September 29th, 2014

The Best Travel Shoes

The Best Travel Shoes

Whatever type of traveler you are, make sure you buy the perfect shoes for your next trip.

No matter how big your luggage is, there's never enough room for every pair of travel shoes that you want to bring. Even after listing the pros and cons of your favorite pairs, you may still have trouble deciding between, say, comfortable shoes and great-looking shoes. So which are the best shoes for travel?

This list will make your decision much easier, because it breaks down which pairs of travel shoes are musts, depending on what kind of traveler you are.

The Hiker

Does “active leisure” describe your trip? Then sturdy hiking boots belong in your backpack. To cut down on your pack weight, choose sleek hiking boots that can be worn to a post-hike meal. Made for hiking, but designed with style in mind, The North Face’s Ultra Fastpack for men and Ultra Fastpack for women(each MSRP $120) fit the bill.

The Casual Beach Comber

The trails ahead are beachside boardwalks, and feeling the sand beneath your toes is the top priority. So stick with waterproof travel shoes that are as close to barefoot as possible—flip-flops. The Reef Ginger Drift (MSRP $28) is ideal for women, and men will like the Reef Phantom Player (MSRP $48), which even comes with a hidden beverage opener for added relaxation.

The Walk-'Til-You-Drop Tourist

If you’re not likely to step foot inside a vehicle during most or all of your trip, the best shoes for travel are comfortable ones that fit well and are made for walking. Walking, after all, is the best way to take in any destination. For long walks that take you from trails to cafés, slip into an updated version of Merrell’s classic Jungle Moc for men or women (MSRP $80).

The Urban Dweller

When a global metropolis is your favorite place to visit, sneakers or hiking boots just won’t do. You'll need something that's the perfect mix of comfortable and trendy. Nautica offers the fashion-forward Rudder Striped Espadrille for women (MSRP $40) and the stylish Belay Suede Penny Shoes for men (MSRP $70). They are the best shoes for travel, because they’re comfortable and stylish so you can move from your daytime jaunts to your evenings out.

The Comfort Seeker

Traveling in style is one thing, but for you, traveling in comfort is a much higher priority. This may be especially critical if you have (or recently had) an injury. If you're going somewhere that's a little chilly or downright cold, slip on a pair of UGG Australia’s Barlow for women ($180) or Stoneman for men ($230). Both styles are waterproof, so if you encounter inclement weather during your trip, you have nothing to worry about.

Whichever pair of travel shoes suits your needs best, don't forget to break them in by wearing the pair around the house before you embark on your journey. (Nothing ruins a trip quite like a blister on your heel!) When packing, stow the pair away from your clean clothing in a shoe sac.

Related Links (from Eagle Creek blog):

Top 3 Packing Tips from Eagle Creek Experts

What to Pack: The Ultimate Travel Packing Checklist

Why Nature is Good for Your Mind and Body

by Caila Ball-Dionne

Caila Ball-Dionne is a freelance writer and full-time travel enthusiast. You can find more of her writing at