You want shoes that are going to function as needed on your trip. This is going to depend on your destination, climate at the destination, and what activities you plan to do while on your trip.
One thing to consider when choosing shoes for travel is how much space they will take up in your luggage.
The size and “squashability” of your shoes is going to help dictate how much you can fit into your luggage. For example, it is fairly easy to fit in a pair of flexible flip-flops (thong sandals) into your luggage, but it is not going to be so easy to squash in a pair of hiking boots into an already full bag.
In addition to size and space, a related factor is the weight of the shoes. Weight is important both for making sure you meet airline (and sometimes train) luggage weight requirements as well as being able to easily lug your luggage around as you travel.
With airlines cracking down on maximum weight allowance, less really is more when it comes to packing your travel shoes. The lighter the shoes, the more pairs you can bring with you, or alternatively, the more space you will have for all your clothes, accessories, electronics gear, souvenirs. etc.
If you are looking for new travel shoes, one factor in most people’s decisions is the price of the shoes. It is good to set a budget for your shoes.
If you have a smaller budget, it might be easy to look for a cheap pair of shoes but we recommend that you seriously consider balancing cost with quality and comfort.
Another factor to consider is the quality and durability of a pair of shoes. Consider the quality and durability of the material and sewing. Look for qualities like grip, reinforcement around the toes, flexibility in the soles, and weatherproof features. A good pair of shoes from a well-known manufacturer should last for many years.
We are often tempted to purchase the “better deal”. For example, last year I purchased a cheaper version of a pair of shoes I wanted that were made of a less quality material. The shoes looked and fit great, but the strap broke after just 2 months of use, making them unwearable. Lesson learned.
Versatility is important when it comes to travel shoes. Ideally, you want a pair of shoes that will fill a variety of roles, so you can minimize how many pairs you need to pack. For example, a pair of shoes that can work for city walking, short easy hikes, and a visit to an amusement park may allow you to only pack a single pair of shoes for your trip.
Having shoes that will go with all, or most, of your travel clothing is also important. Think about what you plan to wear on your trip and where you plan to go. Can you wear the shoes with pants, shorts, dresses, leggings, etc. Will they work for casual daytime as well as more dressy nighttime situations?
Once you’ve ticked the boxes for all of the above, it’s time to think about the overall style of your new travel shoes. If you choose a pair of shoes that you love the look of, you’ll enjoy wearing them even more!
You might find the most comfortable pair of shoes in the world, but if you feel they make you look terrible, you probably won’t be excited to wear them. We definitely think comfort and practicability are more important than style, but you certainly want to find a good balance.
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Links to some vacation shoes we highly recommend:
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