The Most Comfortable Shoes for Every Kind of Vacation
Leave your Band-Aids and heel inserts at home—these ultra-plush shoes won’t hurt your feet while you’re on the move.
When you're traveling, shoes are arguably the most important item in your suitcase: the right pair can make the difference between enduring excursions with blister-ridden heels and enjoying your travels completely pain-free. To help you fall into the latter camp, we’ve uncovered the most comfortable shoes to pack for every kind of trip—whether you’ll be relaxing seaside, hiking mountain trails, or dancing the night away aboard a cruise ship. (Bonus: Every look is cute, too).
If you’re heading to a tropical destination, these espadrille sandals are practically the only pair you’ll need to bring. Their eyelet design makes them super breathable for afternoons spent at the beach, while their cushy, memory-foam sole can comfortably take you from dinner to dancing in the evening.
To buy: $90; nordstrom.com.
Complete with a cushy gum sole for superior arch support, these New Balance kicks offer the feel, but not the look, of an orthopedic sneaker—so you can wear them to explore city streets without feeling self-conscious.
To buy: $85; jcrew.com.
If water sports and campfires are in your near future, you’ll want to opt for especially functional and durable footwear. These Teva performance sandals, which feature sturdy straps to keep your feet in place and a luxurious leather footbed for all-day comfort, easily fit the bill. And, unlike most other athletic sandals, they’re pretty stylish, too.
To buy: $60; freepeople.com.
Got plans for a week-long boat party? While you’re sailing on the high seas, these flexible raffia sandals won’t pinch or rub as you play games or bust some moves below deck—not to mention, they’re super easy to slip on and off when you want take a dip in the pool.
To buy: $23; target.com.
For some, the perfect summer getaway means wandering a quiet trail or trekking across rocky terrain. Whichever version you prefer, these Cole Haan boots are a great choice. In addition to featuring Cole Haan’s signature Grand.OS technology and a molded footbed for ultimate comfort, they also include a ribbed outsole to optimize traction. Plus, they’re made of waterproof leather, so your feet will stay dry even if it starts to rain.
To buy: $250; colehaan.com.