The Best Walking Shoes for Travel: Sneakers, Boots, and Slip-Ons We’d Wear All Day

Comfort and versatility are key.
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Finding the best walking shoes for travel can be tough. You want something comfortable enough to get you through a full day of wandering around, but not so comfortable that it screams "I'm a tourist!" And since nobody wants to tote around a bag (checked or otherwise) filled with shoes, the ones that do make the packing list cut need to be versatile enough to wear with multiple outfits. Whether you're looking for sneakers, boots, flats, or sandals, we rounded up more than 20 of our favorite high-quality, easy-to-pack walking shoes for travel—all cushy, supportive, and versatile—that will take you just about anywhere.

This article has been updated with new information since its original publish date.

Boots and clogs

Blondo Elvina waterproof bootie

Condé Nast Traveler editor Meredith Carey wears these waterproof Blondo boots almost all winter long, and brings them along on any fall and winter trips. “They look and feel like leather but I can wear them in snow and rain—I don't have to worry about my shoes surviving when I'm tromping around day-to-day in New York or a new city,” she says. They come in a host of color options, from black to brown leather to snakeskin.

Blundstone #2141 Chelsea boots

Like many Blundstones, these are roomy enough to fit chunky socks under, making them a great winter pick (though you may want to go down a half size if you plan to wear them with thinner socks, as we found they run a bit big). The water-resistant leather will stand up to puddles and slush, while the midsole is built with shock absorption, giving your feet support throughout the day.

Vagabond Shoemakers Cosmo 2.0 Chelsea boots

Traveler editor Megan Spurrell is a fan of Vagabond's lug sole boots, and recommends a style with a wider toe for maximum comfort on long days of walking. Best for city trips, these Chelsea boots are on the bulkier side, so wear them through security to cut down on suitcase weight.

Frye Melissa Chelsea booties

Spurrell has waxed poetic about Frye's Melissa Chelsea boots before: they're her go-to for any city trip. They look good with jeans, leggings, or dresses, pack down well, and over time, have become as comfortable as sneakers. Plus, they last for years and are sturdy enough to navigate cobblestone streets. What more could you want?

Clarks Desert Boots

We love the rugged silhouette of Desert Boots, which have the versatility of a sneaker but clean lines of an ankle boot. They're comfortable in a variety of climates, making them great for both humid summer temperatures and freezing winter ones. Just stay away from rain—the suede exterior doesn't mix well with water.

Dansko XP 2.0

Sure, they’re not the most fashionable shoes in the world, but chefs and nurses swear by Danskos for a reason. The XPs are the absolute best, most supportive shoe if you’re on your feet all day, with the kind of arch support and structure that a sneaker just won’t give you. These are ideal for when you’re not necessarily walking long distances, but doing a lot of standing—think a trip to The Louvre in Paris or the Prado Museum in Madrid.


Reebok Club C 85 Model vintage shoes

A clean white sneaker is an essential on every packing list, and this vintage Reebok style (another favorite of Spurrell's) with goes with nearly any outfit. 

Allbirds Wool Runners

Traveler editor Madison Flager packs Allbirds on most every vacation for their versatility and true all-day comfort. These Wool Runners, Allbirds' first shoe, come in a half dozen colorways, with just as many limited-edition hues. Like all of the brand's shoes, they are machine washable, which means lighter colors are easy to keep looking new.

Suav The Zilker Gum

Suav shoes pass an important travel-friendly test: They are comfortable on the first wear, no break-in time needed. They're also super lightweight and flexible, so you can pack them down into any size big, and are breathable, with a sweat-wicking fabric for those who prefer to go sock-less. As a bonus, the company makes shoes in a particularly eco-friendly way: Each pair is digitally knitted out piece by piece using recycled water bottles, reducing material waste during the production process.

Superga Cotu Classic

Supergas are a happy medium for when you can’t quite make your outfit work with a full-on pair of running shoes, but you know you’ll need something solid and comfy for a full day on pavement. They come in every color and fabric imaginable (Velvet! Suede! Metallic leather!) and work with just about any look you can think of.

Adidas Stan Smith sneaker

There's a reason why the Adidas Stan Smith has evolved from a tennis shoe to a streetwear classic: They're too comfortable to ever want to take off. If you're going on a short trip and only have room for one pair of shoes, wear these—they can handle anything from a day of sightseeing to an impromptu hike, are easy to slide on and off at airport security, and will make you look like chic, without sacrificing an ounce of comfort.

Allbirds Tree Dashers

Allbirds' sneakers are known for being comfortable, but the Tree Dashers—the brand's first pair made specifically for runners—ups the ante. The thick sole will cushion your feet on the longest of days spent exploring, and if you are someone who jogs on vacation, you can pack one less pair of shoes to do so.


Cole Hahn Grand Ambition slip-on loafer

This black and white Cole Hahn shoe toes the line between loafer and sneaker perfectly—it's nice enough to wear into the office after hopping off a plane, but casual (and comfortable) enough to wear during a day of sightseeing. If you own enough basic black, you can get the pair with an off-white, gold, or silver leather top, too. Either way, the shoe is made for long days: There's traction on the bottom to keep you from slipping on smooth museum floors, footbeds meant to mold to your feet, and cushioned padding on the heel to prevent rubbing.

Merrell Cloud Cross Knit Sneaker

When you can't be bothered with laces, slide on this Merrell Cloud sneaker. The lightweight shoe has plenty of cushion and support, and in a pinch, can double as a water shoe, thanks to the breathable mesh upper. Wear them with or without socks; either way, they don't require any break-in time.

Sperry x John Legend Signature Boat Shoe

Part of John Legend's collaboration with Sperry (he's been a global brand ambassador since 2020), this boat shoe trades leather for a suede upper, giving it a slightly less preppy look than the boat shoes of yore. We like the neutral gunmetal shade, accented by a pop of yellow on the heel.

Merrell Antora Sneaker Moc

With the weight of a sneaker but the traction of a snow shoe, these Merrell Mocs offer the best of both worlds. Slip these on for a walk around your winter cabin or ski town, and know your feet will stay nice and warm.

Tod's Gommino driving shoes

Tod's is known for making some of the most comfortable shoes you can find, and these suede driving shoes are no exception. The rubber pebble outsole will hold up to most city streets, while the leather interior and hand-stitching make it clear that these are carefully made—and worth the more expensive price tag. Each pair comes with a suitcase-friendly dust bag, too.

Sea Star Beachcomber espadrille

Truly, these are the nicest-looking water shoes you'll ever see. From afar, they look like espadrilles. Close up, you can see the fabric that covers your feet is made of neoprene, so it looks and feels more like a scuba suit (we've worn them, and they are in fact super comfortable). The bottom has a sturdy rubber sole, too, so you can go the beach to the street with ease, whether you're in Charleston or Santorini. Plus, they come in tons of colors and patterns, whether you like something bright and eye-catching or neutral.

SeaVees Gallery Gore leather sneakers

We love a good slip-on shoe, especially on in-transit days when you may be taking shoes on and off. SeaVees makes a white leather pair with a dramatic thick black stripe across the top, for days when you want to add some style to your look without sacrificing comfort. We'd bring them along on a spring or summer trip to Europe for an easy, everyday shoe.


Arizona Birkenstocks

Wearing sandals for an extended period of time can be tricky, but former Traveler editor Sarah Ratner swears by good ol' fashioned Birks, with their suede-covered cork-latex footbed that practically molds to your feet over time. The Arizona slides come in every color under the sun and can be purchased in regular or narrow sizes to better fit your feet. Plus, they're easy to match with most any outfit.

Teva Universal Trail Sandals

Tevas are the kind of shoe that once you own a pair, you're a fan for life. They'll come in handy on so many occasions—light hikes through Arizona (find more intense hiking shoes here), sightseeing through dusty roads in Israel, swimming in rocky reservoirs in Austin. The trail sandals have a bit more arch support than the classic style, meaning they'll be even more comfortable both in cities and on trails.

Teva Midform Universal Sandals

Another favorite of Spurrell's, these Tevas are slightly less grippy than the ones above, but are still plenty comfortable for all-day wear. Spurrell has worn them on bike rides, long walks, beach days, and out to dinner in New York—proof of their range, and value on your packing list.


Birdies The Starling flats

It can be nice to have a good pair of flats tucked away in your suitcase for a fancy dinner or evening stroll after a long day in sneakers, especially given how easy they are to pack. We like Birdies' The Starling flats, meant to be a modern take on the classic smoking slipper. They're built to last, and to keep your feet comfortable: Inside, there's seven-layer cushioned footbed with elevated arch support, plus a little extra cushion in the heel to prevent it from rubbing. Order them in suede, faux fur, or velvet fabrics.

Rothy's The Point flats

While Rothy's makes a classic ballet flat, too, we love the more sophisticated look of the Point Flat. Available in dozens of colors from Flame, a bright orange-red, to Maritime Navy and Turquoise Melange, there's a hue for every kind of traveler and outfit. All of Rothy's shoes are made out of recycled plastic, and cut using the same technology as Suav, meaning there's less waste throughout production. The shoes are also wildly comfortable, without the normal break-in time most flats need, thanks to the machine-washable knit material.