While shoes may seem like just another thing to pack, putting a little more thought into what your feet have to wear for the next week or two will always pay off tenfold.
We’re not saying you need to spend hours deliberating over footwear (we did that part for you!). The point is to find—and break in—the right pair of travel shoes beforehand. That way, on your trip, you won’t have to care about shoes at all.
Many cities are designed for pedestrian exploration, and with the right footwear, you’ll find it easy to cover upwards of 10 miles a day. Even if you’re not walking much, it’s likely you’ll still be spending far more time on your feet than you do during a regular work week.
The best shoes for travel are built to fit well and last long, which means they can be more expensive. (Just think about why backpackers are willing to invest in the best hiking boots and shoes they can find.) But that doesn’t mean an affordable pair won't work well for you. It’s all about what feels most comfortable.
And with that in mind, practicality doesn’t necessarily mean you need to sacrifice style. There are, in fact, comfortable walking shoes that won’t leave you wanting to crop your vacation photos from ankles up. On top of that, travel shoes need to match—or at least not blatantly clash with—what you’re wearing throughout the trip. So versatility is also key when you’re seeking out the right pair.
Looking for women’s travel shoes? Check out our most comfortable shoe picks here.