Five Tips for Purchasing Travel Shoes


Since I started traveling, some readers have asked me, “What is the most comfortable and stylish shoe for traveling?” It’s a tricky question, because everyone has their own style preferences and feet are as unique as individuals. I’m a size 6.5 with a slightly wider toe box and a high arch, so what works for me may not work for others. I did, however, literally try on over 30 shoes this summer in my personal hunt for the best pairs, so hopefully my upcoming reviews will save you some frustration and time!

Packing for 6 months of travel can be tricky. Mr. Wonderful and I aren’t backpackers, but we were determined to bring only one carry-on luggage and one backpack each. With our suitcase alone weighing in at about 6-7 pounds, that meant we only had 8 pounds worth of clothes, shoes, accessories and gear we could pack before going over the 15 pound carry-on limit for some airlines. Considering an average pair of shoes is almost a pound, that’s no easy feat!

So when it came time to choose the shoes I’d need to pack for our trip abroad, I had to think strategically. I knew I’d be stuck with the same few pairs for the next half year, and they had to meet my following criteria:

1) Comfortable (no pain after walking around all day)

2) Stylish (or at least, not ugly)

3) Versatile (can go with various outfits)

4) Light (preferably under half a pound)

5) Easy to slip on and off at the airport (no laces)

So what did I end up packing in my suitcase? After a month of shopping, visiting stores, ordering from websites such as Zappos and Nordstrom (love their free shipping/returns!) I settled on:

– canvas loafers

– leather sneakers

– sandals

– flip flops

Which brands and styles did I buy? Click here to find out!

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  1. Christine says

    I really wanna know which shoes you picked now! Lol! My feet hurt more often now after having a baby, so i’m on the lookout for coMfy stylisH shoes…


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