Four Shoes for Traveling

Four Best Shoes for Travel

Do you have any vacations coming up? Tonight we’re packing for our holiday trip to visit family in Palm Springs and L.A. I’ve been brainstorming which shoes to bring — for playing on the beach, eating tacos and hitting up museums. My pick was this pair of canvas sneakers, which would pair well with jeans and gets hundreds of five-star reviews. Just for fun, here are three more trip/shoe combinations…

Four Best Shoes for Travel

Imagine this: You’re heading to Paris for a long weekend. You’re planning to window-shop in the Marais, stroll around the Rodin Museum and sip cocktails at a speakeasy. These fashion-forward blushy pumps, with their low heel height, would keep your feet happy on cobblestone streets yet look lovely with a dress. They’re pretty, neutral and won’t make you look like a tourist. (Two more Paris-friendly shoes: oxfords and flats.)

Four Best Shoes for Travel

Or, wait, is this is your hammock? If you’re going to a breezy beach, like this one in Puerto Rico, you’ll want a sandal you can kick off in the sand every afternoon, but dress up for dinner at cool seafood shacks. These braided leather slides from the cult brand Soludos have the perfect vibe — and make legs look long in shorts. (These sandals are great, too: lizard and pink.)

Four Best Shoes for Travel

For adventures in New York, you can’t go wrong with a classic black bootie. You can walk through Washington Square Park, grab lunch at Jack’s Wife Freda and shop around Nolita — without a single blister. They go from day to night, and they won’t get dirty. I love the almond-shaped toe and the low stacked heel. Pair them with jeans or tights, and you’re good to go. (Two more New York options: suede and stone.)

Thoughts? What shoes do you bring on vacations? Any recommendations?

(Graphic design by Miss Moss. L.A. photo by Nicki Sebastian. New York, Puerto Rico and Paris photos by Veronica Olson. This post is sponsored by Nordstrom, our go-to department store, which is shipping orders through December 23rd for Christmas arrival.)

  1. Hannah says...

    Any comments on Hobes sizing? Their site mentions they run a bit small. I can wear anywhere between a 6.5-7.5, depending the shoe, and wondering what you all have experienced. Thanks!

  2. Caroline says...

    I bought my first pair of Supergas the summer of a month long trip to Europe (in 2008!). I now own a few different colors but always find myself going back to that trusty, baby pink pair. I can still wear them after all these years!

  3. Belle says...

    ooh I do have to say that I recently bought a pair of those superga trainers for a trip to New York, and regretted it big-time! My feet were SO sore and throbbing after just a few hours of wearing them. I was surprised as they were the right size. I bought some New Balance instead and my feet couldn’t have been comfier. I was disappointed because I liked the look of the superga, but just found them so heavy and hard. Just me though – I know everyone’s feet are different, but just thought I should mention! x

  4. AshleyL says...

    I love my ballet flats and where them everywhere because they’re so chic but I kill my feet walking in Europe. I’m going to London in July. Maybe I’ll try those superga shoes. Running shoes are too touristy for me I don’t even wear them here in the states unless I’m actually running!

  5. Jessie says...

    I also love Soludos for everyday weather in SoCal – and their winter leather line is adorable.

  6. Capucine says...

    For Europe, these: http://m.zappos.com/clarks-feature-film

    My husband is French and we spend a month every year with his family. One jetlagged morning, exhausted during a tour of an old castle, I sat on a rampart while my kids ran wild, staring at people’s feet as they passed by. And I realized, SHOES. You can nail where people are from based on their shoes with almost perfect accuracy. (Try it – make a guess, then listen for the accent!) Everyone there that day was wearing comfortable shoes, but the look of them varied markedly, along cultural lines. Canadians are the only ones I flub sometimes.

    For me, sometimes I’ve wanted to ‘pass’ as native, sometimes I’ve wanted to just be who I am, American. Now, after fifteen years of packing, I like simply knowing what the locals would wear so I’m aware when I’m making a faux pas (RUNNING SHOES) and I can be empowered/defiant in my choice.

    Those Clarks flats above, though – if you want to ‘pass’, you will. For as long as that white sole stays au courant.

  7. I always pack more shoes and purses than I do clothes, lol!! I only usually travel to Italy in the summer, which would seem easy, in terms of packing shoes – but it’s not! I need sandals for the beach, flats for the day, running shoes for walking, ballet flats for cooler evenings, high heels for nights out dancing, and closed fancy shoes for nights out when it’s chilly!! Sounds pretty pretentious, but trust me, it’s stressful to pack for ;-)

  8. Liane says...

    I just got a pair of Rollies and can’t believe how comfy they are and they work with both pants or dresses

  9. Great post!

  10. Bethany says...

    We’re going to Oslo for the holidays, and I’ve been struggling with shoe packing. I think I’ve settled on dr. martens, but some otk flat boots are also fighting for space in my bag.

  11. Anyone out there have any good recs for walking a lot if you’re traveling while preggo? I’ll be six months along and in Barcelona. I’d LOVE suggestions!!!

  12. Rebecca Smith says...

    Cowboy boots! They’re awesome on planes because they make every outfit pop and you don’t have to untie them at security but you still wear socks with them, sparing you from the icky feeling of touching the airport floor with your bare feet :)

  13. Eliza says...

    I’m headed back to Paris next week. On our last two trips I wore Converse with an added pair of insoles, and these other two options:
    Joseph Siebel ‘Caspian’ walking shoes in platinum:
    http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/josef-seibel-caspian-sneaker/3147969?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=PLATINUM%20METALLIC%20LEATHER

    and Born ‘Adler’ booties:
    http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/born-adler-bootie-women/4451057?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=COGNAC%20LEATHER

    Paired with a swipe of BodyGlide on my heels and any other hot spots, and I made it through miles of walking every day without a single blister.

    • Erin says...

      Thanks for the link to the N.B. sneaker at UO — I just ordered them! I love a good sneaker.

  14. Abesha1 says...

    Ballet flats. I love mine from Soft Star Shoes. They’re barefoot-style shoes (be aware of that when purchasing!); but you can customize colors and trim, and I have a sheepskin insole in mine! They feel like slippers, and I’ve literally worn mine around the world, with everything.

  15. Liz says...

    I wore my supergas (a navy and a white pair) exclusively in Spain and Istanbul. They were both comfortable and chic. I always wear a pair of Converse All Star low profile socks with them.

  16. I always struggle with my shoes during vacations, it seems! I would definitely recommend flat ‘walking shoes’ like Vans or Toms–and that pump is so cute and perfect for walking through a cobblestoned city!

    xx

    bombshell-to-be.blogspot.com

  17. I love love my vans if the weather permits, otherwise I’ll have to wear another pair :(

    diamonddoorknob.com 💎💎

  18. Cynthia says...

    If it’s warm weather, I’ll wear my Toms, as they are more comfortable than sneakers and go with everything and a pair of Crocs sandals I can wear to the pool and elsewhere. If the weather is cool, definitely my Uggs or my Toms Nepal boots.

  19. Funnily enough, everyone in Paris wears sneakers (precisely because you’ve got to walk so much) and I’m now on the lookout for a pair that’s both chic and sturdy!

    • Bethany says...

      New Balance makes the best sneakers, and Anthropologie has the cutest color combinations if you don’t want a neutral like black or tan.

  20. Maire says...

    I bought a pair of Gentle Souls ankle straps w/ a small wedge heel (I think maybe after seeing a post on them on Cup of Jo?) to wear for my honeymoon in Barcelona and Lisboa and they were fantastic. Looked cute with everything and we walked miles and I never got a blister. Took them with me on our trip to Tokyo and Kyoto this year and they continue to be the greatest. I also bought a pair of packable Chooka rainboots for Japan (because typhoon season) and they were a great buy! Comfy to walk a lot in and kept my feet dry. I have now been wearing them in the cold, snowy Midwest and they have served me fairly well, but the traction is not the greatest.

  21. Janine says...

    Just want to shout out to the readers on this comment section. You guys are incredible! I’ve already bookmarked this page as my “Comfortable Shoe Reference.”

    Thank you thank you thank you!

  22. I’ve found that for walking around, sandals with backs to them are essential. My feet always slide out of the kinds of sandals pictured above! But the rest of the recommendations are spot on!

  23. No matter what shoes I wore I always got blisters when traveling. I recently discovered a body glide anti blister balm and it’s been a lifesaver on trips!

    • cooper says...

      Great tip! I seem to be blister-prone, too, even in high-quality broken-in hiking boots. I will have to check this out! Blisters are the worst!

  24. As a New Yorker who walks 10,000 steps before lunch, I’ve settled on Saucony Bullets for fall/spring, Teva Kayenta sandals for summer, and a floral printed pair of Doc Martens for winter. All are comfortable and durable, and don’t make my size 10 feet look enormous.

  25. Fiona says...

    Just bought the black booties, I’ve been looking for a pair for about two years that are low enough, dressy enough and aren’t suede. I have the perfect pair in cognac and have been wearing them most of the year, several times a week (and wore them all over Europe, Latin America, DC, New York and Michigan) for two years and have never resented the price tag. Thanks for narrowing down the search!

    My favorite walking shoes were actually from H&M a couple of years ago, they had a converse-like shoe (a little wider and rounder) with the neutral two tone (cream rubber toe cap, but taupe or cream or blush pleather uppers), and were waterproof! Hiked the Scottish highlands in them after a full summer all over Europe and cried when they died. I’ve been looking for a “legit” replacement for the last three years. If anyone has any suggestions, I would be forever grateful.

    • Julia says...

      Try Veja shoes — they have a lot of nice looking clean-lined leather sneakers. They aren’t as expensive as Common Project and the like, but the quality is still pretty good and they also focus on ethical and environmental production.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      + 1 — i love vejas!

  26. Jacquie says...

    Ok, bear with me, but Blundstones are the best traveling shoes EVER if you’re going anywhere rainy.
    I actually picked them up in Israel (even though they are an Australian brand) where I saw every single 20-something wearing them with cutoff shorts. They seem so masculine but somehow match with everything, even dresses! They are waterproof, warm, and make me feel hip. I wore them on a trip to Seattle last week and they were perfect!

    http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/blundstone-footwear-waterproof-chelsea-boot-men/3825703?origin=coordinating-3825703-0-2-PP_3-Data_Lab_Recommendo_V2-also_viewed2&recs_type=coordinating&recs_productId=3825703&recs_categoryId=0&recs_productOrder=2&recs_placementId=PP_3&recs_source=Data_Lab_Recommendo_V2&recs_strategy=also_viewed2&recs_referringPageType=item_page

    • Melissa says...

      Yes!! In Paris right now; wearing my Blundstones every day. So comfortable and durable.

  27. Alexandra says...

    What about Birkenstocks?? Are they out of style again? I’d be so sad!

    I swear by my two strap suede Arizonas (http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/birkenstock-arizona-soft-footbed-suede-sandal-women/2896765?origin=PredictiveSearchProducts) that I’ve had since high school, and love the Gizehs (http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/birkenstock-gizeh-birko-flor-thong-women/2896753?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=LICORICE) I just got this summer. Any warm-weather traveling I bring these.

    • Jill Palumbo says...

      I live in my birkenstocks most of the year (I live in California). I even wore them in Disneyland for walking and they worked great. I don’t care if they go out of style, they work for me!

    • I have the two strap Birks and the wool clogs (which I am wearing right now). So comfy!

  28. Lauren E. says...

    I would recommend those sneakers for literally everywhere. I wore them in Paris and walked for miles and miles in them and still felt chic and pulled together with an overcoat and scarf. Thank god athleisure is still having its moment.

  29. I’m seriously considering ordering that boot now because I mostly wear either knee high boots or flats in the winter and need another option :) I do have a wedge short boot, but it’s not the most comfortable.
    Thanks!!
    http://www.mangotomato.com

  30. Mel J says...

    Rollies are a Melbourne, Australia brand and I believe they ship worldwide. I bought a pair just before heading over to Japan where we walked quite a few miles daily. They felt like a comfy pair of slippers right from the start, yet give your feet good support. I also wear a pair of the ‘punched out’ Rollies at work where I’m on my feet all day, and they have good airflow keeping your feet cool (it’s summer here of course).

  31. Hoda says...

    Because I needed sandals with arch support last summer I turned to Birkenstock and ended up living in a pair in pink with studs from Amazon.

  32. Annelise says...
  33. Adidas are my favorite! More comfy to wear than converses and look great with almost everything– I’ve worn mine with leggings and skirts! Plus, my size 8 feet can fit in the boys’ sizes which makes them a bit cheaper :) http://www.academy.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_10051_3132789_-1?count=4&cm_mmc=pla-_-Shoes+Boots+Women+s+Shoes+Women+s+Sneakers-_-Google-_-Adidas+Women+s+Neo+Baseline+Shoes&sku=105774820&gclid=CN6n3NmfhdECFdgagQodQLMFPQ&kwid=productads-adid%5E166020070303-device%5Ec-plaid%5E189769649838-sku%5E105774820-adType%5EPLA

  34. Robyn says...

    When I am doing a lot of walking I wear slip on Vans with their no show socks. Cute, comfortable and easy to get on and off at airport security.

  35. Sneakers and flats, flats and more flats. Unless husband tells me to pack something fancy :)

  36. Sara says...

    What, no bensimons? But they are the french Converse!

    • Jules D says...

      Je passe ma vie dans mes Bensimons – They truly are the best!

  37. I think Superga shoes are going to be my spring/summer shoes for 2017. They’re so cute!

    Sarah
    SarahJaiheLee.com

  38. Claire says...

    LA museum tip: Noah’s Ark at the Skirball, your boys are the perfect age for it, it’s both fun and relaxing for adults and it’s close to the Getty to time with a beautiful spot for the LA sunset.

  39. Julia S. says...

    I walked all over Europe for two summers in my dansko lulus. They are so comfortable and sturdy, and they go with everything. I also just bought some waterproof Cole Haan Oxfords/sneakers for traveling. I am always worried I’ll get wet feet in the rain.

  40. Jen says...

    My beautiful shoe collection has been banished to the basement since I became a mom 4yrs ago. I’ve been a comfort snob since. However, finding a comfy shoe that you can travel with is definitely not easy.

    Our last trip was a month in Hong Kong and Japan, while I was 6 months pregnant. Had to pack super light (multiple stops and Japanese train hello!) so I allowed myself two pairs of shoes. I wore my Asics Serranos pretty much every day and had no issues, minus chaffing (only on one side?) if I didn’t wear socks with a pad on the back. http://www.onitsukatiger.com/us/en-us/serrano/c/serrano Caveat being these probably won’t be comfy for those with wide feet. They’re low profile and if you look at the back, the shoe makes this dip which is super flattering for a “sneaker”. I wore dresses with these and I thought it looked like a more athletic version of a flat (not for everyone but I liked it). We went to a wedding and I also planned for rain days, so I also brought a pair of platform oxfords.

    I was surprised I had no back problems with the Asics. The padding is there but it’s not contoured or thick. If your style is minimal, casual, and looking for something a bit dressier than your gym trainers, I’d highly recommend the Asics, especially when it’s too cold to wear sandals!

  41. Have you ever worn anything made by Korkease? They’ve been around since 1953 (and born in Brooklyn!) I recently became familiar with them when I bought a pair of their oxfords from Marshall’s…they are SUPER comfortable and walkable! Mine aren’t on their website, but I definitely have my eye on the pair below! They’re completely out of my price range, but I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled at Marshall’s ;)

    http://www.korkease.com/product.aspx?ProductID=1375

  42. Sheilah says...

    For our 2015 trip, I took a pair of Fly London booties. Walked all over Bruges, Lille and Paris. I love this brand and they were highly recommended on some travel sites. I wore them to work today!

  43. Colleen S says...

    I would likely just wear flats to Paris. They can be comfortable and fashionable. Elsewhere, I’d have to factor in weather and terrain.

  44. Tess says...

    I love cute shoes for travel but almost all suggestions I find online simply are not functional for travel that involves lots of walking and a variety of spots like restaurants, museums, beaches, forests, airports etc.

    THESE SHOES ARE THE BEST! My sisters and I have gone through multiple pairs of the tan leather version. They are appropriate for cities, comfortable enough for hikes, and neutral enough for day or night. I cannot recommend them enough!!

    http://www.rockport.com/rockport/cobb-hill-ireland-fisherman-sandal/chinglewoodireland.html

    • wendy says...

      Those are the cutest walking shoes EVER! Thank you for this – perfect for Europe!

    • Janine says...

      These look amazing! Between a case of plantar fasciitis in my right foot and a left ankle on the mend, I was beginning to think I was relegated to the orthopedic section of the shoe store.

      I’m going to try these for our 5-year anniversary trip to Paris in May!

    • Laurel says...

      Tess these look amazing! I also love my Supergas – I’ve washed them a couple of times and they come out looking nearly new.

    • Thank you for the recommendation! I absolutely destroyed my feet in Paris this summer wearing ballet flats for walking upwards of 7 miles a day; they still have not recovered.

    • Jojo says...

      These don’t dig into the skin? The straps are so thin, I can’t imagine walking long distances in them. They are cute, though.

    • Kirsty says...

      I’m totally going to try these! Thanks for the recco.

  45. This is why I love the fashion sneaker. It’s versatile, chic and incredibly comfortable- best shoes for travel.

  46. Danielle says...

    I have a pair of All Birds and I love them. Super cozy even without socks and machine washable- even the insoles.

    • heather says...

      Fefe I just clicked on your link and I love this collection of objects. So fun.

  47. Heather says...

    Joanna – ever since I saw your Hobes on the work twins post I’ve had them on my wish list, but I’m wondering if they’d be good for traveling. Are they comfortable for long walks or not enough arch support?

  48. I love the sandals! I’m looking for a new pair to replace my worn out ones from Loft. Another great bootie-style shoe is the Maria boots from Danskos. I’m on my feet all day for work and they’re amazing plus they go with everything. I got a pair last Christmas and asked for them again in a second color this year!

  49. Caitlin says...

    These suggestions are beautiful! Can you guys do a whole “what to wear in Paris” post? We’re talking about going there in 2017 (at last — it’s my dream trip!). But we haven’t even booked the trip and I’m already worried about what to wear!! I’d love any advice! :-)

    • I did a post on what I noticed people in Paris wearing on my own blog
      (link here: https://listmimsy.wordpress.com/2016/08/30/wear-what-paris/ )
      But I would love for Cup of Jo to do one too!
      To the list of Paris footwear I’d add espadrilles, either flat or with heels, if its the summer. So many people were wearing them when I was there. Have a great trip, I promise you’ll love it!

    • Annelise says...

      It’s my dream to go there too!

    • I was just there this summer and had no problem fitting in with jeans, black tee shirts or dresses and ballet flats (tho I’d go for a more comfortable pair of shoes). As long as you don’t wear shorts (in June the only shorts I saw on the French were worn with black stockings), printed tee shirts, a big backpack and reebocks, you will be fine! I had a lot of people mistake me for French. And grab a big scarf!

    • Lisa says...

      YES PLEASE! We are going in 2017 too! So excited, but what to wear, carry, etc.

    • Linda says...

      i went to paris for my honeymoon in august and was very excited about what to wear also. i was combing the fashion blogs and even doing google searches to see what french girls wear! i also wanted to be comfortable as planned to walk everywhere.
      i came back and can report that sneakers are totally fine! chic, minimalist sneakers (such as suggested by Jo) were awesome. truth of the matter is, a lot of places you end up going are filled with tourists so there’s a huge variety of sartorial range going on there. it’s ok- dont be so hard on yourself!
      i did a lot of simple but chic outfits. draped jogger pants tucked into a fitted tee with simple white sneakers became my default outfit.

    • Yes please on more Paris posts!!

  50. Supergas are so cute but SOOO uncomfortable on me! It might just be my feet, but I couldn’t wear them. I went to Italy in September, and before we left I searched high and low for a sandal that I could walk in a ton (like, around Rome in 80-90 degree weather… for miles), and that would look good with a dress or shorts/jeans or even leggings…without looking like an orthopedic walking shoe or outdoorsy Teva. And finally I found them: ECCO Huarache Sandals! They look way cuter on than they do in the pics, stay on your foot for more serious walking around, and the cushy soft insole feels like walking on a cloud! I also like how they’re a little thicker on the bottom than most summery fashion sandals, so your foot doesn’t get gross in dirty city streets. I think they’d be perfect for casual summer bike rides too!

  51. Stephanie says...

    There are just some trips where you have to go full on comfort shoe because of the uneven terrain, wet weather, tromping through puddles or rivers. We traveled in Thailand and I wore something like this a lot– http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/naot-dorith-sandal/3211819?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=SILVER%20THREADS%20LEATHER

    Not super cute, but not the worst either. The thick sole and padded footbed is SO much better for walking longer distances and over rough ground.

    Also some cute running shoes, or slip on sneakers like these: http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/joie-kidmore-embossed-slip-on-sneakers?ID=1516454&pla_country=US&cm_mmc=Google-PLA-ADC-_-Women%27s%20Shoes-WomensShoesCoop-_-Joie-_-808895356116USA&SEM-Take20-Special-Offer&CAWELAID=120156070001530664&CAGPSPN=pla&CAAGID=35637446592&CATCI=pla-264523667269&catargetid=120156070004254589&cadevice=c

    We’re headed to Vietnam and Cambodia this summer– the rainy and HOT season. I think I may have to bring my Keens. So fugly but so practical. I’ll also bring some nicer, dainty sandals or ballet flats to wear to dinner. No heels, not even any cute summery wedges, as much as I would want to. No room in the suitcase.

    • L says...

      I went to Vietnam in September for my honeymoon and ended up bringing and loving black platform Tevas. They go EVERYWHERE and are super comfortable and keep your feet high off of gross streets and puddles. And for travel shoes they were chic enough to wear with dresses and go to dinner, even if you get caught in a downpour. I would highly recommend.

  52. Liz says...

    I learned the hard way after hiking all over D.C. last weekend that the right pair of socks with booties is essential … otherwise, major blisters! But they’re so perfect and versatile for winter trips.

  53. Christine says...

    I was just at the Renegade Craft Fair in Seattle where I stumbled across ZouXou shoes. Their mules and flats that are so comfortable and pretty. They are equally perfect dressed up and casual. My new pair will come with me everywhere.

  54. Amy says...

    I can’t handle a pointy toe thanks to my all-the-same-length toes, but I love these Lems I bought a few months ago! Super thin flexible sole (like Tieks, great for packing), wide toes, and super lightweight and comfy. They also have a boat shoe that I’m looking at getting for next summer.
    https://lemsshoes.com/women/womens-primal-2/

    • Deb says...

      Wow these look so comfy thanks for the link!

  55. Leaving for home (aka NYC) tonight and have my black booties packed! Wearing cognac colored riding boots on the plane and I’ve got my sneakers packed, too. If I pack them, I’m more likely to use them, right?

  56. Michaela says...

    I travel a lot and this is always something that stresses me out, because I want to look put together and stylish but comfortable at the same time.

    I know that Crocs are inherently divisive, and I would be the first person to admit their regular chunky type are truly HIDEOUS, but I recently relented and bought two pairs of their Sienna flats for a trip to London and Paris. I have to tell you, they have CHANGED. MY. LIFE. They are SO comfortable, I can’t even tell you, and for the days where we walked 20,000+ steps they were an ABSOLUTE god-send.

    No one else has mentioned them yet – but honestly if you’re willing to put aside the fact they are Crocs I swear you won’t regret it. They are really NOT the most offensive shoe you can find and go perfectly well with anything you’d wear regular ballet flats with – but they are SO comfortable!

  57. Favorite flats for traveling (and otherwise) – Frye Dylan slips! SO cushy and look perfectly broken-in right from the jump. PS – if you haven’t checked it out yet, head to the A&D Center in Palm Springs! I’m bias (my grandfather designed it) but it’s fantastic.

  58. Alexia says...

    As someone that lives in a ski town, I’ll add in my options for those going on a ski trip.

    Snow boots-kind of essential. I like Sorel’s:)
    Riding boots or leather booties (without a heel)
    Loafers/oxfords/more “fancy shoes”- Just bought a pair of bright red sparkled shoes from M Gemi

    I’ll also add in as far as clothes go, besides packing the normal sweaters, jeans, etc. throw some comfy and light cotton shirts, both short and long, in your suitcase. It gets hot inside because they jack the heating up.

    • My parents also live in a ski town and I can’t help but giggle a bit when I see some of the shoe choices. It’s got to be function over form there! Expensive, suede, high heeled boots don’t cut it when you really need warm, waterproof, and slip resistant. ;)

  59. Brianna says...

    I would get white sneakers dirty in five minutes flat, but I love them in the blue color.

  60. Lindsay says...

    I’m brainstorming what shoes to bring on a snowy, week-long trip to Michigan. Snow boots seem too big to pack and annoying to wear in the airport. Any thoughts?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hello from a michigan girl! :)

      i would recommend sperry duck boots, which are low and not bulky: http://bit.ly/2icBpFI

      or, if you’re only going to walk a little in snow (versus hike or do sports), then these short rainboots could work: http://bit.ly/2h7vjIX

      hope that helps! have a great trip!!

    • Alexia says...

      Sorel also do shorter snow boots that are lighter weight

    • Jenny says...

      If you are only gonna be outside a little bit I HIGHLY recommend these rain boots: http://tinyurl.com/hcujvk6. I live in Chicago so I have winterboots but when I travel i bring these and 1 pair of THICK socks. Then I alternate between wearing booties or wearing these like they are chelsea boots. Unless you are going out hiking in the snow the biggest thing is just to have your feet covered/warm. In general I’m not outside a lot … I don’t need to be in snowboots to walk from my car to a restaurant. BUT then I have the rain boots as a “just in case” waterproof option. I bring these when i go to Northern WI to see family late in the year. If we go for a walk for 30 minutes with the dog, my feet stay warm and dry, but im not schlepping my 10lb snow boots for that “maybe’ walk in the snow. Upside; with normal socks in the spring/fall they are great as just rain boots. Regular knee high rainboots are so heavy otherwise.

  61. yael steren says...

    Of course it depends on the vacation but if I’m going somewhere warm then definitely a sandal (I love the Nice sandals by Joie). Above all no matter what the climate, if you are going to be doing a lot of walking then something comfortable for sure and I love a nude pump, which you can always use for evening! xx yael

    http://www.yaelsteren.com/blog/

  62. Nicole Brant says...

    Oh my gosh this is crazy! My amazing husband surprised me with tickets to Paris for our anniversary (going in March) and I’ve spent the last few days obsessing over footwear. This is so timely! I actually just got a pair of Superga sneakers, too!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that is awesome! megan was recently in paris and she said a lot of women there were wearing white sneakers, like stan smiths: http://bit.ly/2h7AmcB
      your supergas should be great!

    • Stephanie says...

      Total ditto on the Stan Smiths. Those would be comfortable. There’s so much walking in Paris. So much. Shoes you thought would be comfortable end up not. Trick is getting something to wear to dinner that’s still decently comfortable. Those low heeled block pumps or ankle boots could work.

    • Lauren E. says...

      I have a friend who recently moved to Paris and I asked her if I’d look like a tourist in white Supergas and she just laughed at me. When I got to Paris I saw what she meant – everyone from grown men to chic women to children were in white sneakers!

    • Mel says...

      That is so exciting that you’re going to Paris! My husband and I went last December and because the weather can be finicky, I ended up going with Dansko’s “Bonita” bootie. They felt stylish but also comfortable (we were walking about 8–10 miles a day) and waterproof. I’m assuming weather in March may be similar (40s–50s, rain etc.) and those were great! I brought another pair on the trip but ended up only wearing those. Have fun!

  63. Natalie T. says...

    All about the Sabahs and converse. Converse are classic, especially the ones without the laces for easy removal during customs. Sabahs (the sabahdealer.com) take a while to break into but they are the ideal travel shoe. So versatile and FLAT. Flip flops are also a go-to, especially for beach travel or if you’re staying in a hostel. Ballet flats do double duty with dresses and jeans. Surprised they and the converse weren’t mentioned as I know they are your regular go-Tos.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh yes, i was trying to find new ones so as not to be a broken record :) i do love my converse haha. those sabahs look awesome!