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Put Your Best Foot Forward with These Top Travel Shoes

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Hi, I’m Anna Marie. I’m a wife, mother, Irish dancer, and pug mom living in North Carolina. I also love to travel. Come along for the ride! If you see something you like, don’t be afraid to say, ‘Pull over and let me out.’

Okay, you’re all packed for the big vacation except for one small detail. What shoes do you bring?  It’s not easy finding the best travel shoes for the journey. Let’s face it, locating shoes that provide comfort and support that can take you from daytime walking tours to dinner and an evening out isn’t easy. I assure you, I’m guilty of overpacking when it comes to shoes. I’ve often returned home with at least one pair I never wore the entire trip. That’s why I’ve always taken an interest in uncovering the best shoes for the itinerary. With the help of a couple of fellow travel bloggers, I’ve put together a look at some of today’s top travel shoes. 

Ankle Boots

I’ve long been a fan of ankle boots. They’re comfortable, easy to slip on, and if your pants are long enough, you won’t have to worry if your socks match. Ankle boots are also very stylish and make a great “it” shoe. What’s an “it” shoe. It’s a shoe that can do it all – from daytime to casual evenings too, “it” works!

This is the Carlos by Carlos Santana Women’s Brie Ankle Bootie 

Sturdy, rugged, and stylish – these lace-up leather Barbary Boots by Chaco are great for outdoor and urban adventures. Adding to their appeal, the boots are also waterproof. 

Traveling to a damp climate? Arrive prepared for the elements with a cute pair of smiry Women’s Short Rain Boots. Crafted from lightweight waterproof PVC material, not only are these boots eye-catching, they’re practical as well.


Not every trip requires sandals, but if you do find yourself on a journey to a warm climate, finding a good pair of sandals is key. Sarah of Obligatory Traveler swears by her sandals by Keen.

The rubber sole and secure fit makes these sandals fantastic for outdoor adventure and walking. They also offer arch support and are super comfy.

Another best seller is the Viakix Walking Sandals for Women. Comfortable and vacation-ready, these sandals are stylish and lightweight. Not only easy to pack into your suitcase, but this pair of sandals can double as a water shoe thanks to the quick-drying material.

If you’re looking for something a little dressier but still comfortable for walking, Floopi for Women is a chic choice. These elegant sandals feature a sleek strappy design and offer memory foam for enhanced comfort. 

Best White Sneakers

A great pair of white sneakers can be a cornerstone of your travel shoes wardrobe. Whether you’re wearing blue jeans, shorts, or a cute sundress, a pair of white sneakers is extremely versatile and can be used for a variety of looks.

A classic sneaker is the Adidas Stan Smith 325 Trainers. Made with genuine leather and a synthetic sole, these shoes are timeless and long-lasting. 

Blog reader Mandy tells us about one of her favorite looks – Lugz Women’s Clipper. This slip-on sneaker is a modern style that offers comfort and is reasonably priced.

Keds Sneakers are a winning choice for staying in style while focusing on function. The traditional canvas sneakers are perfect for packing lightly and go anywhere. Besides, you’ve known the Keds name since you were a kid!

Packing cubes work great for keeping shoes separated from clothes and thus help clothes stay clean inside your suitcase.

Flats for Women

A good pair of flats is the utility player in any suitcase. Vicky from Buddy The Traveling Monkey tells me her favorite flat is Tom’s. She loves their comfortable soles and casual look. She also loves the philanthropic aspect of Tom’s. For every one pair of Tom’s shoes you purchase, they’ll give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. Shoes with a purpose!

Similar to Tom’s there’s Bob’s Plush Peace and Love. Made with a synthetic sole, this flat shoe features a memory foam footbed. I have these and it’s seriously like walking on a cloud. The memory foam helps absorb the shock of walking on concrete and other hard surfaces.

Also with a mind towards altruism, Bob’s from Sketchers will make a donation to Petco Foundation to help shelter animals nationwide with each purchase.

A classic round toe ballerina flat is the consummate travel shoe. This one by Shoe 18 comes in a variety of colors and fabrics and best of all it’s affordably priced. Simple and classy!

For a classic look, there’s the Artisure Classic Genuine Penny Loafers Driving Mocassins. This pair of shoes features breathable leather and a cushioned insole. The laid-back slip-on design provides a casual look that can be dressed up too.

Foldable Flats

How cool are these flats? If you’re living the carry-on lifestyle, foldable flats are the perfect shoes for packing light. Easy to slip on and super comfortable, these shoes come with a matching zipper pouch making them completely portable. They also come in many colors and they’re inexpensive.

Hiking Shoes

Another favorite of Sarah’s from Obligatory Traveler is the Merrell Waterproof Hiking Shoe. These hiking shoes are both lightweight and waterproof. They’re also constructed well and offer comfort and support whether hiking or just walking and keep feet warm on cool hikes and cool on warm hikes. 

Merrell Women’s Moab 2 Waterproof Hiking Shoe

Looking for a minimalist hiking shoe? The Joomra Women’s Minimalist Trail Running Barefoot Shoes is a popular choice. Its rubber sole and lightweight durability are suitable for a variety of terrains. Removable insoles furnish extra support. 

Not exactly a hiking shoe but it’s what I use. The Brooks Women’s Ghost 10 Running Shoe is my go-to choice.

Although it’s a running shoe, it’s perfect for light hiking as well as walking and jogging. Highly cushioned and constructed of lightweight synthetic breathable fabric, Brooks Ghost 10 is extremely comfortable and they don’t make my feet hot. These shoes have a great feel and have never let me down.

Shoes with Arch Support

As an Irish dancer, I truly appreciate a shoe that gives extra support. Dansko is a company famous for shoes that provide the ultimate in foot support.

Their Kristen Flat is a best-selling shoe that’s ideal for traveling. The removable EVA footbed with Dansko Natural Arch technology and Memory foam cushioning keep walkers going for miles. Thus, these are the perfect shoe for keeping travelers moving to their next destination.

Vionic Women’s Honor Virginia Loafer features a concealed orthotic arch support and a footbed designed by a podiatrist. They’re also a fashionable shoe. Made of leather, the cute moccasin has a sturdy rubber sole and looks great with slacks, jeans or a skirt. Comfort and versatility make this a favorite travel shoe.

Not a shoe, but a unique way to add arch support to your footwear. These 3D Padded Women’s No Show Nylon Socks cushion the arch invisibly. Made of breathable nylon they come two in a package and are machine washable.

Your Top Travel Shoes

While booking tickets, creating an itinerary, and researching a destination is important, packing for the journey is equally significant. It’s especially crucial to bring proper footwear to assure you’ll be comfortable while you’re enjoying your trip. And with so many varieties and choices, it would seem to find the top travel shoes is a never-ending quest. But isn’t that what makes the search fun?

These are just a few ideas and favorites to assist you with your packing. Tell me in the comments below, what travel shoes have you fallen in love with?

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