Best Walking Shoes for Travel: 2010
Footloose and fancy-free is not so easy when you're wearing the wrong shoes. What are the best travel shoes for women and men, and why?
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Hi my fellow travel walkers! I wear a size 13 shoe. I find it easier to stick with my very comfortable Nike tennis walking shoes from my favorite sporting store. They work great! Looking for big, comfy travel shoes is an event. Happy Travels!
California, USA Sat 12/25/2010
Travel Shoes for Big Feet
I wear a size 11 shoe. Clarks are available for big feet, and very well cushioned for travel walking. They also come in a variety of styles, colors and are nice looking shoes to work for all travel occasions. Clarks are for me! Happy feet!
Moobile, AL, USA Sun 12/12/2010
Best travel shoes....MBT!
We were in Germany 5 weeks in 2008 and this year 9 weeks. Again I took my MBT' and I wore them daily...even walking ~ 10 miles daily. I never complained about my feet. In fact I forgot about my feet as they were never an issue. Then we went to Vienna and I thought my Mephistos would be better for the Opera House, so I just took this one pair of shoes. After the first day walking around Vienna, my feet were burning... and sore at night. I regretted not taking the MBT's! After we returned and changed to my MBT's, I had no more foot problems.\ even after walking miles ervery day.... I continue to be convinced these are the best travel shoes....and next time....only take my MBT's!
Columbia,, SC USA Fri 12/03/2010
I got a pair of Rockport walking shoes. A marvel for my feet while travel walking.
Burbank, CA USA Sun 11/21/2010
Sperry Topsider is the best.
Canada Thu 11/11/2010
No blisters, no problems
Three weeks in Italy, 6-10 miles per day, and no problems with shoes/feet, which I attribute to insoles we bought from The Walking Company. Best $70 I ever spent. They are interchangable, so I moved them between my Ecco walking shoes and my Keen maryjanes. Had a blister start to form on the ball of one foot, but used moleskin to cushion and never missed a beat. My husband had the same experience with the insoles and moleskin, but his favorite shoes were a pair of Clarks. No heel blisters ever. Shoes were broken in by several 4-6 mile walks at home before travel.
Portland, OR USA Tue 11/09/2010
I bought "fake" converse-style shoes from Marks Work Wearhouse. I then removed the insoles and replaced them with Dr. Scholl's athletic insoles. Happy feet for one month of stomping through Provence!
Toronto, Canada Sun 11/07/2010
SAS Shoes - the BEST ever!
I have terribly sensitive feet. When preparing for our European honeymoon, my husband and I aquired new hiking boots from REI. I wore my new pair of boots for about 6 months prior to our trip so I could break them in and didn't have a problem. But a few days into our honeymoon I started to have the worst cramps in my arches. I realized that the insoles in my boots were too high for my foot and had to resort to the flip flops I'd brought to use in icky showers. My husband's aunt apparently had similar foot troubles in her early 20s too (I'm only 25 - you'd think it wouldn't be so bad). She recommended I buy a pair of SAS shoues. I now have three pairs and all are light, comfortable, and do not cause blisters. Also, SAS allows you to buy replacement insoles - so I slipped an older insole into my hiking boots. Now I can actually wear my boots when my husband drags me to every castle he can find! I would recommend that ladies who like wearing fashionable shoes really consider what sorts of activities they will be doing on their European vacations. You need your feet to still get you around when you want to visit Europe in your 60s too. Save fashionable footwear for when you live in Europe!
Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK Sat 11/06/2010
Brooks Addiction Walker Shoes
I rarely post, but must rave about Brooks Addiction Shoes ($99) as best walking shoes. Have Clarks, Merrills, Mephisto (overrated at $340), Rockport, etc, and Brooks is best ever. Go try it. Was going to use my Merrills, but found Brooks and glad took it on our month trip to Europe.
Hayward, CA USA Fri 11/05/2010
Dr Marten Candie Style Shoes
Last Sept I found what is now my best travel shoe. In the past I used to travel with my black Sketcher Energies. But now, I have spent 3 months in Europe in the last year walking in a pair of Dr Marten Candie shoes. They have double buckles on them so when it was cold and my foot was less swollen I could tighten them up and loosen them for when it was warmer. They are not as heavy as my Dr Martens of the past as they have scooped out the soles and filled them with lighter material. They have walked all over 7 countries including a 10day Rick Steve's tour in Italy.
I have flat feet and they are slightly wide and my orthotics fit in these shoes perfectly. They look nice with jeans or with slacks. I wear them with both. Last week I just bought a pair in wine color. I am looking forward to my next trip... as always. :D
South, FL USA Wed 11/03/2010
Crocs and FitFlops
I wear skirts when traveling and read these recommendations and decided on a pair of FitFlop mules (no inbetween the toe) and wore them for a year to break them in and never had a problem, but in Italy we were on our feet 8-10 hours a day and my feet swelled and my toes developed blisters. I bought a pair of Croc sandals for my second pair and they rubbed and gave me blisters too. I don't know if anything would've worked better. At least I didn't have blisters on my heels. I saw lots of other tourists with red blisters on their heels.
Sacramento, CA USA Tue 10/26/2010
best walking shoes
I bought a pair of black Women's Merrill Spire Stretch before I left for two weeks in Italy. I wore them only one day before going and wore them for about half the trip. They were very comfortable, they are a great, casual pair of shoes that did really well on cobblestone.
Atlanta, ga USA Sun 10/24/2010
what kind of shoes to wear for women
Boots!!! Most Italian women of all ages wear low-heeled knee-high boots with tights or jeans tucked in and hip length sweaters or layered shirts in neutral colors. Walking miles a day on cobblestone streets can't be done in heels. Boots also keep you warm and dry in wet/cold weather. Wedge heeled boots or flat boots in black or brown leather with a buckle or two were EVERYWHERE! We finally broke down and purchased a pair of Trotters brand boots in Sorrento and wore them every day! Be sure to treat your boots with leather conditioner/waterproofing and take some with you-shoes get dirty walking and getting wet.
Spring, TX USA Sun 10/24/2010
NATO shoe discovery for travels!
I was using my work shoes from Red Wing for travel walking shoes. They were broken in and very comfy, but have steel toes... so, get rather heavy by the end of the day. I was watching a home shopping channel, and ordered a pair of cushy, comfy and attractive looking pair of NATO shoes. They're fabulous! I can wear them in the day, and out to dinner, too. I fineally threw my beloved pair of steel shoes away. Happy travels all!
Detroit, USA Sun 10/24/2010
Watch out on cobblestones!
Rocker type soles, like on the MBT's, can be a real problem on cobblestones. I love my Irocs (another brand with a rocking sole) but I've also taken some nasty spills and twisted ankles while on cobblestones. Either be very careful or switch to flat soled shoes if cobblestone pavement is in the day's plans.
Seattle, USA Sat 10/23/2010
Ecco Track IV
For men's shoes I really like the Ecco Track IV. They look like casual shoes (Black or Brown Leather) but the cushioning feels just like running shoes. For those who live in the San Diego area, you can get them at the Ecco Outlet Store in Carlsbad and save a few bucks.
San Diego, CA USA Wed 10/20/2010
Merrell and Clarks
I echo the Clarks (especially Privo style) and Merrell. Merrell less suitable to wear with a skirt, it's like an extremely light hiking boot, super duper comfortable with cushioning and doesn't look like a tennis shoe.
Davenport, IA USA Sun 10/17/2010
ultimate travel shoes - MBTs
Having searched for the ultimate travel shoes for years, I finally found them. They are without a doubt, MBTs. Designed to replicate the Masai people of Africa's walking patterns, they distribute your weight equally among the various muscles of the legs, bottom, and thighs. Because of this design, your muscles are never sore or tired. I literally feel as if I could run 5 miles at the end of the day.
Mission Viejo, Califo USA Sat 10/16/2010
Mephisto All Rounder Women's Walking Shoes
I recently returned from a 4 week trip to Italy, France and Spain. I took the advice "wear comfortable shoes" seriously and tried several brands and styles before settling on 2 pairs of Mephisto All Rounders - these were the perfect blend of stylish comfotable sport shoes without looking like chunky sneakers. They were absolutely magnificent. I wore them everyday and they stood up to the task and looked super cute, even for wearing out in the evenings. I found them through: http://MostComfortableShoes.com They are available in a range of cute colors.
San Diego, CA USA Wed 10/13/2010
I had bought a brand name pair of shoes while in Minneapolis and the first day I wore them I got severe blisters. After sharing my story with a local shoe salesperson he turned me on to Salomon's XA Comp 5 GTX trail- running shoes and I love them! I literally wore them right out of the store and walked in them all day and my feet never hurt. I use them for light hiking and traveling. I love them so much this is my sixth pair. Jane
Auburn, CA USA Wed 10/13/2010
Merrell and Clarks for women
I'm a fit 50-ish woman who packed Merrell Encore Groove and Clarks Wave.Run for a Fall 2010 trip to Tuscany. I alternated shoes each day, and wore with socks over nylon knee-highs. Both pairs of shoes were fabulous for miles of daily walking over cobblestones, hilly streets as well as climbing up and down stairs. The double-sock strategy eliminated chafing and blistering. At the end of each day, my legs were tired, but my feet were in good shape. Note: wear these with long slacks or jeans. They'd look goofy with skirts.
Fairfield County, CT USA Mon 10/11/2010
Best Women's Walking Sandal
I am a 30 year old woman who scoured the internet looking for a young, stylish yet comfortable sandal for sightseeing in Italy. The Privo (by Clarks) "Abria" Sandal was perfect. I got the "bronze" metallic color which makes the sandal look a little dressier than a basic leather sandal. Also the bronze color looks nice against most skin tones and less clunky than black sandals. Bronze is also a great neutral color that went with any color outfit I wore. They looked great with my sundresses. They have a great spongy sole which was comfortable all day long. No issues with straps rubbing, fit true to size. When I first bought them, I wondered if the thong between your toes would rub the wrong way, but it actually heps keep the sandal secure on your foot and didn't rub at all. This was a great all around sandal and I highly recommend it. In fact, I packed a pair of "back-up sandals" just in case the Privo's let me down - I could have left that back-up pair at home, I didn't need them. The Privo's were perfect!
Chicago, IL USA Wed 10/06/2010
MBT rocker bottom shoes were the way to go
Just got back from a full week in Istanbul on one of Rick's City Tours. What a wonderful time! I spent most of it wearing my MBT sandals, and boy was I glad. My feet were still tired at the end of the day, but my heels NEVER hurt the next day! As much as I love my Dansko and Keens, I'd always wind up with sore heels after 3 days of full walking. But not with MBTs. Yay, what a relief!
Dublin, CA USA Wed 09/29/2010
Boots and regular walking
Cowboy boots don't make good travel walking shoes. By the end of the day my toes felt like the pointed tops of my boots. I found regular Reebok walking shoes work great. The boots stay at home now. Happy walking on your travels!
Los Angeles, USA Tue 09/28/2010
Best Walking Shoes
I just got back from a 15 day trip to Prague, Krakow & Budapest...only took 2 pair of shoes: black KEEN Toyah mary jane's and brown KEEN Laguna sandals. We walked miles and miles each day, my feet were so happy, no issues whatsoever, super comfy!
Riverside, CA USA Fri 09/17/2010
Tatami, Birkies, and Merrill
I experienced great comfort with Tatami (cousin of Birkenstock), Birkenstock, and Merrill. I travel in the summer, so I prefer sandals over regular shoes.
Dallas, TX USA Thu 09/16/2010
Comfy Walking Shoes
Just got back from an 11 day trip to London (did a side day trip to Arundel Castle and then another to Stonehenge/Salisbury). Took my new Ecco Rise GTX boots and decided they are excellent for both fashion and function. They looked so cute with jeans tucked in or with a dress, and were so insanely comfortable - I barely broke them in before I left and never had a problem with blisters or discomfort.
SC USA Tue 09/14/2010
Best walking sandals
The first trip to Italy, I went for the "cute" look in shoes, and had very tired feet every day, after miles of walking. This year, I purchase and ECCO gladiator walking sandal, and after 10 days of walking every day in Italy they were perfect. No breaking in, look great, yet the most comfortable shoes I could ever find. Found them at Nordstrom's in Bellevue Square.
Nampa, Idaho USA Sat 09/11/2010
Best Walking Shoes
Keen Briggs are great for long days on your feet and walking on cobblestones.
MN USA Wed 09/08/2010
My best travel shoe find
My best walking shoes are Clark's. My hero for travel shoes. They are easy to find for extra big, wide feet.
Los Angeles, USA Wed 09/08/2010
Comfortable walking shoes
Josef Seibel Shoes are the best. They come in dress shoes, sandals and some other more casual types. I have wide feet (women's C) with a normal arch. These are more comfortable than sneakers or hiking shoes. I have tried them all, including danskos, keens, birkenstocks and clarks and nothing compares!
Lake Zurich, IL USA Tue 08/31/2010
Best Walking Shoes
Merrill & Clarks. I just bought Naot, which my friend swears by.
Delray Beach, FL USA Sun 08/22/2010
A good online shoes shop you can take
A good online shoes shop you can take https://www.usshoestown.com
calif, wo USA Tue 08/17/2010
Summer Travel Shoes
To pack very light in the summer, the only shoes I take are a pair of dressy Rockport sandals with cushioned socks.
Haggersville, MD, USA Fri 08/06/2010
Best walking shoe for wide and flat feet
I have wide and flat feet, so it is hard to find comfortable walking shoes. I have had both knees replaced so it is really important for stability and comfort. I found Brooks Addiction to be the best shoe ever! As soon as I put them on I felt comfortable.These old flat feet never had it so good! I have a pr of black and 1pr of white. They are the only shoe I have found in women's sizes and now I don't have to wear mens and not be stylish!
nj USA Fri 07/30/2010
clarks un.port sandals, you can walk for miles and feels like you are working on air.
Mar Vista, CA USA Mon 07/26/2010
best walking shoes
Keens, Dansko, birkenstocks and Clarks. I've worn them all and theses are the four best brands for walking. A lot depends on where you are walking. Cambodia jungle go with keens, Paris streets Dansko or Clarks, Egypt keens or birkenstocks. Keen sandals are great for hiking up the Great Wall for hours.
WA USA Mon 07/26/2010
Most comfortable travel shoes
I have Reeboks, Addidas, Nikes and Scetchers. All good for walking. My most comfortable pair are my Reeboks. Happy travels.
Los Angeles, Ca USA Mon 07/26/2010
Mephisto Niro Walking Shoes
Mephisto AllRounder Niro walking shoes are just the best - I've worn these on 2 trips to Europe. They are stylish, lightweight and super comfortable. I found them through: www.MostComfortableShoes.com
Boulder, Co USA Thu 07/15/2010
Best Walking Shoes
I like Clarks, Munroes, but best of all Finn Comfort.
Monticello, Illino USA Sat 07/10/2010
Best Walking Shoes
the best walking shoes are Danskos and Drews. Since I started going to Europe I've always worn dansko or drew sandals and dansko shoes. they are sturdy, comfortable, and worth the price. The key is to break in your shoes prior to your trip to avoid blisters and painful spots.
Denver, CO USA Sat 07/10/2010
Best Walking Shoes - Merrell's
After researching the best walking shoes for our Italian vacation on Rick Steves' site, I purchased a pair of Merrell sneakers with vibram soles. I had major knee surgery in September 2009. My Merrell's carried me across the cobblestones of Rome, up and down the stairs of Venice, through Firenze, San Gigmignano, Lucca, Pisa, Pompeii and back to Rome through 12 days. I'm stronger now than ever and made it through our trip with ease. Thank you Merrell's and to all of you who wrote about the vibram-soled shoe's ability to absorb the shock of he cobblestones. After, in Israel I wore my Merrell's strappy sandals all over
Bayside, NY USA Thu 07/08/2010
sandal options when the Metro is down
We just returned from 2 weeks in Spain, mostly Madrid. Just as we were preparing to leave, I checked out WWW.madridman.com, as recommended in Rick Steve's book. Good thing I did, as the site told of the impending METRO STRIKE during our crunch days in Madrid. Even my daughter, studying in Madrid didn't know about it. The point is...we walked...and walked...and walked. I took only two pair of sandals, tan and black "Baretraps" from Shoe Carnival. My feet NEVER hurt and I have had miserable trips in the past because of painful feet. I think having the room for my sausage feet to puff and retreat helped, but I have had very good luck in cold weather with Clarks' Privos. Still, love those Baretraps- not as clunky looking as my Clark sandals or similar brands.
Granger, IN USA Tue 07/06/2010
Summer Travel Shoes
My summer travels bring different needs for my feet. When it's muggy and hot out, my feet puff up from all that lovely walking. I have many pairs of Birkenstocks for summer walking. My feet fell like cream puffs walking on pillows. I wear cotton socks with them when it's cooler. In winter I wear Nikes for walking. Happy summer travels.
California, USA Fri 07/02/2010
Mephisto walking shoes
My first trip to Europe, over 20 years ago, was great, but the leather sole shoes I wore were extremely uncomfortable on all the cobblestone streets and walks. When I returned I decided to find the most comfortable walking shoe I could for my next trip. I ordered many different brands claiming to be the "best walking shoe" and walked around my house on hard floors to test them out and returned all but one pair - MEPHISTO! Shoe technology may have changed in 20 years but all I have worn since is Mephisto and now have about 15 pair. When traveling to Europe, I wear my black tennis/walking style shoe, the Runoff. They do not shout American and are dressy enough to wear on the plane, out to dinner, and most of all just walking around or bicycling. All shoes fit all people differently, but Mephisto is definately the fit for me.
Fort Worth, Texas USA Wed 06/30/2010
I love Walking Cradles shoes! They specialize in sizes and widths, so you can get shoes that actually FIT. Some of their styles look older but they have some really cute styles, too. My favorite is the Alicia; I didn't think a comfortable gladiator style cork wedge could even exist! They also have 'tiny pillows' on the footbed, which feel so good! I love them!
Austin, TX USA Wed 06/23/2010
Best Walking Shoes
I've had very good luck with SAS shoes: they look somewhat dressy but are very comfy as well. Several years ago I took a brand new pair with absolutely no break-in and walked around Italy in them with no problems.
East Lansing, MI USA Mon 06/21/2010
Best Walking Shoes
Dansko shoes are awesome.
Oakland, CA USA Sun 06/20/2010
Liner Socks: The #1 secret to comfort!
No matter what shoes you wear, the #1 secret to foot comfort for extended walking is Liner Socks. These are thin polypropylene socks worn underneath your walking/hiking socks (yes, you wear two pair of socks together). The liner socks wick perspiration away from your feet, and any friction is between the liner sock and outer sock. Thus, the two causes of blisters are eliminated, and the result is no blisters ever. I get the liner socks from www.campmor.com but there are probably other sources too. Try it, you'll never go back to just one pair of socks for travel walking.
Orlando, FL USA Sat 06/19/2010
Great sandals for walking Europe
Just returned from walking Italy for 2 weeks after consulting the recommendations on this post. I was the only one in our party of 5 with happy feet--no pain, blisters, hot spots or sore aching feet. I brought 3 pairs of sandals and alternated them: Ecco Yucatans for serious days, Merrell Savannahs and Orthaheel black flip flops. Bravo! All highly recommended.
Perkasie, PA USA Fri 06/18/2010
Josef Seibel Penny were the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn on a trip. I almost always have some blisters or problems but in these shoes I didn't even think about my feet (except when other people were complaining that their feet were wet and cold, and I realized that mine were dry and cozy).
Minneapolis, MN USA Fri 06/11/2010
I wore Keens last week in Italy - perfetto! Alternated between a pair of Newport sandals and a pair of Mary Janes -- both bought at extreme discount at Sierra Trading Post.com, if I may divulge my source.
St. Louis, MO USA Fri 06/11/2010
Just returned from Europe and wore Merrel Agave sandals in black leather all over the place, walking several miles each day. They are wonderful and not clunky looking. Highly recommend. Got mine at Zappos.
Bedford, MA USA Tue 06/08/2010
Clarks, stylish and sensible
Clarks! This last cold Winter/Spring I wore a single pair of casual black Clarks (full-coverage ones I could wear with socks) for 1 1/2 weeks of walking around France and Italy with zero blisters at the end. If you are interested in fashion during cold weather, stylish young European girls were mostly wearing knee-high flat soled boots during the cold weather--even around the ruins, but those seemed like also a pain to take off/put back on for some of the inter-country flights. So the Clarks were a nice, versatile go-between, as opposed to sneakers or the less sensible boots. However, I admit I might try some Clarks or Ecco high boots next time if going in cold weather and planning to stay more around the major cities.
Seattle, WA USA Tue 06/08/2010
Best travel shoes
Mephistos, by far. The pretenders are cheaper for a reason. Buy Mephistos in Europe, they're about half the price of what they are in the US. It's as if US dealers buy them retail in Europe and mark them up 100%. Be sure to get your VAT refund at the airport if the shoe store doesn't process it.
Tampa, FL USA Wed 06/02/2010
I love my Sketchers Cross Trainers! I pound out at least 5 miles/day walking in my neighborhood and my feet never bother me.At the risk of looking like a dorky tourist, I even wore them while touring Paris and Italy. No problem. I love the sparkling white ones although some people think they look like nurses' shoes. Who cares, after all don't we all love nurses! I am so committed to the Sketchers brand that I have been known to buy several pairs at once when they are on sale!! Trust me, you can't go wrong with Sketchers.
NYC, NY USA Wed 06/02/2010
My Travel Shoes and Play Shoes
I wear Reeboks. Very comfortable.
L.A., CA USA Tue 06/01/2010
Merrells Encore Mary Janes. Walked me all over Ireland in comfort, even when carrying a heavy backpack.
Aurora, CO USA Tue 05/25/2010
I found a pair of Merrell shoes for sale at Trader Joe's. Best investment I've ever made for my feet. Sooo very comfy! Great for walking all day on cobblestone roads in England.
Denver, CO USA Fri 05/21/2010
I love Merrells
Merrell World Forum. I walked all day and my feet felt great. I work in a hospital and spend 10+ hours a day on my feet and I swear by Merrells.
Boston, MA USA Wed 05/19/2010
Great walking shoes
In May of 2009 in Italy we walked miles on cobblestoned streets and up and down huge staircases. That abuse is a serious challenge to your feet. I wore my Mary Jane style Privos which felt like I was wearing cushy pillows and my feet smiled throughout the trip! This June I will be taking a month long trip to France. Along with the Privos I am adding a pair of very comfy Merrell strappy sandals and an equally comfortable pair of Earth Cabo sandals just to switch it up a bit. I've had very good luck keeping my heel spurs pain-free with these three pairs of shoes.
Medford, NJ USA Tue 05/18/2010
Best walking shoes
I travelled in Mexico and Europe for one and a half years with one backpack, three sets of underwear and one pair of shoes. My advice: Gore-Tex/waterproof, black leather, lace-ups (better fit and more comfy as your feet expand or retract depending on temperature) and Smartwool sock liners (one pair summer, two pairs at once winter). My all-time faves were old (like 20 years ago) waterproof Timberlands and Gore Tex Stonefly. A pair of Mephistos bought in France were super comfy but the lacings FELL APART nearly immediately. Not worth the premium you pay! Sorry, posters, but white tennis shoes/trainers are still a dead give away for Brits, Americans, Canadians or Aussies (ie Anglophones). On the other hand, most Europeans will know what/who you are with one look anyway, so it's a personal call. Most important is only take one pair of whatever and some super thin flipflops to wear in the shower. Your feet (and back) will thank you!
San Jose, CA USA Tue 05/18/2010
best walking shoes for men
ecco travelite. looks like a sneaker but doesn't look like a sneaker. best support for my feet i have found. better than mephisto and merrell. i've spent the money on both. new balance walking would be my 2nd choice
tampa, fl USA Sat 05/08/2010
Best Walking Shoes
New Balance 993...incomparable! As a R.N. in the operating room, I am on my feet ALL day. I've tried high end shoes from Brooks (the Beast is ugly but a close second in comfort), Dunham, Nike, Adidas, et al. New Balance 993 comes in many colors. I have a grey pair that are very running shoe like and I have a dark charcoal pair that look more dressy. I am a huge believer in this shoe and praise it's qualities regularly. They put an end to knee pain for me. Heading back to Europe for 18 days this summer and will be treading the western countries in my 993's.
Flagstaff, AZ USA Tue 05/04/2010
I love my chaco sandals. They are wonderful. The straps are adjustable. The support excellent. Looking now for something just as good, but not a sandal.
Salem, or USA Tue 05/04/2010
Good hiking shoes
I bought a pair of Nike "Air Max" They were a high top black attractive tennis type of shoe, and due to weak ankles, and the desire to climb Croagh Patrick in Ireland, I decided to buy them. They are very comfortable, and I can wear them at work and be on my feet all day. They did well for hiking and climbing the mountain.
Ocean Shores, USA Mon 05/03/2010
Comfy and versatile
Aravon is a new offshoot of New Balance. Their black "Farron" style shoe is extremely comfortable and dressy enough (for me) to use as my only pair of shoes France. Not cheap, $135.
Seattle, WA USA Sun 05/02/2010
Best Walking Shoes
Black Nike Air Walkers. Basic, cheap, good looking enough for a nite out. I replace mine every six months and they retail about $39 a pair at a factory outlet. Just wear excellent sox with them and you will be good to go.
New Hope, PA USA Wed 04/28/2010
Best walking shoes for Men and Women
The list here is pretty outdated. I recently wanted to buy the best walking shoes for weight loss and training. I wanted two pairs one for me and another for my wife. So i did lots of research and found that there is no one shoe which is best for all. Depending on your body structure and needs, the best shoe might differ. That is why i came up with a compilation of best walking shoes for men and women. http://healthmad.com/fitness/10-best-walking-shoes-for-weight-loss-and-fitness/ I am sure you will enjoy reading it.
Best Walking shoes
Thousand oaks, CA USA Mon 04/26/2010
Just back from Rome/Germany, etc. We walked about 100 miles a day. I took some Eccos, which looked a bit like Mary Janes -- lightweight but comfy. Switched to Loa light hiking shoes/ tennis shoes for walking on cobblestones. Everyone wears tennis shoes there now anyway. Took some sandal/heels for night. It was great to have shoes to switch to for that amount of walking. Sometimes tennis shoes are just to heavy to wear.
Sierra Madre, CA USA Fri 04/23/2010
Merrell - great and good looking
As someone who leads tours annually in Italy (for a month, in the summers), I have found THE pair of shoes which don't leave my feet a blistered mess at the end of the day. Merrell sandals will always be my choice - comfortable, sturdy, and good-looking enough to not get glares from the local women . . .
Dallas, TX USA Wed 04/21/2010
Good luck with Tevas and New Balance
I spent 3 weeks last summer in Germany, Poland, and Czech Republic and I switched between Tevas and New Balance and my feet were fine. The year before I bought 2 pairs of Skechers for Scandinavia and my feet were so sore each day that I spent $30 on a pair of plain flip flops in Stockholm but it was arguabaly the best $30 to make the trip more enjoyable!
Chicago, IL USA Tue 04/20/2010
I wear Addidas. Very comfy!
Palooka Lake, MT USA Tue 04/20/2010
Best Walking Shoes
I'd recommend looking at Dunham shoes. Many are designed for the service industry (people who are on their feet a lot). I bought a pair of black Dunhams that feel like an athletic shoe with great support but look like a dress shoe. I'll take these plus a pair of Keen sandals on our Mediterranean trip in September.
Longmont, CO USA Mon 04/19/2010
response to Laura
Laura (who asked about black and brown sandals): I just picked up a pair of Dr. Martens Rina sandals. The color was listed as dark brown, but they're almost black, so I think they could work either way. Once you break them in, they're very comfortable. Hope this helps!
Salem, MA USA Mon 04/19/2010
best walking shoes for wide feet
For winter travel I like Timberland shoes once they are broken in so they are wide enough. They're warm and waterproof. For the rest of the year Born or Birkenstock sandals are very comfortable and wide enough without having to have them stretched. Get the Birkenstocks in the regular width vs. narrow so that they will be wide enough. Most of the shoe brands mentioned here are way too narrow for me esp. Clarks.
Nashville, TN USA Sun 04/18/2010
I am travelling to Germany for the first time in June and am looking for some great walking sandals. I would like to find a pair that have both brown and black in them so that I don't have to bring 2 separate pairs in each color. Any Suggestions?
Orland Park, IL USA Mon 04/12/2010
Patagonia Release Men's Walking Shoes
I recently picked up a pair of Patagonia Release Men's walking shoes. They are ideal for both city and trail walking. Super comfortable and supportive. I found them through the website: http://MostComfortableShoes.com
Austin, TX USA Wed 04/07/2010
Keen Mary Janes
The best walking shoes I have found are Keen Calistoga Mary Janes. I wore them for two weeks in Spain in December with Smart Wool socks and my feet never tired and were blister-free. They were around $80 and probably the best $80 I've ever spent!
Cincinnati, OH USA Mon 04/05/2010
Interesting comment on white shoes
After my post (immediately below) arguing against white athletic shoes, I was amused to see a different point of view, expressed in this article about good shoes for travel, in today's Denver Post - http://www.denverpost.com/travel/ci_14802363
It's by Ellen Creager of the Detroit Post, and includes this:
>>Most American travelers may be loath to wear white sneakers abroad for fear it screams "unsophisticated American" in stylish world capitals.
But that's old news, [says Dariusz Wesolowski, director of travel for Nomads Inc., a metro Detroit travel club]. In fact, "when Europeans travel, they wear sneakers all the time," the Krakow, Poland, native notes.<<
However, the article also quotes a spokesman for The Walking Company stores that most of their walking shoes sold are in dark colors. While I agree that an American abroad won't necessarily be assumed to be a European just because he/she is wearing a pair of Eccos or the like? I still don't like white athletic shoes. Although I can laugh about it, thank goodness.
Denver, CO USA Sun 04/04/2010
Don't settle for white athletic shoes
I firmly believe there's no "one brand fits all" when it comes to the best walking shoes. But certainly some brand names keep coming up in these discussions. Just FYI, my feets have been very happy on intensive-walking vacations to the UK (including lots of London), Australia, NZ, Peru, Thailand, etc., in these shoes at different times of course: Merrell Jungle Mocs; Avia walking shoes; Dr. Scholl's walking shoes; Keen sandals. Often they were worn (excluding the sandals) with custom orthotics.
But my main point here is that you don't have to settle for blazing white athletic/walking shoes for your travel wardrobe. Most of the time those white shoes don't look very good with the rest of one's travel clothing, and they certainly mark one out as a US tourist in European town and countryside. Most shoe stores, including the bargain ones like DSW and Famous, carry one or two styles of athletic/walking shoes in black or dark colors.
And you can always go online for even better selection. I found my current Avia walking shoes in a bit of a roundabout way. I really needed new ones and Kohl's had a big sale. I loved the fit and feel of that Avia model, and actually bought it but Kohl's only carried it in white. I really hate the white shoes except for literally working out or cleaning the house. So I went online to one of the big shoe retailers - zappos.com - and sure enough they had that model in black at a good price. I got the shoes in black.
I wore them as my main walking shoes in London last year. When I met up last year in the UK, for the first time in person, with someone I'd corresponded with, she mentioned "you're not wearing trainers," meaning athletic shoes. Turns out that all our mutual friends from the US had been wearing white athletic shoes on their trips to Great Britain. I explained that I was wearing "trainers" but mine were black. Obviously they appeared to her to not be athletic shoes. BTW, I noted she was wearing a nice pair of Ecco lace-ups.
I don't think you need to spend a huge amount of money for a good sturdy pair of shoes, but I encourage people to avoid those blazing white shoes, because you really have other choices.
Denver, CO USA Mon 03/29/2010
Yes clark';s Ecco etc... but for durability, comfort, dressy, nothing beats Mephisto. Also expensive but what are your feet worth? Try different styles at Nordstrom, buy them online on ebay, do not buy used ones. My wife has their Mary Jane style and a lace style and that is all she packs (wear one, pack one). I had a pair of Mephisto Melchoir (dressy black) for four years, bought at the Seattle Nordstrom, sole started to separate slightly, brought them back for repair and Nordstrom gave me a new pair no questions asked. If in France you can sometimes find them discounted during annual sales in February and other times. Also you avoid the tourist look of athletic shoes.
atlanta, GA USA Sun 03/28/2010
lots of options...
My husband and I are planning a 2 week trip this September to Paris and London. I have been buying shoes on ebay to decide which ones I like the best. I have bought Keens, Merrills, Sketchers and Birks. I wanted to have the opportunity to walk further than you can in a shoe store (the cash savings were nice too). I have decided that the hands down winner is the pair of Keen Mary Janes. They are AWESOME! I can't wait to take them to wander through the streets of Paris!
Columbus, OH USA Fri 03/26/2010
Cole Haan is amazing!
I just purchased a lipstick red pair of Cole Haan Air Zanna. They are amazing. They look like a sweet little ballet flat but they have the comfort and support of a sneaker. We haven't been on our trip yet but I wear them around town and there was zero break in period. I insisted on comfort AND style and I most definietly got it for under $100!
Charleston, SC USA Wed 03/24/2010
Comfort + style for difficult feet
I have to be extremely careful with the shoes I buy, due to congenital birth defects in the bones of my feet. Therefore, my choice of shoes is limited. For comfort, nothing surpasses Ryka, which manages to combine Lyocell technology in the sole with fashion sensibility (you do not have to wear ugly, unfashionable shoes). The other company I rely on is Munro, whose shoes have steel-shank support and are the last remaining American shoe manufacturer. Their shoes are also comfortable and do not sacrifice style.
Seattle, WA USA Fri 03/12/2010
Finally, a comfortable, non-ugly shoe!
I purchased Easy Spirit anti-gravity line of shoes- 2 pairs ( Orrell and Olexa styles). The inside is ultra-cushioned, like walking on a cloud. I personally do not like the looks of Merrell, Clarks, ecco, etc- too wicked crunchy for me ( sorry folks). My Easy Spirits have a 1.5 inch heel on them, so they look dressy and I can wear my longer-length jeans and dress pants. They look good with trousers or skinny jeans. Best part is each shoe weighs just 6 OUNCES!!! I got mine at an Easy Spirit outlet, which stocks them in wide, narrow, and regular widths. I have seen them at DSW and Macy's, also.
Lake, IL USA Wed 03/03/2010
Best walking shoes !
My husband and I are in our mid 60's and were in Europe in Fall '08 for 5 weeks. He convinced me to take a pair of MBT's. They were wonderful! While we walked miles on cobbelstones daily, while my feet were sometimes tired at end of day, ...there were never sore or swollen. I alternated with Mephisto leather shoes, and while the feel when walking was different than the MBT's, I still enjoyed them, and they were perfect for Churches, concerts, etc. This year we are returning for 9 weeks, and these are the only two pair of shoes that I am taking! Also suggest MBT Gortex, as they kept feet dry during a rainstorm! Both pairs are pricey, however quality costs, but lasts!
Columbia, SC USA Thu 02/25/2010
Too many shoes!
On our honeymoon 24 years ago, I had a suitcase with 15 pairs of shoes in it (no kidding)! My husband loved me enough then not to complain about hauling it on our cruise. I've learned alot since then--my Clark's or Born are my walking shoes of choice! p.s. we're still "walking" together hand in hand!
Salt Lake City, Utah USA Tue 02/23/2010
Ecco Track II Low
My only criticism of the Ecco Track II Low is that the insole had totally inadequate arch support for my feet and had to swapped out for an aftermarket insole, adding about $45 to the $200 plus price of the shoe. Otherwise, it's comfortable out of the box and feels durable. You do have to get accustomed to some annoying heel slip which I've been told is intentional.
Bothell, WA USA Sun 02/14/2010
I would like to add my vote for both Clarks and Ecco shoes. At the moment, I have 2 pairs. A pair of Clarks "Rush Air" in black, and a pair of Ecco "Mendez" in cognac. Either of these can be used of a days walking and sightseeing then seamlessly transfer to en evening out. Both pairs are light enough to be able to pack one (giving me a choice of footwear)
Being from the UK, I don't know if these styles are available wordwide, but maybe they might be worth a look.
Derbyshire UK Thu 02/11/2010
Best Walking Shoes
I love my MBTs. I can walk in them for hours on paved roads and on the trail. They are not great on rocky surfaces.
Reno, NV USA Wed 02/10/2010
MBTs and Shape Ups
I also love my Shape ups from Sketchers. I can walk in them all day just like I do with my MBTs. They are less expensive. The jury is still out as to which ones are better. Shapeups has more styles to choose from.
Reno, NV USA Wed 02/10/2010
I just got a new pair of Nikes with velcro, and heavy padded walking socks. Total comfort. I won't have shoelaces coming undone when I'm walking. I'm going to Budapest this June...10-24. Wish you all happy walking.
Burbank, CA USA Mon 02/08/2010
I got my first pair of Rockports. Walking was never more comfy. Hoorah!
California, USA Mon 02/08/2010
I swear by Clarks. Specifially, the Privo! line. I am getting my second pair broken in right now for our 2 week trip to Europe this March/April. Very comfortable and stylish. Although many Americans do wear athletic shoes, you will stand out. Most Europeans will wear dark colored shoes. Remember, that shoes that have a mesh area on the top near the toes will allow water to get in.
Chico, CA USA Sun 02/07/2010
I vote for BORN. Having worn the same pair on the last two trips to Europe, they work with Jeans and dress casual. Various styles and looks both men and womens. Style, and they wear like iron!
CA USA Fri 02/05/2010
Best Walking Shoes
We are preparing for a Steves tour of France and I accessed this site to get the latest. We have toured Spain (by ourselves) and Italy (on a Steves tour) and wore our Keen sandals almost all the time. They are cool/comfortable/supportive/protect your toes/work on all surfaces and conditions and remove easily for security checks. They looked good with everything we wore.
Port Ludlow, WA USA Wed 02/03/2010
...and to go with that...
On a related note, I would also recommend Smartwool PhD Outdoor socks. They are made of wool, nylon, and elastic which provides a nice cushion, keeps your feet warm, breathes (so your feet stay cool in the summer, and it evaporates any moisture), and stays dry! It really is a great value and a great product! Traveling with them, you don't have to worry about having to walk around in wet socks. Anyway, a good item to go with your shoes that I'd definitely recommend...
Atlanta, GA USA Mon 02/01/2010
When going over to Europe for an extended period of time (or even a relatively shorter trip), it definitely saves a lot of space and hassle to only take one pair of shoes. The tough part, though, is finding a pair of shoes that is 1) decent looking (so it will look fashionable in Europe, be appropriate for churches, as well as being suitable for nice(er) restaurants), 2) suitable for outdoor hiking (so if you are planning on walking around cities all day, as well as going hiking up in the mountains or around the coast, you'll still be in good shape), and 3) (and most importantly) comfortable!
WIth that, as many have posted before, my recommendation (at least for guys) would be Ecco. The Ecco Track II Low is a comfortable shoe that looks decent and has an excellent soul with great traction for hiking. The shoe also has a Gore-Tex lining, so it's waterproof which makes getting caught in the rain no problem, and it can still breathe.
Other shoes that I've heard can be a good buy are the Clarks Street Lo or the Clarks Rockie Lo. These pairs look decent, seem to be OK for hiking, and also have a Gore-Tex lining.
If you're looking for a cheaper pair of shoes that would be suitable, I would recommend the Streetcars Ambassador. It seems to be made for travel as it is really a cross between a loafer and a tennis shoe. So it looks pretty decent and I'm surprised at how much comfort and support it gives as well.
Anyway, these are just a few suggestions, but in all I would definitely only take one pair of shoes to make things easier.
Enjoy your travels!
Atlanta, GA USA Sun 01/31/2010
so...no tennis shoes?
My fiance and I are taking a 3 week tour of Europe, in October, for our honeymoon. I never considered needing special walking shoes. Are tennis shoes uncouth in Europe? We've never been and we want to be able to blend is as best as possible to experience local life
Fort Collins, CO USA Thu 01/28/2010
Best Walking Shoes
I have to put in a vote for Cole-Haan Nike Air Ballet Flats. I got them in black, naturally, because black is key for walking around Paris. Anyway, I literally wore these for ten days both in Paris and walking around Provence and the Riveria. They were extremely comfy AND fashionable. Girls--if you are going on a trip to Paris or any part of France in which you will be hoofin' it--do your feet a favor and go get a pair of the Cole-Haan Nike Air flats! Your feet will be saying "Ohhhhhh la la!"
Wayne, PA USA Mon 01/25/2010
Another vote for Rockports....
As shoes can be a serious space hog in your luggage, I try to only travel with one pair of shoes. I've been pretty lucky with Rockports.
They make a slip-on model that are comfortable as sneakers, casual enough to go with jeans, but dressy enough to go out in at night. Plus, they're slip-on's, which is easier when going airport security.
Alexandria, VA USA Sun 01/24/2010
Shoes - Attractive vs. Comfort vs. Save My Feet
I just got a pair of Rockport walking shoes with velcro. They're very comfortable. Not the most attractive shoes I own...they resemble clodhoppers, but will work great to save my feet while walking in Venice. Thanks and happy travels!
Walla Walla, WA USA Sun 01/24/2010
Merrel all the way
I went to Paris in Sept 2009 and wore my black Merrell mary janes with Super Feet green inserts and regular cotton socks. We walked all over Paris for 9 days and spent a day walking all over the enormous Château de Versailles garden grounds. I wore low-support shoes during a six week trip to Vietnam in 2006 and have since suffered from plantar faciitis in both feet. I was very concerned about this trip, but other than pain and swelling after sitting on the plane coming and going, I had no issues in my feet other than the normal fatigue that comes from walking so far. I wear those Merrells and my other pair all the time now.
Seattle, WA USA Mon 01/18/2010
I have worn the same pair of Ecco shoes to Europe four times now and they look as good as new. I do a lot of walking so they held up well. It was the most I ever paid for shoes but now I see it as a great investment. I will be going back with the same shoes in a few months.
Seattle, WA USA Sun 01/17/2010
My best, favorite all time shoes
I have my same pair of Sketcher walking shoes from 3 1/2 years ago. The longer I wear them, the more comfy they become. I just put in new Dr. Scholl's gel foot cushions for each trip. I'm too cheap to get a new pair. Walking in my old pair is still comfortable. Happy feet are comfy feet! Happy travels!
USA Sun 01/17/2010
Ecco shoes are great but just try a get a pair in a wide size!I have opted for Drews$158-200, i have 2 pairs,insoles come out,great walking shoe.Have travel through rugged parts of Ireland with same comfort as the 10 mile days in Paris.chaz
lake george, ny USA Sat 01/09/2010
support sox and gel soles
Whatever shoes you wear, I recommend you get support socks as well. There are styles for both men and women. I'm talking about serious support, not the "light support" that some women's hose comes in. For women, there are pairs that look like regular knee-high hose, but also pairs that are just socks. These can be bought through the various travel supply sites, or from the knee-brace section of your local drugstore. They cost about $13.
Another must-have is a pair of Dr. Scholl's get insoles. They can be cut to fit your particular shoe size. If you wear lace-up shoes, you will have to loosen the laces a bit to accomodate your foot and the insole.
But what a difference these two items can make! I have alternated wearing slim profile Crocs and regular shoes with the gel insoles, and had no leg or foot pain, even after walking for hours. And I have a bad knee!
VA USA Thu 01/07/2010