When packing for your next big adventure, your choice of shoes might be the most important part.
Whether you’re checking out art museums and chowing down on pizza in NYC, or strolling through the cobblestone streets of Europe, having the right footwear will affect your entire experience.
Comfort isn’t the only thing to look at, either. Sure, you definitely need shoes that are supportive and cushy enough to keep your feet feeling fine all day long. But you also need to think about a few other things, too.
Are they versatile enough to wear with a variety of outfits, so you don’t have to drag along tons of shoes? Will they stand up to inclement weather in a rainy climate? Is it going to be a good idea to wear sneakers, or will your toes appreciate sandals instead?
Let’s take a look at some of the best, most durable, and most comfortable shoes out there. These sneakers, sandals, and boots will help keep your feet less fatigued as you head out on your next adventure.
Allbirds Wool Runners
These sneakers from Allbirds come up a lot when talking about comfortable walking shoes. If you only pick up one pair of shoes for walking, make it these. They are lightweight, comfortable, and extremely versatile.
They feature a classic style that goes with just about any outfit, so you can leave extra shoes at home and save more space in your suitcase for souvenirs. You’ll find them available in tons of different colors.
The superfine Merino wool is soft, plus it wicks away unwanted moisture. As an added bonus, the shoes are machine washable, so you can keep them looking fresh, no matter where you wear them!
Teva Universal Trail Sandals
Teva is like the holy grail for sandals. Once you slip on a pair of these, you become a fan for life. I can’t say I’ve ever known someone to stop wearing Teva sandals. Everyone just wears them until they fall apart, mails them into the TevaForever recycling program, and promptly orders a new pair.
These trail sandals have a little more arch support than Teva’s classic style, so they’ll be even more comfortable to wear all day long. They’re tough and rugged enough to do light hiking, and they’re made with quick-dry materials to keep your feet feeling fine. And all those straps mean that the shoe fits just right and stays in place.
Dansko XP 2.0 Clogs
Danskos have long been lifesavers for folks in health care, education, food service, or any other profession that keeps people on their feet all day. They might not be the most fashionable, but the arch support and structure are unrivaled. The Dansko XP 2.0 does come in several colors and patterns, too.
These are not necessarily known for being light – a price to pay for all that support and structure! – but they are ideal for situations that have you doing a lot of standing. They will help keep your feet from getting tired and swollen from ogling art all day at the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Blundstone Chelsea Boots
Prefer to kick around in boots while exploring? Blundstones are some of the best boots you can wear while traveling. These boots are built to last with durable and water-resistant materials. They can stand up to inclement weather. Plus, they help reduce foot fatigue, and absorb up to 90% of the impact as you walk. There are toe springs for extra bounce!
Blundstones are pretty versatile, so you can avoid packing tons of shoes and save room in your bag. They also come in a variety of colors and styles to fit in just about any wardrobe.
Clarks Desert Boots
Okay, one more pair of boots that are good for walking. The Clarks Desert Boots are pretty slick looking, don’t you think? They manage to combine a somewhat rugged silhouette and chic styling into a boot that looks nice enough to wear just about anywhere.
Fashion aside, these boots are great to bring along on an adventure. You will find that they are comfortable in a variety of climates, and they’re well made. The more you wear them and break them in, the more comfortable they will be, too.
Altra Footwear Lone Peak
Altra’s Lone Peak trail runners are an excellent choice to keep your feet comfortable and happy all day long. If you’ve never owned a pair of trail runners, these sit somewhere in between a clunky hiking boot and a regular sneaker. They still have the grip of hiking boots, but they have a lower profile and lighter weight.
The cushioning encourages better alignment and a low-impact landing with a flexible sole that gives you motion and flexibility. The uppers are made from breathable, lightweight mesh, and they dry extremely fast. Plus, you can smush these down to take up practically zero room in your bag!