, as they are designed to fit your foot perfectly, with a square toe design for fashion and comfort.
There is a small heel at the back, just one inch in size, which is enough for a little height, but not too much to cause issues when walking for a longer period.
These travel shoes are good city walking shoes, making them great travel shoes for Europe where you need to do a lot of walking to see all the sights. They can easily be dressed up for night wear, too, to cut down on luggage demands.
ASICS Metrolyte Gem
Big-name sporting brands can be fashionable as well as functional, and these are particularly good walking shoes for travel, or any break that includes varied terrain.
The cushioned sole cuts down on the impact on feet and joints, giving you a comfortable time while you’re traveling, and the overall appearance is fun and sporting, with a two-tone mesh pattern on the outside. These can start off as your fave travel shoes and then also double as gym shoes.
These stylish walking shoes have been around for a while for a reason.
Everyone knows Birkenstock and everyone knows that they offer quality and comfort as standard. If you are heading to a warm destination where you are going to do a bit of walking, but you want your feet to be cool and comfortable, you can’t beat these sandals. In our book, best summer walking shoes around!
Certainly not the cheapest, because you are paying for the name to a degree, the sandals have a rubber toe post and a contoured footbed, with a cork sole. Your foot will mold to the shoe, giving you complete and utter comfort (that’s that word again) while walking.
The downside is that slip-on shoes like this are sometimes not the best for very long walks or expeditions.
Why you should buy them:
- Never go out of style (I have a pair from 2000!)
- Better support than flip-flops
Why you should keep looking for something else
- You don’t like the boho look
- Take forever to dry if they get wet
They are perfect when you want nice looking walking shoes that can keep your feet happy when exploring the sights during the day and can accessorize your outfit at night.
Mephisto Women’s Helen Thong Sandals
This pair of shoes is indeed a flexible pair, as they are available in countless different colors. You’re sure to find a color that suits your outfit, although it’s best to go with a neutral option, so you have extra flexibility when changing your look!
Made of leather, these shoes are a great combination of a full sandal and a thong-style sandal. This gives you get extra stability and protection, while wearing attractive walking shoes for travel around town.
The sole is made of synthetic material and there is a 1-inch heel, with a 0.75” platform around the front. This adds comfort and protection when you are out and about on the go. These shoes are ideal for daywear, i.e. when sightseeing in warmer weather, as the open design allows your foot to breathe. The fastening and front section is also adjustable, so you can make sure your shoes are in place correctly, giving you extra support and comfort whilst out and about.
Naot Women’s Dorith Gladiator Sandal
This strappy gladiator style sandal has an arch support, so it’s really comfy. They also have an adjustable hook-and-loop strap at the ankle. If your feet swell, these are a top choice.
These are some of the best shoes to travel in if you want to look ultra-fashionable while boarding the plane. This glam choice is certainly not the cheapest item we have discussed, but you can choose many different colors, such as mainstream black or Grecian gold.
Made of leather, you get quality here as well as comfort, with a padded insole and arch support, with a slight platform of around 0.75”.
This is a fantastic choice for city breaks or beach holidays, or simply for getting from A to B in style. One point to remember, however, is that you should look out for the slightly dodgy tan lines if you’re wearing them out in the sun.
Adidas By Stella McCartney Women’s Adizero Adios Sneakers
A big name and big designer came together to create this ever-popular sneaker choice. The downside of this is that you will certainly pay for it and these shoes retail for more than some of the others we have suggested. You won’t regret forking out a few extra dollars for these amazing, comfy walking shoes for travel, though.
You can choose from black or white, with contrast laces, and the design is sporty and modern. Of course, you can double these shoes up with the gym or running, as well as your travel needs.
If you’re looking for a sporty walking shoe, this is the ideal option, especially for those who are label-conscious.
Dr. Scholl’s Women’s Vienna Original Collection
These stylish and comfortable flats for travel are some of the best women’s slip-on shoes and have a leisurewear/sporty appearance. Dr. Scholl’s is a big name brand, which explains the slightly higher price, but you do get serious quality in return. You can choose between six different neutral colors, so they go with basically every outfit you could think of wearing whilst traveling, but the main stand-out point is the comfort level.
The lining is made of breathable fabric, so you’re not going to suffer from sweating feet, and the footbed has memory foam inside, so the shoes ‘remember’ the shape of your feet. The shoes also have rubber on the sole and allow you to walk with ease over different types of terrain, without aching feet at the end of the day.
Overall, these shoes look the part, but they are also super-comfortable for long-term wear during travels, making them some of the best, stylish walking shoes for women in our book.
Plaka Flat Summer Sandals For Women
Another of our favorite options for women’s summer walking shoes, this pair of fashionable sandals is ideal for travel because you can easily dress them up or down, without having to take endless pairs of shoes with you. Available in many different colors, you can choose a bright shade to show personality, or you can go for a neutral shade that goes with everything.
These sandals are open, so your feet will be cool, and they have soft nylon straps, which don’t rub over the skin, with a rubber sole. You can also adjust the straps to fit your feet, ideal for hot temperatures when feet may swell. The straps are rope style, which adds to the fashion side of things, and they look great when worn during the day, or for a nighttime jaunt out.
Despite the fashionable side of these sandals, they are surprisingly hardy and can be worn in the rain, without you having to worry about them getting ruined. In terms of comfort, they are nice walking shoes, fine for wear all day, although probably not for hiking or difficult terrain.
Stylish Walking Shoes For Travel
When your shoes rub or pinch, you’re not a happy camper, but heck I want to look cute too – don’t you? I am not some A-list celeb that everyone is glaring at, but I want to strut the streets of Dubrovnik and pretend I am one of those famous Game of Thrones actors in an excellent looking pair of walking shoes that just so happen to be good for travel, too.
So, do cute walking shoes for travel exist, and if so, what are the best stylish walking shoes on the market?
Comfortable walking shoes, stylish and dressy in design, kind of exist, but keep in mind they won’t be as comfortable as a sneaker. Who cares when they look good though, right? Try the following.
PUMA Women’s Vikky V2 Ribbon P Low Top Sneakers
Opting for sneakers for traveling is ideal because you can wear them for travel and out and about, such as sightseeing or for trips to the gym! These PUMA sneakers are comfortable and have a thick sole, so they’re going to be great for walking on uneven terrain and wandering around new cities all day long.
Choose between black or white. These extremely comfortable shoes for women are basketball style, with a low rise at the back. The heel is 2cm high, so not too high and not too low either, and they have soft cushioning inside. The outer is made of synthetic material for easy cleaning.
Atelje’ Farine Double-Band Sandal
These look and feel good, so they certainly fit in our stylish shoes for walking category. Plus these comfortable walking sandals have an adjustable back strap with buckle, so you can loosen them if your feet swell.
Sporty sandals are fantastic for walking in hot conditions, and backpackers may find these ideal. You can choose from red, white, or blue.
You can be sure of durability as the outer is made of leather, and the 1” heel and 0.75” platform gives you a slight raise, which means your calves are supported well.
Closing by Velcro means you can get them on and off quickly, and they are an open foot in style, so no worries with hot and sweaty feet.
FRYE Women’s Melanie Slip-on Fashion Sneaker
Stylish walking shoe? Yes! Just look at this trendy design! Again, you have an infinite choice regarding color with this particular shoe. Can you tell we like choices?
This brand name is a big up-and-comer in fashion, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see this style pop up on other “best fashion shoes for walking” lists as word gets out. This is a slip-on shoe, but it does have a covered front, so it’s not a sandal. The price isn’t the cheapest, and again, the actual price changes according to size and color choice.
The shoes are made of leather, and they have a rubber sole for comfort and flexibility. The heel is low, at 0.75”, but just high enough to give a tiny bit of height. The rubber sole has “bumper rands” on the toe and on the heel for extra comfort, but also to help the shoe last that little bit longer, and protect it from damage on rough terrain.
Loafers basically go with everything, and this means these shoes can be your go-to comfort/fashion choice.
Toms Zoe Sandals
Toms are a big named brand, so you know you’re getting some of the best. Summer walking shoes is what we’d recommend this pair of Toms for. They are ideal for warmer climates – the sandals are open, with an ankle and heel strap.
The strap closes with an adjustable buckle, so you can easily adjust according to your foot size, for extra comfort. The toe section is peep-toe, with a three-strap design over the front. These are also tan in color, which means they will ‘go’ with most other colors, and are therefore a versatile fashion choice.
The sole is made of strong rubber. This means the sandal bends easily with your foot, and the sole is a little thicker than you might expect of a fashion sandal. That padding makes them comfortable to wear for longer periods of time. City breaks, sightseeing or a night out is how to wear these best. Stylish shoes for walking at day and partying at night – as some of the best walking sandals on our list, they win either way!
Our Top Trainer Reviews For Travel In 2021
Below you will find reviews of some of the best and most popular travel shoes ready for your 2018 travels. We know they’ll help you make your final choice in deciding on the best travel shoes. Enjoy!
Nike Women’s Tanjun Running Shoes
These are high-quality running shoes which don’t necessarily need to be worn when running and actually make fantastic travel shoes too! I have arthritis and use these for all my long-haul travels – well, actually any airplane travel as they are light and comfy. You can also choose between several different colors and designs, and they’re Nike, so you know you’re getting high quality too.
The outer is made of synthetic material and that means they’re easy to clean. They’re made of mesh on the inside, so they’re breathable too, and the gum rubber on the sole is durable and long-lasting. These are the ideal option for various different situations, but certainly excellent travel shoes and good walking shoes, too.
Olukai Eleu Trainer
Sometimes, a sporty shoe is the only option, and many women prefer to go down the trainer/sneaker route. This particular shoe is in that vein and is also fantastic for hiking in warmer climates.
The trainer is made of open mesh, so your feet can breathe with ease, and the nylon material adds structure, support, and ensures that the shoes stand the test of time, no matter what you’re asking of them. The shoe also stays securely on your foot, thanks to a cord lacing mechanism, which has a toggle and fastener, to hold them in place.
Because this is a closed shoe, it is important that you can wash them, and the footbed is removable to that aim. The tread is fantastic for tougher terrains and has a pattern that is designed to mimic the natural strike of your foot with the ground. The rounded-off edges of the shoe also add to the comfort level. Many reviewers have stated this is one of the best contenders for best sneakers ever.
ASICS Women’s Gel-Fit Sana Cross-Training Shoes
These shoes are a sporty choice and are a little more akin to trainers/sneakers. They are available in three different color combinations, and they give a stylish look for a low price.
The outer is made of fabric, so not the best if you are walking around in particularly wet weather. However, the rubber sole offers good grip, making them ideal for hiking and walking in regular conditions.
The shoe has a mesh outer and a gel cushion inside, which makes them super-comfortable, and therefore ideal for wearing all day long. The Mono-Sock fit system is stretchable and conforms to your foot, giving you a bespoke fit.
Overall, if you are out walking and hiking all day, this particular pair of cute tennis shoes for travel will certainly avoid blisters and aching feet at the end of the day.
Reebok Women’s DMX Lite Prime Walking Shoe
This shoe might take the cake for best travel running shoes for women. The sleek, sporty design is uber-trendy and the sneaker comfort added on top makes these one of the best travel shoes overall on our list. This is a seriously fashionable choice for your walking and travel needs, and also available in four different colors: pink, gray, lemon, and black.
The color and size will determine your shoe price, but you’re getting a big name brand here, so you know you’re getting quality.
The sole is made of rubber, which gives you flexibility on different terrains, and the top section is synthetic, so you don’t have to worry too much about any stains or issues which won’t clean off. You can either wipe these shoes down with a damp cloth, or you can put them in the washing machine.
There is a contoured midsection in the sole, and that means more comfort for you whilst on the go. The collar section is quilted for extra style and comfort, and there is a foam square-patterned outer, for extra fashion oomph!
The main selling point of these shoes is that they are lightweight. They’re among the best women’s running shoes for travel on the market. For travel, these are perfect for wearing at the time, or you can throw them in your case, with no issues about adding too much weight.
Skechers Sport Women’s Next Generation Fashion Sneaker
This particular pair of fashion sneakers are available in five different colors and trends, including gray, blue, pink, navy, and black, so you will be able to mix and match easily.
Skechers are another brand you will recognize instantly, and rightly so! Again, the style and color will determine the price you pay. Skechers are known for comfort, making them some of the best walking shoes for travel. And this pair is no different.
The fabric outer is fashionable and durable, with a synthetic sole to give you flexibility whilst you’re on the move. The sneakers are lace up, and obviously come with a pair of laces at the time of purchasing. However, you can mix and match the colors if you so wish!
The cushioned insole is full length and cushioned, as well as having a padded tongue and collar to huge your instep and prevent pain and issues.
These shoes only weigh 3lb, so they’re not going to affect your weight allowance too much. If you’re looking for lightweight workout shoes for travel, these are it! They are also a popular choice because they look great, are excellent travel running shoes, and they’re comfortable for long days on the go as well.
Adidas NEO Women’s Lite Racer Slip On W Casual Sneaker
Adidas are famous for their sports shoes, e.g. mainly for sneakers, but this particular shoe is more about fashion, whilst being about comfort at the same time. You’re getting some of the best travel walking shoes, stylish in design, and loads of foot comfort with this choice.
Two-color choices are available, with gray and white, and black and white. The shoe is a slip-on type, with no laces, and the rubber sole is ultra-flexible for comfort on the go. And while traveling, these shoes slip on and off easily. The heel has a pull tag, making it easier to take them on and off, and the outer section is mesh, for extra breathability.
This particular shoe is probably not going to work well on long hikes or days where you’re traveling for miles, but they are great for travel days, e.g. long haul flights, or when you’re moving from plane to train to bus, etc. The fact they are attractive and go with many outfits also doesn’t hurt either.
Comfortable Travel Flats
I have a whole post on finding the best travel flats, but below are the top shoes I suggest. You can read the guide to the most comfortable flat travel shoes here.
Totally Practical Shoes For Travel
When you’re traveling, no matter how long you’re exploring for, or where you’re going, you need to be comfortable. Otherwise, you will have a miserable journey!
Of course, you could also be looking for comfortable shoes for walking around your destination, be it a city or something else. In that case, shopping around is the only answer, but these reviews will inform your choice and lead you toward the right decision.
Chaco Women’s Z Cloud 2 Sport Sandal
Choose from a huge variety of different color options in these high-quality sports candles from Chaco. This is a big name in the footwear world, which justifies the slightly higher cost, depending on the size and color choice you opt for.
The candles are open, with a cross over front and toe section, which allow your feet to breath during warmer weather. The sole is made of synthetic material and the outer closes with an adjustable buckle. To help you stay cool and smelling fresh, the inner also has an antimicrobial layer too. The heel also has a slightly raised platform, to keep you comfortable and ache-free whilst traveling and walking.
Naot Women’s Sabrina Flat Sandal
Available in five different neutral colors, these leather, buckle-fastening sandals are ideal summer walking shoes for women. With a thick, synthetic sole, there is plenty of bounce when walking in these shoes, and the heel itself is just under 1”, which is the perfect middle ground of not too high, and not too low. The front platform is half an inch to give protection and comfort, too.
The cork-and-latex combination footbed is designed to be ergonomic for your foot, to give extra comfort, and is lined in suede. The shoe is designed to mold to your individual foot shape over time.
As dressy walking shoes for travel, these are a great multi-use option. Not only are they ideal for long walks over regular terrain in warm climates, or for walking around during the day, e.g. sightseeing when the sun is shining, but they can be worn out to dinner as well.
Patagonia Women’s Maha Breathe Atoll
This cute pair of ballet flats are comfortable shoes for travel. Walking around during the day and strolling on a casual evening out are ways to wear these best. Walking shoes for women for travel don’t get much more practical yet sleek than these. The slip-on-and-off style makes them breathable and avoids overheating. The aqua color is fashionable, and goes with many different outfit choices, too.
Made of leather with a synthetic sole, these shoes are built to last and again, they are breathable to work well with hotter climates. The rubber sole also cuts out any worries about slipping when walking, and therefore they are ideal for sightseeing. These shoes are also lightweight and will easily fit into your suitcase, if you decide to pack them rather than wear them.
Crocs Women’s Rio Flat W Flat
These shoes are certainly not the Crocs of old and are in fact super-fashionable and stylish.
Choose between blue, platinum and coral, to match your outfit, and all for a really low price at the same time.
The shoes are made of synthetic material, which means they clean easily, and the sole is also synthetic and very strong. The heel measurement is just 0.5”, so no worries about straining calves or issues with walking.
The style is stand-out, with cut out holes on either side for ventilation and style. Aside from anything else, these shoes are made for comfort, which is what Crocs are really known for, and this pair of course lives up to the reputation of best comfortable shoes for travel.
Chaco Women’s ZX3 Yampa Sandal
Will most of your adventuring be outdoors, in a warm climate? If so, the best shoes for traveling will an all-purpose sandal. These outdoor sandals feature intertwined webbing straps with toe ring and adjustable buckle. Comes in loads of colors for any preference you might have and the design will make you wonder if you’ve ever worn something so comfortable. Walking shoes for travel should always make your feet happy this way!
Jambu Women’s Marine Water Shoe
To splash in the water, hike the paths and stroll city streets, what are the best walking shoes? For travel and movement in all types of terrain, a hybrid shoe is what you want. This cute, stylish and oh-so-comfortable pair of hybrids are certainly some of the best shoes. Travel and daily life will both see them put to good use.
Jambu Women’s Spin Ballet Flat
Another version of fashionable yet most comfortable shoes for travel, this pair of sporty ballet pumps, has a flexible, cushioned sole and is ideal for walking. Again, beach breaks and city breaks are perfect settings for this shoe.
Made to breathe, they are perfect for warmer conditions. These shoes certainly give you much more support than a pair of flip-flops ever would and are ideal for long walks in warm conditions.
Choose from gray or hot pink as a color; they slip on for ease.
You could certainly get away with wearing these shoes for air travel, too, as they mold to your changing foot shape at altitude.
Skechers Performance Women’s Go Walk 2 Super Sock 2 Slip-On Walking Shoe
Skechers are world-famous for a reason. They consistently receive rave reviews from wearers for being the best slip-on travel shoes, fashionable, and comfortable all at the same time.
This particular pair of Skechers is available in 11 different colors, including muted blacks and blues and brighter pinks for a fashion stand-out. The price is low, which is always a major bonus. The shoes are made of textile outer, and they have a thick rubber sole for strength and grip.
The heel measurement is 1.5”, so these give you a slight height boost while the midsole is extra-cushioned with Resalyte to help you move much more comfortably, whether you’re traveling or simply wearing these shoes on a daily basis.
Waterproof Walking Shoes For Travel
It rains on holidays. Sorry, but even in summer, it can pour for days on end here in Croatia. And while it may be cool to skip using the blow dryer and let your hair go curly for a few days, it is not fun to have soggy wet feet. Just because it rains, you can’t stop sightseeing. You just paid an enormous fortune to be in Europe traversing the globe like a boss, so think ahead and pack just one pair of the best waterproof shoes for travel you can find.
The best waterproof travel shoes for walking in wet conditions are:
Reebok Neoprene Sneakers
ON Women’s Cloud Sneaker
Fun, colorful travel wear is what you get when you go for this particular sneaker.
You can choose from a huge variety of colors, and they are mixed colors in each, so they are certainly a funky and bright option to go for.
Regarding the technical side, however, these water-resistant travel shoes are lightweight and offer fantastic protection for walking and running, cutting down the chance of injury. If you’re heading off on an active holiday, perhaps walking, rambling, or on varied terrains, these shoes are ideal.
The added bonus of reflective strips means walking at night-time is safer, too.
The best travel walking shoes don’t have to be big and bulky to be practical, and this pair certainly covers that explanation perfectly. Ideal for wandering around during the day, whilst looking stylish at the same time, these leather loafers will turn heads for good reasons!
The leather outer means that they are tough and great for long days of sightseeing, and the choice of colors means they are fashionable and cute at the same time.
The studded tread means you get a little bounce when you walk, and that is what adds to the major comfort. The shoes are also slip-on and -off, so you’re not likely to get that awful and annoying sweaty foot problem either.
These travel shoes are dressy enough for the evening when worn with the right outfit, so you can cut down on the amount of footwear you pack in your case.
Rockport Women’s Tristina Waterproof Chelsea Boot
The best walking shoes for women for travel do not have to be sporty, they can be high fashion too, as this Rockport pair of Chelsea boots proves. Available in black or brown, these leather boots are ankle boots, slip-on and -off, and they are waterproof, too.
The rubber sole makes them flexible and extra comfortable when walking, and they have a low heel, measuring 1”, and a front platform of 0.5”.
If you want a pair of shoes that will give you a tiny bit of height, but you want comfort at the same time, this is a great option.
They are also very easy to slip on and off, thanks to the elasticated shaft section at either side of the ankle.
Many reviews state that these shoes are ideal for adverse weather, as they are for walking around and travel. This means they are a flexible choice, one of the best women’s waterproof walking shoes for travel. They are not cheap, but generally speaking, they are worth the cash, especially considering the brand name.
Amazon Brand – Find. Women’s Chunky Gumsole Chelsea Boots
If you’re traveling during the winter months, you’ll need a comfortable pair of boots to travel around in. These are the ideal option, when I got my pair – I wore them walking around town for 6 hours without a blister! I’ve hardly taken them off for my fall-winter travels so far in 2019 and 2020.
These are an ideal option for wearing whilst out during the day and also the night. Available in nine different color options, the shoes are easy to slip off and back on again, with a small loop at the back for pulling them on quickly.
Made of leather on the outer and with a small heel (3cm), these waterproof shoes for women are ultra-fashionable and could easily be worn for work too!
Lucky Women’s BASEL Boot
This low cut travel boot has a small heel and is perfect to wear with jeans and dresses. Chic, waterproof, versatile – definitely one of the best walking shoes for women. Good for travel in wet and dry climates alike!
Sam Edelman Women’s Petty Ankle Boot
If you like your travel shoes to double as a serious statement, these boots will quickly come to be your best travel shoes. Women who like to travel in style and fashion, I’m talking to you!
You can choose from various colors and patterns, and these shoes could certainly double as going-out boots or work boots.
Almost like a cowboy boot in design, the outer is made of suede with a synthetic sole and a small heel of around 1.5”. The boots zip up at the side, and they are extremely comfortable, with a youthful look.
Also, perfect for colder destinations.
Women’s Hiking Shoes
Note: I am not a hiker, so for this I asked a few of my hiker pals to get these handy suggestions for you. They all laughed at me when I asked for recommendations for the most stylish pair of hiking boots. How rude.
Anyway, it seems you want to find a pair of hiking shoes that are first and foremost lightweight and then that are waterproof, followed lastly by fashionable.
If you like your feet to be able to breathe freely while you travel, this particular shoe is perfect for you. You could describe it as a sandal/walking shoe, as it is open cut, which gives you full air circulation around your feet.
On top of this, there is a “stability shank” which offers comfort on long walks, and these shoes are designed specifically for the ergonomics of women’s feet, so you know they will fit you properly.
Particularly suitable for long walks over varied terrain, these shoes are waterproof, and they are quick to slip on and off, with an elastic drawcord for fastening.
Merrell Rockbit Cove Hydro Shoes
How Many Pairs Of Shoes To Pack For A Trip?
Three Pairs. Honestly, take my years of experience as advice and don’t go over that. Even two can be enough if you choose wisely. Packing just three pairs of shoes for your vacation will seem an impossible challenge, but shoes take up way too much room in your luggage. Choose wisely.
- Walking shoes. What pair can you wear for walking to breakfast and beyond? If you get lace-up shoes, they are easier to adjust when your feet double the size after ten hours of sightseeing. If you are a serious hiker, okay, you need good quality hiking boots, and you’ll just have to suck up the fact that they weigh more than sandals and flats. I, therefore, suggest you wear them while in transit, so they don’t take up precious space in your suitcase. So put on your best walking shoes, travel to your destination, then swap out as needed from your lightweight options in your luggage.
- Dress shoes. If fancy dinners and the theater are on your to-do list, you can’t wear sneakers. Search for a versatile pair you can wear during the day and night. Think about slip-on sandals with a small heel or something that is flat but really strappy.
- Boots. If you are going to be in a cold zone or want a waterproof shoe, a low-cut boot suits perfectly. Boots look sexy and sharp with jeans and tights and even some summery dresses, so you’ll wear them loads – so long as you get a lightweight pair in a neutral tone.
- Hmm did I say three? Okay, well also throw in a pair of rubber thongs/flip-flops. You’ll need them at the beach or swimming pools and in some cheap hotel rooms. So that makes four max.
Ultimately the best shoes for traveling are ones that you can wear all day, every day because you really won’t change them too many times. So don’t scrimp and save, but buy a quality pair even if the price seems to sting at first thought.
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