When it comes to travel, nothing says “prepared” like the correct pair of shoes. Long days of walking mean you’re going to want to pack shoes that offer support—without skimping on style, of course. Our fashion experts survey all the latest designs, compile enticing galleries of shoes for men and women, and help you choose the right pair—all you have to do is put them on, go off, and explore.
As with beachwear or casual travel attire, the key to travel-friendly men and women’s shoes is versatility. Whether you’re in trendy Adidas sneakers or foam-and-gel-padded leather sandals, you’ll want to find shoes that inspire your next trip, rather than hinder it. Loafers? Stilettos? Sturdy all-weather boots? We’ve got enough options for every type of trip and terrain.
Need shoe inspiration? Our style galleries are a bottomless resource for style-conscious footwear, whether you’re hiking through the Rockies or seeking the perfect ballerina flats or suede espadrilles for strolling down Rio’s Copacabana.
On the hunt for a memento you can actually put to use? Our globe-trotting writers visit celebrated and under-the-radar shops selling quality men’s shoes and women’s boots and shoes, and then report on the very best of their findings. Always with an eye for freshness and durability, we track down independent shoe makers whose entire craft is dedicated to the art of shoemaking. (Just don’t expect same-day delivery: hand-made shoes can take weeks or months to complete, but trust us, they’re worth the wait.)
At Travel + Leisure, we team up with local shoppers well-versed in the pursuit for the perfect shoe. From Shanghai’s talented cobblers to high-end boutiques in Paris to an innovative “modular” shoe only available online, our men and women’s shoes represent the very best of their destination.