Shoes to Bring Traveling

February 17, 2015
I don't know how many times I tried to wear cute shoes while traveling and then later paid the price with red toes, blisters, and raw heels.  Now I'm all about comfort over fashion, but **bonus** if the shoes are both.  I haven't mentioned it on here, but if you read Rachael's blog, you'll know that the two of us are going to Iceland for two weeks this summer.  I'm already thinking ahead and am trying to prepare and get items for my trip gradually in order to spread out the expenses.  That way when the time rolls around, I can use my money for the actual trip!  One of the first questions I asked myself was, "Do I have all the shoes I need already?" I think the answer to that is yes, but while writing this post I found a couple of pairs that have currently been added to my birthday wishlist.



1) Toms- At least two pairs of Toms are going to make it into my suitcase.  I wore Toms all over South Africa and have walked miles in them locally and have never once had any foot pain.  Plus, they're lightweight and won't be taking up that much room in my suitcase.  They'll also versatile and I imagine they'll go with most of the outfits I'll be bringing along.  Also, since I don't wear socks with Toms, I'll be packing less of those.



2) Chacos- If you're going somewhere warm, investing in a sturdy pair of sandals is a must.  I own a pair of Chacos that I've worn for years, so in my experience I can say that they are durable.  They really came in handy while traveling in Southeast Asia.  I went on some of my trips during the rainy season, but never had to worry about having soggy shoes.  You can even wear these in the shower so you don't have to pack an extra pair of flip flops to avoid getting foot fungus.





3) Sanuk- While visiting my sister Denise in North Carolina, we found a Sanuk store.  (Did you know that Sanuk means "fun" in Thai?)  Both of us tried on a pair and were amazed at how comfortable they were.  Although I don't actually own a pair of these now, I know that I'll be buying a pair in the near future.  I find the yoga flats that they came out with to be stylish, and each one comes with a yoga pod footbed for extra comfort.  Plus, these are convenient for airports since they just slip on and off. Another pair that I've been eyeing are the yoga sling sandals.  They look like they give your feet more support and cushioning than just regular old flip flops.  A pair of black ones would go with almost anything, and if you buy these directly from the Sanuk website, they come with a 1 year warranty for defects.

Images Via Sanuk.com


4) Tieks- These are also on my wishlist because sometimes I do want to wear a pair of fancy shoes for a night out but am scared that I'll pay the price in pain later.  One time my feet hurt so badly from a pair of shoes after a night at the discotheque that it hurt less to walk home barefoot in the cold and snow than to put my shoes back on.  I feel like these are shoes that I could dress up or down so I feel that I'd get a lot of use out of them.  They'd also be ideal as backup shoes to carry around in your purse just in case the shoes you have on get too uncomfortable.

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5) Sperrys- I own a pair of Sperry Top Siders and wear them frequently when I know I'll be doing a lot of walking.  They're also useful for when I teach because I do a lot of standing.  Again, these are a pair of shoes that I've walked miles in while visiting Savannah's historic district.  One of the drawbacks that I've noticed, however, is that they start to smell because I don't wear footies with them.  I know that I'm not alone, and am going to have to try some of these tips besides just using the spray I bought.

Image via Macys.com


6) Keds- Truthfully, I haven't owned Keds since I was a child when it was all the rage to decorate them with puffy paint.  Since Ked's made a comeback in recent years, I wouldn't mind owning another pair since I remember them as a quality shoe.  Now there are so many different color variations and designs that I'm sure it would be no problem at all to find the perfect pair.  


Image via Keds

What shoes do you recommend for traveling?
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Kasey Lyn said...

Toms are my go to travel shoe as well! I just love how comfortable they are. Though they aren't the best when you mostly travel in the winter time. My husband loves to travel to the NYC and while I could walk for blocks in Toms, I can't when it's icy. I also love how those Sanuk shoes! I've never tried them before. For flip flops or sandals I'm more of a Rainbow girl, but those look super comfy!

Kristen @ SYIAP said...

i tried on a pair of toms once and my feet hated them - same with sperrys. so lame. but i want to make sure i have super comfy shoes for europe (lots of walking!) and i wore boots when we went to NYC and had the worst pains, i don't even care if i look like an idiot with my runners (sneakers, trainers, whatevs) because i'd rather be comfortable. but i was looking for a pair of cute shoes that were also comfy as well, and i found crocs.. i know, i know. but not crocs crocs, like they just look like cute sandals and were about $20. they have tons of good reviews, so far i have only worn them for a few minutes around work but they are so comfy and cushy, i really hope they work out!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Sanuks are my favorite. I also like crocs (shoes, not crocs crocs).

Neatly-Packaged said...

These are excellent suggestions!! TOMS or any tennis shoes are my best advice. I've done the whole "walk around Europe for hours hating life because I wore uncomfortable shoes" before. Gosh it sucks. Any shoes that are comfortable, take them! :)

TexErin said...

I wore reef flip-flops for three straight days in Paris while site-seeing (and wore cuter shoes out at night). My feet never hurt once!

Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki said...

Toms are my go to shoes for traveling! They are perfect for walking around are so easy to pack!

RebeccaBBird | HelloPrettyBird said...

This will largely depend on where you're staying, but a pair of cheap flip-flops can come in really handy while traveling. As shower shoes in less-than-sparkling restrooms, makeshift slippers, if you don't want to walk on the beach barefoot etc. Plus they weigh nothing and are so easy to rinse off!

Lisa K said...

Yeah, I wear mine a lot in Savannah and when I teach. It's always nice to know you're getting your money's worth.

Lisa K said...

Oh yeah, Toms + winter weather=no good! Mostly I just travel in the summer, so this isn't an issue. Also, I'll have to check out Rainbow sandals--I'm always interested in anything comfy!

Lisa K said...

Too bad that Toms didn't work for you. My sis also tried them and didn't have any luck with finding a good fit. Ouch about the boots in NYC. In Venice, I tried to be stylish and only packed black boots. By the end of my trip, I was hobbling and ended up spending more than I wanted to on a pair of Pumas just to get me through til I got back. The problem with that was that my feet were so messed up from the boots that the Pumas I tried on in the store seemed to feel great in comparison, but once I got home and my feet were less numb I realized that I actually bought them a half-size too small.
I have seen the Croc sandals and felt that they didn't look too bad. Fingers crossed that they meet your expectations!

Lisa K said...

I'm pretty sure my sis is going to get me the yoga slings for my birthday--I can't wait to test them out! Do you have the sandals, classic kind, or both?

Kay R. said...

So true! I always travel in flats. I pack one pair of heels just in case but for actual travel, man I use my flats. I dont have time to be uncomfortable while running around an airport or seeing all the things!

Lisa K said...

Yep, now there's no way that I want to chance it! The pain isn't worth it or maybe I just care less about how I look now that I'm older, haha.

Kasey Lyn said...

Rainbow sandals are wonderful once you get them broke in and molded to your feet. They tend to be a bit stiff at first, but once you have them broken in, they are the best. They are also come with a life time warranty like if the toe strap comes out. So if you need an good all purpose sandal, Rainbow are typically the best choice. I think I've had mine for about 6 years now.

Lisa K said...

Yes, I wear TOMS a lot whether I'm traveling or not! :)

Lisa K said...

Good thinking. No one wants to be in pain, least of all when traveling!

Lisa K said...

I like how now there are so many styles and colors to choose from, too!

Lisa K said...

Yes! If I don't have my Chacos with me, I always bring flip flops. I'm so grossed out by contagious foot fungus that I will never take the chance by walking around barefoot in a hostel or guest house!

Lisa K said...

Amen! Plus, they're easier to remove when going through airport security checks.

Denise Holloman said...

I totally agree !! They always say a person is happy if their feet are happy!! I remember wearing a pair of Old Navy flip flops to my college orientation where I walked around all day long and I regretted it!! I ended up with some bad blisters and could hardly walk ! I will check out those sites for sure!!

Rachael said...

Girl, I'm so freaking excited for Iceland! We are going to have an amazing time! Are you bringing hiking boots? I need to get a pair of Toms1!

Lisa K said...

I haven't decided yet about the hiking boots! I don't have any, but have a pair of new sneakers...Do you think those will be good enough! Idk!

Lisa K said...

That doesn't sound fun!! I don't think I ever got a blister from flip flops, thankfully. I guess I usually don't wear them long enough to find out!

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