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Five Considerations When Choosing the Best Shoes for Your Next Travel Adventure

Five Considerations When Choosing the Best Shoes for Your Next Travel Adventure

Don’t let unhappy feet ruin your trip!

Choosing the right shoes for travel is an essential task that can make or break your trip. Your feet will be your primary mode of transportation, so it is crucial to choose the right shoes to keep them comfortable and safe.

Whether exploring new cities, hiking in the mountains, or lounging on the beach, the right pair of shoes can make your journey much more enjoyable.

In this blog, we'll discuss five important factors to consider when choosing the right shoes for travel.

  • Comfort

    Comfort is key when it comes to travel shoes. Walking and standing for extended periods come with the territory, so factor in styles that provide adequate support and cushioning. Look for shoes with soft insoles, padded collars, and breathable materials that allow your feet to breathe.

    You’ll love the extra spring in your step, support and cushion in the Clifton 9 from HOKA. For something a little more stylish and casual, check out this colorful Plim Soul from Taos or the timeless, versatile Soft 7 slip on from ECCO.

  • Two photos - on left is a man sitting on the beach in ECCO Yucatan sandals, and sitting on a cooler. On the right is the same man, but zoomed in on his sandals.


    The last thing you want is for your shoes to fall apart midway through your trip. Look for shoes made from high-quality materials that can withstand the wear and tear of travel. Leather, canvas, and synthetic materials are all good choices.

    You really can’t beat a classic leather Birkenstock in this category. In fact, if you have a pair of that need a strap repaired or a footbed refresh, our Repair Department can get your old favorites as good as new for you next adventure! Simply drop them by any Shoe Mill location.

  • Weather

    Depending on where you're traveling, you'll need to consider the weather when choosing shoes.

    Looking to a cooler climate where you may need protection from the elements? Try the women’s Paisley from Dansko or the men’s Cloudrunner from On Running, both waterproof and breathable. For warmer climates, we have a ton of options from this cute and comfortable Kerri sandal from Alegria, to a Mary Jane sandal, the Dafodil, from Ziera. Men, check out the core classic Yucatan from ECCO.

  • Woman's sandals sitting on stone ledge


    The activities you have planned for your trip will also influence your shoe choice. If you're planning on hiking or walking long distances, choose shoes with good support and traction. If you'll be spending time on the beach, choose sandals that are comfortable to walk in and won't get ruined by water and sand.

    For a hiking shoe that’s easy to pack, look to the lightweight, waterproof Moab 3 for men or the Altra Olympus 5 in women’s sizes. The OluKai Ohana is the go-to for the sand and surf.

  • Style

    Don’t worry about sacrificing style for comfort and durability. Shoe Mill offers shoes that are versatile and can be worn with a variety of outfits. Neutral colors like black, brown, and beige are good choices, as they can be dressed up or down.

    Check out the Madis from Django & Juliette for elegance, comfort and versatility, or how about Pikolinos styling you love, now with a little more cush, a little wider fit, and a removable footbed. Or maybe make this sandal from On Foot you new travel companion! Men, check out our collection from BORN or for something a bit more casual, look to OluKai’s collection.

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In conclusion

Woman being fit for shoes

In summary, when choosing the right shoes for travel, take the time to try on different shoes and walk around in them to ensure they fit well and feel comfortable. Our fit experts are more than happy to help you find the right fit just for you at any Shoe Mill locations.

With the right shoes, you'll be able to enjoy your travels in comfort and style for any occasion.

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