Hi Frugalistas! The frugal first class travel readers have spoken. So many questions I receive are about what shoes to pack. So, this week, I’m talking the best shoes for travel. And of course, they are the best shoes for one bag travel, because that’s what frugal first class travel is all about. Even if you aren’t looking for the best shoes for one bag travel and you want to check your luggage, my choices will give you maximum comfort and maximum choice, with minimal effort. best shoes for travel
What are the best shoes for travel?
While it obviously depends on where you are going, and your personal style, there are some general principles to think about:
Comfort is key: always choose shoes that will be comfortable that you can walk in all day, and that can cope if your feet are inclined to swell a little.
Choose shoes that suit your itinerary: unless you are going to a wedding, leave the heels at home. Similarly, if you know you are going to be doing a lot of walking on cobblestones, make a good quality pair of walking shoes your number one priority. At a resort you probably won’t need gym shoes, but will need sandals – think about what you going to be doing and forget about packing shoes “just in case”.
Choose shoes that multitask: don’t choose shoes that will only go with one outfit, or suit one travel situation. The best travel shoes will keep you comfy all day, and then take you out in the evening.
Choose shoes that go with your clothes: I must admit, when I’m traveling, I decide what shoes I’m taking first, then choose clothes that I know will go with my shoes. While it may be a bit around the wrong way, I find I think about my packing wardrobe in a very different way once the shoes are locked in. It’s one of the key ways I manage with just two pairs of shoes.
The Best Walking Shoes for Travel
When I first started writing packing lists on frugal first class travel back in 2012 I always used to say not to pack sneakers. Remember them back then? Hard, thick, clunky white things that were fine for the treadmill but just looked horrible in the sophisticated cities of Europe (and anywhere else for that matter). Fast forward 4 years, and the fashion wheel has turned. Sneakers are now a viable option for packing. The best sneakers for travel are water proof and have support in the inner sole. Choose carefully, and they will also go with a casual skirt, and still be smart enough for casual evening meals.
I’m showing these shoes in a subtle off white, and again, they are a little dressier than a standard sneaker.
I know gold sneakers are not to everyone’s taste, but chosen carefully, the right pair of a more fancy sneaker can be worn with casual skirts or dresses for maximum multitasking.
The Best Ankle Boots for Travel
Unless I’m going to a resort, or traveling in the summer, I love to pack a pair of ankle boots. I pack them in place of a walking shoe because I don’t hike and I like how I can wear them out to dinner in the evening without feeling under dressed. The best ankle boots for travel have a nice thick sole, and some support in the inner.
I’ve chosen a pair here with a clever credit card pocket, but whether you like the military style or not, do choose something with a good thick sole.
I wore a pair of Ecco moulded sole boots similar to this in Europe in the winter. And I was the only one in the family not to slip on the ice.
The Best Flats for Travel Best shoes for travel
My favorite flats for travel are ballet flats. I find ballet flats the best shoes for travel as they go with both skirts and pants. Choose a pair that are nice and soft, with a thicker sole. Leave the really flimsy, flat ballet style at home in preference to a more substantial shoe. Invest in a good quality shoe for walking with a nice, soft upper and a sturdy sole.
If you need a dressier shoe for more formal evenings I love the idea of dressing up a pair of plain ballet flats with a bit of shoe bling. If that is what you are looking for, make sure you choose your shoes with a view to what they will look like with the bling. best shoes for travelshoes for one b
As an alternative to ballet flats, a pair of mary janes can be a good alternative, especially for those who need or prefer an ankle strap. Again, choose something with a good thick sole for better support. A Velcro closure works best in case your feet swell.
The Best Sandals for Travel
If you prefer something more traditional, still make sure your choice has a good thick sole – much better for cobblestones and uneven surfaces.
The Best Summer Shoes for Travel
Personally I love espadrilles for summer travel. I find them good to walk in as an alternative to a walking shoe. I also like them for resort holidays.
If you are looking for espadrilles, go for a sandal style with a strap or tie rather than slip ons as they are better for walking. I like these ones as they have good thick soles which should give more support.
My other favorites are blingy flip flops (thongs). I take them to resorts instead of sandals. I use them at the pool and around the resort in the day time as well as with a dressier outfit for dinner out in the evening. They are not great for extensive walking, but are fine for a little shopping and parading around the resort.
These are a traditional rubber flip flop, but the more solid sole makes them good for walking and the rhinestones definitely add the X factor for a casual evening.
While my choice may not be exactly to your taste or budget, hopefully they give you a good idea of what to look for when choosing the best shoes for travel. You can click on the links to find out more about these great shoes for one bag travel.
Coming soon! The best men’s and kid’s shoes for travel.
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