Best Walking Shoes for Travel: 2011
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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Ecco Seawalker Men's Shoes
I took another poster's advice and went to MostComfortableShoes.com to look at their top 10 walking shoes list. I picked up a pair of Ecco Seawalker, the perfect blend of casual and comfort. Took these to France and Italy for urban and country walking. They were an excellent find.
Seattle, Wa USA Sun 01/01/2012
walking and hiking shoes
I am retiring a pair of Clarks leather boots. After more than 15 years the rubber soles have separated. They're like walking on air and I've taken them in pretty rough terrain. Hope I can find a good glue...
Tampa Bay, FLA USA Sat 12/24/2011
Thierry Rabotin and Merrill
Thierry Rabotin Vida Skimmer was AMAZING! I was in Paris for the month of September and walked at least 5 miles/day, most days. I even used the Velib bikes in these shoes. I also walked all over Provence in them. I gave them a workout, and they still look new. They are the most comfortable walking shoes ever. And they dress both up and down. You feel like you are walking on a cloud. When I was in Paris in Feb, I loved my Merrill Tetra Launch waterproof boots. Walked my 5 miles/day and my feet were warm and dry.
Menlo Park, CA USA Sat 12/17/2011
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Saint Louis, Arizona US Fri 12/09/2011
Try Merrill sandals, they are the most comfortable shoes, I had to hand them over to my 16 y.o. daughter when travelling as she still wanted to walk around the world in stylish shoes, when she put on my Merrill's, I lost them forever.
Melbourne, Vic Australia Tue 11/29/2011
Just returned from walking many miles in Italy and France in my Clark's Unstructured flats. I have two styles, one called Un.Loop and one called Un.Curry. No break in time required; they feel like bedroom slippers from the first wearing.
Quilcene, WA USA Mon 11/28/2011
Mephisto AllRounder Niro Women's Hybrid Sneaker
Just returned from my third trip to Europe. I travel a lot on business there and I'm always concerned about shoes that I can wear on the street as well as to meetings and casual dinners. I have 2 pairs of Mephisto AllRounder Niros (one in black, one in natural). They provide supreme all day comfort and work as both a walking shoe and casual dressy hybrid. I found them through a great web site called: http://MostComfortableShoes.com - look for their Top 10 Walking Shoes page. Good Luck and Great Travels!
Boulder, CO USA Fri 11/25/2011
Rome Walking Shoes
In anticipation of a trip to Rome this Christmas, I began my search for a walking shoe that would be comfortable while holding up to hours of pounding on concrete and cobblestones. As my plan is to take only a single pair of shoes with me, the shoes also had to be somewhat stylish and versatile. I also wanted lace-up shoes that would provide a more secure fit for my narrow B width. Thinking my search would be simple was pure fantasy as it got out of hand with the multitude of options available. It took no time at all before realizing that I had evaluated the following 14 examples:
1) Ahnu Bryant ($150) These are very impressive shoes and convinced me that Ahnu makes some of the highest quality shoes. Both the Bryant and the Sansome are built like iron with lots of detail and triple stitching. However, I thought these might weigh a bit too much and be a little too rigid for my purposes. I also found that I was not a huge fan of the capped-toe look so decided not to go with these.
2) Aynu Sansome ($150) Although these are not lace-ups, I decided to try them anyway to see if they might work as I was extremely impressed with the Ahnu quality. Well, it didn't take long for me to determine that these would not work for hours on end of pounding concrete and cobblestones. Great look though and they would work well for any other casual wear.
3) Born Bolt Sneaker ($105) I really like the styles that Born offers but these did not seem like they would be durable enough for the job I had in mind. I also do not believe these would provide protection from the rain. I would definitely consider these for a summer sneaker.
4) Born Lewis Sneaker ($120) Of all the shoes I tried, these are one of my favorite styles. They have a Euro look to them and provide a great fit for my narrow feet, mainly because of the 7 eyelets. They are assembled in Mexico and the insides are made of suede. The leather is very soft and supple so I am a bit concerned about durability and ability to provide protection from water. The sole pattern resembles a topographical map. As the sole seems pretty soft, I'm not sure how durable it would be either.
5) Ecco Fresno Fashion Sneaker ($150) These are well made and fit well for me. In fact, I found that all Ecco shoes fit me pretty well. In the end, I did not much care for the woodsy sneaker look and so opted not to go with these.
6) Ecco Summer Sneaker ($130) These fit very well and were extremely light. In my mind though, this pair was of questionable durability and water resistancy for my purposes. These also are a sneaker which I decided I did not like the looks of as well as others. Again, these might be better suited for summer wear as the name suggests.
7) Ecco Terrano Tie ($140) These are great shoes but are being discontinued. I recently found them for $98 on Amazon. The fit was great due to the 5 eyelet lace pattern and the sole pattern was also good for my purposes. I could have seen these in Rome with me. In fact, these were among the finalists but in the end did not make the final cut simply because I liked something else a bit better.
8) Ecco Terrano GTX Boot ($185) These are the boot version of the Terrano Tie. Again, high quality construction and great fit. As with the slip-on Samsone, I determined that a boot would not be the way for me to go if I was limiting myself to only one pair of shoes. These would be great for trail walking and hiking.
9) Ecco Track II Low ($177) These are really popular shoes and receive great reviews. They are well-made and have a Gor-Tex coating for water protection. Although I really liked these shoes, they have more of an industrial look that was not exactly what I was looking for. Having only a 4-eyelet lace pattern also didn't provide the secure fit as some of the others with 6 and 7 eyelets.
10) Ecco Track IV Low ($160) Again, typically well-make Ecco shoes. They just didn't light the fire.
11) Ecco Turn Boot ($210) The Turn Boot is a well-constructed boot but did not make the cut because I decided against a boot and because the toe reminds me of the steel-toed shoes I used to wear when working in a manufacturing plant. I really wanted something with a bit more style to them.
12) Keen Austin ($100) The Keen Austin receives great reviews and provides a very secure fit with its 6-eyelet lace pattern. The quality is first-rate. They have a somewhat unconventional look to them, as do the Finlay, but I found that the look actually grew on me over time. The arch support was terrific and the soles no doubt would provide exactly the durability over concrete and cobblestones that I was seeking. These also have a waterproof leather upper which was what I was looking for. At $100 a pair, I think these are a great value and would definitely work for my purposes. But I found a pair I liked even better.
13) Keen Finlay ($100) These have not been around as long as the Austin but receive high marks in reviews as well. Again, superior quality Keen materials, design, fit and construction. They have a large toe box that I initially thought would be too roomy but turned out to be just right with the Smartwool socks and orthotics I plan to wear with them. The 5-eyelet lace pattern also worked well in providing a snug, secure fit. The soles would be perfect for hours of urban trekking over concrete and cobblestones. The uppers are constructed of water-resistant leather in Bison. These can easily be worn with jeans, cords and khakis. I like the styling just a bit more than the Austin due to the toe configuration. As with the Austin, I think these are a great value at $100 per pair.
14) Merrell Intercept Urban ($94) I have had great luck with Merrell shoes in the past and so gave these a try. They fit like a glove, were lightweight and felt great on my feet. The only drawback for me was that these did not quite have the look I was after. As intended, these would work best for trail running and hiking.
At the end of the day, I decided that the Keen Finlay best suits my purposes. I like the looks, pricing, fit, finish and quality. I also decided to keep the Born Lewis Sneaker as they fit great, feel terrific and will be a perfect casual shoe with jeans.
Hope this helps more than confuses!
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step." Chinese proverb
Dallas, Texas USA Tue 11/22/2011
Clarks Wave Wheel
Clarks Wave Wheel. I have really bad feet and was recommended these shoes by the sales woman at the Clarks store when looking for good walking shoes for my trip to Europe. I knew my husband and I would be doing lots of walking in Paris, Rome and Florence and I heard great things about this particular shoe. This shoe didn't disappoint. I would not have been able to get through my trip if it weren't for the Clark Wave Wheel shoe. My feet didn't hurt one bit, no blisters and better yet I didn't experience the normal lower back and knee problems I do when wearing tennis shoes. I highly recommend these shoes if you are going to do a lot of walking!!!
Woodland Hills, CA USA Sun 11/13/2011
After trying on over 100 pairs of recommended walking shoes over the past six months, I accidentally came across the Ahnu Sequoia at the DSW. They are designed for light hiking (did the Cinque Terre trail between Monterosso and Venazza) and all day walking (did Venice, Florence, CT, Tuscany and Rome) and were comfortable throughout our 2-weeks in Italy. I added a pair of Dr. Scholl's foam inserts just for a little additional padding as I have arthritis in one hip. Great toe box, Vibram sole, and are light weight. They saved the day.
Middletown, DE USA Mon 10/31/2011
TravelTime by Easy Spirit
I need a snug slip-on shoe because of accident years ago. I always take two pairs in case of rain, have a dry pair handy. These are great on the plane, light in the suitcase, and keep my toes from cramping!
Alexandria, VA USA Wed 10/26/2011
I found the most amazing sandals from a new company called California Footwear Company. I bought a pair from Nordstrom to take on vacation to San Antonio, TX. The first day I wore them I must have walked 5 miles and not once did I even think about taking a rest! I've worn them every day since. LOVE these shoes.
Petaluma, CA USA Wed 10/12/2011
Best walking shoes
Tried on a pair of Merrell mesh summer hiking shoes at REI, walked around the store and forgot I had them on. They were so perfect that I only wanted to wear them, wished I had sent my other Running shoes home so they wouldn't hog so much room in the suitcase. We walked all over Venice, Rome, and Pompeii with NO problem. I love these shoes!
Phoenix, AZ USA Sun 10/09/2011
Best Walking Shoes
Chung Shi are the best. Comparable to MBT only better for a wider front foot. I am a large woman & spent two weeks walking Switzerland with them & my feet never once hurt and weren't tired at the end of the day either.
PHoenix, AZ USA Sat 10/08/2011
Best travel shoes
MBT Kisimu sandals. I wore them every single day. No foot pain with these shoes.
Flat Rock, NC USA Mon 10/03/2011
MBT's! I have a pair for work as a nurse. I put my feet in them at the store after working all night and bought them immediately. They are heaven.
Little Rock, AR USA Sat 10/01/2011
For women with high arches: Jambu and Spenco
Women's shoes: The Jambu Cascades with Spenco insoles that I wore for our just-completed trip to Europe worked much better for me than the combination I used for our last trip: Merrell Jungle Mocs with Happy Feet insoles. I have high arches and sprained my ankle two days before we started, so needed more volume in the instep, to accommodate my foot and bandage, than many brands offer. The Jambus came through for me! They were cool during an unseasonably warm August and September in southern Europe. I packed two different Spenco insoles so was able to switch between them [INVALID] gave the effect of having two pairs of shoes without the bulk.
Woodinville, WA USA Thu 09/29/2011
Best Walking Shoes
I developed plantar fasciitis (which feels like you are walking on razor blades) last year 2 weeks before leaving for a month long trip to France. My doctor recommended Fit Flops sandals because they have terrific arch support. They saved the day. I bought the Pietra style for their upbeat styling. I traveled to Spain, Portugal and France for five weeks recently and wore the same pair of Fit Flops... Ah, my feet were in heaven!
Columbia, Md USA Thu 09/29/2011
Pick some KEENS!
Definately go with KEENS! They are so good for dry land and work if you decide to go off the beaten path into some lakes or streams! I get mine here http://www.dynamicfootwear.com/.
ashland, 97520 USA Tue 09/27/2011
My favorite shoes for travel
My favorite shoes for travel are Munro and Soft Walk. I have both with me on a trip when I will be on my feet a lot. The Soft Walk brand have and insole like an egg crate foam and they feel great when walking on cobblestones.
Denver, CO USA Fri 09/16/2011
Long walks in Paris are a breeze in my black pebbled Rockports...
chicago, Il USA Fri 09/16/2011
Having tramped through Europe each summer for the last 4 years and having left two pairs of shoes in Italy due to blisters, I was determined to find a good pair or two to wear to Portugal and France. Okabashi sandals (flip-flops) and Aerosole Intriguing sandals (in black and in gold) did the trick. Wore these all through Portugal and France, walking miles a day. I would highly recommend either. No blisters at all, which made for a much better trip!
Las Vegas, NV USA Thu 09/15/2011
Rockport World Tour Classics
I've been wearing the same pair of Rockport World Tour Classics since 2006. They've been on my feet in France a couple of times, Spain, the hills and forests of NH, the sands of Myrtle Beach, through all kinds of terrain in FL, NJ, NY, PA. They're about to go to Germany, France and the Czech Republic. When they finally wear out, they'll be replaced by a pair of their grandkids!
Philadelphia, PA USA Sat 09/03/2011
Ecco or Salomon
From experience, I'd have to say Ecco makes the best all around show for the dollar. Very light and durable, especially the outsole. The style, I must say, is also very "european" and versatile. Salomon makes more of a hiking/trecking/athletic shoe, and I've had very good experience with that too, but they don't make casual or dress type shoes and I think Ecco sort of covers the best of both worlds; a casual shoe that performs like a trail shoe. A friend once told me that "sandals" or open toe shoes are healthier for the feet. I couldn't disagree more. Have you seen how black the bottoms of your feet are after a day walking around in the city in sandals? In addition, sandals lack toe protection and ankle support that you'd need, sharing the road with a hundreds of other pedestrians, bikes, etc. Lastly, how about those cobblestone walkways all over small town Europe? Sandals are a sprained ankle waiting to happen.
San Leandro, CA USA Fri 09/02/2011
Best Walking Shoes.
My best, most comfortable shoes, ever, are a Dutch sandal called Wolky. (The 'Nimes' model)The only issue is that they look a little bit clunky. But I have worn them hiking, biking, walking for miles and my feet never hurt or get tired. They have a well designed sole made of some sort of rubber that absorbs the impact of concrete sidewalks. If I could change anything, I would streamline them a bit. The company does make other models but none of them seem to be my style.
Cambridge, MA USA Tue 08/23/2011
Cute and comfortable sandals
I like to dress nicely and couldn't bring myself to buy Tevas or ugly walking sandals. When I run, I have to have superfeet arch supports, so my ankles don't hurt. I have flat feet and I wanted cute and comfortable. I thought that I couldn't get one and the same in one shoe. I ended up with Aerosoles Intriguing. I wore these all 10 days we were in Italy and they were amazing. We walked everywhere, at least 5 miles a day in Rome, Venice and Florence. I still don't know if I will wear them back home, but they certainly did the trick.
Oak Hill, VA USA Mon 08/22/2011
Consistent comfort with Clarks
After many worldwide trips, I continue to return to my tried and true Clarks. I also treat all sore foot points with castor oil packs (cotton balls covered with white cotton sock - wear while sleeping.)
Ann Arbor, MI USA Sun 08/21/2011
ECCO's really are great
ECCO summer mesh. I can wear these 24/7/365 and they always feel amazing. They're extremely light weight, have a ton of breathing and great padding. Check them out if you can find them.
USA Wed 08/17/2011
I went to Italy in March/April 2011, rotated shoes. Wore Keens, Earth and Naot. Feet still hurt. Earth shoes were the best of the group.
Asheboro, NC USA Mon 08/15/2011
toms work too
We just spent two weeks in Ireland and my daughter wore only her Toms shoes and her feet never tired even with all the walking we did.
Apalachin, NY USA Sun 08/14/2011
I need to buy some new Keen's cause mine are the slip on kind and are not very comfortable as they also slip off very easily
CHARLOTTE, NC USA Tue 08/09/2011
Keens vs MBTs
I wear my Keen's all summer long, hikes in the woods, kayaking, beach walking, shopping etc etc so I am planning to use them exclusively on my european vacation, though I think throwing in a light weight pair of crocs will come in handy at the pool, in the shower or late night trips down the hall. I too am a big believer in MBT's, I bought a pair 3 years ago and wear them on long 12hrs nursing shifts on cement floors and haven't had sore feet or legs since and they are still like new. I might consider using them for Europe but think they would be too hot and they are kinda ugly !! but worth every penny !
Duncan, BC USA Mon 08/08/2011
Best walking shoes
I was just in London, Paris, and Amsterdam and wore Clark's wave walking shoe. My feet never hurt, which was a first for me since this was my 4th trip to Europe.
Rockford, IL USA Sun 08/07/2011
Just returned from 10 days in Italy lots of walking and the Keen's my wife and wore could not have preformed better, we are very pleased.
Oakton, VA USA Fri 08/05/2011
Best Walking Shoes
I used the Clarkes Wave maryjane style shoes on my recent trip to Europe. They were fantastic. I walked all day, every day for 3 weeks with no problems. They are cushiony and good for wider feet.
Vancouver, BC Canada Mon 08/01/2011
It's funny, I read this thread three years ago when I was getting ready for my Rome trip, and here I am again! The pair of Keens I took for the trip was fantastic. But my feet got so tired by day 5 of walking around. As it turns out, my right heel starts to bother me when I walk for days on end; back when I used to run regularly, I developed a very painful heel spur and plantar fasciitis in my right heel and eventually had to get a cortisone shot. That made the immediate pain go away, but every time I would try to jog, it would flare up again.
Then last year, I discovered MBT rocker-bottom shoes. They are designed to make you be an "active" stander to help with your posture. I agree it works pretty well for it, but because of the rocker bottom, I no longer put pressure on my right heel... meaning my heel spur no longer flares up!!! Joy!
So now when I travel, I wear MBTs as my walking shoes. I also have wide feet, so for me, a pair of MBT Pia fully adjustable sandals was the perfect solution for me! Spent a week walking around in Istanbul and had no heel pain at all. Wonderful!
Dublin, CA USA Mon 08/01/2011
Best Walking Shoes
Just returned yesterday from two weeks in Italy. Before leaving, I visited this page numerous times for advice on walking shoes and now it's my turn to provide info! I wanted shoes that would not only be comfortable for walking all day, but also have a certain amount of "Euro" style. They also couldn't cost more than $150.00. After going thru a number of options, I settled on a pair of Keen Austins. Perfetto! I wore them right out of the box, all day, every day for two weeks. They performed superbly, from the hot cobblestones of Rome to the dust of the Forum to the steep streets (downhill) of Cortona in the rain. I have wider feet, so the wider toebox was very comfortable. And the styling was very versatile No, you can't wear them with a suit, but they looked good in business casual, shorts, etc. I could not have asked for a better looking and performing shoe.
Lisle, IL USA Thu 07/28/2011
Best Walking Shoes
I've worn Mephisto, Ecco, Merrill, SAS, and prefer New Balance. The New Balance won out because of the impact cushioning quality and the stability on cobblestone streets. No more twisted ankles or sore feet at the end of the day of walking. I would not bother taking flip flops if you will be walking around a city all day; there's just not enough support there.
Nashville, TN USA Wed 07/27/2011
Comfortable walking shoes
Maybe this site can be of help if you try to find wide width comfortable shoes online; http://www.sizes4you.com. It contains links to online shops selling large, small and wide shoes in USA, Europe and rest of the world.
Hjärup, Sweden Sweden Mon 07/25/2011
SAS Mary Jane
I have a wide forefoot and SAS shoes fit well and are comfortable. I've been wearing their tie walking shoes for years. This month they came out with a Mary Jane style with the tripad innersole. They are dressier than the tie shoes but still a good walking shoe for my trip to the UK next spring.
Altoona, PA USA Sun 07/24/2011
Mephisto All Rounders
I just returned from a 3 week trip to Italy. My Mephisto AllRounder walking shoes, a mary jane / sneaker hybrid, gave me luxurious all-day walking comfort. They are stylish too, which really matters in Italy! I found them at MostComfortableShoes.com
Minneapolis, MN USA Thu 07/21/2011
Best Walking Shoes
Keen Sarasota sandals and either the Shelby slip on, Toyah Mary Jane or Golden Lace. Love this brand. Never had a bad pair. Comfortable and durable.
Los Angeles, Ca USA Sat 07/16/2011
Just bought Naot sandals for upcoming trip to France. They are incredibly comfortable and they have a removable insole that you can replace. Great support AND they are stylish so I can wear them with shorts, skirts, jeans etc.
Traveler from MA
Needham, MA USA Thu 07/14/2011
I researched shoes extensively before a recent trip to Italy and gave up, deciding to take two pair I already wear and find comfortable: leather sandals and a buff-colored pair of pull on sneakers. Turned out to be a great idea. A change of shoes rested my feet and legs, and each choice complimented any of my limited wardrobe selections. The cobblestones, uneven walkways and marble stairs didn't bother me a bit.
Fallbrook, CA USA Thu 07/07/2011
Sneakers and their cousins make my feet go numb. I have found a terrific pair of Teva sandals in leather that l find extremely comfortable and look great with a skirt or dress as well.
Boston, ma USA Sun 07/03/2011
My sure bets
On two separate family European trips (London, France and Spain), with lots of town and country walking I found my Teva Ventura sandals and Merrell sandals were excellent and I also wear them mostly during the year at home.
Valley Mills, TX USA Thu 06/30/2011
Best walking shoes
I have a relatively flat foot and pronate so almost all shoes hit on top of my fallen, or lower navicular bone. Walking was misery. Getting worse in my 40s. I have ordered and returned about 50 pairs of shoes for another week long European trip with lots of walking on cobblestones. I have found sandals that have literally changed my life. Orthaheels, designed by an Australian podiatrist with not only an arch but a varus wedge! No pain on inside of foot along tendons, I can walk for miles in them! Finally, a shoe company that has something real to offer with a lot of bioengineering. No other shoe has those features. I am amazed and had to tell all of you about them! Work well even if you have high arches like my husband who is stunned by how well these work too. Good price, I love them!
Indianapolis, IN USA Tue 06/28/2011
I swear by Ecco shoes but I learned something recently that might help with not getting blisters on your toes. The socks are as important as the shoes. I bought some toed socks at REI on the recommendation of an employee who wore them during the 60 mile breast cancer walk. I wore the socks on our last vacation (and we did a LOT of walking) and no blisters!
San Diego, CA USA Thu 06/23/2011
Best Walking Shoes
I have over 120 pairs of shoes so far so I'm pretty much sure I know w/c shoes are comfy w/c are not just by looking at it. I thought most of my vans sneakers and nike rubber shoes are the most comfortable until I tried ECCO Track 5 and Orthofeet walking shoes. The ECCO is the all-around type of shoe, you can wear it everywhere most especially if your job requires you to stand or walk all day. It's very comfy, roomy around the toe area, waterproof and it's lightweight. The Orthofeet is still on the break-in period but still I cant find any negative comments yet. It's so lightweight, my feet feels cool even on hot days. It's also recommended by orthopedist for those people with diabetes or things related to foot problems.
Anaheim, CA USA Sun 06/19/2011
Just got back from 18 days in Germany, Belgium, and France, winding up in Paris for five days. Lots of walking! I have always had problems finding good walking shoes; wanted to take only one pair of shoes, period, but needed good walking shoe that also looked good. Found some Dockers shoes (leather uppers, oil resistant walking sole) on sale for around $50; best shoes I've ever bought! Look great for semi-dressy, and rugged, sturdy, and plenty comfy right out of the box. Great for day-long walks in Normandy, Rhein River valley, and even Paris!
Raton, NM USA Sat 06/18/2011
Take Tennis Shoes!!!!!
I refused to bring tennis shoes because I thought it would "mark" me as too American, and I have regretted it the whole trip. I am currently 12 days into a 15 day trip and have longed for my tennis shoes since day 2. I brought some great walking shoes and sandals from Naturalizer, but nothing can beat a comfy pair of tennis shoes. Did I mention that we were in Paris? It seemed like 2/3 of the the population was wearing jeans and tennis shoes with the locals wearing the most outrageous tenny's I've ever seen! It was a beautiful cultural eduction.
Jackson, CA USA Wed 06/15/2011
Best Walking Shoes
I am a 27 year old female and just got back from a 2 week trip to Italy and Greece. I wore Ryka Walking Sneakers (for heavy duty days), Reef Fanning Flip Flops (wore these the most), and Born Flat Sandals (for evening dressier looks). All shoes performed perfectly and did not require breaking in, though I did wear them before the trip just to be sure.
When looking at what other travelers wore I saw a lot of Merrell sneakers and sandals. When shopping I tried this brand but none of their designs fit me properly. I also saw Keen, Teva, and Chaco shoes.
Happy shopping and definitely go for comfort first!
Atlanta, GA USA Sun 06/12/2011
Best Walking shoes
I have found the best walking shoes for me is Brooks. I wore them every day on our trip to Europe. Didn't have to get use to them; put them on, a perfect fit and comfort from the first day.
San Diego, CA USA Sun 06/12/2011
Best Walking Shoes
Keens....can't believe I haven't seen anyone else recommending these great shoes! I have three pairs ... hiking, walking and sandals, which are also good for walking in really hot weather. I bought these at MEC in Calgary and they have seen me through a great number of trips in the last four years!
Calgary, AB Canada Tue 06/07/2011
Perfect Walking Shoes
Okabashi shoes are perfect. $15, Vegan, Recycle-able, Dishwasher Safe, & recommended by the American Chiropractic Association. I walked 30 miles in them in one day while on vacation. I was tired afterwards, but my feet were not. The perfect shoes!
Chicago, IL USA Sun 06/05/2011
I started having issues with my feet over 12 years ago, and it started in my 20's, so it was very difficult to avoid wearing adorable, painful shoes, until I was practically crying daily and didn't want to walk more than necessary without tennis shoes. Finally got wise. A black Mephisto bootie became my staple for home & on every single trip I took out of town. Similar to the Fiducia style currently in stock. Still fashion conscious at age 36, but needing to be pain free, especially when traveling..... Naot brand Matai style (you can [INVALID] orthodics) are super spongy and look great!!! I wear mine weekly at home, and they have traveled many times to NYC and internationally, and have put in some serious miles. I would recommend Smart Wool socks - thin for warmer weather, thicker for colder. Wick moisture, no odor, different colors & styles, and can last 2-3 days without washing if needed. Mephisto brand Helen style sandal - great arch, soft underfoot, no blisters. I bought them in metallic silver with a rhinestone buckle to give some pizzaz, and they even look good with some dresses/slacks for evening looks. I wear these multiple times per week at home in spring/summer. I attend 2 music festivals a year in these where I am walking or standing for 3-4 days straight, and they have gone to NYC, Mexico, Hawaii, Spain, etc. I have a pair of Earth sandals similar to the Sizzle style that I also usually travel with. Many of the Earth shoes do run wide, but I found these fit my more slender foot. If I am on a more active vacation, I also travel with my Keen Newports. Not the most fashionable shoe I own, but they are waterproof, rugged, dry quickly, and are soft underfoot. You can take these to the beach and/or a hike. Mine have been to Costa Rica, Mexico, and Hawaii. The shoes I recommend are $80-$250, but you won't need many others, and you will be able to enjoy your trip (and hopefully your 'normal' life, too!). I now reserve my tennis shoes for sports only, and my happy, mostly stylish feet are priceless!!!
Austin, TX USA Thu 06/02/2011
More travel shoes
I forgot to mention I also found some gel paddded footbed sandals by Nike. Also good for easy travel shoes.
Nebraska, USA Mon 05/30/2011
I'm a woman with a slightly wide foot. I tried many pairs through Zappos, and returned most. The most comfortable lace-up was Mephisto Match (the women's version, Mephisto Rush, is too narrow for me). These are extremely comfortable, and will be good in rainy weather. I also bought Finn Comfort Soft Gomera sandals. Both of these brands are made in Europe, and are very pricey, but worth it! I also bought Keen's women's hiking shoes (Voyager), which are sturdy and comfortable (and much less expensive than the other 2 brands). I bought the Keens at a local REI store.
Toluca Lake, CA USA Sun 05/29/2011
Easy travel shoes
I found a pair of sneaker pennyloafers made by Nike. Very comfy. Great travel shoes for walking, and taking off and on at the airport and on the train/plane.
Nebraska, USA Fri 05/27/2011
Best Walking Shoes
Best walking sandals are Mephisto Ulla or the similar style that has velcro straps in back and side. I also like Naturalizer sandals because they have great cusioning. However, I've worn my Mephistos for 7 years. They've been to China, New Zealand, Med cruise, Baltic cruise, Australia, South America, and all around the States. They are a bit beat up and I had to have a cobbler reglue a piece of the velcro. I don't wear my Mephistos everyday, but I have worn them to death and I still wear them. I just bought the Naturalizer shoes for a few days in Paris...they aren't as sturdy but they will be great for navigating potholes, uneven pavement, and all the stairs in the Metro. For long term investment, I like Mephisto Ulla or the other ugly shoe (might be called Calla?) and you can find these at the Mephisto site or Zappos.
Seattle, Washington USA Tue 05/24/2011
Jambu Barefoot Flats
I just got back from Rick Steves' Greek tour. I brought 4 pairs of shoes but wore my Jambu JBU 606 barefoot flats 90% of the time. No socks, no hassle. Wore them on the plane, on Athens streets, on cobblestones, hiking at ancient sites etc. Had no foot discomfort or blisters at all. Was as comfortable as wearing no shoes but protected my feet for whatever the day brought. Highly recommend them for spring/summer travel. Got lots of compliments on them too. My other 3 pairs of shoes pretty much stayed in my suitcase.
Willits, CA USA Tue 05/17/2011
Naot shoes are great!
After reading all the recommendations, I bought a pair of Naot shoes for my recent trip to Italy. They are a steel blue with a black swirl (caught some people looking at my feet, with admiring glances) [INVALID] and were SO comfortable. They were the only shoes I brought on the 2-week trip and I couldn't have been happier. I'm already looking forward to treating myself to a new pair in the fall in a different color, just because I love them so much. So thanks everyone, for your recommendations!!
Chicago, IL USA Tue 05/17/2011
I enjoy an occasional cheeseburger - would you still recommend these shoes if I skip the fries?
Best Walking Shoes For vegans, i would recommend these shoes.
I purchased a pair for my upcoming trip. They are made from hemp and canvas and are very comfortable!
Minneapolis, MN USA 03/15/2011
San Diego, CA USA Tue 05/17/2011
Best for wide feet!
I've finally found the comfort shoe that fit my wide foot, and is stylishly well made: Finn Comfort. I tried Mephisto (women: if you are medium to narrow in width, these will work well for you), and liked them, but they just weren't wide enough for me. I tried Ecco (which I have liked in the past, but now seem cheaply made), New Balance, All Rounder Niva (not bad, but just not comfortable enough for my foot) and even the ugly SAS. I have settled on Finn Comfort's Soft Gomera in a sandal, and will most likely take a Finn Comfort lace up, as well. Added to this, I'll probably take a New Balance or Keen hiking shoe. I know, better to only bring 2 pair, but a hiking shoe just isn't nice enough to wear in a city, and I wouldn't want to wear sandals if it rains. I'm going to Germany & Austria.
North Hollywood, CA USA Thu 05/12/2011
If you are going to Rome, or another place where you need to be 'less casual' to enter some of the sites, consider Preview. This is Nordstrom's store brand. I took them to Rome and Paris, for 'dress'. Planned to wear my New Balance for walking. Ended up wearing the Preview sandals eveywhere. Very comfy.
Plano, TX USA Sat 05/07/2011
I have to give my recommendation to the Keen Findley. I"m really picky about footwear and have tried many different ones over my many years, and I've been using Keen's for the last 4 years, with the Findley's for part of that time. The most comfortable shoes I have ever used.
Guarino, CA USA Fri 05/06/2011
Merrills and Clarks combination
For a recent trip to Italy, I took my Merrill hiking boots and my Clarks Unstructured Un.Loop shoes. I spent days in my Merrills and nights in my Clarks. The perfect combination!
Denver, CO USA Tue 05/03/2011
Birkenstocks for summer
Birkenstocks mold to your feet, and come in may styles and sizes to fit almost any feet. Size 10-11, also. Best for summer walking.
St. Joeseph, Mo, MO USA Wed 04/27/2011
Best Walking Shoes
I took my New Balance Tennis Shoes and just regular socks and we walked all over Europe, took the Euro Rail and walked some more and had no problems. Best shoes ever. Expense: less than $50.00.
Waxahachie, TX USA Mon 04/25/2011
Has any one tried Vibram fivefingers shoes.. they are ugly but they are so comfortable. They come in black and other colors.
Ohio USA Fri 04/15/2011
Best walking shoes
Since I am already on my feet all day due to the nature of my job I assumed they could take the extra walking around Paris. One thing to think about are the type of socks you wear. When I wore my Smartwool socks (which wic moisture and prevent rubbing) I had no problems, but when I switched to a cotton "fashion" sock I had blisters on the soles of my feet after a day. For shoe brands from a female perspective: Merrell, and my new Ecco boots are the most comfortable. Try to avoid the temptation for high heels, and get shoes with traction- old cobblestone can be slippery. Happy traveling!
Portland, OR USA Wed 04/13/2011
Comfortable shoes/socks for travel
I swear by my MBT shoes and Balega socks. I have several foot issues including a fracture on the bottom of one foot and I can walk all day in the MBTs without much pain. The style I like best have very thick, cushy rocker soles. They are expensive($250) but worth it. Also, NO blisters with the Balega socks. These socks are hard to find so I order them on-line from The Running Warehouse in Georgia.
Portland, OR USA Mon 04/11/2011
Best Walking Shoes
My new Naot Kirei Mary Janes are so comfortable and stylish I am going back for a second pair in brown! Wonderful arch support.av
Arlington, TX USA Thu 04/07/2011
I purchased a pair of geox in 07 for a trip to Italy. They are made to "breathe" but still be water proof. This was great for the August heat in Venice! I am buying another pair for my trip in May
Baltimore, MD USA Fri 04/01/2011
Best Walking Shoes
I agree that Paul Green shoes are very comfortable (but you can expect to spend between $200 and $300 for most pairs, and upwards of $450 for boots). I have arch problems so I either have to wear inserts or rely on shoes with some semi-correct footbeds. Paul Green's are stylish and made in Austria. I have about 6 pairs of them and I can say they also are very well made and last forever. I also like Munro American and my Brooks tennis shoes (hey I'm a tourist, so might as well embrace it).
Lakewood, CO USA Thu 03/31/2011
Best walking shoes
I've worn Mephisto, Ecco, Merrill and liked them all, but the only thing I've had so far that I can wear all day and step out of at the end with my feet feeling GREAT are Redwings. I'll be wearing these in Italy in May. Iron Ranger boots with a cap toe to make them look a little less workboot-like, fantastic ankle support...I feel like I have armored feet. After break-in, they are just getting more comfortable. I'm sure they're heavier, but I can walk for miles and don't even notice the weight. After listening to my raves, my wife picked up some Wolverine 1000-mile boots (similar to my Redwings in quality, a little less chunky), and it's looking like this will be her go-to footwear for the trip. Thought I'd toss this out, as it seems a little counter-intuitive and unlike what many people are considering.
SEATTLE, WA USA Sun 03/27/2011
I have not seen this brand recommended. I have bought (and worn) Mephisto, Ecco, and Merrill over the many years of travel. I now get Paul Green shoes (sold by Zappos and Nordstroms) which for my feet are simply wonderful. They are pricey, but on sale occasionly.
Ft. Collins, CO USA Sat 03/26/2011
Ecco Track IIs
I've tried many shoes, over many years. I've found nothing better then Ecco Track IIs. They are the most versatile, and they leave you feeling refreshed at the end of the day. City, business, museums, trails, parks, even light snow and glacier hikes! Mephistos are good, very high quality materials, but Ecco Track II are the design king. Add a pair of sandals, and you're set. When I need something dressier, I take a pair of black Allen Edmonds day trippers. A great walking shoe that looks like a dress shoe!
Eugene, OR USA Fri 03/25/2011
Best Walking Shoes
For vegans, i would recommend these shoes.
I purchased a pair for my upcoming trip. They are made from hemp and canvas and are very comfortable!
Minneapolis, MN USA Tue 03/15/2011
I'd recommend Merrells
For a two-week trip to Italy, I wore Merrell Circuit Mary Janes every day, walking 12 hours a day on cobblestone streets and even rough fields in Tuscany. They were comfortable and gave my feet very little problems. I had zero foot fatigue. Toward the end of the trip, I developed a bit of a sore spot on top of the foot, where the strap went across. But it was not really notiiceable unless i thought about it. I'd highly recommend them. FYI: I'd recommend wearing a pair of those nude-colored slipper socks that don't show. I wore these shoes also in NYC last summer when it was 100 degrees F, and I developed a small blister when I didn't wear the socks. Once I put the socks back on, they were fine. I did not have this problem in Italy, where I went without socks many days, probably because it was cooler there.
Cleveland, OH USA Thu 03/10/2011
My favorite walking shoes
Sketchers with rocker soles. Comfy!
Joliet, MT, USA Tue 03/08/2011
Bring more than one pair
As far as preference for a specific shoe brand, I say, "if the shoe fits..." but my suggestion would be to bring 2 pairs of whatever. Every shoe fits differently &, if you end the day with a tender spot on your foot, the last thing you want to do is wear the same pair the next day. Bring a second pair to alternate with.
Dassel, MN USA Sun 03/06/2011
Betula's! Have cork soles, and mold to my feet. Light and fluffy for summer walking in hot Rome. Have started a collection for travel. No crabby feet.
SF, CA, USA Sat 03/05/2011
Merrell Intercept Walking Shoes
My wife ordered me a pair of Merrell Intercept walking sneakers for our recent trip to Europe. These shoes were just great for every type of activity over 10 days. They are designed with breathable materials so the feet stay fresh as well as comfortable. She found them at a great site called: www.MostComfortableShoes.com
Portland, OR USA Sat 02/19/2011
Incredible Keen Walking shoes
For our month long trek through Europe I decided on a pair of Keen's. Here's what I liked about them.
1. Fashion/Style: They are leather shoes that look "fashionable" and look great with any pant, from Jeans to Khaki's. I never felt out of place.
2. Support: The sole is thick and the insole has great arch support. The insole is also removable so you can insert special inserts if you need them.
3. Durability: I wore these shoes everyday for 34 days of travel. 4 flights, 8 train rides and hundreds of miles on foot and they made it to the end of the trip in one piece.
4. Sole: Very durable and slip resistant. This is a huge deal when you are running for a train on a slippery platform. The tread on a lot of the shoes I have owned in the past has worn off quickly leaving a slippery sole, this is made to last as it wears.
What I didn't like:
1. If you wear synthetic socks your feet smell (at least mine did)
2. There is not as much cushion as an athletic shoe but they are still quite comfortable and they are far more durable and fashionable than your average athletic shoe.
All in all I would HIGHLY recommend them.
Redmond, WA USA Mon 02/07/2011
Most comfortable shoes ever
Skecher brand Tone-Ups sport lavish cushioning! Like walking on pillows over Rome's hard basalt streets or marble floor museums- most comfortable shoes Iv'e ever worn!
San Diego, CA USA Mon 02/07/2011
Blundstones + Naot
My Blundstones go with me everywhere - look great with jeans and passably dressy...have had them on 2 trips thru Europe - though they are a little hot in September..., mind you, mine are one of the last ones I got made in Australia, new ones made in Vietnam, not sure if they are still as good...also Naot sandals - look great and are super comfy - I have 5 pairs and all I wear all summer. I sell shoes, and have heard lots of great things about the Clarks Wave shoes as well...people seem to find very comfy.
Truro, NS Canada Mon 02/07/2011
I wear doc martins for walking, but not too comfy. Also, have a pair of uggs for cold blustery days. Hip does not make for comfort, just blisters. Clarks wave--new walking shoes work best for me.
Wichita, KS, USA Sun 02/06/2011
While in Air Force boot camp we wore 2 pair of socks. One light and one heavy and never suffered from blisters dispite hours of marching in new combat boots.
Lynnwood, WA USA Wed 01/19/2011
Chaco Sandals, Birkenstocks
Chaco sandals and Birkenstocks treated me very well on our five-countries-in-21-days trip to Europe in the summer of 2008. The Chacos were my favorite because they're waterproof, and you can even hike and do some light jogging in them. You should definitely take at least two pairs of shoes for a trip longer than a week though. It just feels so nice to change shoes after walking miles a day.
Denver, CO USA Wed 01/19/2011
Open toe shoes and closed toe shoes
I used to wear my Nike sandals with socks for travel walking. I would get small rocks stuck in them, dry leaves clung on my socks, and other stuff trapped from open toe shoes. I found Ryka walking shoes Mary Jane style. Fabulous! My feet are better protected, comfy and safter than open toe shoes. I'm attached to my toes and want to keep them. Happy travels!
Bay Area, CA USA Mon 01/17/2011
Merrell Spire Peak Boots
I was in Paris in December and wore Merrell Spire Peak waterproof boots for women. The weather was bad and I walked through snow, puddles, slush, and mud. These boots kept my feet warm and dry! They looked cute over jeans or even under dressier slacks. My husband wore a pair of Clark's that we treated with leather conditioner. His feet stayed dry too.
VA USA Thu 01/13/2011
Born shoes are great. I've had the same pair for 2 trips to Europe and 3 countries. They look great with jeans and can be dressed up with tights.
Durham, NC USA Sat 01/08/2011
Best Travel Shoes
Finn Comfort Shoes or SAS for all day walking!
West Palm Beach, FL USA Sat 01/08/2011
Five Fingers for Travel
As long as it's warm, I wear my Vibram Five-fingers SmartWool Classics for sightseeing and travel. It's like being barefoot, but protects your feet from nastiness and fulfills the shoes requirement of many places.
If you don't do well with being barefoot for long periods of time, they won't make you happy.
I'm still in search of a winter-weather and snow travel shoe.
Richmond, VA USA Tue 01/04/2011