Finding the right shoes for travel is a game-changer. You want something lightweight, easy-to-pack, and versatile, but above all else, you want comfort. We turned to a few of our favorite brands to find the true wardrobe ‘unicorns’ — shoes that feel good, look good, and will hold up to lots and lots of steps.
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Madewell Kickoff Trainer Sneaker in Neutral Colorblock Leather
If you want to bring one pair of comfortable shoes on your next trip, look no further than Madewell’s Kickoff Trainer Sneaker in Neutral Colorblock Leather. These sneakers are equal parts comfort and style. The neutral color block design makes them as versatile as your go-to white sneakers but adds an elevated touch of style and interest. Wear these while walking around the city or squeezing in a quick workout, or dress them up with jeans, trousers, or a sundress for an evening out.
If you haven’t already been noticing these everywhere, you’re sure to from now on. These on-trend Adidas Gazelle sneakers offer a classic style in 11 different colors. With over 17,000 reviews averaging 4.8 stars, these sneakers (just $100) are a must-have for traveling and your everyday wardrobe.
Allbirds Tree Runner
If you’re in the market for a more athletic style to bring with you, look no further than the Allbirds Tree Runners. Allbirds is known for its focus on sustainable materials, including the sugarcane-based foam in these sneakers. The mesh fabric allows for breathability and comfort; if you look at the reviews, almost every single one notes how comfortable these are.
Rothy’s ‘The Point’
We’re sure you’ve heard the rave reviews on Rothy’s versatile, machine-washable, ultra-comfy, and sustainable flats, and we have personal experience to back it up. Yes, Rothy’s flats are incredibly comfortable, but they’re also easy to travel with. You can fold them and throw them in your bag — they barely occupy space! We’re partial to The Point style and love this tan and black combo. But they’ve got tons of styles, each with over 30 color or pattern options.
Everlane Modern Loafer
Everlane is known for its quality products. Whether shopping for sweaters, trousers, or shoes, you will surely find something to last for years. These modern loafers are no different. We love the classic design and ever-so-slightly elevated heel for added sophistication.
Nisolo Huarache Sandal
Nisolo’s Huarache sandals have brought in over 1,000 five-star reviews. Their soft, handwoven leather is water-resistant, breathable, comfortable, and fashionable. We love how they add a touch of texture and design to any look. Plus, they’re available in six neutral shades.
Madewell’ The Charley’ Double-Strap Slide Sandal
These easy-to-wear ‘The Charley’ sandals define beach-friendly. The flexible footbed features Madewell’s “Cloudlift” padding for extra comfort and a hint of elevation that will elongate your legs without needing a full heel. We love the ‘Dried Blossom’ pink shade for a twist on a classic neutral.
Nisolo Cross Sandal
Known for their focus on function, comfort, and sustainability, Nisolo hit it out of the park with these simple yet fashionable cross sandals. They’re available in three easy-to-style shades and feature a 0.5-inch low-profile heel, memory foam insole, and an effortless slip-on style. The widened leather straps and supportive cushioning garnered the type of review every sandal hopes for — “shockingly comfortable.”
Donald Pliner OFELIA Sandal
These Donald Pliner sandals toe the line between casual and dressy, making them ideal for late-afternoon wear into the evening hours. And, if you love a comfy sandal but can’t bear to go totally flat, these are the happy medium you’ve been looking for. Available in nine different shades, you can find them here.
Birkenstock Arizona Big Buckle Slide
Birkenstocks are back, and this option is a refreshed version of the original design. You can count on comfort with these slides (as always with Birkenstocks), but we’re taken by the big, gold buckles and updated, on-trend design of the Arizona Big Buckle Slide. These are available in a classic nude shade and a soft pink.
Birkenstock Kyoto Sandal
If you prefer an even more modern take on the reliable comfort of Birkenstock slides, the Kyoto Sandal is a great choice! This chic slide comes with a hook and loop closure to ensure the sandal hugs your foot all day long. Shop here to choose from three neutral shades — taupe, black, or hunter green.
Inez Isa Heel
As they tend to take up space in luggage, we believe in bringing only one pair of heels on vacation. Inez, a brand based out of New York, was created for women who love heels but don’t want to compromise comfort. Inez has perfected its comfort-focused design with plush leather insoles and layers of dense foam (especially beneath the ball of the foot) to create a spring reaction and comfort that will last all night long. These Isa heels are the priciest option on our list, but they are worth it if you’re looking for comfortable heels you’ll reach for time and time again.
Cole Haan Josie Block Heel
Depending on where you’re traveling, a block heel tends to be sturdier than more slender alternatives and is always a safe bet. Cole Haan shoes are known for comfort, and a neutral color scheme is stylish, yet incredibly versatile. These can easily be dressed down with jeans, or elevated with a black dress for a night out. Order these block-heel sandals here.
Amazon Dream Pairs Heel
If you want to try out a new heel without breaking the bank, give these $50 Amazon heels a go. With over 13,000 reviews averaging 4.3 stars, these are a comfortable and elegant option. We love the pointed toe, block heel, and wide ankle strap. Plus, they’re available in 21 different colors and materials.
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