TL;DR Top recommended shoes by type of trip, season, weather, and activities, plus some useful tips for preventing sore feet.

Choosing the right shoes for your travels can be a tricky issue, after all, you want to be both stylish and comfortable. You also do not want to lug a dead weight of shoes around or have the pain of blisters to deal with.

Don’t Panic!

Soulful Travels (for this post, Soleful Travels) is giving you the ultimate guide to the shoes you need for any trip.

Generally, the rules are:

Road Trip: Converse or TOMS plus Havaianas

City Break: Sneakers plus ballet flats

Beach Vacay: Havaianas plus stylish flats

Winter adventures: Warm boots plus hiking boots

Spring or Autumn holidays: Wellies and sneakers

Activity holidays: Sneakers plus hiking boots

Think about season, weather forecast and activities you will be particpating in. You must wear them in before you leave and don’t pack too many pairs if you are backpacking or travelling for a while, two or three maximum – any more and you will hate yourself, trust me.

Here’s some suggestions of tried and tested footwear.
Sneakers/trainers:

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Iconic Converse in a bright colour are a fab choice for spring and autumn city breaks with minimum walking, resort holidays and boating adventures. They are super cute with a pair of jeans and will last you a good few trips. There are cheaper versions that look very similar to the originals if you wanted to keep costs low.

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Another option is the ever popular TOMS. Lightweight, classy and functional TOMS are an alternative option for Converse if you want a shoe to hit the streets with.

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Skechers Women’s GOwalk 4-Exceed Low-Top Sneakers are great for pounding the streets on walking heavy multi-city breaks. They are also handy for holidays where you add in sports such as cycling and running.  The cushioned insole is designed to keep your feet feeling fresh, despite what the pedometer says.

Hiking Boots:

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The Trek leather lightweight waterproof hiking boot is perfect for going off road. This kind of shoe will not let you down and protects your feet from nasties, which is great if you are going on an African safari or an Australian outback adventure. They are sturdy for the mountains too, so if the Alps of Switzerland or the Andes of South America are calling you then check out these surefooters.

*Top tip – If you are flying wear these whilst checking in and have your bags weighed and then swap for a pair of Havaianas or ballet flats to reduce luggage weight limit issues.

Mini-welly/gum boots:

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If it’s going to be mainly April showers or autumnal downpours having a pair of short rubber boots is useful. Check the weather reports before you head off on your travels and consider these delightful red booties, puddles are made for jumpin’ right?

More options below…
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Sandals/flip flops/thongs/slippers/jangles:

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Havaianas are literally essentials for anywhere. Ideal for any warm destination, they are great for beachy vacays. Use them in the shower and around the hostel/apartment as slippers. They don’t rub and last for a very, very long time. No imitations allowed! The investment is worth it, my friend.

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If you are heading to a fabulous beach destination you should slip in a pair of the Sanuk Women’s Yoga Sling 2 Flip Flops into your luggage. These shoes are minimal yet pretty, they can be equally as stylish at a classy restaurant by the ocean or to a full moon party. The major bonus is they are very lightweight and don’t take up much room.

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Similarly, if you are going to be regularly heading out to a glam night spot then a jeweled slipper can really finish off your outfit nicely. These sandals can be easily squeezed into any luggage and won’t tip you over the weight limits.

Ballet flats:

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If you are looking for a little more warmth during spring or autumn but want to style it up from your comfy walking options then ballet flats are a great option. This pair also conveniently folds up if you wanted to carry them in your handbag and come in a variety of prints, perfect for a cosy evening at a restaurant or bar.

Warm boots:
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You might decide that ‘Winter is Coming’ and be inspired to head off to a cold environment. The Po-Zu Pippa 2 Grey are not only warm and snuggly but look awesome too. These boots would look on point at New Zealand’s Lord of the Rings filming locations, on a trip to observe polar bears in northern Canada or checking out the northern lights above the glaciers of Iceland.

Did you know Po-Zu make official Star Wars footwear, including Porg sneakers, Rey’s actual boots in the movies and Chewie inspired booties? Check them out and up your geek chic.

Protect your feet:

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It’s always best to walk around at home prior to your travels to wear in your shoes and to make sure they don’t rub. Proheels can help by creating a layer between you and the shoe to prevent any issues. Spray it on your heels, toes and anywhere that might get caught and the barrier will act as a cushion. Peel it off when you are done. Easy peasy!

Repair your feet:

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If you do unfortunately run up a blister or two then these Compeed plasters are insanely useful. If you only take one piece of personal advice from this guide, then it’s got to be these bad boys. Seriously, they can make the difference between vacay was dope or vacay was nope.

Now go and have wonderful, soleful, pain-free travels!
What are your shoe recommendations? Please let me know in the comments 🙂
 
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