A pair of shoes can make or break a trip. From cobblestone streets to sandy beaches, here are our top picks for travel shoes.
Best lace-up boots: Vionic Lani Boot
Vionic boots might be one of the best-kept travel secrets. Their boots are water-repellent and comfy enough to wear all day. The Lani lace-up boot is reasonably priced and has the look of a Dr. Marten shoe without the heaviness or breaking-in period necessary.
Best heeled boots: Lucky Brand & Doctor Scholl’s
Best heels: Naturalizer Joy & Ivy Heels
Normally, I tell people not to bother packing heels on trips, especially when going anywhere with cobblestones. However, sometimes you simply have to pack heels, so if you must, I recommend a simple shoe that can go with anything and a chunky, block heel for more stability. Naturalizer’s Joy and Ivy heels are great options because the brand builds heels with a little extra comfort to make heels less of a pain.
Best white sneaker: Cariuma Sneakers
A white sneaker is a travel staple. Cariuma sneakers pair nicely with any outfit and all without sacrificing style for comfort. These sustainable shoes are sustainably made and, after trying them myself, I can tell you that the cushy insoles make it feel like you’re walking on a cloud.
Best walking sandal: Born Sandals
Born is widely known for making comfortable, yet stylish shoes. Don’t be fooled by their thin soles, Born makes shoes that you can walk around in all day. One of my favorites is the Inlet Sandal.
Best beach sandals: Havaianas Flip-Flops & Sandals
Havaianas are the perfect flip-flop for a beach getaway. Though the brand is known for its high-quality flip-flops, I also love their sandals. They’re equally as comfortable but come in many stylish options that are perfect for an easy-breezy tropical travel style.
Best water shoe: Teva Sandals
An excellent travel hack to save room in your luggage is to get a water shoe that’s equally stylish on dry land. Libby on our team swears by these sandals from Teva and I can see why. They are simple, dry super quick, and comfy–coming with adjustable straps–so you can play on the surf or sand.
Best hiking boots: Merrell’s Moab Boots
If you’re off on a hiking adventure, you need to invest in a good pair of boots to avoid blisters and sore feet. Merrell’s Moab boots are highly regarded by many people both for their air cushion soles and ankle support.