The Best Pairs of Travel Friendly Shoes

Picking travel shoes can be a tricky endeavor. On one hand, you’ll be walking miles upon miles, and will want something comfy and durable. On the other hand, you’ll likely be taking lots of photos, and would prefer not to have a pair of bulky, orthopedic sneakers featured in every shot.

Lucky for us, there are so many great travel shoe options today. With the rise of athleisure (halleluiah!), in addition to designers taking into account comfort along with style, the travel shoe options are limitless. These eight are our favorite.


Tretorn Tournaments

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Tretorns are a classic tennis shoe, and you’ll find many fun takes on the classic Tournament model. The classic white pair is understated and beautiful while the interior is breathable and moisture wicking. In addition to this style, Tretorn offers a number of other travel friendly options (many of which are under $100!).


M. Gemi Moccasins

The M. Gemi’s mocassin is a beautiful Italian shoe that checks boxes when it comes to both comfort and style. The shoes are handmade with the utmost of attention to detail. Made of buttery, tumbled leather, the moccasins are meant to mold to your foot to ensure a perfect fit.


All Birds

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Self-proclaimed to be the “world’s most comfortable shoe,” how could a pair of these not make the list? These kicks, made of merino wool, are breathable, comfortable, and lightweight—three musts when it comes to a travel shoe. The insoles are plush, and they’re suitable in both warm and cold weather. What more could you want?


New Balance Sneakers

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This women’s version of New Balance’s 620 sneaker is athleisure at its finest. Easily one of the comfiest shoes in our lineup, these offer great support and are a good pick for ladies that love exploring a new city on foot. Bonus: Even though they’re sneakers, they’re stylish enough to wear without feeling self-conscious.



Source: @Soludos

Perfect for a beach trip or a warm weather getaway, Soludos are easily packable, comfortable, and lightweight. Like traditional espadrilles, the sole of the shoe is made of rope. The company has done a number of collaborations with other designers—all the prints and styles are funky and unique. If you’re more of a neutral gal, rest assured there are plenty of classic prints as well.




These win in our book for taking up the absolute least amount of space in a suitcase. While these may not be supportive enough to wear day in and day out while traveling, you can’t beat the size. They fold up and fit into a teeny-tiny bag leaving lots of room in your bag for other essentials. Tip: We recommend stashing them in your bag while traveling to slip on for dinner or drinks when you’re ready to ditch the tennis shoes.


Dr Scholl’s Slip-On Sneaker

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We know, we know! Dr. Scholl’s isn’t typically a brand we associate with cute travel shoes, but this pair defies the stereotype. Their slip-on sneaker is a neutral, simple shoe you can easily pair with just about any outfit. They also house a memory foam insole that your feet will thank you for.


Sam Edelman Booties

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Winter travel tends to complicate footwear choices (will these boots fit in my bag? Will these flats be warm enough?), but the Sam Edelman Bootie is the perfect answer. The small heel dresses them up without compromising on comfort.


What are your favorite travel shoes? Leave them in the comments below!


This article originally appeared September 20, 2016. It was updated for timeliness on April 13, 2018.

  • MeaganDut

    Just in time for my spring shopping to prepare for my Italy trip! 🙂 I want all of them!

  • Alexia

    I love my M Gemi suede moccasins but wouldn’t necessarily recommend the suede version for travel since the bottom is also suede and not intended for getting dirty. The leather version would definitely be more practical.

    • The Everygirl

      Thanks for this tip! 🙂

  • Kristi Witek Albert

    These look like great options! I also love my Sperry’s:

    I’ve walked miles in them without pain!!!

  • hal

    I’m dying for a pair of Soludos and M. Gemi shoes! Now i’m also eyeing the Dr. Scholl’s too! I have a pair of New Balance 620s and they give me serious blisters though 🙁

  • I have the Tieks and I have to be honest – they are not good if you’re going to be walking all day. I wore them in London for a day of sightseeing (that involved a lot of walking) and my feet hurt to bad – there’s no arch support, which you really need for some serious walking.

    I really want to try the AllBirds and the Dr. Scholls look pretty cute too (cannot believe I just wrote that LOL)

  • Nikki Laraja

    Cute and versatile sneaks are key!

  • Rebekah Poppen

    I just bought my Dr Scholl’s Vienna’s TODAY!! AND I am in love with them! 🙂

  • Travel shoes are really difficult to select, they should be good on durability, looks, weight, versatility, and for all these factors, I love my OTBT sneakers,, I carry them almost everywhere wherever I go.

  • Hanny

    I was ready to buy those Scholl’s slip on but everyone keeps saying they are uncomfortable

  • I’m packing my Frankie4 sandshoes for Italy. They’re stylish (blush pink!) and designed by a podiatrist so I’ll be able to walk all over Rome.

  • Steph

    My New Balance 555’s, Birkenstocks, and Van’s slip-ons got me through my 2-week European vacation last year. We averaged 10-15 miles of walking per day, and my feet still felt good (well, as good as you can expect). No shoe is perfect, so I always bring hydrocolloid bandages for blisters just in case 🙂

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  • Paula Suzanne

    Rothy’s need to be on this list!!!

  • Caitlin Nasseraddin

    Dr. Scholl’s are a great investment! Or a plain black pair of Nikes is a good go to 🙂

  • Caitlin Nasseraddin

    Dr. Scholl’s are a great investment! Or a plain black pair of Nikes is a good go to 🙂

  • The tieks are cute but from personal experience they are the WORST shoe if you’re doing any amount of touristy walking – there is zero support and your feet will hurt after.

  • Sarah

    From my experience traveling around Europe and walking/hiking all day for a few weeks the two BEST shoes I brought were #1 ADIDAS ULTRABOOSTS( I cannot even begin to stress how comfortable these sneakers are, not only for your feet but for your legs and back) and #2 toms.