The 2019 Big Travel Shoes Blog

No matter what matter I write on, be it an unique vacation spot or something thought-provoking, there seems to be no matter that vacationers need to dissect greater than travel footwear. And for good cause. Dangerous footwear can drag a visit down by sapping power. It’s a bit like enjoying music, you’ll solely get a top quality product through the use of quality tools. Putting some thought into your footwear now will maintain you from enthusiastic about them when you’re traveling. Correctly.


You’ll have to make some selections about your journey footwear to slender down the hundreds of options. To start with, how many pairs? Two is the minimal. You have to have an alternate in case one thing goes flawed with a pair. Shoes rip, break, wear down, or can rub you the mistaken approach. Having an alternate provides your ft a break. On a typical trip in warmer months, I recommend a pair of close-toed strolling footwear and a pair of sandals. In colder months, I recommend a pair of walking footwear and a pair of lightweight, waterproof boots. That is just a minimum.

The key to choosing footwear ought to be a mixture of comfort, weight, and elegance, in that order. Considering all the mild weight options out there immediately, you’ll haven’t any drawback discovering something that meets all three standards.


The concept of comfort could be very relative. Any time I ask for shoe options from readers, the answers go everywhere in the map for what’s or isn’t snug. Some individuals assume flip-flops are the most effective while others need orthopedic footwear. Above all, it’s essential find what works for you. Don’t essentially purchase into the “comfort shoes” concept, though. Many occasions, footwear labeled like which are needlessly heavy and overpriced. You possibly can flip any shoe right into a consolation shoe by including great insoles, like Superfeet, which you’ll be able to select based mostly in your specific foot needs.

A key to consolation isn’t just an excellent shoe, but one that’s broken-in. Take your footwear for an excellent long walk day-after-day for a couple of weeks before leaving, and learn how they really feel.


Whereas comfort is definitely necessary, placing an emphasis on selecting lightweight footwear can make an enormous distinction in your general bag. Shoes are the only heaviest item you’ll carry with you, so shaving kilos right here makes a difference. For instance, a typical “comfort” shoe for me would weigh a pound per shoe. I wear a ladies’s measurement 12. With some research, I’ve discovered comparable comfort at around 8 ounces. As I’ve talked about in different posts, take your kitchen scale to the shoe retailer. I’m critical! You’d be shocked how much weight varies from shoe to shoe, and weight has little to do with consolation or quality. On-line shoe sellers also observe the load of a typical shoe, so look intently before you buy.

Should you’ve been very careful with weight, you’ll be able to add in additional pairs if you want. I’ve been recognized to deliver as much as 5 pairs of footwear for 2 months, being tremendous cautious about weight and bulk of every pair. 5 pairs might be the identical as two, depending on what you decide.

Type and Colour

After 20 years of tour guiding, I’ve determined that there are two colour methods for packing. Black/white/vibrant shade and brown/beige/white. Decide a course in your clothes, and the shoe colours should comply with. If I’m doing a black shade scheme with black pants, grey or purple tops, I’d deliver black sandals and strolling footwear, and one super colourful pair, just like the yellow camel skin footwear I purchased in Morocco.

If I’m going for a neutral look (which works properly in summer time) my clothes can be principally beige, white and perhaps a little bit of blue. I’d take brown strolling footwear, mild colored sandals, and beige slip-ons.

Primary Formulation

In case you are unsure where to start out, I’ve a few formulas for making a variety.

For men, in addition to two primary pairs, I’d add a pair of flip-flops in the summertime for seashore time, or a pair of lightweight path footwear with good tread for hikers. A perfect combo for a person in hotter months may be leather walking footwear (like Eccos), robust sandals (like Tevas), and a lightweight path shoe (like Merrells). In colder climates, a pair of strolling footwear (Rockports) and pair of sunshine athletic footwear (Sketchers) and a pair of waterproof boots.

For ladies in summer time, I recommend a strong pair of impartial coloured walking footwear (like Asics Metrolyte), light-weight sandals of your selection (Ecco, Taos, Naot), and a pair of slip-on footwear (Butterfly Twists, Empress, Bob’s). I additionally convey flip-flops for grotty lodge flooring and beaches. Within the winter I recommend warm, lightweight strolling footwear (Allbirds), lightweight slip-ons (Toms), and boots (Uggs).

As typical, I’ve been sniffing out one of the best travel shoe decisions for this yr. Shoe corporations sadly change types regularly, so these footwear can be found as of June, 2019.

Sarah’s Picks for Ladies

I’ve been on the go again this yr, from Thailand to Tuscany, and these are the footwear which have served me properly up to now.

Teva Terra Fi Lite – $100, 10 oz

I’ve never been an enormous fan of Tevas. They’re too sporty and clunky and heavy. Plus, they stink after some time. However they do have their place. I purchased this pair for Thailand since we do quite a lot of lively days, biking, climbing, snorkeling, and walking in the warmth. This fashion was surprisingly female even in my measurement, and all the time snug. They’re overly heavy, however when you’re only bringing two pair, they are versatile sufficient to hike and go to dinner in. An identical fashion, Tirra, will get good feedback from readers.

Ecco Flash T-Strap – $90, 7 oz

I don’t know if I’d go as far as to say these are the right travel sandals, however I’d say they are close. They fit my ft completely, the straps are adjustable, and the soles are just like a operating shoe but they’re nonetheless elegant. I picked an odd champagne colour which stunned me by matching every part in my bag. Additionally they weigh nothing and pack virtually flat. Bellissime!

Sketchers Flex-Attraction – $60, 9 oz

Whereas I don’t really feel that these footwear win any fashion factors, they have been an ideal shoe for plenty of metropolis strolling. Sketchers are all the time extremely lightweight and feel like marshmallows. They’re additionally inexpensive. This makes then appear very best, but with the amount of strolling I do, they disintegrate extra shortly than different manufacturers. I see them as virtually disposable however that’s ok. They do the trick and are available vast and prolonged sizes.

Merrell Glove 4 Trailrunner – $100, eight oz

I’m spending the summer time in Italy with my youngsters, and I plan to do some recon work for the subsequent edition of the Sicily guide. The ebook is lacking hikes as a result of I just didn’t have time to get to that. So I want path footwear, however they need to double as my common city walking footwear. On the recommendation of a reader, I picked these up and am completely happy to date. They’re modern sufficient to go together with nice denims and a cute prime, and usually are not bulky. They didn’t have my measurement in ladies’s so these are men’s but they still look unisex sufficient to work for me. And at eight ounces per shoe, I’m very happy.

Teva Mush Mandalyn Wedge Sandal – $25, 4.75 oz

by far, the lightest pair I own. These will not be new to you in case you’ve learn my blog before. I’m now on my third pair and I nonetheless love them. They’re so mild, engaging and the wedge makes them more respectable than a normal flip-flop. Additionally they are available sizes as much as 12, so an enormous woohoo!

Allbirds – $95, 9 oz

Sure, you’ve been ready to hear about these I think. Are all of them that? Is it well worth the worth for footwear you possibly can’t attempt on? I wasn’t prepared to shell out the cash for them so I bought a secondhand pair from Poshmark. After a yr of wear and tear, the reply is sure, which are that good. Tremendous cozy, delicate as a kitten’s bum, and might be worn with out socks they usually don’t get smelly. I do love them, I’m even considering getting them for my teenage son. They are extraordinarily heat, good for autumn by way of spring, but means too heat for summer time. I do know they claim otherwise but I’ve tried it and I hated them in the summer.

They don’t make a ladies’s 12, I purchased a males’s 10 however they undoubtedly feel slightly clunkier than they must be. Also, they stretch out, as wool does, and I’ve seen studies that the wool wears down over time and gets holes in it, however we knitters know that these are fixable issues. You possibly can launder them to get them again in form, however meaning they aren’t nice for prolonged trips without entry to a washing machine.

All in all, I do advocate them, but they’re quite expensive for the standard. Amazon sells cheap knock-offs that run small however might be value choosing up to try out the concept first.

Empress Shoes – $80, eight oz

I’m positive you’ve seen advertisements on Fb for random shoe manufacturers. I noticed these and was curious so I ordered them. They caught my eye as they’re somewhat funky in fashion, and I somewhat like that.

To date, I really find them cozy and the leather is smooth. The toe field is squared which is good for my broad ft. The insoles are ok, although I like a better arch so I’ve added my own they usually work properly. The again flips down and turns them into scuffs, a nice design function. The only weirdness is the soles, which have raised rubber circles on them. A wierd selection for tread, however they feel delightfully springy and grippy. They might be lighter, but at 8 ounces they are okay. Mail order footwear from Australia are a little bit of a danger, but I’m proud of them they usually arrived really shortly. Bottom line: they’ve made the reduce for this summer time’s backpack, which is the very best compliment from me.

Sarah’s Picks for Men

My sons are traveling with me this summer time, so I’ve executed some research on men’s footwear as properly. I am notably all in favour of extended sizes as my older son is already in a measurement 14, for those who can consider it. Right here’s my intel from my analysis.

Merrell Path Glove 4 – $100, 8 oz

What’s good for the goose and all… I like these for myself and am so impressed with their weight and grippy tread. They will be very versatile for journey, each my sons can be getting a pair.

Sketchers Equalizers – $60, 10 oz

This is my go-to purchase for common footwear for my son. They are mild, breathable, don’t get smelly, and are available a variety of sizes. Additionally they can move as gown footwear for those who don’t look too rigorously.

Ecco Yucatán- $150, 13 oz

Ecco footwear are one of the crucial durable and cozy brands normally. Additionally they are likely to make comfort footwear look a bit nicer. These sandals are a minimize above Tevas in lots of good methods. The are classier, in black or brown leather-based, for a start, and would look nice each on a seashore or at a nice dinner. The even have the main benefit of a leather-based footbed, which solves the Teva stink drawback. They’re heavier that I’d like, coming in at a slim 13 ounces, but not dangerous for a extremely constructed males’s shoe.

Ugg Knox – $100, 7 oz

I’ve grow to be an enormous fan of Uggs. They’re super sturdy and nicely constructed, and by far probably the most persistently snug footwear I own. This sneaker takes their greatest qualities and combines them into a fantastic journey shoe that weighs in at solely 7 ounces! They are great wanting and come with the comfortable wool insole. The only draw back is that they are suede, so you’d need to get some sort of protectant spray for wet destinations. In any other case, a fantastic selection and good range of sizes.

Columbia Spinner Vent – $55, 5 oz

For those who’re going with the three pair concept, this is able to be the perfect third pair. They are versatile. They’ve been made with synthetic mesh to be water footwear and have a grippy sole for moist surfaces, but that very same mesh can be superb for decent climates or individuals with sometimes sweaty ft. Stylewise, they’d look fantastic with good pants in the metropolis. The weight is what makes them an ideal spare pair- solely 5 ounces per shoe, which is nearly remarkable in males’s footwear.

These are my picks, might they take you wherever you’re moving into a snug, lightweight, and classy method. Up subsequent, my reader decisions for travel footwear 2019…