The Best Shoes To Bring On a Vacation

The Best Shoes To Bring On a Vacation

Vacationing is a time to relax and enjoy yourself, but that doesn't mean you should let your fashion sense go out the window. The right vacation shoes can help you enjoy your trip to the fullest, whether you're exploring new city streets or lounging on the beach. You'll want to carry a variety of comfortable, stylish shoes that can take you from day to night with ease.

Here are a few of our favorite summer vacation shoes, as well as some tips on what to look for when packing your vacation footwear.

Comfortable Walking Shoes

vacation walking shoes

If you're going to be doing any sightseeing on vacation, comfortable walking shoes are a must. Look for shoes with good arch support and padding to avoid foot pain and fatigue. These include running shoes and walking shoes. Walking sneakers are essential if you'll be doing a lot of sightseeing or just running errands around town. 

Look for a pair that's comfortable and versatile, like classic white sneakers or trendy athleisure shoes. If you're visiting places with a lot of walking, like NYC or Rome, comfortable vacation shoes are key to enjoying your vacation.

Water-Resistant Sandals or Flip-Flops

a kid splashing in water with flip flops on

A pair of water-resistant sandals or flip-flops (for men and women) is ideal for vacation spots with beaches or pools. They'll protect your feet from hot pavement and allow you to walk in the water without getting your shoes wet. You can find plenty of cute and affordable options in unique styles, colors, and patterns.

Remember that protecting your feet against any potential danger is key while vacationing. Flip-flops are quite versatile vacation shoes and can go from the beach to a casual lunch and even out at night at the local beach bar. Just make sure to pack a pair you feel comfortable walking around in for long periods of time.

Dressier Flats or Sandals

Dressy flats or sandals are great for days when you want to look a little more put-together, like visiting a museum or going out to lunch with new friends. They're perfect for hot weather and walking on the beach as you take those awesome photos, and they're one of the summer vacation shoe options that can be dressed up or down as needed.

If you're looking for vacation shoes that blend in with everything, consider a pair of nude flats or sandals. They go with everything from shorts to sun dresses and they make your legs look longer, too. If you want something a little more fun, try a pair of brightly colored flats or patterned sandals.

Dressy Shoes

men’s and women’s dressy vacation shoes

Even if you're just planning on relaxing on vacation, it's always nice to have a pair of dressier shoes if you want to go out to dinner or see a show. A pair of stylish loafers for men or low heels for women will suffice. If you're traveling to a more formal destination, then you might want to pack dressier shoes like heels or oxfords.

When packing vacation shoes, have an open mind and experiment with different styles. You might find that a pair of shoes you would never have thought to bring ends up being your favorite vacation accessory. And don't forget to break in any new shoes before you go on vacation—the last thing you want is to be dealing with blisters while you're trying to enjoy yourself.

Casual Sneakers/Athletic Shoes

casual vacation shoes

Sneakers are must-have summer vacation shoes, even if you don't plan on doing much physical activity. They're great for walks around town and can also double as comfortable travel shoes if you're doing a lot of walking or standing. And if you do end up wanting to do some light hiking or exploring, sneakers will be your best bet. Again, just make sure they're comfortable and broken in before you pack them.

Athletic vacation shoes are also a great choice for vacation, especially if you know you'll be doing some physical activity. Hiking, biking, and even site exploring around town can be more comfortable in sneakers or other athletic shoes. And if you're traveling to a hot climate, they can help keep your feet cool and dry. Just make sure to pack more than one pair, so you have options.

Stylish and Practical Boots

vacation hiking shoes

If you’re going somewhere with cold weather, snow, or muddy roads, then you’re going to want a nice, stylish pair of boots. They don’t have to be super expensive, but they should be comfortable and able to keep your feet warm and dry. When exploring conservation areas or hiking trails on foot, you need a good pair of boots. 

Add a pair or two of lightweight boots to your list of vacation shoes, and you’ll thank us later. Boots may also be ideal when going camping in the bushes where you will want to protect your feet. For women, boots with a small heel can also double up as evening shoes when going for dinner.

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