Best Walking Shoes for Travel
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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Try Sketchers Go Walk
We went to London and other parts of England last summer. I bought a pair of Sketchers Go Walk shoes and was really impressed. There was no amount of walking I could do which would cause a blister or ache. I left on each walk knowing that my feet would be extremely comfortable. They look like tennis shoes, but you wear them with no socks...so no socks to pack either. They are not cheap ($50 or $60), but you'll be so glad you have them.
Hickory, NC USA 06/14/2013
Best Walking Shoes for Travel
I loved my Naots. They are as comfortable as slippers. I wore them on a 2 week trip to Europe and my feet were happy the entire trip. They are costly but worth it.
FALLBROOK, CA USA 06/14/2013
Important shoe shopping tip
This is the most important tip for walking shoes. First I have to ask a question: when was the last time that you had your feet measured for the correct shoe size? Years probably? I was wondering why my expensive Ecco shoes were suddenly giving me blisters and sore feet on vacation. When I got home I was shopping once again for comfortable shoes and the salesperson said that she was going to measure my feet. I thought that it was a waste of time but wasn't I surprised when I found that my feet were a whole size bigger than the shoes that I'd been buying! After buying the larger size, just about every pair of shoes that I buy feel better than before. Don't think that you feet stop growing when you are an adult? Think again. This last trip my feet returned home in the same shape or better than they were when we began our trip.
San Diego, CA USA 06/08/2013
My best pair of travel shoes made simple
My best pair of travel shoes have turned out to be my old favorite Birkenstocks with adjustable straps. If the weather turns cold, I get out my wooly socks and wear them. Comfort made easy! Walking made easy!
Los Angeles, CA USA 06/08/2013
Clark's Wave Walk shoe
Clark's Wave Walk, a lace-up, lightweight shoe, is the best I've ever taken on a trip. Took it to Barcelona and southern France and it was stylish enough to wear with skirts, shorts and leggings. It took me up mountains and into bistros, across miles of cobblestone and hundreds of stairs. Oui! Total thumbs up, which is a lot from a person with really sensitive feet like me.
Lafayette, CO USA 06/06/2013
Cute Flats for Women
I have finally found a cute pair of flats with cushion and arch support! I can walk for miles all day and not have one blister. They are made by Ahnu and called Gracie. Great buy :D
Pentwater, Michig USA 06/06/2013
Whatever brand you wear, just use common sense first and foremost. The shoe MUST be a good fit, no slippery soles, NO high heels. Never take a brand new pair of shoes on a trip without having broken them in first. I put on a new pair of shoes, bought for a trip, and walk in them on all kinds of surfaces: hard, soft, even, uneven, uphill, downhill. If they're uncomfortable, I'd rather find out BEFORE I take them. Than when I'm 1/2 way through a special day of a trip. Two pr. I plan on taking are Dr. Scholl's Double Air Pillow Sandals/Open toed, and Clark's Artisan Sandals.
Montclair, VA USA 06/04/2013
Best for Rome: Clarks Wendy Land Ankle-Strap Sandals
I bought a pair of Clarks Wendy Land sandals for Rome and swore by them for 3 days straight (it rained on the 4th day otherwise I would've worn them again). So comfortable and they let my feet breathe all day long.
Portland, USA 05/29/2013
Merrell jungle mocs for women
I got a pair of Keen hiking boots for Greece...which, despite the sales associate's sizing help, were uncomfortable & gave me black toe the entire trip. EPIC FAIL.
For Belgium/Holland, I chose Merrill's "jungle mocs." They'd been rated #1 on a website reviewing women's walking shoes for Europe. In rain, cold, over cobblestones...EPIC SUCCESS & NO INJURIES (unlike a couple tour members whose shoes slipped terribly)!
Shoes for travel in Europe
For walking on cobblestones and gravel, good hiking boots that support the ankles (Asolo was my choice), or Keens shoes worked best for me!
Pasadena, CA USA 05/23/2013
I love my Merrill shoes with vibram soles. I have a hiking/walking shoe and I recently purchased their foot glove meant to be worn without socks. The barefoot glove is super light weight, flexible and has a great vibram sole. I love the glove...so comfortable. I am taking both pairs of Merrill's and a pair of lightweight sandals on BOE tour next week. I find that rotating my shoes help my feet be more comfortable and blister free.
Milwaukee, WI USA 05/18/2013
I find Merrill shoes to be the best. Their website provides a wide selection. Well made, comfortable, with needed support. They have carried me in Hawaii, Bangkok, and Italy.
Jerome, Idaho USA 05/14/2013
A very very comfortable shoe is the Naot. They feel like a glove from the first. Hand made in Israel. In the $140-180 range. Worth every penny. I have several pair of the sandals and the support is wonderful. They never wear out.
Orangeburg, SC USA 05/07/2013
Quality sandals are the best
When I decided to do light backpacking, I like to rely on basic things that I can carry during all my travels, I'll put quality as my priority.. forget about the fashion. Quality doesn't mean expensive, but: lightweight, durable, can be washed and fast dry, also, and not give me blisters. I hate blisters after long hikes.
So I have tried few brand names of travel sandals, but what made me very satisfied was the last time purchased this Australian brand sold at Etailshack.com, if it's ok to put this site address as i only see it's only sold here. The sandals served me real well for rafting, travel and trekking in SE Asia, even for skydive in Australia too, and the sandals still show no signs of retirement.
Sunshine Coast, Qld Australia 05/07/2013
Walking (running) Shoes
I use running shoes. I had first bought Adidas from Costco and used those until my wife made me get different ones. I now have flexible Nike running shoes and love them. I tried a bunch of different brands, but a lot of them would pinch when I walked, didn't have enough room for pads, etc. Running shoes are great because they have the built-in shock absorb for running. If it is good enough for running, it will certainly work well for walking!
Phoenix, AZ USA 04/15/2013
Best walking shoe
I brought a pair of Anne Klein Seana shoes for my month-long excursion. They were padded enough to keep my feet comfortable (without looking clunky), but dressy enough to go to a nice dinner in.
Sacramento, CA USA 04/13/2013
Best Walking Shoes for Travel
I have worn Rieker's Anti-stress shoes (old German company) for about 10 years and they are the most comfortable shoes I own. No problem with cobblestones, blisters. Even brand new, they feel like old friends.
Madison, AL USA 04/12/2013
Ladies, please don't wear your trusty danskos.... I did a face plant right in front of my hotel in Milan... So fortunate that I was not seriously hurt. (just my pride).. There are so many cobblestone/brick streets and sidewalks.. Even the concrete sidewalks are extremely uneven!
Macon, GA USA 04/11/2013
Easy Spirit Anti-Gravity Mary Janes
I wore very comfortable E.S Mary Janes (Anti-Gravity line), Ariat ankle boots, and Clarks sandal with ankle strap in France-for a month. No blisters, no problems, and all looked good and wore well. The sandals are three years old so looking for another pair.
Oxnard, Calif. USA 04/11/2013
San Antonio Shoes
Any SAS shoe! Have walked all over Europe and Asia with the same pair (and I wear them to work too); they hold up very well and I always outlast my travel buddy :)
Honolulu, HI USA 04/03/2013
Watch out for slippery soles!
Last October, I was on a walking tour of Lisbon when I slipped on a rain-slicked cobblestone street and broke both bones in my ankle. I'm still recovering from that accident, and expect to be using a cane for another six months. When you pick your shoes, check to see how slippery the soles are. Some of the 'vibram' soles look like they have good traction (and they probably do on mud and dirt) but they turn streets into skating rinks.
Seattle, WA USA 03/30/2013
Running shoes for women
Do you recommend running shoes for women with a change at night to Skecher's On the Go Walking sneaker? Both look a little funny with long pants, but they both are so comfortable for walking. Your thoughts are appreciated.
TX USA 03/23/2013
Extra padding for shoes
I have whimpy feet. I got some Rockports, and got some pads to put in them, too. And, sometimes I wear extra thick socks. Works great for any where walking! Happy travels.
Buffalo, NY, USA 03/18/2013
Best Walking Shoes
The best shoes are having a variety...make sure not the same name brand/style....put your feet & back into a different postion each day. Also if possible changing half-way thru the day is great.
Garden City, KS USA 03/18/2013
SAS now carries cute styles! and they are American made. AND they are great on the feet! especially for bunions!
Augusta, SC USA 03/18/2013
I love Merrils. Pricey but great walking/hiking shoes...
Richmons, Tx USA 03/16/2013
Test them before you go!
I spent 1 month traveling and alot of walking last year.
I bought some Keens and Tevas. The Keens were great. The keens were slippery on the cobblestones!
whatever you do, make sure you breakthem in before you go. Since im on my feet 12 h/day, i used that time to break/test them before my trip.
one last comment. I usually wear cotton sox for my everyday wear, but i bought some Merino wool sox for my trip. They kept my feet cool/warm and not as sweaty as my cotton.
Portland, or USA 03/15/2013
I am so happy. Going on a trip in a few weeks - have lots of foot issues and found the two best pairs of shoes I have EVER owned. Bought Orthaheel tennis shoes called KateII and Avaron dress mary janes called Clarissa. I have worn them both for several days and they are PERFECT!! They were perfect the first day - all day!!! Hope this helps someone out there
Charleston, SC USA 03/15/2013
Best Boots for Walking
I spent 3 weeks in Italy over Christmas and I needed waterproof, gortex, no slip boots that were warm and cute. I spent about 25 hours searching online and another several hours in stores. I finally settled on Ecco GTX Rise Boots in Brown. I. Love. Them. These boots allowed me to enjoy the long hours of walking on cobblestone in cold and wet weather. I usually get tired feet after an hour at the mall, so I have been impressed with these boots. My feet were warm, dry, and comfy. I paired the boots with Berry Superfeet inserts. Magic!
Costa Mesa, CA USA 03/13/2013
Rule !: Take shoes you know! I like Asics gels, which have never caused blisters even after 12-hour walking and standing days. The last trip (Brit Isles, early April) I took 2 Keens: Alamosa and Toyah, and preferred the Alamosas. They are waterproof but my feet didn't sweat, and they gave great support I was flagging after some of those days, but my feet were okay. I don't wear white tennies abroad, but comfort and health come before any fashion statement.
Marion, Ohio USA 03/08/2013
Best shoes: Troentorp (Bastaad) brand. Wood base with leather top, thin rubber sole, last for years. I wear the clogs with an adjustable strap for my high instep. Probably not too good on cobble stones, though. I'm a nurse and wear them to work and for travel. They come in sandal versions that I wear with shorts.
West Bloomfield, Michig USA 03/08/2013
Great Walking Shoes for Summer
The first couple of years I did fine with just Bass loafers, and I walked all over Florence and Paris in them. Now, that is out of the question. For years, I searched and purchased shoes that I thought would provide both comfort and style. Finally, I purchased some sandals by Keen as well as Born. They are a little pricey but they have held up great thus far.
Washington, DC USA 03/04/2013
If it fits, wear it
I obssess about comfortable footwear after developing my first round of plantar fasciitis due to wearing a "cute" flat while walking all over Toronto. My orthopedist made me a foam orthotic in his office with an off-the-shelf form and hid Dremel tool for the grand cost of $25!
But it took close to two years to recover from the fasciitis. I've tried many brands: Mephistos and Ecco were too hard and unforgiving on the balls of the feet. Their rubber soles also fell apart with time. Dr. Scholls were not great quality. My Vasque mountaineering boots were great but I wore them out and they don't look so hot in a Michelin starred restaurant. I don't care to wear athletic shoes which are fine for athletics, but not for the city. I do have a pair of very clunky leather New Balance walking shoes that I use for workouts, real workhorse shoes that accept my orthotic.
For me, my best fit was a Rockport suede loafer, very comfortable footbed for me. Alas, long ago worn out. Clark's step-in type clogs have been my "go to" shoes for all day wear and have the advantage of being backless, since I tend to develop heel blisters easily (blasted Danner hikers cut short a backpacking trip in the Rockies due to same). I've also had very good experience with Taos brand footwear, which have a nice hig arch support.
A gentleman on this board named Heinz, and my orthopedist both say: everyone's foot is different. For those with plantar fasciitis, a higher arc support which takes pressure off the heel is recommended, rather than gel pads which just compress the heel more. Shoes without the arch support will hurt after a short while. Find the brand that works for your foot and stick with it. If prone to blisters, I'd stick with no socks in a sandal, or poly wicking socks, not cotton athletic socks nor wool, which can abrade the heel and toes. Bring moleskin and is prone to blisters, apply in before you go out for the day.
WI USA 02/25/2013
Love my crocs
I have walked all over in my crocs and have never had sore or tired feet - everywhere from London to St. Petersburg to Rome to Istanbul. They may not be the most attractive shoes, but for comfort they can't be beat. I have 2 pairs that I take everywhere - one of the classic mary janes for warmer weather and one of the fleece lined for when it's colder or rainy - the classic ones also double as beach shoes.
Denver, CO USA 02/24/2013
These Shoes are Made for Walking
I've tried so many pairs of expensive shoes that haven't worked. What has worked, and wonderfully I might add, are Ahnu and Keen. I've walked 12 hours a day for 11 days straight in Italy and France in my Ahnu shoes. Not very stylish but who cares! Every person has a different foot so keep on trying.
Virginia Beach, VA USA 02/20/2013
Love my Keen's
It depends on your own feet. I wouldn't trade my Keen's for anything, but I have wide feet and I know my narrow-footed girlfriend hated them. I don't care what they look like--I can walk for miles and miles on any kind of surface and be happy!
Victoria, BC Canada 02/18/2013
orthaheel shoe recommended by dr weil
after hundreds and hundreds of dollars spent on every reputable (and high end!) Brand mentioned here to deal with crippling plantar fasciitis that ruined sightseeing found Dr Andrew weil recommended Orthaheel...symptom free for 3 years and can travel pain free...
elmira, or USA 02/10/2013
Merrell Chameleon Men's Walking Shoes
I traveled through Greece and Turkey last month and did a lot of miles on cobblestone streets and hiking trails. I wore Merrell Chameleon 4 for three weeks straight - so supportive and breathable! They kept my feet fresh and odor free. I found them recommended at a web site called MostComfortableShoes.com.
Sarasota, FL USA 02/07/2013
I really like Brooks Addiction. They're my basic shoes for most occasions and spent 2 weeks wearing them in Italy. Black leather, not real stylish, but extremely supportive and comfortable. I take a second pair of Asics to change things up and for village hiking.
Seattle, wa USA 01/21/2013
Almost all good walking/running shoes
No matter what shoes you end up with, a real winner I have found is to buy Dr. Scholl's corn cusions, the foam rubber ones, and when feet start getting irritated from too much walking, stick them on that spot. Keeps you from getting blisters, sore spots, etc. A real life safer in Paris, Rome, Venice for us. Have tried many expensive brands of shoes, but the little pads were the winners.
Fort Smith, AR USA 01/13/2013
Best Walking Shoes for Travel
Keen Presidio are the best. You just put them on & go and you do not need to break them in, plus they have a removable footbed for orthotics. I've worn them several times during my European travels, the only shoe you need for your trip.
Cincinnati, OH USA 12/08/2012
Take the flip-flops
The best I found as a combination for walking long distances and relaxing either at the beach, in the hotel, or for a light stroll around the block is a good pair of running shoes and a pair of flip-flops (molded and sturdy type)! Happy feet makes for happy traveling.
Bothell, WA USA 12/05/2012
TOMS are amazing
I get very sore and tired feet from walking, and on my fourth trip to Europe I didn't want to experience this again. I wore the classic TOMS canvas shoes and even with walking around (slightly lost) in Rome for 6 hours my feet felt cushioned and supported. Every time I wore my alternate footwear I always wished I had been wearing the TOMS, so for most of the trip I did. They cost about $70 CAD but completly worth it.
Great walking shoes
One brand is not better than another brand when it comes to walking shoes. Go to a local running/walking shoe store. They will look at your feet, bring out many brands and see which one feels best on your feet. One point, go with a running shoe, alot more cushion than a walking shoes. You will be paying between $95-$135 for a pair but well worth the price
chicago, il USA 11/01/2012
With your favorite walking shoe, do not forget an orthotic insert($25) and a wick away sport running sock like Thorlos ($11). Yes, it will cost you about an extra $36 but it is the answer to sore tired travel/museum feet. It took me years to discover the best combo.
Best Walking Shoes for Travel
Nike Frees in all black with black soles. Having had a severe case of plantar fasciitis followed by right knee replacement, I am careful about the shoes I wear everywhere. Nike Frees have elastic support through the arch plus thick and very flexible soles which worked very well on the cobblestones and steps in towns and mountains of the Alps in September. Lots of flexibility for my feet plus stability on the many irregular stone steps. Also took Clarks Privo Mary Janes with straps which open over the arch, giving great adjustability. Excellent for going through airport security and for a more dressy look as well as comfortable for a change of shoe. No adjustability.
Weston, MA USA 10/23/2012
Going to France?
Mephisto shoes are pricey but worth it (comfort, quality, etc.). I especially recommend the Zoe, which is a sleek leather sneaker with a cork insole. If you're going to France, your best bet is to buy them when you arrive, because they're significantly cheaper there vs. in the U.S. The Paris guidebook mentions a store on Rue Cler that sells them, but there are Mephisto stores all over France, too. I bought mine at one of the stores in a very small city: the darling salesperson spoke no English, and I speak very limited French. Yet, we both had a lot of laughs in making the transaction happen, and the story is now one of the fun memories from my trip.
Boston, MA USA 10/20/2012
Travel Shoes - Keen
I have been to several European countries and never go without my Keen sandals. They are extremely comfortable. Granted some may not think they are very attractive, but as someone with plantar faciitis, I can tell you after days of walking from morning to night, my feet never hurt. A great investment
Buffalo, NY USA 10/20/2012
I am going to Paris in December, I have decided on a pair of Reiker ankle boots, very padded inside and a pair of Jambu loafers with a fur lining also padded. It is a challenge to find a comfortable and warm winter shoe for a lot of walking. But these seems to work out great on long walks.
Grass Valley, Ca USA 10/10/2012
Ecco best walking shoes
I have a bad back, because of this I was worried about going on my 3 week 4 country trip to Europe. Thankfully I was talked into splurging on a pair of good walking shoes. It cost me about $250 BUT it was the best investment that I made on my trip and saved me a lot pain.
Los Angeles, USA 10/08/2012
What to wear in Europe
I agonized over what shoes to take on our two-week trip to Europe, finally settling on a pair of Eccos and a pair of Rockports, trying to pack practical and "European". Each pair cost more than what I would ordinarily pay for shoes. Both were murder after a few hours of cobblestones. Wish I had just taken my Adidas! And my good jeans. They sure as heck DO wear them in Europe everywhere we went!
Mentor, OH USA 10/05/2012
Best Walking Shoes IMHO
I just got home from four weeks in Europe. Took along Danskos, Wolky's, and for the first time ever, Keen's mary janes. The Keens were based on advice I saw on this wall. Just wanted to report that the Keens were by far my favorite shoes and I wore them almost every day with no blisters, pain or problems. I love Danskos here at home but when I wore them, my foot twisted on uneven pavement more than once. Thanks for posting the great advice here fellow travelers!
Dallas, OREGON USA 10/01/2012
VivoBarefoot Off Road Men's Walking Shoes
I second the web site MostComfortableShoes.com for their Top 10 Walking Shoes list. I purchased a pair of VivoBarefoot Off Road shoes and have been really impressed with their style, comfort and durability. I mostly do hiking and walking on off-road trails. Besides hiking, I can wear these to town, do my business and look good at a fine restaurant, all on the same pair of shoes. When I get home, I don't want to take them off. I call that a bargain.
Boulder, CO USA 09/28/2012
Best walking shoes for travel
Based on 20+ years of feet-on-the-ground travel in Europe I'd say Mephistos are the most comfortable (and priciest). And they come in dress or sporty styles. If in Europe one might be able to pick up a pair at an attractive price, esp. in France.
New York, NY USA 09/27/2012
Best Walking Shoes
Dr Weil's Orthaheel Rythm Walkers
Venice, FL USA 09/26/2012
Women's Mephisto AllRounder
The Mephisto AllRounders have been my travel mates for a couple of years now. They are the perfect blend of all day walking and casual evening shoes. I have 2 pairs of these in black. I found them at http://MostComfortableShoes.com
Madison, WI USA 09/19/2012
I always take two pair of walking shoes (different brands). I wear one pair on the plane and pack one. Then I alternate wearing them each day, and avoid developing any blisters. For several years it has been a pair of black leather Nikes (with a cushioned insole added), and a pair of black leather Easy Spirits.
Morristown, NJ USA 09/18/2012
My well worn Birkenstocks saved my feet! My expensive Ecco sandals tore up my feet, but my Birkies came to the rescue and never left my feet again.
Miami, FL USA 09/15/2012
Best shoes? There is no way to pick one or two styles or models out of the thousands available. I am a Certified Pedorthist and I fit and modify comfort shoes for a living. What one says is the best shoe for him/her may be the worst for the other. Your left foot is already different from your right foot. There is usually a 1/2 size difference in length and one may be wider than the other. Do you have any kind of foot condition like plantar fasciitis, heel pain, neuroma. The wrong shoe will make your days miserable. Here are some tips to find your best shoe: - if you have foot pain and haven't seen a Podiatrist yet, go and make an appointment. - get your shoes fitted by a professional fitter. There are many comfort shoe stores with trained fitters or certified pedorthists. - have your shoes modified to any foot condition you may have. - look for comfort, not necessarily style. - buy your shoes way a head of your vacation. This way you have time to " break it in" and try it out. - remember, you are the only one who can determine what is comfortable. Happy travel and happy feet........
Temple, TX USA 09/13/2012
I just went to Europe for 3 weeks and took a fairly new pair of GRAVITY DEFYER shoes. I have never been in such hell in my entire life! I only had those and a pair of FIT-FLOPS and had to wear the fitflops all the time. I had worn them around town for short periods before my trip and they seemed OK. Thanks goodness they had a 30 day return policy of you were not happy with the shoes. Be warned!
SLC, UT USA 09/10/2012
Best Shoes for Travel?
Having tried almost all of the brands mentioned so far over several decades of travel, I heartily recommend Crocs. No, not the ugly-colored beach sandals. They have been making more and more styles than desired for years now. I think their designers are paid based upon how often they can come up with new designs. Anyway, look at the Harborline or Thompson lace up shoes for men or the Above Deck Boat Shoe for women, for example, they work well with a sport coat as well as with shorts. They're lighter than anything else out there as well, so will help with keeping your bag within airline weight limits which could save you big bucks when checking a bag. There are many other styles that would appeal to all ages, but they all have one thing in common; they're much lighter and more comfortable than any other shoe in the World and I say that from personal experience as I had a bout with plantar fasciitis and couldn't find any shoe that allowed me to walk all day without pain until I discovered Crocs. Just avoid the ugly colors :) My closet is full of Allen Edmonds, Mezlan, and Cole Haan shoes when I travel. They really are too heavy and uncomfortable for walking as much as I have to when abroad.
Seattle, WA USA 09/02/2012
Shoes I Wear
I wear ECCO brand shoes whenever I go to Europe. Those old cobblestone streets can be murder on your feet. I also take arnica gel to rub on my feet and knees after walking those hard stones.
Chicago, IL USA 08/31/2012
I wore my Birkenstock this one exactly Soft Footbed Habana Oiled Leather Granada) An average of 3-4 miles of walking, in hot and humid weather was all possible with no blisters what so ever because of Birkenstock alone, Thanks! Amrita
San Francisco, CA USA 08/27/2012
Best shoes for ROME
I recently spent 2 weeks walking in and around Rome, sometimes in 37 deg heat. I wore my Fitflops every day and was able to walk comfortably at all times - no blisters, no pain, no sweat! Fitflops are my best travel tip!
Stroud, Glouce England 08/07/2012
Both my husband and I use Sketchers Shape-Ups for our shoes. They're thickly padded (and I mean THICK) and are by far the most comfortable shoes I've ever trekked around in, but this is for city streets, not mountain passes! They also come in different colors so my black ones can be used in most situations and his are a nice khaki green which blends really well.
Austin, TX USA 08/04/2012
I found that Abeo BioSystem sandals worked very well on my July Heart of Italy tour. They have such good support that I left my orthotics at home.
Raleigh, Nc USA 07/29/2012
check the traction!
After doing much research, I chose a stylish and very comfortable pair of Think! Julia sandals from mostcomfortableshoes.com . They felt wonderful for the two months I spend breaking them in. However, once I tried wearing them on Lisbon's steep and slick cobblestone sidewalks, I realized they had no traction at all! I thought I was going to slip right on down to the river! I spent the rest of my vacation in my equally adorable Teva Cabrilla's. They had adequate traction, were comfortable with extra support from the ankle straps, yet they were still stylish and looked good with dresses, capris, etc. I will definitely be bringing the tevas on future trips to Europe, and I will test the traction on all other shoes I consider as well!
Boston, MA USA 07/20/2012
I always swore by men's Privos but Clark stooped making them . I finally talked my wife into womens Privos and she loved them. I've battled plantar fasciitis and got a pair of Keen sandals and Rockport pro walkers and hiked up and down the Amalfi coast with total comfort!
Philadelphia, Pa USA 07/19/2012
Spent 3 weeks in June (temps in the 90's) walking in Italy. I brought a change of shoes but ended up wearing my Keen's Venice sandals the whole time. Most comfortable, best support, and not hot to wear.
Redmon, WA USA 07/17/2012
I bought Teva Tirra woman's hiking sandals, they tore up my skin on the first day in Italy. I had to buy tons of bandages and had to wear socks in 40 c heat. I found a pair of cheap roman sandals outside the train station in Rome to save my feet. I wore bandages for 3 weeks! My boyfriend bought Keens hiking sandals and never had any problems.
Chilliwack, Bc Canada 07/16/2012
walking shoes for europe
My gold converse! After 3 weeks in europe, found them to be comfy and stylish...
Melbourne, vic australia 07/12/2012
We recently returned from a 3 week trip to Europe. Before going, I stressed a lot over the shoes I would take, trying/returning many pairs. Here is what I learned: Europeans DO wear tennis shoes, all brands, colors, styles! I was under the misconception you do NOT wear tennis shoes in Europe, thus the stress of finding the "perfect" walking shoe. So, wear what you are comfortable in, even if it is your worn, broken in tennies. Your feet will thank you. I basically lived in my Venice Keene sandals and since I will wear them at home am glad I purchased them. When I return, I will be wearing my comfortable walking tennis shoes!
Springfield, IL USA 07/04/2012
Shoes for travel
I just got back from two weeks in Italy. I took a pair of Red Wing Hikers (model 205). Instead of taking a second pair of shoes, I took a spare pair of insoles. Of course, it is best to have two or three pairs of shoes, but I was trying to save on space and weight. The Red Wings are the most comfortable shoes/boots I own -- great for walking city streets, for when I stand around lecturing (I teach), and for hiking the mountains in the Mojave Desert. Socks are also important. I swear by Thor-Lo socks.
Long Becah, CA USA 06/25/2012
Best Walking/Travelling Footwear
Rossi's or Blundstones boots are the best for these three reasons: 1. There are no laces. Quick and easy slip on and off at airport security and on the plane. And there are no laces to break. 2. They're very comfortable, esp. the Rossi's. 3. They're stylish for the fashion conscious
Charlotte, NC USA 06/22/2012
I have walked all over France in Privos by Clark. Buy them in black! They will blend with your dark pants or skirts.
Marinette, WI USA 06/20/2012
I walked all around Rome in Merrell's barefoot pure glove shoes and had zero problems with comfort. They were a perfect fit, comfortable and my feet and legs were never tired.
Atlanta, GA USA 06/18/2012
Best Walking Shoes for Travel
This is worth as much angst as your visit. If my feet are not comfortable and sure my visit is a waste. Have you ever asked for moleskin in a foreign country or searched for that elusive comfy pair. Many years ago I wore my Dansko clogs on the plane as international airports had us remove our shoes. How old school is that now? My second pair of shoes was the athletic trainers I used for 50+miles/week. Whatever works. Though space and weight are at a premium, I'd gladly purchase/rinse out/wash any clothing before foregoing vital shoes.
East Hampton, NY USA 06/11/2012
Travel tested walking shoes
I currently live in Europe and am traveling almost every weekend. Last weekend was London. I have tried many of the types already mentioned which are comfortable for a few hours. The best pair I've found to last 7-8 hours on my 50+ year old feet are the old style Easy Spirit Anti-Gravity. Don't bother with what is one the website now (Highheels or thin soled). Ebay has the older versions with the thick comfy soles. My favorites shoe is the "Getupandgo" and sandal "Heelriser". The "Galton is sporty looking but runs narrow and 1/2 size too small.
Cambridge, UK 05/31/2012
Summer Travel Shoes
For summer travel, I found some Nike sandals with gel cushion. Divine!
Best shoes (sort of)
One thing I have found even more important than getting a particular brand of shoe is the best combination of socks. I find that wearing two pairs of lighter weight socks makes any pair of shoes more comfortable. I believe that they rub against each other instead of against your foot or shoe. They wash and dry more easily than thicker socks as well.
Minneapolis, MN USA 05/26/2012
Comfortable walking shoes
If vacationing by the ocean, try Keens, if you want a solid walking shoe or sandal try Finns. If Finn's are too heavy try Propet. If Diabetic, my mom swears by Ecco's and Propets.
Chicago, IL USA 05/25/2012
Best Walking Shoes
I've used the Ecco Track II low shoes all over the place, including hiking in the Douro in Portugal and here at home hiking the hills in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. They look good, need no breaking in, and are quite rugged.
Hancock, Mass. USA 05/24/2012
Naot shoes and sandals
Just returned from 3 weeks in Europe with one pair of Naot Mary Janes (Kirei model) and one pair of Naot sandals (Cymbal model) and never had a single problem the entire trip! As with most travelers to Europe, walking was almost constant and while my legs and feet did feel tired from time to time, there was never any soreness or blisters whatsoever.
Both of these shoes have removable footbeds/insoles so I purchased replacements to have on hand, in the event my feet got wet or sweated profusely. This proved to be a good choice as we got caught in quite a downpour in Paris and, by having a fresh pair of insoles, I could change them out and have happy feet without having to wait for a long drying period.
I will continue to buy Naots whenever I can.
Grand Coulee, WA USA 05/24/2012
MEN: SAS shoes are the best for comfort and being light. No break in needed. Traveled for over 6 weeks in Europe and traded off between two pair. The most worn shoes by nurses and doctor's who are on there feet for hours a day.
SAN PEDRO, CA USA 05/19/2012
i don't believe expensive walking shoes are necessary; i've tramped all over europe in $40 asic gel jogging shoes. and i'm 78 if that makes a difference.
NEW WAVERLY, TX USA 05/14/2012
Best Walking Shoes
I have particularly sensitive feet, and from my previous trips to Europe, I know that comfortable shoes are a must. My husband and I walk a great deal and cover much territory in a day. I purchased a Naot Mary Jane. These shoes worked well with jeans, slacks, and skirts. It was extremely comfortable. In fact, I would have to say it is the most comfortable shoe ever. I wore the Naot our entire trip [3 weeks] walking France and Italy. We literally walked all day from early morning to late evening, with train rides to and from cities of our home base. Our last stay was in Rome and only then did my feet bother me due to all the cobblestones, but not too bad. I also took a pair of Teva sandals, which I used to hike the Cinque Terre and one day in Rome to give my feet a change. I loved both, but if not for space would have loved my low hiking boots for the hike as we did get caught in the rain literally days prior to the flooding, and were on unexpected terrain for the hike, but I would not trade space for the boots for the one hike.
Phoenix, AZ USA 05/14/2012
My Chaco ZX/1 hiking sandals served me well in Italy, and they're the only shoes I'm taking to France. I have odd feet and can't wear closed shoes for any length of time, but these have completely adjustable straps. Actually, they're the only shoe I've worn for six years. In black, with their double straps, I consider them dressy enough for nights and will take a black and grey wardrobe. In the Alps, I plan to wear a lightweight, black sock with them and black pants. They clean well, too, in machine or sink.
Mesa, AZ USA 05/03/2012
I got a pair of Sperry Topsiders...very comfy and cute!
Colorado Springs, CO USA 05/02/2012
I also spent lots of time searching for "the perfect pair" to take to Europe for 2 weeks. I ended up with a pair of ECCOs. I got the Bouillon flat in black. This is a perfect shoe for traveling, as it goes with everything (from casual to dressy, jeans, leggings, skirts, dresses). I am so happy with my purchase! I didn't get a single blister, and wore these flats all over Rome, Athens, and Cairo.
They were stiff when I initially wore them, and I even contemplated returning them. I am so glad I didn't. I got them a couple months before the trip and broke them in. They are now the most comfortable pair of shoes I have ever worn. I intend to buy from ECCO as often as possible in the future. It is really important not to skimp on your feet!
Portland, OR USA 04/24/2012
Walking shoes for kids
Looking for good walking shoes for my 10-yr old daughter for our trip overseas. I just bought Clark wave sandals-- going to walk in them for the next couple of weeks--they have a 30 day return policy. Hopefully, I will love them.
MA USA 04/22/2012
good walking flats
I have wide feet, walk a lot, wear skirts and prefer to look a bit dressy. I like the Ara Bella flat. It has a wide toe box (but doesn't look like it!) and looks classic, a lit like chanel shoes :) These look like standard ballet flats but are much more supportive than most. http://www.ara-shoes.net/ara/collections/ara/ara-ss2012/bella.html
NYC, NY USA 04/21/2012
My walking winner was the Ecco Groove
I searched and searched for a fashionable sandal to wear for walking all over Italy. I'm in my early 30's and wanted something trendy to wear with leggings and tunics but super comfortable. My winner was the Ecco Groove Gladiator Sandal. I tried the original version and the Groove Gladiator II. For my feet, the original was much better. Except for one afternoon hiking in Cinque Terre, I wore these sandals for the entirety of our 10-day trip. We walked and walked and walked. They were comfortable the whole time. The traction is sufficient even on wet cobblestones. The footbed stayed dry and smooth. I like the velcro closure that allows for easy on and off. I can't recommend these enough!
Greeley, CO USA 04/16/2012
Best Walking Shoes
I've had excellent success with Foot Smart in finding shoes for larger feet (ladies 11/12), requiring orthotics and fashionable. In the case of my daughter -- all 3 requirements were met. Many of the shoes recommended by others (men and women) in this forum have been found at Foot Smart. www.footsmart.com
NC USA 04/15/2012
best walking shoes for travel
Any suggestions for shoes/sandals that can be worn with orthotics but look reasonably fashionable? I think i am going to go with Brooks leather walking shoes, but wouldn't mind something more fashionable... or something like a ballet flat for evening that will take a custom orthotic and lift...
Anchorage, Ak USA 04/10/2012
I don't think I have ever researched anything as seriously as I have looking for "the" shoe to take on our trip! But, I can tell you I am LOVING the Salomon slip on moc--amazing sole, slip on, water proof and comfy...I've gotten a ton of compliments just breaking them in!
Green Bay, WI USA 04/10/2012
I recommend the lightest weight jogging or all purpose shoe you can find over bulky, thick soled shoes. You don't suffer fatigue, your feet breathe and you don't trip. My new balance 890's saw more of Spain than Ferdinand and Isabella
Los Angeles, CA USA 04/09/2012
I had good luck in March in Rome and Pompeii wearing Clarks wave shoes for hiking up Mount Vesuvius and Birkenstock soft footbed clogs for stable arch support standing and walking in museums. No blisters or discomfort after long days walking on cobblestones, concrete, and marble with either brand.
Peru, IL USA 04/08/2012
Shoe Lasts & Socks
As others have implied, fit can be as if not more important than brand and model of shoe. Shoe lasts (form that replicates the shape of the foot) even for a given length/width varies to some extent between manufacturers. Try the shoe and give it a "break-in" period.
A coorollary to shoe selection is socks. A good sock will keep a foot dry, warm in cold weather, cool in warm weather and comfortable. The LL Bean Cool Max All Sport Crew sock for general walking about in Prague, Germany and Norway in February-March fit the above definition and dried (or almost dried) overnight after sink washing. Two pairs were all I needed for my 3 week trip.
Medford, OR USA 03/28/2012
I spend hours on my feet at my job, walking, climbing ladders etc. I have had tremendous luck with the Keen brand. Just about every style I have tried has been great, right out of the box. I love the Mary Jane styles best because they look a little more dressy. Great toe box, comfy arch support, great grip on all surfaces. I have worn them to Estes Park, Ireland, New Zealand and San Francisco. All places where I have done a lot of walking.
Minneapolis, MN USA 03/26/2012
Best Walking Shoes
I took my skecther shapeups to Ireland a year ago. They were great. I find that they are now not being carried by retailers due to some law suit?? Any advise...please.
Ocean Shores, WA USA 03/22/2012
I've tried a few brands/styles over the years, and I'd recommend the Merrell Median Curve waterproof for women, very comfortable, supportive for all-day wear, and of course, waterproof! I have a pair in black and in brown (of course, I take only one pair on trip with me). I also pack a pair of sandals: Teva Pretty Rugged leather (waterproof) or Teva Ventura Cork (not waterproof, and a little dressier). The sandals are comfortable enough for all day wear in warm weather, or as a change from the shoes to give sore feet some relief. They also look good with a casual skirt or dress.
Surrey, BC CANADA 03/15/2012
Shoes for travel
Trying Naturalizer's "Justify" and getting them broken in for trip to Rome. They're water repellant, tidy and sleek loafer which will look good during the day and at night. So far, so comfortable.
Ft. Myers, FL USA 03/06/2012
Ecco chukka boots
I've found over the years that the shoe that initially feels great doesn't always feel treat after a full day of walking around a city. I have found that my hiking boots don't feel likle an old "shoe", but after wearing them all day, my legs and back don't hurt, and I'm not as tired. I don't like them for travel, though because of all the hassle with the laces. This year, I'm taking my newly acquired Ecco Biarritz chekka boots. Great support around my ankles, and so far, nice for walking and easy on and off (TSA).
Santa Rosa, CA USA 03/01/2012
Best Walking Shoes
I bought a pair of Merrell Jungle Moc's just before a trip last year. I got to wear them only once before we left, & then spent 4 days doing nothing but walking around Paris. They're the most comfortable shoes I've ever owned. They have a vibram sole that's a bit knobby & gripy so they don't slip, but they don't look like boots. They're slip on's & mine are leather so they're nice enough to wear out to dinner as well. I plan on wearing these forever.
Westminster, MD USA 02/22/2012
Best walking shoes for travel
Overall, Mephisto's are the best, especially if you take durability into account. But that said, Ecco makes nearly as good a shoe for half the price, and they are arguably more comfortable out of the box. However, not all Ecco shoes are made equal. The very best shoe for comfort and support is the Ecco Fusion Bike Toe, which is also a pretty sporty looking shoe. Not far behind are the discontinued Traverso and Neobasic styles. For something dressier, the old Ecco Century was the best combination of style and comfort I've ever worn. I also can speak well of the the Mephisto Bolton which was a trendier version of the Bonito, although the support was only average. The Mephisto Abel was the best walking shoe on the planet and looked pretty good. The newer Ilgar has a less supportive sole, and less space in the toebox, and in my opinion is inferior to the Abel. If I had to pick one shoe to walk around all day in, it would either be the Abel or the Ecco Fusion Bike Toe. The Fusion gets my nod on this website because it is still available and also because it is significantly lighter than the Abel.
New York, NY USA 02/21/2012
best walking sandals for travel
I have 2 pairs of Naot sandals: Karenna and Kayla. Well made and very comfortable for walking on all surfaces and most grades.
Denver, co USA 02/20/2012
Orthoheels ...just got them and they are wonderful they cradle your feet now i just need asmeaker type looking at mephisto neroma i black the eccos charm would have been great but my foor is too wide and needed more space in the toe box they were nice looking though and would have been comfortable.
I think I have the right mix
I am going to Europe for three weeks in May ...like most I don't want to bring too many shoes but do want versitility,,,I have Jambu shoes and they are super comfortable but I would not wear them for walking around... but that is just me.. I like a flat shoe with some stabilty -older bad feet.I bought Keens for a recent trip to Fla and LOVED them comfortable and supportive I did not ever want to take them off... so they will come with me But we will be in Swirtzerland and so it will be colder there and was told not to wear sandals so after reading this board I just ordered a pair of Ecco black charm cross straps and for evening wear or something a bit dressier a pair of orthaheel mules in black.. hopefully these will cover all bases I have now tried and returned two pair of all rounders which I loved but just were not comforatable ... I will report back on the ones just purchased once I get them and try them out, I am sure of the Keens though I never thought I would like them as much as I do!
Staten Island, ny USA 02/05/2012
Cute And Comfortable
Based on advice here, I bought a pair of Jambu Touring shoes. They are cute and nice enough that you can wear them to dinner with a skirt in summer, but amazingly comfortable. I must've walked 6 plus miles a day in them during the course of two weeks and they were fantastic. Already planning on buying in another color.
Stuttgart, BW Germany 02/03/2012
Best Walking Shoes
I've been wearing Ecco Gore-Tex boots for 8 yrs on annual trips to Europe. They are ultra comfortable for walking all day, and last October I hiked in the Alps above Garmisch from ankle deep snow in the lower areas to knee deep at the top, and my feet stayed dry. Also own some Clark shoes for basic walking in cities -- my third pair in 20 yrs -- and highly recommend both names for quality mens shoes that can go the distance (and also look like I'm a local).
Waddell, AZ USA 02/02/2012
For warm weather walking shoes, Crocs are my favorites. You don't need to wear socks with them so less to pack. I wore a pair of open toed Crocs Cleo sandals in Greece and walked all over in them and never had tired feet. I also packed a pair of closed toed Crocs for more formal occasions. Crocs are very light weight and can be washed and dried overnight. So they are ideal for one-bag travelers like me.
San Jose, CA USA 01/31/2012
I swear by Nike Airs and a pair of nylon-strapped Tevas for summer travel in Italy. This summer will make it the second time I've done that. If you're embarrassed about wearing jogging shoes in such a fashion-forward country, try to get black Nikes with a metallic swoosh and just get over it. Honestly, most of us will always stand out in Italy so you might as well just be comfortable. You can compensate for your fashion failings by being extremely polite.
KANSAS USA 01/25/2012
After three consecutive trips to Italy, the most important thing about walking shoes is to wear them before you go. In order to return the ones that do not work, wear them around your house all day for at least a week. I went through five pairs from different companies but I hit on a pair that were right for my objectives and hiking/walking was a pleasure.
Portland, OR USA 01/09/2012
Warmer Weather Sandal
If you want a great walking sandal for warmer weather. I always bring a pair of Dansko's. They have a great height, support, and never hurt your feet after a day of walking... plus they look great with capri's, shorts, and skirts.
San Luis Obispo, CA USA 01/09/2012
Walking Shoe tips
If you're headed to Europe in the summertime and want a sandal, I highly recommend Birkenstocks. They may not be the most "stylish" shoe but they give nice support compared to a pair of basic flip flops/sandals! Plus, for fear of not looking like too much of a tourist wearing Nikes/Adidas running shoes, they're great!
Atlanta, GA USA 01/06/2012
Best Walking Shoes
I bring only 2 pairs of shoes, 1 pair of worn-in running shoes with a great sole, I use Adidas or Nike Air. You may feel like you are standing out, but it is worth being comfortable for your entire trip. I NEVER skimp on paying extra money for a pair of good walking shoes. I skimp on almost everything else, except for my feet. In the summer I would bring a pair of sturdy sandals that wrap around your feet, no flip-flops. I use either ECCO or Danskos. Towards autumn, I would choose to wear something with a closed-toe, casual, elegant, something that can be worn to a nice restaurant, black or brown are the best, no heels!!
Seattle, WA USA 01/06/2012
Rome Walking Shoes - Part 2
Just returned from an 8-day trip to Rome where I wore a single pair of shoes the entire time - the Keen Finlay. I wore them with orthotics from The Walking Company and with SmartWool socks. The shoes were extremely comfortable the entire time even though we would walk for up to 5 hours at a time over cobblestones, pavement, etc....My only complaints are that these shoes have a somewhat unconventional look to them. Also, after about 3 days of wear, perspiration soaked through the leather leaving white salt marks on the surfaces. Not a great look but maybe the price one pays for taking only a single pair of shoes? Overall though an extremely capable and comfortable shoe for our purposes.
Dallas, USA 01/06/2012
Response to David in Tampa Bay
David, why don't you take your beloved boots to a cobbler? There's a really good one in Westshore Plaza.
Largo, FL USA 01/05/2012