There was a point in my early travels that the only pair of shoes I would pack for a trip was flip flops – nothing more nothing less. Then, when we went to Playa del Carmen in 2011 and I started noticing increased levels of discomfort when would go sightseeing. We’d spend hours just walking in and around town, exploring each nook and cranny that Playa had to offer. My feet were killing me and my back was in pain.
So began my search for comfortable shoes for traveling.Take a look at my top pick and why so many travelers are wearing them!
Comfortable Shoes for Traveling
Fortunately, Fifth Avenue was full of boutiques and great shopping so I was able to test out different shoes to see what worked and what didn’t. For me, “travel” shoes were never (and still are not) an option. I was on a quest to find a balance between style and comfort.
It was through this process of trial and error that I began the planning stages for my travel shoe criteria that I now use on TravelFashionGirl.com. Through this research and the input from the TFG readers I now have found the comfortable shoes for traveling that work for me: Birkenstocks.
Now I know what you’re thinking. Ew, Birkenstocks?
When compared to the official “travel” sandals, Birkenstocks can actually look quite stylish. In fact, ANY shoe is better than the dreaded thick strapped travel sandal style shoe in my book.
My Birkenstocks of choice are the thong style Gizeh Birko-Flor which are available in a multitude of colors AND you also have the option of getting a narrow fit which makes them look less chunky.
By choosing a fun color like silver, it adds a pop to my outfits and appears to be slightly more fun than a plain brown leather sandal.
While I use my new Birks on days when I plan to do much walking, I still opt for this dressy flip flop sandal the rest of the time. For outdoor activities, I use the Nike Pegasus 32. I currently only travel with 3 pairs of shoes on my long term travels.
(If I was to travel to the cold, I’d switch out the above shoes with a pair of boots and flats and ad gel insoles for maximum comfort.)
For more tips, please read how to choose the best shoes for travel!
What are you recommendations for comfortable shoes for traveling? Comment below!