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The 12 Best Travel Shoes for Women (Don’t Sacrifice Comfort or Style!)

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The Best Travel Shoes for Women

Blending Style and Comfort!

Whenever I travel, I want to have the freedom to explore as much as possible on foot but I also don’t want to look like a backpacker! I’m definitely the kind of traveler who over-stuffs the itinerary to see as much as possible and have gotten blood blisters and tired heels from wearing stylish shoes with little support.

Over time, I’ve gradually looked for walking shoes that come in breathable fabric, have arch support and are stylish enough for photos! Below is a summary of the best women’s shoes that blend comfort and style after years of traveling.

If you’ve ever wanted to be able to go from sightseeing to a nice dinner without worrying whether your shoes are “dinner room” appropriate, this travel shoes list is for you!

 

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How to Pack Shoes for Travel


I always pack shoes in my luggage in either a shoe dust bag or a plastic / canvas bag. Shoes are worn in puddles, dirty streets and all over the place so I never want the soles to touch my clothes! I individually wrap each pair of shoes with the tops facing each other, soles out.

I recommend picking out your shoes first (before clothes and everything else) and laying them in the very bottom of your luggage. Try to pack the shoes close to the bottom of the suitcase, near the luggage wheels. Generally I don’t mind if sneakers or flip flops get crunched in transit as I prefer my clothes to be as wrinkle free as possible.

If you have a sandwich-construction suitcase, I keep shoes on the zippered off side with my toiletries and then clothes on the other half. You can read more about my recommendations for best carry on luggage here.

 

best-travel-shoes-for-women-comfortable-and-stylishI generally pack 3 types of shoes when I travel:

  1. An easy slip on pair of flip flops / sandals (for the beach or shower)
  2. A pair of sneakers (for working out or all-day walking tours)
  3. A stylish but comfortable pair of flats or moccasins (for dinner and more casual days)

I am admittedly an over packer so… sometimes I pack multiple pairs of shoes from the 3 categories. The upside is I’ve tried and tested many different shoe brands over the years! I’ve organized my list of the best walking shoe options according to the 3 categories above.


Best Travel Shoes – Flip Flops & Sandals


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Toms Zoe Sandals

I wore the classic Toms pair for my trip to Japan and they held up really well. It took about a day to break them in first but after, the soft fabric stretches to your feet. The footbed has surprisingly more support than you’d expect with a cushy interior.

The only downside is that Toms are made of cloth and they can start to smell after extended use. I love this sandal pair – which has all the comfort but is a sandal shape and will let your feet breathe.

 

Sold on Amazon for under $100

Check the latest reviews and see all color options here.


 

Soludos Classic Sandal Flat

 

Soludos has captured the market for cute and affordable summer sandals and espadrilles. I love the classic stripe prints they have and the quirky emoji flats. These are quite comfortable but not meant for all day walking, so I save them for more leisurely days. They look equally great with a sundress or shorts!

Quality wise, they’re quite similar to Toms shoes. Every season they have new colors and fun shapes that make me want to get a new pair!

 

Sold on Amazon, Nordstrom and Zappos for under $150.

Check the latest reviews and see all color options here.

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Plaka Summer Sandals

 

Plaka sandals are hand-made rope sandals. I love the design of the ropes and these work particularly well if you have wide or narrow feet, as the ropes are adjustable. They come with a cotton bag for storage and are super comfortable.

The rope is made of polyester while the soles are rubber. I think they’re both simple enough to wear everyday yet dressier than a basic flip flop so they’re versatile for travel! I like the black rope option but there are colorful options too. Best of all? They’re extremely affordable!

 

Sold on Amazon for under $50

Check the latest reviews and see all color options here.


 

Blowfish Granola Fisherman Sandal

 

These sandals are incredibly comfortable. The straps hit at just the right part of the feet so that if you have narrow or wide feet or even bunions, your toes won’t feel smashed at all and can sit comfortably. I like the criss cross detail to dress up the basic sandal and you can adjust the shoe with the buckle near the heel.

The footbed is molded for your feet as well. Perhaps the only downside is that the shoe is made of synthetic leather but they’re more affordable because of it.

 

Sold at Amazon for under $100

Check the latest reviews and see all color options here.

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Best Travel Shoes – Sneakers


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Adidas Ultra Boost

 

I absolutely love the Ultra Boost line. They come in a whole range of colors and styles and are perfect for working out and walking around on vacation. I love the ankle sock style and how lightweight the knit shoe is.

If you want a traditional sneaker but in a chic, modern version the Adidas Ultra Boost is perfect. I love the light pink and neutral shades they offer and the thick white sole provides good support for a full day of sightseeing.

 

Sold on Amazon and Asos for ~$130

Check the latest reviews and see all color options here.


 

Cole Haan Grandpro Tennis Sneaker

 

I love how retro these look! They come in neutral classic colors and also a huge range of pastel colors if you want something girlier. Personally, I love the Gray Nubuck shade.

The Cole Haan sneakers are shockingly lightweight and flexible and overall, the foot bed has tons of cushion and support which is perfect for travel! I hate shoes that slip and slide but the heel and forefoot of these have rubber pods for great traction.

Other Cole Haan options that are good for travel: oxford wing tip sneakers and ballet flat.

 

Sold on Amazon, Nordstrom and Zappos for under $150.

Check the latest reviews and see all color options here.

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Skechers City Scene

The first time my mom called me to let me know she bought a pair of Skechers sneakers for our trip to Spain, I thought she was indulging in typical ‘mom fashion’. Fast forward to our trip to Spain and my sneakers were pinching and too tight.. guess what, I ended up ‘borrowing’ her Skechers for the rest of the trip!

Skechers Walking Shoe Review: I love their flat sneaker ‘Microburst’ shoe for light walking and City Scene shoe for full-on sneakers. They’re a stylish, affordable alternative to the Adidas Ultra Boosts and quite light weight!

 

Sold on Amazon for under $100

Check the latest reviews and see all color options here.


 

UGG Sammy Sneaker

If I could live in UGG shoes permanently, I would. As it is, I already wear the moccasin slip ons for my commute to work and even inside the office. My coworkers made fun of me for an entire year but come December, they admitted they ordered them for Christmas – ha!

UGG Sammy Review: For spring and summer travel, I’m a huge fan of these comfy slip on sneakers. The uppers are made from a breathable knit fabric and come in a host of fun colors. I also like these slides and these espadrille type sandals. Essentially, UGG has expanded into sneakers, flats and flip flops and the entire line is made with orthopedic-friendly cushioned soles!

 

Sold at Amazon, Nordstrom and rel=”nofollow”Zappos for ~ $110

Check the latest reviews and see all color options here.

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Best Travel Shoes – Flats & Moccasins


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Clarks Ballet Pump

 

I love the classic look of these Clarks ballet pumps. They do have a very small 1″ heel and might not be the best fit for cobblestone street – but they’re perfect for a leisurely day of sightseeing and a nice dinner out.

Clarks is a go to for comfortable walking shoes and these ballet pumps have the same classic cushioned foot bed. Also available in black and a pretty blue-grey stingray print!

 

Sold on Nordstrom for ~$110

Check the latest reviews and see all color options here.


 

Dr Scholl’s Vienna Slip On

 

I swear by Dr. Scholl inserts so when I found out they have a shoe line, I was over the moon! In particular, I like the Vienna style which fully covers your foot in a sleek neutral style. The uppers are made of 100% leather and the foot bed is cushioned with Memory Fit foam.

 

Sold on Amazon for under $100

Check the latest reviews and see all color options here.

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M. Gemi Moccasins

 

I’m a huge fan of M. Gemi for their luxurious, Italian made shoes and accessible price points. They have a variety of moccasin shoe options each season – all of which are made from buttery soft leather and mold perfectly to your feet. The best part is the huge range of colors they offer – everything from neutrals to pastels to fun bright colors for summer.

M.Gemi Review: The signature Felize driving moccasins are high quality, sewn by hand in Tuscany and offered in suede uppers. If you want a more low-maintenance leather, check out the Pastoso shoe which comes in soft leather.

 

Sold on M. Gemi for between $150 – 250.

My readers can get $40 off their pair of M.Gemi! See all style and color options here.


 

Puma Polka Dot Ballet Flat

Flats are a great must have shoe for travel but often the soles are too thin to support long walking tours or sightseeing. These puma ballet flats have extra cushioning in the footbed for comfort so that they feel as comfortable as sneakers would.

Meanwhile, the upper portion of the flat is made of a collapsible suede material, so it bends and folds easily. The Puma flat doesn’t take up much space in the luggage and is flexible enough to maintain it’s shape without being crushed. A bonus: it comes with its own dust bag! Note: because of the elastic rim, I would recommend sizing 1/2 – 1 size up, but they do stretch a bit with wear.

Sold on Amazon for under $50

Check the latest reviews and see all color options here.

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The Best Travel Shoes for Women – Summary Comparison Chart


To summarize, here’s a handy chart for comfortable travel shoes that don’t break the bank and are still stylish. I’ve grouped the walking friendly shoes by type. Let me know if I’ve missed your favorite and I’ll check them out!

No.ShoeTypePrice
1Toms Zoe SandalsSandal$$ – check it out on Amazon
2Soludos Classic Sandal FlatSandal$ – check it out on Amazon
3Plaka Summer SandalsSandal$ – check it out on Amazon
4Blowfish Granola Fisherman SandalSandal$ – check it out on Amazon
5Adidas Ultra BoostSneaker$$$ – check it out on Amazon
6Cole Haan GrandproSneaker$$$ – check it out on Amazon
7Skechers City SceneSneaker$$ – check it out on Amazon
8UGG Sammy SneakerSneaker$$$ – check it out on Amazon
9Clarks Ballet PumpFlats$$$ – check it out on Amazon
10Dr Scholl’s Vienna Slip OnFlats$$ – check it out on Amazon
11M.Gemi MoccasinFlats$$$$ – check it out on Amazon
12Puma Polka Dot Ballet FlatFlats$$ – check it out on Amazon

 

Price Table: $ <$50; $$ – $51-100; $$$ – $101-150; $$$$ – $150+

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JoyceApril 4, 2017 - 11:14 am

What a perfect post! I’m constantly on the lookout for cute and comfy shoes! I really love the adidas ultraboost and the dr scholls slip on is such a cool find too!

KristaApril 11, 2017 - 12:45 am

Yes!! This is the post I needed. I think I might pick up a pair of Soludos. xoxo

SherApril 11, 2017 - 6:11 pm

So glad you liked it! I love Soludos :)

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