See the sneakers, sandals, and hiking shoes that have stood up to years of exploring.
Think about how many steps you take during your normal routine: a few to the car, a few to the office, and maybe many more to work in your daily fitness session. But while traveling? The majority of your days are likely spent on foot as you hunt for the best cannoli in town, wind your way through the local nature trails, or sprint to make the last bus back to where you’re staying just outside of the city center.
You’ll need reliable travel shoes to get you through all of that exploring sans aching feet. The trouble in finding the perfect pair, though, is that it’s often an experience of trial and error. Do these give you blisters on the heel? Are these comfortable enough for an all-day walking tour? Is this heel too high? Will this pair make it through an unexpected mid-day rainfall?
Luckily, you don’t have to waste time breaking in potential pairs, since these full-time travelers have busted open their suitcases to reveal the shoes they’ve walked 500 miles in — quite literally. From the casual slip-ons that are great for European country-hopping to the hiking boots that won’t weigh you down, here are the recommended pairs of 11 nomadic experts.