Shoes are often overlooked when it comes to preparing and packing for a vacation. But why is that? Your comfort depends on them and getting the most out of your vacation depends on your comfort! Many times while traveling, I’ve opted to go back to the hotel long before the day should’ve been over because of sore feet — mostly due to poor shoe choices. So whether you’re headed to Disneyland for a few days or traveling out of the country, here are a few tips to keep you comfortable on your feet!
1. Fashion over Function Isn’t Smart
You’re on vacation and the last thing you want to think about is how bad your feet hurt! Bring shoes that are already broken in and that you know you’re comfortable walking in for a long time. This doesn’t mean you have to wear a pair of sneakers, though. A pair of flats or ankle boots are perfect for the job!
2. Location Matters
Think about what you’ll be doing and where you’ll be walking. If you’re headed to the desert where you know it’ll be 100 degrees, maybe knee-high boots — although totally cute — won’t be the best idea. Or maybe you’re headed to Portland for spring break — strappy sandals will leave you soggy and cold. Think about activities you’ll be doing, too. If you’re planning a hike, you might want to bring something more substantial than flats.
3. Flip-Flops FTW!
So I’m not usually a flip-flop kind of gal, but they are a beach and warm-weather must for traveling. Even if your traveling won’t take you to the beach, flip-flops are an essential vacation shoe. To go to and from a hotel pool, to grab ice at night, and the perfect shower shoes if you’re a germ-freak like me. My favorite are these ones from Urban Outfitters.
4. Less Is More
Keep it simple when packing shoes for your trip. I seem to always overpack shoes every single time, but I usually end up wearing the same one or two pairs. Look at your outfits and plan ahead, picking just a couple of pairs of sensible shoes that go with everything.
5. Heels? How About Not!
You may be comfortable in a little wedge heel while out to dinner or shopping, but sightseeing is a whole other story. Hours of walking will take a toll on your poor feet so do yourself a favor and pick a pair of comfortable flats. I made this mistake once in Paris and after 8 hours of walking, I was actually surprised I still had feet.