Picking the right shoes for traveling can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be! Keep these four things in mind when you pack and you’ll be ready in no time!

  • Balance comfort with fashion (but lean more towards comfort)
  • Versatility is king
  • Pack for your destination
  • Plan for the worst (and always bring one pair of waterproof shoes)


WALKING | Traveling means standing and walking. Your primary travel shoes should be lightweight and supportive, allowing you to stand for hours or walk all day.

SOCKS | When traveling, the right pair of socks is as important as the pair of shoes you wear. Invest in a few high quality pairs of socks, they will help prevent blisters and will add some cushion to your step.

BREAK THEM IN | It can save your feet a lot of pain to break in your shoes well in advance of your planned trip. It's best to wear your shoes around for a few weeks before you take off to prevent any dreaded vacation blisters.

WATERPROOF | There’s nothing worse than wet feet in wet socks in wet shoes. Pack for the worst and bring one pair of waterproof shoes. You’ll be glad you did. Here are a few of our favorite waterproof travel boots.


CLASSICS | Invest in high-quality travel shoes in classic designs that you can pair with various outfits. These will also outlive trends and you will be wearing them on trips for years to come! 

MATCH YOUR DESTINATION | It seems like common sense, but you must match your shoes to when and where you’ll be traveling to. For example, a pair of heels aren't appropriate for the beaches of Costa Rica and pair of hiking boots are overkill for exploring the streets of Paris.

VERSATILITY | The best travel shoes and boots are versatile. Travel shoes need to work with skirts and jeans, and be neutral enough to match multiple outfits.


ATHLIESURE | Sneakers may not be appropriate for 24/7 wear (even the cute ones) but trendy athliesure shoes are great for walking around in. Afraid of looking like a "typical American tourist" in big running shoes? Try these picks from Asics, and Superga.  

BIRKENSTOCKS | Birkenstocks aren’t just for hippies. Besides being comfortable and easy to walk in, Birkenstocks are on fashion's elite everywhere. The key to wearing Birkenstocks is making sure the rest of your outfit is streamlined and chic. 

Try a streamlined sneaker like the Superga 2750 Metrcroc, perfect with shorts, skinny jeans and even a skirt. 

The Birkenstock Arizona Papillio's contoured natural cork footbed will mold to the shape of your foot.

DRESSY | Simple chic slides are a comfortable way to walk to a fashionably late dinner. Get the height of pumps with a pair of Platform sandals like these from Dansko.

NEUTRALS | For a summer neutral that goes with everything we love metallics, blacks, taupes and soft pastels.

Any of Beautifeel's pumps will take you on a comfortable walk to a dressy dinner.

The Naot Kayla comes in a myriad of colors and its three-strap sandal gives it extra stability.