How To Pick the Best Shoes For Travel
So you’ve booked your flight, you already got your hotel reservation, you are leaving next week for what you think is the adventure of a lifetime. The only thing left is the packing, something we all don’t look forward to do.
Well, you can bring all that you want, but I’ve got one tip for you: make sure you bring the perfect travel shoes! For your journey to be epic, you will need a top-notch foot that can handle anything.
So how to pick the best shoes for travel? If you want to know, then keep on reading below. I will be sharing with you some things you have to consider and walk you through them one by one.
Tips in Choosing the Perfect Travel Shoes
1. Choose the right shoe according to your trip
When it comes to adventure, we all know it will come in different shapes and sizes. Are you going to hit the bustling streets of Japan or explore Amazon’s dense jungle? Are you backpacking all over the French countryside or do plenty of hiking in Africa?
This gets to show that every adventure will call for a different type of shoe. So it is important that you ask yourself these two questions: “Where am I headed to?” and “What will be my activity in there?”
- If your journey involves a lot of walking on the hard pavements and sidewalks of the urban stretches, then I highly suggest you bring your running shoes or tennis shoes with you. If you have a more casual sneaker, you can use them too as long as you know they can put up on some mileage. I usually wear stability-focused running shoes for city tours, I love how they can give me plenty of cushion as well as comfort for the long days exploring a new city.
- If you are planning to be walking a more rugged terrain or on trails, it is recommended that you opt for a pair of trail hikers or runners. What’s great about these shoes is that they are protective, sturdy and most of all, has been specifically created to be worn for long excursions. And since most of the trail shoes are water resistant, you will never have a problem coming across a lot of wet weather.
- If you are planning to attend for a dressier event while you are also exploring a new city, you should go for a pair of dress shoes. These shoes have been designed for anyone donning a professional look but have to be on their feet most of the time. These shoes will provide comfort without compromising fashion.
There are some travellers who enjoys the lightness and breathability of open-toe shoe styles or sandals, but I really don’t recommend them. Trust me, you will quickly feel gross more than you think and there’s also a higher chance that you will injure yourself. You must protect those feet at all cost, we don’t want your adventure to be cut short.
If you’d like to bring some sandals, I suggest you pack a pair of thongs; not only they’re cheap but they are also very lightweight and wont’ take up as much space in your luggage.
2. Check the weather in your destination
You should also know what the weather will be like at your destination so you can plan accordingly what travel shoes to bring. If you are going warmer place, a lighter shoe such as a light flat shoes should suffice; well-ventilated shoes are highly recommended.
However, if you are headed to a cooler destination, you have to bring something such as boots or thicker tennis shoes. Review the forecasted temperatures and weather trends too. If it is forecasted to rain, you can opt for waterproof footwear or those that come with quick-drying materials.
3. Your shoes should be comfortable enough
You need to assess the comfort of your shoes; to do this, there are some factors that you need to consider.
- Arch Support. First, you need to make sure there’s arch support. This is because when you are walking, it is natural for your foot to move with your heel hitting the ground first, then slowly rolling to the ball of your foot. This only means that most of the pressure is applied to the arch of your foot. For better comfort, chose a pair of shoe that comes with metatomical footbed or you can also add insoles for additional support.
- Flexibility. The flexibility of your footwear is another important factor that you need to consider. Your shoe should keep with the motion of your foot while you are walking. If you are bending the shoe, it should flex under the ball of your foot and not under the arch.
- Toe box. Take note that your feet could swell from all the walking throughout the day, so make sure you pick shoes that will provide enough space in the toe box. Your toes should not be compressed, it should be able to move freely. Here’s a little tip, to make the best decision, try the shoes on in the afternoon when your feet are most swollen from bearing your weight all day.
4. Don’t ignore the weight of your shoes.
I know no one wants to talk about weight, but when it comes to packing, it is very important to know the weight of your shoes. This will not only affect your suitcase load, but it can also affect how tired your legs will be as the day ends. So I highly recommended that you opt for lightweight shoes, but make sure it won’t compromise performance.
Here’s another tip, if you want to maximize your suitcase space, wear your heaviest pair of footwear on the plane.
5. Test your shoes for support and fit
If you think you have already found a pair that looks like they’re up for every challenge, don’t forget to test them properly. It’s not enough to just put them on while you are in the store and walking a few steps.
Anyway, here are some suggestion from our friends at REI on how you can test shoe for support:
- Pick up the shoe by the heel and toe, then start bending the toe upward. What do you notice? Is the shoe bending at the ball of the foot? Or is it at some random area halfway along the arch? Remember, you should be bending under the ball of your foot.
- Now, twist the shoe sole from the heel to the toe. Is it as flexible as a wet noodle? Or you notice that it feels like there’s something resisting to your twisting? If you’re going to do a lot of walking, you will want to feel light to moderate resistance from your shoes.
REI also shared how you can test the shoe if it has a good fit. Keep on reading below:
- Try walking down an incline, while you are descending begin stomping and scuffing your feet. Try getting the tips of your toes to touch the shoes’ front inside. Your shoes should not let you move that far forward. Take note that shoes can stretch and widen a little bit with use over time. If your toes can already touch the front of the shoes while the shoes are still new, then I suggest you should try on a different pair.
- This time, try walking uphill on a stair. Try walking up a few flights of starts, probably two stairs at a time. Then check for the heel lift. Do you notice the heels to be consistently lifting off the insoles? I’m afraid this is a heel blister waiting to happen.
You can do this tips every time you’ll buy a pair of shoes, even if they are not for travel. Trust me, these good habits you can develop and I’m sure your feel will thank you.
6. Choose a travel palette.
One easy way to pack a versatile travel attire is by choosing an accent color and of course, a base of neutrals. Use this palette when you are packing for your travel shoes too. Planning to pack your mustard boots? Just make sure you can wear them along with different outfits.
7. Consider the price too
If you can find your dream shoes on sale, then great, but don’t ever pick a lesser pair of shoes just to save a little. Without a doubt, your feet will hate you for it. Make sure you will do your research before your purchase and avoid unsafe consequences as much as possible.
I know picking the perfect travel shoes can be challenging, but it is not impossible. Just always remember that comfort is the key, you can’t fully enjoy your trip if you are suffering from pain and can no longer walk.
Anyway, I hope this article will help you find the best shoes fro travel, a pair that will work for a variety of occasions and are easy to transport. So, do you already have travel shoes in mind? I would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment below.
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