19 Comfy, Travel-Friendly Shoes Made For Walkin'
This story originally appeared on Travel & Leisure.
Finding a balance between comfort and fashion is key when searching for travel footwear. We’ve rounded up our picks for classic flats, supportive sandals, preppy loafers, and trendy sneakers that are so reliable you won’t board a plane without them.
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Best For: Reliable Technology
Aerosoles ($59) provide 360 degrees of comfort with their flexible bottoms, memory foam insoles, and suede lining.
Best For: A One-Shoe Weekend
Save precious suitcase space with a shoe that can take you from day to night. This style from Clarks ($90) pairs well with jeans, skirts, and beyond.
Best For: Menswear Inspired
Just what the doctor ordered: a timeless loafer with a memory foam insole from Dr. Scholl’s ($65)—it’s as comfortable as it is classic.
Best For: Treading On Trend
Adidas’s Stan Smith ($75), the sneaker du jour, gets major points for being cool and cushy. Plus, the versatile all-white style pairs well with jeans, skirts, or shorts.
Best For: A Little Lift
The supportive rubber outsole and ABS—a really strong synthetic rubber—heel on this Born Khate sandal ($55) is perfect for pounding the pavement in style.
Best For: Long Walks on the Beach
Cole Haan’s ZERØGRAND slide sandal ($150) touts the same cushioning technology as the brand’s popular loafers. It’s a chic option for warm-weather destinations.
Best For: Dressing Up
This leather loafer from Naturalizer ($89) touts multiple elements of comfort—extra cushioning, a flexible non-slip sole, and breathable lining— for a full day on your feet.
Best For: Ballet Flats
Forget walking; try pirouetting through your trip in Repetto’s ballerina flats ($295), which are made with the same stitching technique as the brand’s ballet shoes, making them ultra-flexible.
Best For: Athleisure
Asics, known for running shoes, brings dependable support to a lightweight sneaker ($65).
Best For: Something Suede
This Bernardo suede ballet flat ($159) has a no-slip leather outsole, padded insole, and crisscrossed elastic strap for active ankles.
Best For: Lightweight Sneakers
A seamless neoprene upper makes Reebok’s Skyscape ($20) easy to wear and even easier to pack.
Best For: Warm Weather Destinations
Before your toes hit the sand, pamper your feet in gel-and-foam-padded leather sandals from Pikolino ($160).
Best For: Seaside Strolling
Teva’s super-packable crossover strap sandals ($90) have an ample footbed and featherlight foam soles that are still durable.
Best Walking Shoes for Travel: Soludos
For the ultimate cheeky weekend accessory, see cult espadrille brand Soludos’s collaboration with quirky artist Jason Polan. The limited-edition shoes come in both black and sand, and are embroidered with a pair of winking eyes ($75).
Best For: Espadrilles with Support
Summer strolls call for a breathable espadrille. Reef’s version ($70) provides arch support and a soft footbed.
Best For: Discreet Comfort
Despite the classic aesthetic of this Rockport shoe ($67), the style is surprisingly rich with features. Built-in sport technology provides shock-absorption, ample cushioning, and lots of support.
Best For: Cute Lace-Ups
All-American brand Keds ($35) puts fun, colorful prints onto rubber-soled, lace-up sneakers.
Best For: Driving Loafers
Pebbled driving soles soften the step while pale pink leather raises the trend quotient on this Tod’s moccasin ($445).
Best For: Perusing the Boardwalk
This slip-on from TOMS ($59) will take you from seaside to sidewalk with a rubber outsole, breathable linen upper, and comfortable insole.
Best For: Seasonless Style
You will forever find well-made flats from Tomas Maier, the designer who vows to never make a heel. Here, his take on sleek leather sneakers ($480).