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The Best Travel Shoes

The Best Travel Shoes

What are your go-to travel shoes? Since they can be bulky and heavy to pack, and you want them to be as comfortable as possible for days of adventures, it always feels essential to bring the right pair. Here are three styles the Cup of Jo team won’t leave home without…

The Best Travel Shoes

“Birkenstocks are the ultimate comfort sandals. For travel, I especially love the $40 rubber-like ones. They’re waterproof, so they work for the pool and beach, as well as shopping and dinners. They’re almost weightless, and if they get dirty, they’re easy to wash under running water. They come in a million different colors — black, white, coral, even metallic. When traveling, I usually wear neutral clothing, so these are a really fun way to add a pop of color with an outfit.” — Kim

The Best Travel Shoes

“Any time I pack heels, I never end up wearing them. But sometimes on trips, you need a pair of able-to-dress-up shoes, for romantic dinners out or lunches with in-laws. Enter jazzy flats. These leopard mules are super comfy and easy to slip on. They take up zero space in your luggage (you can even pack them with the heel of one slipped into the toe of the other). Plus, in the words of the great Jenna Lyons, “leopard is a neutral,” so you can trust they’ll go with anything.” — Caroline

The Best Travel Shoes

“I’m a broken record about Converse, but they’ve been my trusty travel shoes for years. Before, I used to hesitate to pack sneakers, since I didn’t want to look like the tourist wandering around with my sneakers and map. But then we went to Paris and Rome, and every woman was wearing either these or Stan Smiths, and they looked amazing. And, of course, sneakers are big in New York. Slim white sneakers pair well with everything — jeans, skirts, dresses. Plus, if you want more arch support, you can add an insole and walk for miles.” — Joanna

What shoes do you always pack? (These are so great, too.) Would love to hear…

P.S. How to pack without wrinkles and the one thing I never travel without.

(Photo by Veronica Olson.)

  1. YES! Great post. I love traveling in the summer so I can wear flip flops, but I always struggle to find a comfy pair of shoes that look stylish and can be dressed up!

  2. CF says...

    You guys! This is the absolute MOST comfortable pair of travel shoes I’ve ever found. They’re the most supportive, and I can wear them all day without a blister. I wore them all over London and Paris last summer! I found them so comfortable that they have become my everyday sandal. Wish they looked a little better, but they’re SERIOUSLY comfortable.

    https://www.amazon.com/Earth-Origins-Nellie-Womens-Alpaca/dp/B079K1NVPR/ref=sr_1_1_sspa

    • Shannon says...

      I know that this is an old post, but i love the look of these sandals. are they good for women with wide feet (wide at the mid foot and toes)? I find that most sandals pinch my baby toe.

  3. Eléonore says...

    FitFlop are the best ! I bought one pair in 2007 after a herniated disk surgery because they have an ergonomic midsole that prevents back pain and high pressure on your feet. Never had back pain again ! Now I have 10 pairs of them, sneakers, flip flops, sandals… They are sooo comfortable I wore them this summer in Corsica, walked 10.000 feet a day, not a single blister or heavy legs feeling at the end of the day. Bonus : they tone your muscles like toning shoes !
    Now my husband is hooked (they have a men’s collection) and I bought 2 pairs to my Mom (ballerinas) to help her with knee joint pain.
    FitFlop are just perfect !

  4. Sigrid (Norway) says...

    I have the perfect travel shoe – water proof, light weight and easy to take on a hike! They are black so that they go with anything and was bought for a five country trip this easter where they had to go with eeeeeverything (city walk, hike, rain, cold weather, warm weather) – noe of the shoes presented here would do the job. I really recommend having a pair of shoes like this – when I am traveling now I know that I have something for every occasion and weather.

  5. The simplest shoes with a good insole will suffice :)

  6. I have my trusty slip-on sneakers that always with me wherever we travel to. But since I often go to the beach for the holiday, maybe I should get myself a pair!

  7. Alison says...

    For those with NARROW feet, like me, Birkenstock Ariozona’s in narrow width (yes, this is a thing!) have been great.

    For cute, summer-appropriate sneakers, I’ve been living in my Keds (https://www.keds.com/en/triple-kick/28951W.html?dwvar_28951W_color=WF57309#cgid=keds-platform-sneakers&start=1). I wanted a pair of Superga sneaks but they are SO wide they just didn’t work. These Keds are similar in style and have this “ortho-lite” insole that is SO COMFORTABLE. There was no break-in period and I walk a ton living in San Francisco.

  8. Megan Ruth Rowlinson says...

    You must have been reading my mind when creating this post! I am going to Japan in two weeks and really was struggling with what shoes to wear due to the hot temperatures and all the walking. I just bought a pair of white Converse since they go so well with everything! I also love slip-on Vans. They are comfortable enough to walk tons of miles in and also cute! Wilmington, DE

  9. Kelly says...

    We just got back from a 10 day trip to London, Amsterdam and Paris. My feet blister easily so I spent a ridiculous amount of time deciding on footwear before we went. I ended up alternating between Stan Smith’s and Naot Pamela sandals. We averaged about 100 miles in total without a single blister!

  10. SJ says...

    Great suggestions, bookmarking so many of these! My favorites(and I’m surprised no-ones mentioned them) are Pikolinos Calabria: https://www.pikolinos.com/us-en/calabria-w9k-4623.html?color=CARMIN
    I have them in tan and wear them everywhere. So comfy and cute, they have a sleek profile and go with everything.
    Question: Can someone recommend what is the best way to clean suede shoes? I love the Hobes look but am vary of buying them because I have 2 pairs of suede flats that have stains(drink/mud splatters) and don’t know how to clean them.

    • Wendy-Kneale says...

      My favorite way to clean suede is using a suede brush (with short, wiry bristles) and a tiny dab of suede cleaner if there are stains. If you gently brush them in one direction and then the other, sometimes that’s all you need to do. Hope this is helpful 😊

    • Michael says...

      You can also use a suede eraser. These are pretty cheap to buy on Amazon and other online retailers.

    • SJ says...

      Thanks Wendy and Michael!

  11. Ana-Maria Sinitean says...

    The Everlane Day Gloves are by far the best travel shoes I’ve bought. I walked 12 miles in them in one day in NYC with no blisters. Highly, highly, highly recommend.

  12. Kimberly says...

    Leather Wayfarers by Chaco.
    I have found the shoes my heart loves.

  13. sophie says...

    Espadrilles ! you can walk with them, looking casual and it goes well with a dress or trousers. Easy to pack, no weight.

  14. steph says...

    Well, I bought two pairs of shoes because of this thread. FINALLY, broke down and bought a pair of Allbirds and a nice pair of Nike Zerogrands that look like oxfords which I’ve been wanting a pair of oxfords for awhile now.

  15. Lisa says...

    Oh I love my high top converse!!! I love how versatile they are and complete every outfit, from jeans, dresses and lounge wear. But I do find them uncomfortable for long walks. My mind was completely blown when you suggested wearing insoles!!! Boom!!! Game changer!!! My only question is this…. Do you have to size up in order to fit an insole?

  16. Martha says...

    I just walked nearly 50 miles in Berlin over 5 days this summer. I brought Merrell trail runners and Birks. The Birks were nearly $40 cheaper there so I bought pale pink suede Arizonas. My feet looked cute and everyone in Berlin wears Birkenstocks!

  17. On a recent trip to Barcelona and bought leather (very cute) Tevas in white and black and thought that would be my shoes. Nope, they hurt after hours of walking. By day two all I wore were my white knit ultra-boost Stan Smith’s (even with dresses) and my feet were perfectly comfy.

  18. Mimi says...

    Black Teva Universals are great for the summer! Wore the Flatforms and my daughter the original walking all around Tokyo this summer. Looks good dressed up or down, rain or shine.

  19. witloof says...

    I’m at the tail end of a month in Spain and for the third summer in a row while traveling in Europe I have worn MBT sandals. I walk probably between 15 and 20 miles every day when I’m here, and my MBTs are so comfortable that I have never suffered the slightest bit of foot pain. They’re ugly but so what. I wear them with dresses and pants and am equally happy on cobblestones, museums, and mountain trails.

  20. RMA says...

    A little off topic, but wondering if anyone has any recommendations for shoes during pregnancy? More specifically winter boot suggestions? Planning ahead for when I will be trudging through snow and ice with a belly…

    • Christie says...

      I gave birth at the beginning of February a few years ago and a terrible winter. My midwife suggested getting yaktrax (https://www.rei.com/product/760280/yaktrax-walkers-traction-system). I just put them over my regular shoes when I went out. It helped a ton. I just wore my regular shoes throughout my pregnancy. I don’t wear high heels anyway, but my regular boots and winter shoes were fine.

  21. Sharon says...

    I love this thread. That is all.

  22. Alla says...

    Does anyone have any suggestions for great walking shoes for wide feet? Just came back from 28 days in Europe wearing ill fitting shoes, and oh the blisters 😖 SO HARD to find shoes that are both comfortable and fashionable for us cursed wide feet people!

    • KL says...

      I have wide feet too. I wore Cole Haan Grand Pro Tennis Sneakers (Medium Width) in Europe last year and they were great!

    • Witloof says...

      MBT!

    • Lisa R says...

      I had to buy an emergency pair of Tom’s Avalon shoes in York, England last year while on vacation. The Skechers I had originally bought for the Europe trip were terrible for all the walking we did!! Those ones went in the trash and the Toms were perfect for walking around in all day, they went well with all of my outfits on the trip, and I ended up buying another pair a few months later after the first pair got rained on (oops!) So don’t wear them in the rain, but otherwise they are great!!

  23. Kelly says...

    The new Cole Haan Zerogrands are so light, they take up barely any weight. They have a leather look that wipes clean and they’re such comfy sneakers. Nisolo also makes a travel-ish sneaker with a similar light foam sole, but the Cole haans look fancier, and even come in metallic.

  24. Maddie says...

    Significant others have referred to my feet as “dinosaur” feet. Not cute, kinda wide, a little flat and they swell when I’m on them for hours. When traveling, I always carry tons of bandaids in the inevitable circumstance that the pair I’m wearing has rubbed me raw. Before my trip to Rome last year, I splurged on a pair of the Allbirds Tree Skippers and holy cow I will never wear anything else while traveling again. I love them because of course, they are very comfortable, but more importantly, the upper fabric stretches and moves with your feet while the insole provides a good amount of cushion and support. Also, the heel part is sturdy but soft so they don’t rub. They are the literal only shoe I’ve ever worn for more than 12 hours straight and not had excruciating pain. So if you have jacked up feet like me, you should try those.

  25. Birks, of course. But I have gone all over Italy in my Nisolo huaraches too. Love them, and that company.

  26. Rachel says...

    I always bring three pairs of shoes when I’m traveling, never more. If it’s warm:
    1. Saltwater sandals. They’re so cute, I can wear them with dresses or skirts, but they’re great in water too.
    2. Slip on sneakers, like Vans, for going through airports and daily wear
    3. Lightweight minimalist sneakers for hiking or other adventures (if necessary)
    If it’s cold:
    1. Slip on sneakers from above
    2. Weatherproof booties by Blondo. They’re dressy, go with skirts or jeans, and 100% waterproof.
    3. Cute athletic sneakers, like New Balance, that can be worn to work out in but also go with jeans (if necessary).

    • Wendy says...

      Which saltwater sandals – there are slides and ones with ankle straps. I am going to Italy first of October and want to buy a pair. Thanks!

    • Wendy L says...

      Wendy, go for the strap-on Saltwaters because I assume you’ll be doing lots of walking. They have zero cushion or arch support, though, if that matters to you.

  27. Nike Classic Cortez is where it’s at for ALL DAY WALKING in walking cities like Toyko, Paris and Berlin. We covered 20km wandering through these cities and my feet didn’t make a peep about collapsed arches. And they look really good too.

  28. Paige says...

    Loooved reading all of these suggestions. Travel related…. would you guys be willing to post an updated “NYC travel guide”? :) We are going in the spring for the first time and want to hear about all the must see’s, eat’s, and do’s!

    • Maggie says...

      I would love this too!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes!!! we’re on it!

  29. Sarah N says...

    Took a rare vacation sans children last year and spent the first six hours in Paris walking the streets in my camo Rothys loafers while my husband finished up his meetings. He met me for dinner and I was thrilled to tell him not only had I walked ten miles, I was blister free and looking forward to our walking tour the following day. I now own four pairs of Rothys and recommend them to everyone!

  30. CJ says...

    For cooler temps/cold weather travel I love my Merrell boots. NOT the hiking boots you’re picturing but the fashion boots they make. They are so comfortable, stylish, many are waterproof and they are lightweight. I’ve had my pair for 6 years and they’ve been in the snow, rain and everything in between. They always look appropriate and chic.

  31. Jenny M says...

    Clarks desert boots! I discovered their extreme comfort after a bad breakup when I would just walk for hours every evening. Never a blister!

  32. Claire says...

    HOBES!!!!! HOBES, HOBES, HOBES!!

  33. In warm weather, Birkenstocks are the most comfortable, and there are some cute styles that work with all kinds of outfits. I also always bring Chacos if my travel includes water at all — they are great for the beach and are sturdy enough for lots of walking and hiking, too.

  34. Liz says...

    Scouring the comments for ideas because, while I love my converse, they are truly the last thing I would ever wear for significant standing/walking.

    • Jenny says...

      I agree – I find converse to be very uncomfortable for long standing or walking. I do have Stan Smiths and for me they’ve been very comfortable – great for long walking days.

    • Christy says...

      I like my converse slip ons, and I’ve had a pair that was awesome when city walking. But I wore those out and now can’t find another pair like them!!! :(

    • Eluna says...

      Same here! They made one my trips absolutely miserable. They’re darling, but they’re not walking shoes…

    • Allison says...

      Ecco sneakers or Superga or Springcourt would be my cute but designed for walking sneaker suggestions.

      And saltwater sandals would be my pick over the Birks.

  35. I am a huge fan of Tieks! They are so comfortable for walking around and they even fold up and can be packed in the tiny pouch which comes with them. The color selection is fantastic as well, so there’s something for everyone. They are quite pricey, but I have had mine for years and they have lasted beautifully as I have worn them all over the US and UK.

  36. Amelia says...

    Supergas, my go-to sneaker for regular days and traveling. Cute, laid back, and light for packing. They come in tons of cute colors!

  37. Melissa says...

    COLE HAAN ZEROGRANDS. They have sandals, flats, loafers, oxfords, except they have tennis shoe style insoles and outsoles. All the style you want, with the comfort of Nikes. Total game changer.

  38. aga says...

    The Everlane day glove is so comfy, but for all-day walking, I need some sort of sneaker with a good, shock absorbent sole.
    I just spent 2 weeks walking around towns and cities in Poland and Germany. All the cobblestone streets are so beautiful, but for 8-12 km of walking all day, everyday, the day glove didn’t have enough sole support, and I sadly had to change into a sneaker.

  39. becky says...

    Allbirds. Even in the summer, if I’m going to be walking or standing the whole day or days in a row, my feet never sweat.
    A couple years ago I bought super cheap slip on sneakers at target for 22 bucks and I wore them for 2 weeks through Paris Bruges and Amsterdam. Never regretted it. But they need to replaced frequently for frequent use.
    Now if someone could suggest an awesome day bag, cross sling or tote, something for walking through a city. I carry a small book, sunscreen etc. Nothing crazy but lots of cute bags have thin straps that cut into my shoulder. I like to travel light.

    • Amanda says...

      I scooped up a vintage The Bridge leather bag a few years ago off Etsy and it’s made every trip with me ever since. The bad boy’s got multiple compartments and a back zipper, all while being super compact and easy to pack. The seller I worked through was LostInTimeLT.

      Hope this helps!

    • MS says...

      Becky – I recommend the Lululemon All Night Festival bag. I have used it on many trips (Japan, Italy, Korea, England) but also use it at home on the weekends! It is lightweight, while carrying day trip essentials: a water bottle, umbrella, guide book, sunscreen, etc.

      https://shop.lululemon.com/p/bags/All-Night-Festival-Bag/_/prod9260233

    • Shannon says...

      Hi Becky! I second the recommendation for the Lululemon festival bag. I use mine all the time, and definitely use when I am traveling. I especially like the interior ‘items of importance’ pocket for passport and a small wallet.

    • Cait says...

      I have a small ANDI bag that I really like for travel– it is nylon and can be worn as a crossbody or over the shoulder as a tote and it closes with a zipper (a must for me). I think it is a little bigger than the Lululemon Festival bag (which I tried and ended up returning, but I can’t remember why I didn’t love it). It easily holds a water bottle and book and whatever else I pick up on a day of wandering.

    • Sarah says...

      The Duck bag from Baggu looks perfect for travel (wide straps, different handle options, and secure). I haven’t bought one yet so can’t personally recommend but will buy one before my next trip.

    • becky says...

      Thanks ladies!!!!

  40. Rue says...

    I’ve gotten to a point in my life where my day-to-day shoes are also my travel shoes. Basically my shoe wardrobe is enough to do personal or work travel in any weather condition, but not really more than that. I used to love having a bigger shoe wardrobe, but I got fed up with storing them, honestly.

    My travel formula is: 1 sandal or sneaker, 1 flat, 1 running/workout shoe. If I’m going to a wedding, I may swap flats for a wedge. If I’m doing outdoor adventure travel it’s 1 water shoe (ASTRALS ARE MY LIFE), 1 hiking boot, 1 sandal if space permits.

  41. Rebecca says...

    Ecco sneakers all the way! They don’t even require a “breaking in” period. They feel like walking on a cloud and bonus: no blisters!

    • Amber says...

      Love, love Ecco. I run a school cafeteria and am on my feet for a good chunk of the day. Ecco sneakers are my saviours.

  42. Caroline says...

    Eileen Fisher Sport Sandal is perfect for summer international travel. The shoes are extremely comfortable and can be worn all day, and are also stylish. They come in several neutral (and metallic colors). They are worth the price.

  43. Michaela says...

    My Birkenstocks have been the absolute best investment in footwear I’ve ever made. I can walk for miles in them and feel great. But beware, there IS a substantial break-in period that I was not aware of when I bought them. Apparently folks recommend wearing them around the house for 20-30 minutes a day for several weeks; or you can go full-steam ahead like I did by wearing them on a 4-mile stroll and incurring a blister the size of a half-dollar. I still have a faint scar…but my Birkies got real comfy real quick after that! Whoops.

    • Lucia says...

      I love mine, too. Where do you all get your Birks resoled? I have a few pairs that have seen better days!

  44. Amanda says...

    That picture of Paris at golden hour just made my heart flutter. I’ve been lucky enough to visit that magnificent city twice in the last five years, and I love all of its facets – both the beautiful and the ugly.

    On our first visit, I wore my Chucks, as well as some Dr Scholl’s brand shoes, and neither were supportive enough – they actually gave me HORRENDOUS plantar fascitis that made me dread getting out of bed by the end of our two week trip. This most recent time around, I wore the Tom’s canvas classics and had a much better time, they were nice and cushioned and perfect for walking many miles on sidewalks and cobblestones!

    I also wore the Toms on a two-week trip to Morocco, and supplemented sparingly with my Nisolo huaraches. The Nisolo’s are so beautiful, and were a great way to comfortably dress up outfits in the evenings. My Tom’s were so stinky and dirty by the end of the trip (Moroccan ports full of fishy puddles, medinas with dusty alleys, etc) that I ended up throwing them out our last day :( I had hoped they would be washable, but I read poor results from others who had tried. My pair also had a woven raffia edging similar to espadrilles that probably wouldn’t have made it. But I will definitely buy another pair for my next walking-heavy trip!!

  45. Susan says...

    100% on Birkenstocks and slim white sneakers (mine are leather Tretorns).

  46. Emilie says...

    I love Converse, but what is the sock situation there? When I wear my low-top Converse with dresses, etc. in the summer I always get blisters!

    • Z says...

      I wear them with the Vans no show socks! Truly the only no show socks I’ve found. They come in a 3 pack for about $12.

    • Christy Jones says...

      Me too, I have to wear the low socks so my baby toe isn’t one big blister!

    • Louise says...

      Yeah. I own those Converse and they are the most uncomfortable pair of shoes I’ve ever owned.

  47. Emily R says...

    Flip flops all the way. I only wear sneakers when running. If it’s too cold for flip flops I probably don’t want to be on vacation there, but if I must, I’ll wear my Sabah’s.

    • Caroline C says...

      Sabah’s are the best! My cousin is Mickey Ashmore (the Sabah Dealer) :)

  48. Anneka says...

    Naots!!!!! I bought them 3 years ago for a 2-month long trip and they are still my fav go to travel and walking summer sandal. They look cute and are like walking on air.

    • Traci Barr Sega says...

      Agree! I’m traveling in Israel right now. Not only I’m I wearing a pair, and tromped my way to the Kotel, but I also walked by one of their stores today in Jerusalem.

  49. Maire says...

    A couple of years ago, I read about Gentle Souls brand ankle strap sandals here on COJ. I purchased a pair in a burgundy suede color and I have walked miles in them around Japan, Spain, Portugal, and my own city! However, I am about to take a trip to Ireland and I don’t think a sandal type shoe will cut it, so I am bringing a pair of combat boots (picked up two years ago at a Marshalls for $16 and still going strong after much walking around DC, my home city, and London, England), Hush Puppies chukka boots in a floral pattern, and a pair of leopard print Madden Girl slip on sneakers. For major walking in a colder climate I can’t say enough about having very good wool based socks! (They usually have a stock of them at TJMaxx/Marshalls/Nordstrom Rack)

  50. Cheryl says...

    Any recommendations for shoes that come in wide width? (Other than Clarks, Naturalizer, and Cobb Hill?). Even with Zappos, it’s so hard to find cute shoes that are comfortable and fit my post-pregnancy feet.

    • Erin says...

      Taos, Vionic, Naot have served me and my wide toe box well

    • Steph says...

      Camper. They have a specific silhouette to them, but the toe box is nice and wide in most styles.

    • Bippy says...

      Aravon brand is good. I have the Pyper style which you will have to google. It is a very comfortable, leather shoe with leather lining too – which I strongly prefer. I get no blisters vs. with synthetic linings, never mind that the synthetics are basically plastics.

  51. Julie. says...

    I took an international trip this summer and was obsessed with only taking one carry on, and therefore only 3 pr shoes (one to wear, 2 prs in my bag). After waaaay too much thought and trying things on, I took (1)my super comfy lavender color Saucony Jazz sneakers for all the walking and to wear on the airplane. (2)simple black Teva flip flops for the beach (3)white leather driving loafers by Born. These were to wear with skirts or out to dinner. The 2 pr I packed were super light and thin, worked out great.

  52. Kelly says...

    For my feet (11, on the wider side), where (European cities with cobblestones, uneven sidewalks) and when I tend to travel (late fall/early winter, so sometimes rainy, sometimes a little snowy), I really favor Dr. Martens! I get the support and TRACTION I need. They’re shoes I wear regularly at home, so they’re already perfectly molded to my feet. I did London in a burgundy pair of 1460s (the classic eight eye ankle boot) in late November/early December. Docs will be coming with me when I do Vienna/Bratislava this fall!

  53. Kirsten says...

    Keds and my Nisolo huaraches!

  54. Nicole Allgood says...

    After a weekend away for a bachelorette party, I told myself I need to go find some slipper-like shoes like those leopard mules shown in this post. Genius way to feel put-together yet also avoid blisters on the back of your foot!

  55. Anne says...

    Amazon has knockoff rubber Birkenstocks for $11-$15. At that price you can seriously buy many colors. Love them.

    • Kim says...

      I got mine at Target and the black were the perfect thing to travel with this summer! Cute with every outfit and perfect on the beach, just rinse with water to clean them up!

  56. Jess says...

    I clicked on this expecting it to be an ad, and I’m pleasantly surprised it’s not!

  57. Kathy T says...

    Basic black sandals work for me. The “Tulla” sandal made by bueno (https://www.buenofootwear.com/product/Black/Tulla) is my go-to for summer travel; they work in the city, on the road, in the evening, and on long walks anywhere. I have a pair that have taken me to Europe and back twice now.

  58. Andrea says...

    SALTWATER SANDALS all the way!!!!!

    I am now a Salwater Sandal convert, comfy, waterproof, easy to clean.

  59. Susie says...

    frankie4 Nat sneakers…. designed by a podiatrist. All feankie 4 shoes are great but the colour of these and the fact that they wipe clean so easily is the best!

  60. Lauren Harrison says...

    After doing a year in London, and traveling a lot in Europe fall-spring, some of my fave travel shoes are (weirdly!) these Madewell Chelsea Rainboots: https://www.madewell.com/the-chelsea-rain-boot-E2292.html

    They are v comfortable, can be worn with a wool sock in winter and/or dressed up with tights, and are not super heavy (I usually wear on the flight, because they are easy to slip on and off anyway!). Even if it’s not raining, they are so subtle they pass for a normal Chelsea boot. You’re always prepared. ;)

    • Jackie says...

      Genius!

    • Y says...

      I need these! I ran around in the rain in London in Stan Smiths with freezing ankles and frankly felt under dressed in a lot of situations. I know white trainers are acceptable now, but I think I will feel a little more put together in these! Thanks Lauren!

    • MS says...

      I echo Lauren’s advice – I have the JCrew version, which I find a bit more streamlined than the Madewell ones (the link is showing as sold out but they’ll likely have another version coming out in the Fall).

      You can easily dress these up while traveling (I wore with tights and dresses when in cold, rainy Kyoto!) – which is nice b/c it cuts down on packing a dressy pair of shoes!

      https://www.jcrew.com/ca/p/womens_category/shoes/boots/matte-chelsea-rain-boots/H0421

    • Kate says...

      This timing is so perfect – I have been lurking on Crocs, Madewell, Amazon, etc. for low-cut rainboots to bring on Germany in the fall. For the JCrew ones, can anyone advise on the sizing? True to size? There are new ones in stock on the US site now!

    • MS says...

      Hey Kate – the JCrew rain boots that I linked above are true to size. I’m a size 7 and wear a 7. I will say that you if you have slightly wide feet at the front you may find them a bit snug. Good luck!

  61. Kate says...

    Stop, stop, stop what you’re doing and buy slip-on light grey Keds! I have worn multiple pairs to shreds. The design has evolved over the years but they’ve had some version grey slip-on with “dream foam” padding and I tell you, I can’t love them enough. They’re versatile enough to wear with jeans, sweats, shorts, skirts, dresses, etc. You might not get away with them at an upscale dinner out at a stuffy place, but almost any other scenario will welcome Keds. They’re reasonably priced and your feet feel great. <3

  62. CC says...

    I’m surprised no one mentioned Mephisto?
    Yes, it’s a French brand.. so harder to find in the US and a bit more expensive…but totally worth it. They also have younger/cuter looking sandals.
    For the last 9 years I’ve been wearing the Mephisto Niro or Mephisto Helen.
    Excellent quality and good for your feet! They also easily fit any insoles…
    https://www.zappos.com/p/mephisto-niro/product/7166071

  63. Silvia says...

    Living in Europe I find it really peculiar that in the US Birkenstocks are a trendy shoe. Here they’re considered slippers for inside (or maybe if you’re out in your garden – but definitely only to be worn at home). Only very alternative-minded people would wear them in public. Never ever would I wear them out of the house.

    • Nam says...

      Really? I was just in Berlin and Birkenstocks are worn everywhere by Germans! Then again, Berlin is beginning to look and feel like Brooklyn.

    • Viv says...

      I wouldn’t say that’s true in Germany. I see plenty of people in them during summer here in Munich (which is much more fashion-conservative than Berlin).

    • Ann-Marie says...

      Where in Europe are you? I was in Finland last summer and Birks were all over the place! They’re the cool sandal for the younger crowd (teens and early 20s) as they are here, and I imagine it’s the same in the other Nordic countries.

    • Emma says...

      They’re all over London! :)

  64. Cassie says...

    OMFG I am going to Paris and Barcelona for two weeks next month and have been agonizing over what shoes to get. (It doesn’t help that I’m due for a couple of new pairs for everyday wear anyway, so I’m trying to find something that can do vacation/work double duty.) Thank you for this and for all these reader comments!

    • patricia blaettler says...

      Sneakers! Everyone is wearing them with everything.

    • Tricia says...

      Cassie I’m going to Barcelona next month and totally confused about what to pack! lol Share your packing list?! Help a girl out!

    • Cassie says...

      Tricia, me too! I’m going mid- to late-September so am trying to figure out how to pack for the possibility of both warm and cooler evening temps haha. I did FINALLY invest in packing cubes after hearing so many people rave about them, so hopefully that will control the suitcase chaos (suitchaos?). Other than that, I’m thinking 3 pairs of pants (black jeans, my lighter, looser embroidered jeans, and a printed comfy pair of pants that go with everything), one pair of shorts, a couple of tank tops, a white tee, a couple of blouses, a couple of cute but comfy maxi dresses, jean jacket, and an athleisure option? I think that’s enough?! I do plan on doing laundry at some point. Good luck with your packing, and have a fantastic trip!

    • Shannon says...

      I’m going to Southern Spain next week, and I am just taking some basic tops and bottoms that go with almost anything. I’m hoping to find some pretty blouses, skirts, and accessories there that I can add to the mix. Here is what I am taking for 16 days (will be able to do laundry at airbnb’s):
      – 6 tanks (black, white, turquoise, pink, light blue, black/white stripes). All of the tanks I am taking are good for everyday, but could be dressed up with a scarf or jewelry.
      – 1 blouse (just because it is so light and doesn’t take much space)
      – 4 shorts (including two pairs of athletic shorts that I can wear over swimsuit, hiking or lounging)
      – 1 cropped pants (grey) + 1 cropped leggings (black- for flight and hikes if it is cooler)
      – 1 blue oxford shirt and 1 light cardigan for layering when temps drop

      I have one packing cube for tops, one for bottoms, one for undergarments, and one easy access packing cube for the layers I may need on the flight.

      Have fun, Cassie & Tricia!

  65. Pamela says...

    I scrolled through the comments just to see if anyone had mentioned Rollies and someone has. They’re SO GOOD that they need a second mention though! Really, look them up. Comfy and stylish in many different patterns and colours. (Good luck choosing…) They are awesome.

    • emily says...

      Oh no! I just looked them up and this is going to be VERY bad for my wallet.

  66. Allison Wattenbarger says...

    My best luck has been with my Aigle Miss Juliette boots — they’re rain boots, but I don’t feel absolutely ridiculous wearing them if it turns out to not be rainy, and I walked all over Lyon in them without issue.

    A few years ago, my best friend and I both packed our Allbirds for a December trip to Paris, and I haven’t been able to look at them the same way since . . . there was sleet, snow, and rain, and our feet FROZE. So good for mild weather, but I wouldn’t again do wool shoes in winter weather!

    • Annie says...

      Yes, years ago I bought a pair of Loeffler Randall rain boots in a leopard print with the smallest wedge and they were so versatile that I ended up wearing them all the time during spring/fall days regardless of rain. The rubber has started to wear so they are no longer really waterproof and I’m in anguish — if you’re listening Loeffler Randall, please bring back a chic rain bootie!

  67. Jen says...

    Another vote for Tevas! I love their sandals, sneakers and even heels!! So comfortable! I also have to mention Rainbows. They are both pretty amazing and either pair (rainbows or teva sandals) fits in my carry-on outer pocket!

  68. Avery says...

    I absolutely LOVE Supergas and Allbirds. Allbirds are a bit more tennis shoe-y whereas Supergas are more stylish. Both are great for wide feet and LOTS of walking!

  69. mindi says...

    I walked 35,000 steps a day in Edinburgh this summer, in brand new Birkenstocks. I resole mine every years, but this year bought a new pair because I needed the support. Didn’t get a single blister, felt like a champ.
    The other shoe I wear pretty exclusively is the Vans checkered slip on (high fives to the other folks I see here who love these like I do! A 25 year relationship and counting…). Secret hack for my old lady feet: I rip out the lining of the Vans and slip in SuperFeet arch support. Ahhhhh…

  70. Melissa Roberts says...

    Please explain how you keep your white sneakers white? I love the look but I don’t like having dirty shoes and it seems like it would be extra hard to keep clean while traveling. Teach me your secrets!

    • Ally says...

      If the rubber sole is lightweight, you can wash them in the machine. Just do it in a cold temperature (and a short, delicate cycle) so as not to melt the glue holding the top and sole together . Then air dry; in the sun is even better.

      If the rubber sole is heavy (would be too loud and vibration-inducing in the machine), a Tide stain pen can take out dark stains. For generalized dimness, make a soap solution in a bowl, then scrub onto the shoe, dampening enough to scrape away the grime. Then wipe away the soap and loosened dirt with clean damp cloths/towels, before air drying.

      There are also shampoos (mousse or spray in a can usually) that you can buy for this express purpose with instructions on the packaging.

    • AH says...

      Magic eraser for the white rubber parts!

    • Nam says...

      Mr Clean magic eraser! They keep your Stan Smith looking new!

    • Amy says...

      There’s something about dirty white sneakers that is also uh, gaining traction! My sister just bought a pair of $500 Golden Goose sneakers that look like white sneakers worn by a toddler. Dirty and beat up ON PURPOSE. $500 freakin dollars!! Gah.

  71. Sarah Jane says...

    For Europe during the rainy season (and other wet/snowy locales) I swear by my Teva De La Vina lace-up boots. They can be worn with a cuff or without, and they are just nice enough that they look ok with tights and a skirt. They are nice and waterproof with rubber soles and they are super comfy. I once walked 16 miles across Paris in them. I’ll admit I’m a Teva fan girl. I wear the sandals during the summer, the boots in the winter, and the Ember moc around the house and on the plane.

    • Em says...

      I’ve been so tempted to get the Ember moc, but I’m nervous about not wearing them as often as I’m expecting to. They look so comfy though!

  72. Allyson says...

    Everlane Day Gloves! I packed three other pairs of shoes on a trip to Europe and I didn’t even touch the other ones.

    • Another vote from Everlane Day Gloves from me. I want them in every colour! Now when I wear any other flats, I notice the difference. I also love the Everlane Tread sneakers – I have them in off white, and they go with anything and can be worn all day.

  73. Kat says...

    If you want a cute heal that is super comfortable, try Fly London Yala. Believe me, you will love them!

  74. Sarah says...

    Teva Hurricane sandals for casual shorts & tees, light hiking, beach, kayaking, etc. I have an old pair of brown leather Born sandals for wearing with sundresses but still comfortable enough for walking. They have held up for years!

  75. MelTown says...

    Dr. Scroll’s makes a slip on sneaker than looks like Vans and they are the best travel shoe I’ve found. They come in tons of colors, they’re reasonably priced, they slip right off and on for airport security, most of them are machine washable, and they’re extremely comfortable. I always wear them for day (unless it’s so cold that I absolutely can’t do a sneaker), and pack a fun flat for dressier moments.

    • Kelly says...

      Second this! I love them so much I’ve already bought a second pair for when mine eventually give out!

  76. Alina says...

    I ended up buying a pair of metallic gold TOMS with jute around the sole when I was in the UK this summer after realizing I didn’t have sneakers that would look good with dresses and skirts, and I love them. Great compromise between comfort and style.

  77. Kelsey says...

    Plain black Rothy flats for any kind of climate and Blondo’s waterproof black bootie. They’re so comfortable and the waterproof aspect sends them over the top! Still looking for a good warm-weather shoe… too many make my feet sweat.

    • alexis says...

      i recently got the huaraches from nisolo that were recommended here awhile ago – i love love love them, they are cute and so comfy (but they are not waterproof like the rothys are)

  78. Sandra says...

    The Bernie Mev “Comfi” in silver…they go with everything, and are SO comfortable. I buy a new pair every year or two. I feel like I should stock up in case they ever discontinue them.

  79. Libby says...

    I’m in complete agreement about those amazing waterproof Birkenstocks. Outside of work (where I’m required to wear closed toe shoes) they’re the only shoes I’ve worn all summer. I love love love them.

    • Moni says...

      Hey, I have a question regarding the plastic birks, I love the leather ones and wear them all summer, but I’ve been hesitant to buy the plastic ones because I’m afraid they’ll give me blisters like rubbery shoes often can..

      Have you had any issues with blisters? Do you use rubber burns sans socks too?

    • Karla says...

      @Libby chiming in to say I’ve had three pairs of the eva rubber birks and they are AMAZING. Wore them all over on trips and no blisters, even first day. Best traveling shoes, especially for warm vacations. You can also rinse the off if they get dirty, or even throw them in the washer!

    • Samantha says...

      i am currently wearing my rubber birkenstocks! they are so so comfy. I haven’t had any issues with blisters with these, BUT I do find that my feet get a little more sweaty than the leather ones. i keep the rubber ones for quick errands/general every day wear, and wear leather soles when i know i’ll be doing a lot of walking

    • Y says...

      Hi Moni, I have the plastic Birks in coral and army green and wear them every where. I even wore them for a 12 hour day at Disneyland recently with zero problems and I have problem feet so that is saying something. My back didn’t even hurt at the end of the day!

  80. Kate says...

    Viscata espadrilles, for summer. Elevate any outfit and walkable for days…

    • Wendy says...

      Hi Kate – Which style of espadrilles? I visited the site and there are various styles – flat, wedge, laces, slip-ons, etc. Let me know when you have a chance. Thanks!!

  81. Franny says...

    I’m about to head off on a three month trip around Europe and have been thinking so much about shoes! My favorite travel shoes are my Blundstone boots. I wear them all year round, they’re good in the rain, snow, and whatever else kind of weather. I’ve walked 15+ miles a day in them just fine.

    • Kirsten says...

      Yes! I traveled a LOT in my 20s and remember seeing a pair of Australian girls in a hostel wearing these years before they hit the US. I tracked down a pair and they have been my no 1 travel shoe ever since.

    • Em says...

      Blundstones are the greatest!

    • Lisa says...

      I was about to write that they are my favorite shoes by far! I wear them all year round too (touring colleges in Maine in June they were perfect for the cool rainy weather:) My only pair of shoes that I wear consistently with EVERYTHING. Blundstone boots for the win!

    • Mouse says...

      Blunnies are great; just wish they came in half sizes and had a slightly cushier sole…..but they rule anyway.

  82. Tiffany says...

    Vince Blair sneakers! I’ve worn these all over Paris and London, no blisters! Also golden goose. The best

    • Peg says...

      Vince Blair sneakers are my go-to as well. They are great.

  83. Marisa says...

    Hobes (the Point, in particular)! Flat, space-saving, and SUPER comfortable (not a single blister ever, from an event producer who spends hours on her feet and has walked MILES in these) and the shiny silver + gold options make any outfit a fun one.

    • I bought a gold pair of Hobe Points for a recent trip to Texas and I can’t stop talking about them! They are so light (terrific for wearing through airports) and are terrific for those of us sick of wearing ballet flats, basically!

  84. Elizabeth George says...

    Hey, I live in vietnam, and none of the nordstrom links open. I used to live in india previously, and they used to work. I’m wondering how many countries your nordstrom links don’t work in. Says access denied and I can’t even see the pictures :( now I’m wondering which “these” are.

    • Faith says...

      The “these” hyperlink redirects to the Chuck Taylor® Low Top Sneaker on Nordstrom’s website. Hope that helps!

    • Cait says...

      I could never get Nordstrom (or Target or Sephora) links to open in Bangladesh unless I used a VPN and set my location to the US. ExpressVPN has always worked well for me overseas– hopefully it works in Vietnam, I am moving to Hanoi in October!

  85. On performance Cloud for road shoes or Cloudventure for trail. I have both and really appreciate how they feel. Also absolutely love my Allbirds, I have both the tree material and the wool have washed both and they are still going strong.
    Another pair I find really comfortable are the Rothy’s sneakers. I didn’t have much luck with their flats but do find the sneakers really comfortable right out of the box!

    • Steph says...

      I agree! On running makes amazing shoes. You do not have to be a runner… they are all great for walking.
      My new go to. They even have a waterproof version which is the pair i own. Ive worn them in downpours in nyc and my socks never got wet. Look up “on running” ladies…especially for those bound for europe.

  86. Calla says...

    Ugh I wish I could wear white sneakers with *everything* but my size 9 feet and thick calves always make me feel like a hobbit whenever I attempt the skirt and sneakers look.

    I love saltwater sandals for travel. I actually find Birkenstocks and other shoes with arch support to be pretty uncomfortable for walking around in and find my feet do better with a flat shoe.

    • Tali says...

      You can do it! Try the converse high tops or spend a Saturday exploring shops and trying on white sneakers with a skirt you wore that day. Your pair is out there! :)

    • Erin says...

      Try the Ecco Soft 7! They’re super comfy, plus the low scoop around the ankle/front of the foot is really flattering for shorter legs + bigger feet (waves in solidarity).

    • Ally says...

      Try the Keds Anchor style, too. They’re shapelier (and comfier) than the very flat-looking Converse.

  87. Em says...

    The Clarks trigenic line is amazing for long city walks. I swear by the Clarks Tri Clara (on major sale currently!), which for me needed zero break-in period and were immediately comfortable for all-day urban exploring.

    • mindi says...

      Thank you for this recommendation. I have terrible problems with my feet (fallen arches! plantar fasciitis!) and back and feel so limited in terms of shoes because I am in constant pain. These look like the perfect blend of nerd-chic and comfort that I love!

  88. Annie says...

    Isle Jacobsen Tulip shoes!

  89. Yulia says...

    I really like Nike Airs because they squish practically flat, and you can use them as exercise/activity shoes if you’re so inclined. (I am.) And the classic TOMS are great too. They’re light, they pack flat, they’re comfy.

  90. Emily says...

    They don’t make them anymore, but the original Crocs Huarache sandal is my summer shoe of choice! I complimented a woman in my teaching program on them years ago, and I was shocked when she said they were Crocs! I wore my (fourth) pair of them today and got a complimented by a stranger in Manhattan. I literally wear the soles out of mine, but I have an eBay alert for them in my size and I now have two more brand new pairs waiting in my closet. Anyway, the brown ones look like dressy sandals, match with almost everything, are super comfy, and I can wear them in the rain/at the beach since they’re waterproof!

    • The Cape on the corner says...

      Oh my god yes. The huarache flat! I have it in two colors and have two friends who bought them once they saw me wearing them. They are literally like walking on clouds and have held up great for europe travel. I am one of those people who loooove telling people they are crocs when I get compliments on them, and like you, that happens all the time!!

  91. Karina says...

    I bought the Keds Kickstart Leather Sneaker last year for my trip to Europe. They have a thick cushioning, and are super comfy, especially for someone like me who often walks 10-12 miles a day while traveling. They go with everything and I get compliments on them all of the time. My only recommendation is to wear the shoes in, because the backs of my feet definitely paid for not doing so…

  92. Faith says...

    I’ve been sitting on a Nordstrom gift card for several months, and this post convinced me to use it! Now I have a pair of white Converse headed my way, just in time for my upcoming trip to NYC. :) Thank you!

  93. Huge white sneaker fan (Vejas!)! But neither those nor Birks cut it for a recent trip to Bergen and the Lofoten Islands in Norway. We popped into a random shoe store in Bergen our first day there and as soon as I tried on these Ecco sandals (https://us.ecco.com/ecco-flowt-w-flat-sandal-273603.html?dwvar_273603_color=51323), I had to have them. Walked countless miles in them over 13 days and not a single blister or hot spot. A new must-have for traveling, and now an Ecco customer for life!

    • Sylvie says...

      Nice!

    • Sally says...

      Yes! Ecco sandals are super comfy for traveling. I have lots of issues with my feet and Ecco flats have been the only ones I wear when I travel!

  94. Valerie says...

    Allbirds loungers hands down!! Comfiest shoes ever and I always get compliments on them

  95. Cait says...

    For vacations with a lot of walking, nothing makes my feet happier than Birkenstocks. I love my Birkenstock Madrids, I think the single strap looks a little more chic… or maybe that’s just what I tell myself because they make my feet so happy. In cold weather I wear the Boston clogs, my feet look like potatoes, but my feet feel too good to care. For hikes or vacations involving watery things like kayaking, I love my Bedrock Sandals, they are much lighter than Chacos but I find them supportive and they have good traction. For flats, I have been impressed with the durability and comfort of Teiks, but they are way more expensive than they should be. They do pack very well and look cute in bright red.

  96. Ashleigh says...

    Rollie’s!!! (Search ‘Rollie Nation’ – it’s an Australian brand) They are SO LIGHT and therefore perfect travel companions both for your feet and luggage. They have a bunch of different styles and are insanely comfortable. I’ve encouraged many family and friends to get a pair – to no one’s regret!

    • Ann says...

      I love all of them and I’m a super picky shoe picker! Now to choose between all of the fabulousness! Thanks for the tip.

    • Nicole says...

      A weird question re: the plastic/rubber Birks. I LOVE mine (they’re bright blue), but I have to be careful when wearing them because they often build up static and pick up little hairs and SPLINTERS!! I have gotten splinters TWICE when wearing these out and about. (Completely serious! 🤦🏻‍♀️) Has anyone else experienced this? Any solutions?

    • Gerry says...

      I couldn’t agree more on the Rollies! Amazing!

    • Natalie W says...

      Yes! Rollies are the absolute best. They weigh less than a banana – so light and the leather is so soft. I find they have a bit of structure and are so comfortable to walk around in. I have three pairs now and love the side cut out ones. So so so good.

  97. Ingrid says...

    I love the rubber Birkenstocks. I have two pair, navy and silver. I wear them almost every day in the summer. They are SO comfortable and you never have to worry about rain or mess.

  98. Okay, I have just been thinking/researching about this a lot so I feel that it is very important that I weigh in and share my not-discussed-enough travel shoes hack: AEROSOLES. Seriously. Do not doubt me on this. I feel that the brand is associated with being less-than-fashionable, but if you are thoughtful about the color/style, I actually think you can do really well (I just bought a really cute ballet flat in a mustard yellow, and a pair of cut-away ankle boots that look just like a pair by Free People)

    Aerosoles are the holy trinity of travel shoe: affordable, VERY comfortable for miles of walking, and lots of fairly cute, non-sneaker options. (Also, I have size 11 feet and they carry that in every style, which is a big deal!)

    Years ago, when I was about to go spend a summer living in Paris right after college, I realized in a panic the day before I left that I didn’t have enough comfortable non-sneaker walking shoes, so I bought two pairs of Aerosoles right before I left. I lived in them all summer and walked miles in them every day!

    I’m particularly passionate about this because, 10 years later, I’m actually just about to take a 3-week trip to Paris (it’s my favorite place in the world! I am so excited to go back!), and I googled “best walking shoes for travel” or some variation thereof, and found tons of shoe recommendations, but none of them seemed to combine true comfort (like, I want to be able to walk miles every day in them), price, and cute non-sneaker. There were a LOT of recommendations for Tieks, and I ordered a pair to see, but they were like 2-3x the cost of a pair of Aerosoles, significantly less comfortable for walking (I mean, they’re *fine*, but not great). My (slightly cynical) opinion is that everyone on the internet is recommending them because they must have a great affiliate program. I bought my new Aerosoles on sale (tip: wait for a sale!) and got three pairs for less than ONE pair of Tieks!

    Okay, I hope that my vehement passion for Aerosoles as the top non-sneaker travel shoe has come through! :)

    • Christina says...

      Katie, you’ve found your mate! Fellow size-11’er, fellow Aerosole-lover. Do you live in Denver??? :)

    • jade says...

      I would love your feedback (I only wear a size 9 but have wide feet ) in your experience – do they run narrow?

    • Ally says...

      Geox and Naturalizer can be great for long-walk-able sandals as well.

    • Hi Jade — I think that many of sizes come in regular and wide widths!
      And oh my goodness, Christina I love it! We should trade size-11 tips! I live in LA, though :)

    • Angela says...

      Girrrrlll! Going to go get my first pair of Aerosoles based on your blessings. Tieks are meh- I own 4 pairs (due to a loving husband who doesn’t do gifts well). Now I just own 4 pairs of stinky, expensive shoes!

    • Cynthia says...

      Aerosoles are great and you can get them at DSW for a great price. The leather is so soft and the soles are flexible, also making them great for teachers. I couldn’t believe how much Tieks cost and I’ve read mixed reviews about them.

    • jet says...

      Just bought two pairs of aerosoles on sale after reading this. Thank you.

  99. Vishakha Gupta says...

    For travel, I swear by a great pair of walking boots, I bought Stuart Weizman 50/50 on major sale and Nordstrom Rack, but also like Franco Sarto for a cheaper alternative. Also love my Vejas and Rothys.

  100. Mila says...

    Vivobarefoots all day long (specifically the primus knit and magna trail, imho). So lightweight you can roll them to the size of a fist, incredibly comfortable and great for your feet. Finally no more blisters between toes and backaches :)
    Second to that, superga – not AS comfortable, but possibly a bit more versatile/stylish!

    • Maria says...

      Yes! Vivobarefoot or the Merrell vapor gloves. Zero drop shoes are the best for walking long distances.

  101. Vanshness says...

    Native shoes!
    I’m surprised no one has mentioned them yet. They’re not just great for kids. I have the Jefferson’s in white (they look like a sneaker with holes all over) and have been eyeing the cute Audrey pointed flats. They’re rubber and insanely comfortable. Have been wearing them alllll the time this summer in city and mountain situations.

    • AJ says...

      Yes! Came to the comments to shout out for Native sandals. I wore them all over France during World Cup this summer AND I can teach in them all day now that I’m back to reality. Zero break in time. Super light weight like the rubber Birks as well. I bought the Juliet Metallic in rose gold. They are flattering and look great with dresses and cropped pants. I’m all about a metallic sandal.

    • AMK says...

      Yes! I have a pair in copper glitter. Just returned from a trip filled with zoos and theme parks. They were sooo comfortable. The only problem I had was when I got the. wet. The glitter rubbed on my feet and I had a cluster of blisters (which I didn’t notice until the next day so it was all good).

  102. Becki Dodge says...

    Vans checkered slip ons and Birks are my go to day shoes and the Nisolo Huarache for a “dressy” night. They look great with a casual dress or midi skirt and tank/tee.

  103. Lori says...

    Allbirds. So comfortable. No breaking in period. Wore them all over Switzerland and Norway last summer. Lightweight, easy to pack. I wear them barefoot or with no-show (Smartwool! The best!) socks.
    Throw them in the washer and they are as good as new.

    • MK says...

      Love my allbirds!

  104. I packed three pairs of shoes for my week-long trip to Seoul, and I ended up only wearing my Vince slip-on sneakers! They’re comfortable, and neutral enough to go with everything I wore,. It was especially helpful when we were in restaurants or places where we had to take of our shoes. They were on sale at Nordstrom!

    • Lauren says...

      Yes I love my vince slip ons sooooo comfy !

  105. Alexis says...

    Vans for life! My son and I get a new pair of checkerboard slip ons as soon as he grows out of them/they get too trashed. I’ve been wearing them since high school.
    I also love Hopp Studio shoes – I have their oxfords and wedge slip ons.
    And for open toed footwear, I just bought a pair of Chacos that I love.
    I suffer from PF so I have to be super careful about the kinds of shoes I buy, otherwise I use inserts.

  106. Ann says...

    Pons! Swear by them. Not a ton of support, but soooooo comfortable.

    • Jenna says...

      They are the best! They have every color imaginable and last forever!

  107. MacleanNash says...

    I am a huge fan of Natives! They are all the rage in my city (Vancouver, BC).
    I originally bought a pair of the white Jericho for a trip I took this spring to Vietnam and Thailand. I wore them EVERYDAY – to the beach, on my motorcycle, to fancier dinners and they were perfect for every occasion. I didn’t have to wear them in and they were SO comfortable. No blisters and they didn’t stink which I thought they would because they’re not a shoe you would wear socks with. Since returning from my trip I have also bought a pair of the Audrey for the office! I get so many compliments on them and, as with the Jericho, I didn’t need to break them in! Love!

  108. Barb Goodwin says...

    Crocs and Dawgs. They are the most comfortable by far!

  109. Grace says...

    Love these! I’d love to see a post like this for winter traveling! What’re the cutest, comfiest boots?

    • Alexia says...

      I love my Dansko Minka boots. Lots of compliments, so comfy and I’m extremely picky

    • Maria says...

      LL bean or lands end duck boots. The ones lined with sherpa. Very warm, grippy, and I think they look great with leggings or jeans.

    • Stephanie says...

      I’m wondering the same thing! Have a 15 day trip to France coming up in December and need a comfortable, water resistant, shoe. Hoping to find a pair early enough to do some breaking-in this fall.

    • The Cape on the corner says...

      Crocs are still the answer! I brought a pair of crocs black boots (like winter boots that are still cute) with me to Iceland, and they were perfect. Can’t wait to take them to Scotland next spring (I’m sure I’ll need them.) Size up tho to leave room for thicker socks.

    • Jessie says...

      I have a pair of Merrells knee high boots that I LOVE. I take them all the time when I travel in the winter time and walk for miles. They’ve been to San Fran in the summer, Portland, OR in the winter, and through snow. They look cute with jeans, yoga pants, or short skirts with jeans. love love these.

    • kk says...

      J Crew Chelsea Boot. Walked all around Paris, Ghent and Amsterdam in them in the rainy fall. I bought two other pairs, and wore them straight for the 10 day trip.

  110. Lauren E. says...

    YES to white sneakers! I’ve had Supergas, Vejas, and Feiyues and worn each pair throughout Europe. They just always feel chic to me, they go with everything, and they’re super comfy.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      vejas are the cutest!! so many great color options for the “V” :)

    • Karla says...

      Vejas are chic & cute, but man…is it just me or does anyone else find them uncomfy compared to so many other shoes? I’ve worn mine multiple times and they STILL don’t feel worn in :( Much prefer Allbirds, or even Adidas knit uppers w/ ultraboost.

    • natalia says...

      Karla, i’m with you!! my Vejas are super cute and trendy but of all my white sneakers I own they are the LEAST comfortable. For a big day of walking, I prefer my Stan Smiths or my Reeboks (the classic leather ones).

    • Heather says...

      My vejas look so good… sitting on my closet floor, because in truth I just never reach for them. They are adorable and look like they’d be really comfy, but they just aren’t for me. I should give them away.

  111. Mullica says...

    For summer I almost always pack my Salt Water Sandals and I’ve been loving my Charleston Shoe Co. Monterey Sandals as well. I’m still kinda figuring out my winter travel shoe situation.

    I bought a pair of pointed Mules from *surprise* Aerosoles! Lol they did a collab with Martha Stewart and I’m loving some of their newer styles.

    I also do love my Stan Smiths overall if the weather is permitting or just some slip on black Keds.

    If I know it might rain I wear my Vessi sneakers which are 100% water-proof! My new alternative to rubber rain boots.

    • Calla says...

      Yesss saltwater sandals are the best! Although sometimes I end up accidentally matching somebody’s toddler…

  112. virginie says...

    Team “Converse” here ! I have a classic pair on white ones, and i’ve walked probably hundred of miles in them. Every day and mostly when travelling.
    They pair well with jeans, dresses, shorts whatever…comfy on a plane… i’m sold!
    And as of winter shoes (because…Canada !) I’ve bought last year a pair of blundstone boots, which have been great for long icy painful Montreal winter and a great trip to New York in colder season. reliable !

  113. Raechel M says...

    I’ve lived in my Fortress of Inca Madeline clogs through two tours of Europe this summer. They pair perfectly with casual and more formal dresses. Though a bit spendy, I’ve justified the cost per mile walked.

  114. Turtle says...

    Vans all the way, every day, no matter where I’m headed. Black or sparkly slip-ons for fancy, maroon classics or blue and white checked slip-ons for everywhere else. If it’s cold, a pair of faux shearling-lined high tops in rose suede. I’ve worn Vans from Japan to Italy to Boise and beyond and my feet stay happy all along the way. Love them.

  115. Sarah says...

    I recently traveled to Barcelona, rural southwest France, and Paris with my husband and 2 kids, and went through MONTHS of researching in order to figure out which shoes to bring (I could totally have used this post about 2 months ago…ha)! I knew I wanted to pack light–carry on only–but needed enough versatility to get me through 2 full weeks. I chose 1 sneaker, 1 pair of sandals, and 1 pair of “pool shoes.” The sneakers were the Superga Cotu in light gray (white makes me nervous and always feels too bright on me); the sandals were black Birkenstock Mayari; and the “pool shoes” were cheap Target slides meant to get wet. All worked out wonderfully, although looking back I’d probably have swapped out the 2 pairs of sandals with a single pair of rubber Birks like those listed here :)

    • YES! I totally second Korkease. I have two pairs and am looking for me.

  116. Betsy says...

    The Birkenstock’s are made out of EVA. Not sure exactly what this is, but they rock. I cannot wear the “regular” Birks. The ridge under the toe drives me insane. But I can totally wear these with ease. I have them in the silver color that I bought at Nordstrom. I saw olive green online, but none at Nordy. Just happened to go into Off Broadway Shoes, for Merrell’s for my boyfriends work. Walk right by a pair of the olive green Birks. I did a little happy dance and swooped them right up. $40 may seen pricey for “plastic” shoes. But they are fantastic. Going to snap up another pair of the silver for next summer. Going to Europe next May for my mom’s 70th, and the Birks will be my shoe of choice for sure.

    All this to say, I snapped up a pair of Sofft sandles that look like Birkenstock’s to go to Europe last year. No weird to hump and they were comfy as hell. I was going to keep them for travelling only, but ended up wearing them all summer. Literally every day. They wore out by the time it got cold. and real shoes had to go on the feet. But I really loved those sandals for their awesome comfort. Pricey, but worth it. I do love my Converse tennis shoes as well. But time for a new pair. Mine are just sad looking.

    I

  117. Lauren says...

    Love my plastic Birks and also a huge fan of the Rothy’s sneaker! They are super comfy slip-ons that are washing machine friendly. I wouldn’t call maternity leave a vacation, but my summer of new motherhood adventures has been exclusively in those two types of shoes :)

  118. Ann-Marie says...

    Original Birkenstocks! I haven’t tried the plastic version, I feel like they won’t mold to my foot the way originals do, but I see the wisdom in them if you’ll be around water a lot.
    I have Hobes too but find them far too unsupportive for walking long distances.
    In addition, any of my trusty Nikes, which I prefer to flat, heavy-soled sneakers like Converse. I think my arches may need more support than most!

  119. Katie says...

    Onitsuka Tiger’s in Gold/Gold! I’m a flight attendant and these work as a statement with any outfit, anywhere in the world and most climates. All you need to do is get new clean laces every year or 2 because the metallic doesn’t show much wear and dirt/water wipe right off. I wear them to the gym and then put them right back on for dinner with a dress. The gold is so striking they can’t be considered casual! And they weigh next to nothing. Haha I’m very passionate about these shoes.

    • Kim says...

      I had never heard of these and they are so cute! Thank you!

  120. Amanda says...

    Anything from Everlane’s “Day” line of shoes – they’re the perfect everyday and travel shoe, IMHO. I wish they still carried the Day mule – I wore mine into the ground!

    • Molly says...

      Superga no question. They are cute, comfortable and usually go with anything unless its dressy and even then they could still be cute!

  121. Shannon says...

    I can’t wait to read the comments on this post later! I’m starting to pack for a trip to Spain & Portugal (leaving next week), and I just can’t make a decision about the shoes.

    I wear flip flops (Chacos) 90% of the time in the summer, so I know those are coming. I realize they are on every list of what ‘not to wear’ in Europe, but I have to keep my feet happy. I know I can walk in them all day with no problems. The Birkenstocks actually look like a great option, but I don’t think I am brave enough to try a new pair of shoes on a trip. I will also take an athletic pair for some hikes and maybe renting bikes. Thinking about taking my Swedish Hasbeens sandals (with a heel) for a dressier option too.

    • Jenny T. says...

      The Birkenstocks are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned. I walk a ton and have never had a blister from them, even when they were new.

    • cb says...

      I am just back from Portugal and Spain and I wore Chacos (not the flip flops, but the classics in black double strap) a lot of the days with dresses and skirts and I didn’t feel out of place. I saw lots of dresses with sneakers and “subtle” sport sandals. I have been to over 50 countries, and the women in Spain and Portugal seemed more dressed up than anywhere else I have been. Men were in athleisure, but mostly skirts, dresses, wide-leg pants on the women.

    • Suzanne says...

      I just got back from Spain – ahhhhh!! You’ll have so much fun!!

      I wore Nike Cortez’ almost exclusively. Had no problem at all.

    • Abigail says...

      For Lisbon in particular, I highly recommend a pair of flat, rubber sole shoes. The city is built on a series of steep hills, and the narrow sidewalks are paved with worn down, smooth, sometime slippery cobblestones. Have a fantastic trip! You’ve picked two amazing countries to visit.

    • Katie says...

      I’ve been wondering about Chaco’s! Theres a style I really like but I wasn’t sure if they would be worth the cost.

  122. katie s. says...

    I’m another person who is obsessed with their Allbirds. My whole life, I’ve always gotten blisters on my feet when I’ve had long walking days, whether on a trip or when I was living car-free in Chicago. Allbirds are the first shoes I’ve ever had that have never given me blisters, no matter how many miles I walk under whatever conditions. I love them!

    • Sandhya says...

      Yes, but what do you do when they get wet?? They look so comfortable and I know they’re washable, but I keep thinking about walking around with wet and muddy feet.

    • AJ says...

      You guys HAVE to check out Vessi footwear. Similar look to Allbirds but waterproof with great reviews!

    • katie s. says...

      Wool is water-resistant! I haven’t worn them out splashing in big puddles, but I’ve worn them around on some rainy days at home and haven’t ever gotten my feet super soaked like they would be with canvas sneakers. Plus the sole is pretty thick which keeps you a little elevated out of the shallow puddles on sidewalks etc.

  123. Bec says...

    Can y’all do a post someday on men’s summer sandals that aren’t horrifying? (asking for my husband) Maybe Alex can help!

    • JO says...

      One of the things that surprised me most about my husband when we first started dating was his strict no-sandal policy. He thinks it’s weird when men wear sandals. So he won’t. He doesn’t own any. He wears vans and socks (usually black tube socks 🤦🏼‍♀️) to the beach. So yes, please, Johanna, for the love of cool feet, please please do a post on handsome man sandals.

    • Kathleen Keesey says...

      My husband as two different colors of the Birks that are highlighted in this article. He LOVES them for the same reason noted in the article.

    • Ramona says...

      I know right? That’s a great idea! 👣

    • Rae says...

      Yes, would love to read this post too! Anything besides flip flops, boat shoes, or chacos. What other men’s options are there?

    • Calla says...

      OMG I went to Mexico recently and my boyfriend who doesn’t own sandals bought a pair of Tevas (“the tactical kind” in his words) which he wore on the plane. With tall black socks. And a fisherman’s hat. Not a joke.

    • Nicole says...

      Calla: That is truly amazing. My father-in-law insists on wearing socks with his flip flops. It’s to the point where he buys Japanese tabi socks to accommodate this… So, could be worse?

    • Kelsey says...

      Yes! This, please!

    • Jssatx says...

      I just want to shout out to the Cup of Jo again for helping me find a community. Tevas and black socks in Mexico… I FEEL you. This is a practice my partner also picked up on a trip to Mexico that has very unfortunately made it back to the states.

    • MM says...

      These are awesome for both men and women. My husband and I wear them all summer long: https://www.curiousred.com/

    • KelseyB says...

      Yes! My husband is the same and hates sandals. He finally found Clarks Step Beat Sun for our trip this summer to Malta and loved them. Comfortable for lots of walking in high sweaty temps. We both need a heel strap so Birkenstocks or anything that slide are out for us. I’m in love with Blowfish granola sandals, for comfortable women’s sandals that have lasted me two summers and I got brown and black and wear them with everything from jeans to shorts to dresses.

    • Kirsten says...

      Oh please please this! The only sandals my husband owns are these horrible rubber shower shoes from our college that he wears everywhere but are also so horrible for his flat, flat feet. He thinks it’s too much work to find another pair. Help!

    • Y says...

      Bec, my husband has worn these Merrells for the past 10 summers, because the are closed toe, so therefore, “not sandals”. They are half sneaker half sandal. I don’t hate them. They can get wet and he can walk forever. www.https://www.merrell.com/US/en/choprock-shandal/

    • Abby says...

      Here on the west coast we all (men, women, children) live in Rainbow sandals! The classic tan leather, wide strap & double arch option make for the comfiest shoes. They’re tied with Allbirds for comfort but are much cooler for my sweaty feet!
      My husband also loves his Birkenstocks… the “Arizona”. I roll my eyes a little bit but he’s a trendy guy and it works for him!

      https://shop.nordstrom.com/brands/rainbow–3867?origin=productBrandLink

  124. When I was in NYC this summer I walked 23 miles one day… in my Allbirds! Then continued to walk and bike all weekend long, only taking a cab to/from the airport. My feet felt so happy in my Allbirds :)

  125. Lauren P. says...

    Clarks are my go-to in this case. Specifically their sandals, which I always walk-the-hell-out-of each summer :)

    I’ve also been known to rock the black skimmers Crocs makes (they’re actually not hideous!)

    • kk says...

      I rock the Crocs Sexi Flip in black and brown. I love them. They are really sexy on the foot, are minimalist and sleek. Love them. Oh, and so comfy. Everyone i know has asked about them, and then are stunned when i say they are crocs.

  126. Marcella says...

    Also re: Allbirds. Last year my boyfriend and I went to Paris and he had Allbirds and I was wearing crappy sneakers from Roxy – he was very smug the entire time while my feet hurt and he was “walking on clouds” lol. I haven’t bought a pair yet because I’m worried about wearing them without socks ?! Do they not stink after a while?? Or shrink if you wash them? Or people just wear socks? Halp

    • They don’t stink! And if they do, you can throw them in the wash (they don’t shrink). On days that I’m wearing them around A LOT, I will wear a no show sock, but I hardly ever wear a sock with them and mind are still totally fine!

    • Michelle Alcock says...

      I have two pairs of Allbirds and wear them winter and summer (Queensland, Australia not much of a winter). They are terrific. I have bought extra inner soles, as I have worn out a couple of pairs. I recommend them as walking travel shoes.

    • Emily says...

      I’m 100% an Allbirds traveler, too! I always end up traveling with cute flats, too, but never put them on because the Birds are just TOO comfy to take off, especially in a walking city.

      I do wear no show socks with them with traveling so I don’t worry as much about the odor. At home, I never wear them with socks. Just throw them in the wash every once and a while.

    • GJ says...

      Marcella – I just got a pair recently (based on similar gloating from my brother and mom) and wore them all over the UK and Ireland. I have to agree with your boyfriend, they’re a dream! I got them muddy on a hike and washed and air-dried them and they were good as new. I wore them without socks the whole trip (maybe too brave for a new-to-me shoe brand?) and the shoes never stank!

      I’m a huge fan now!

    • Callie says...

      They are awesome without socks but got a little stinky for me. I wear mine exclusively with Smart Wool no-show socks. Match made in heaven.

    • Ingrid says...

      I love my Allbirds. I wear them without socks and they don’t stink.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, love allbirds too! comfiest shoes on the planet.

    • Kelly says...

      I just wore mine on a three week trip to Europe and wore them every day. I wore them with no show socks that had a heel grip, and felt more comfortable in them that way. (I wore the shoes one afternoon for a long walk on a warn day before I left *without* socks, and I started to get a hint of a blister and my feet were “linty”).

      I’m a huge fan of Allbirds now – they were the perfect shoe for being on my feet all day when worn with the no show socks.

      These were the socks I wore:
      https://amzn.to/2Zl6hwV

    • G says...

      Hey Marcella, I’ve worn my wool all birds for 3 years, sometimes for 27 hour work shifts. I have had to wash them once. :) Personally I love them

    • katie says...

      Allbirds saved me on a trip to Disney last spring with the nieces and nephew. They were the only shoe I could wear all day that didn’t bother my bunions. They have some new colors and I need to buy an appropriate pair for my upcoming Kenya/Tanzania trip. My current oatmeal colored pair will look dirty within the first day of Africa.

  127. Jill Petri says...

    On my most recent trip to Italy — Cinque Terre and Venice and a lot of walking! — I packed my Converse, a pair of sandals from Greece and my Adidas Edge Lux 3 shoes. That was it. I wore my sandals most frequently in Venice. They were fantastic. I wore the Adidas on the plane and the hiking in Cinque Terre — lightweight and comfortable.

  128. Abesha1 says...

    Soft Star Shoes’ ballerines, with an added shearling insole!!! (Note: these are barefoot shoes and are not going to be loved by everyone. if you’ve never worn barefoot shoes before, you will definitely need to do some reading about them before trying, and do some wearing before traveling with them. Buy a size up.) That said, I’ve been wearing mine for years and they go everywhere I do! Handmade to order in Oregon, from sustainable materials, with zero drop soles.

    • Heather says...

      SoftStar are the shoes I recommend the most. I found them b/c I was searching for barefoot-like shoes for my kids when they were learning to walk. I ordered a pair of ballerinas for myself and they are the most-worn shoes of my life. One afternoon I was late taking my son to swim practice and had forgotten my keys to get the swim bag and had to run 4 blocks – a full tilt sprint – and it was raining. I made this dash through puddles in my softstars, which I’d forgotten I even had on they are that comfortable. Wiped off the puddle water, and they looked exactly the same. Best shoes I’ve ever bought. Want them in every color.

  129. Anna says...

    The Ibiza leather sneaker from Soludos. I like that they’re off-white so if they get a little scruffy, they still look good. They’re pretty steep at $129 a pair, but I’ve worn the same pair almost everyday for two years and I still love them. I think the leather makes the shoe really sturdy (I’ve walked miles and miles in them) and just gets softer and more comfy over time. Love.

  130. Jenny T. says...

    I’ve been wearing my plastic Birkenstocks, which I call my Birkencrocs, nonstop all summer. They are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned– it’s like I’m wearing marshmallows. And so easy to keep clean, which is a first for this gardening/ dog-walking/ preschooler chasing mom.

    My four-year old asked if I wanted to be buried in them when I die. I said, “Definitely.”

    • Kenzie Randall says...

      Birkencrocks! So good 😂 I wore mine every day this summer they are THE COMFIEST (& I am soooo picky about shoes!)

  131. Renee says...

    Hobes are amazing! Super light weight and extremely comfy.

  132. Kathy says...

    Recently walked around Amsterdam for a week in a pair of Allbirds. They were so comfortable and stylish enough that I felt like I could wear them everyday.

    • Alice says...

      Amsterdam is such a beautiful city to walk round, lucky you!

  133. I love Hobes boat shoes! I’ve walked miles and miles with them and they’ve never hurt my feet. And they’re so lightweight and pack so small! I have Dove suede ones which go with everything, and the gold ones that make any outfit pop and always get compliments!

    • Savannah says...

      Yes! I love my gold Hobes. And with two girls it’s nice to find a shoe that will match little girls gold flats!

  134. Katrina says...

    SeaVees Huntingtons are my favorite shoes for the late summer/fall/winter! Perfect for crop jeans because your ankles don’t get cold.

  135. Olivia says...

    On the topic of converse, is there a general consensus on how to keep white canvas sneakers sparkling – especially the sole? Or is the answer to throw them away and buy new ones?

    • Magic Erasers!

    • Heidi says...

      I throw them in the washing machine!

    • Lauren E. says...

      TBH after Golden Goose sneakers became trendy, I embraced my scruffy white sneakers.

    • Olivia says...

      Update: OMG magic erasers!! Thank you, fellow reader! My soles look good as new :) now for the canvas.. (didn’t seem to work on that part unless I’m doing it wrong). I’m thinking dilute bleach + sunlight. They’re Sperry white sneakers with a leather lace.

    • SO glad the magic eraser worked! Let me know what you find for the canvas part. I’m always afraid to get my kids white converse (we typically go red) because of this issue!

    • Eléonore says...

      For the white canvas, try a small amount of Marseille soap if you can find one (solid works better, or Castile, Alep soap) on a wet microfibre cloath and rub the stains gently (add a pich of baking soda to the water for deep stains or a whitening effect). Rub with a wet cloth again to get rid of the soap, let it dry and voilà! The microfibre cloath + soap combo works magic for me, on the sole too ;)

  136. Vicki says...

    I second the Birks – the original kind – I just got back from a three-week cross country trip with our boys and I wore them every day we weren’t doing a hike – so comfy and cool (meaning temperature, but also I like the look) We logged so many steps exploring new towns and hanging with family and friends and no blisters or achy feet!

  137. Heidi says...

    Hobes! All day long, Hobes. They weigh nothing, match with everything from jeans to dresses and you can even stash them in your purse.

  138. G says...

    ECCO’s Soft 7 sneakers are my go-to for everyday wear and travel alike — they’re incredibly light, so much so that I can’t go back to trendy sneakers like Stan Smiths, which feel like lead in comparison. And they’re so comfy!

  139. LK says...

    Superga!

  140. Kari says...

    Yes to Converse! I like to buy mine a half size or so too big just to make sure there’s room for insoles!

  141. I love keds! I’m not sure why but I find converse to be bulky on size 6 feet :/

    If it’s the right season though I always love a good knew high boot:
    – goes with skirts, dresses, jeans and leggings
    – looks put together
    – you can wear your comfiest, warmest, ugliest socks and no one is the wiser

    • Knee high boot – autocorrect (sigh)

  142. LS says...

    Toms are my go-to since they’re versatile and extremely comfortable. I actually just ordered a pair of their sandals for an upcoming trip. (I’ve never had their sandals before, hopefully they’re just as comfy as the canvas shoes.)

  143. Nicole Brant says...

    I can’t believe you forgot to mention Allbirds! There is no better shoe for travel. So lightweight and comfortable straight out of the box. No breaking in period necessary. I got a brand new pair for a trip to Paris (i.e. lots of walking) and wore them the entire trip with nary a blister or sore feet. I can’t praise them highly enough.
    P.S. I have those Birkenstocks and the only thing that bugs me about them is they rub my foot raw in a few places so I have to use a bandaid. However, I live in my regular Birkenstocks.

    • P. says...

      I have the same problem with the rubber-like Birkenstocks. My regular Birks are great, but the rubber ones rub my feet raw to the point that I wouldn’t travel with them.

  144. Erin says...

    Toms are my fave travel shoes! Can dress up/dress down, so light and packable. Plus comfy for walking ;)

    • Kathy says...

      Concurred. Every trip I reach for them first.

  145. celeste says...

    Birkenstocks, Converse and Vans are very hot with the middle- and high-school set now too (makes a great back to school gift).

    I guess I just love running shoes and ballet flats on vacay!

  146. Janna says...

    Ilse Jacobsen Tulips are my go-to travel shoe. I walked about 8 miles a day in Paris and never got a blister. They are comfortable and stylish–the ultimate compliment was a Parisian woman complimenting them when I was in a boutique. I felt très chic!

  147. Wendy says...

    I wear All Birds everywhere! They are like walking on clouds. I run a wellness center, so I’m on my feet all day. These are the only things that don’t leave my feet achy after a day of work. But they’re so adorable, I also pair them with dresses and jeans. You don’t even need to wear socks with them! I am also a big fan of Teva sandals in the summer!

    • G says...

      This! I bought mine during residency training and never looked back. I can wander the streets for hours or work a super long shift and not feel sore. Only downside is the wool shoes don’t do so hot in wet weather.

  148. Megan says...

    Joanna, Do you actually add that specific insole to your converse? I love mine but never pack them for trips that require a lot walking because I need more arch support and my current insoles/orthodics don’t fit in my converse.

    • Nicole Brant says...

      A doctor told me once that Converse are horrible for your feet and back and offer no support.

    • Amanda says...

      I have a pair of Birkenstock insoles that are like a half insole (they end just before the pad of your foot in front) and I can slip them into practically any lace up shoe. I have regular orthotics as well, but these are a great back-up and SAVED my feet on my trip to DC recently. You can get them on Zappos!