The 9 Best Walking Shoes for Travel to Buy in 2018

Make your trip easy on your feet with these pairs

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Packing the right walking shoes is a challenge when traveling. You want shoes that will be versatile and comfortable, but that also prevent aching feet and blisters while you travel to and around your destination.

The type of walking shoes you choose will depend on the activities you anticipate. If you are enjoying a walking tour or visiting museums and galleries, you will need shoes with cushioning that are comfortable for slow walking and standing for hours at a time. Hard surfaces such as concrete floors, sidewalks, and paving stones can lead to foot fatigue so finding a cushioned and supportive shoe is a must.

If your travel takes you to parks and trails you should think of packing trail shoes that will provide good stability and protection against rocks and roots. These shoes may also be more comfortable on cobblestones as they protect the bottom of your foot against hard objects.

For dressier occasions like dinner or business meetings, you may want a dressier pair of sandals or nice shoes rather than sneakers. Even so, you may be walking around a lot, so whatever you choose should be functional and comfortable.

Read on to find the best walking shoes for travel you can buy now.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall for Women: Propet Women’s TravelActiv

Propet shoes have been loved by walkers for decades. These shoes are overwhelmingly given five-star reviews on Amazon.  The lace-up sneaker design comes in 11 different colors. You can also explore the rest of the TravelActiv line, which includes knit and woven uppers rather than the mesh, and designs such as slip-on, zip, and Mary Jane.

The advantage of this shoe is its lightweight design, which will give you less fatigue over the course of a long day of travel. They come in a full range of widths from narrow to extra-extra wide to fit all foot sizes and shapes. They have a cushioned, removable insole that you can replace with your own arch support or orthotic if needed. These Propet shoes are both flexible and supportive. Propet notes that they designed the sole for durability and traction, so while this isn’t a trail shoe, it should perform well in a variety of travel situations.

Best Overall for Men: Rockport Style Purpose

If you are taking business meetings or you want to dress up for an evening out during your trip, the Rockport Men’s Style Purpose line is a great option. Unlike many men’s dress shoes, these provide walking comfort with shock-absorbing heel cushioning and a cushioned, removable footbed. They are also flexible, allowing you to put in a brisk walking stride when needed. They are made of leather for classic styling but have a mesh lining for breathability.

The soles are designed also to give you a good grip on a variety of surfaces. You can choose between styles including cap toe, wing tip and plain toe, plus different colors in each of the styles. They are available in medium and wide. These shoes will keep your feet happy when you have to walk for some distance to your destination or you want a romantic stroll after dinner.

Best Budget Men’s: Clarks Men’s Cotrell Walk Oxford

This walking shoe will perform well for many types of travel. It is lightweight, which not only saves weight in your luggage but also helps prevent foot and leg fatigue. Men who wear these shoes report they are great for long periods of standing, which you may experience when touring, standing in line or waiting for a bus or train. They are made with breathable leather to help keep your feet fresh in a variety of climates. They come with a cushioned footbed and the heel is relatively flat and has the slight undercut that is best for a walking stride.

These affordable shoes are available in black or tobacco brown and in medium and wide widths in a sizes from 7 to 14. The lace-up style is a good choice for travel as it allows you make adjustments if your feet swell on the plane, or from new climate or long days of walking.

Best Budget Women’s: Clarks Women’s Sillian Bella Mary Jane Flat

A Mary Jane design will look good with most of your outfits and provide more support for walking than a slip-on flat. This is one of Clarks’ Cloudsteppers designs that are soft, light and flexible. This versatile shoe is comfortable all day long and comes in four classic colors. If you prefer your own arch support or orthotic, you can add it, but the cushioned Ortholite insole is likely to suit most people. They also come in narrow, regular, and wide, and feature a wide toe box for extra comfort.

Best Sneaker for Men: Brooks Ghost 10

The Brooks Ghost 10 overwhelmingly gets five-star reviews on Amazon for its lightweight cushioning and style. You can choose between nine color and fabric combinations. The mesh upper will keep your feet cool. They also come in narrow, regular, and wide widths to accommodate all kinds of people. Brooks makes quality athletic shoes and your feet will thank you for the extra support.

Best Sandal for Women: Naot Kayla Wedge Sandal

These wedge sandals will give you excellent comfort whether you're wearing them to a business meeting or out on the town. Women overwhelmingly give them five-star reviews on Amazon. Naot sandals feature a cork and latex sole and a suede footbed and are noted for their arch support and light weight. The heel height is just 1.25 inches, making these shoes appropriate for longer walks.

The ankle strap allows a better fit and walking stability than a flip flop design. You won’t walk right out of your sandals when going downhill. You have more than two dozen choices of colors and finishes from glossy to suede to textured leather. What's more, Naot has many other sandal designs to choose from for comfort and travel.

Best Sandal for Men: Men’s Original Teva Universal Sport

These are well-loved sporty sandals that work well for travel. They have easy hook-and-loop closures that adjust for a good fit. The ankle and heel strap provide stability for walking. The footbed is cushioned and has some arch support, which makes it comfortable for wearing all day.

They are easy to clean and quickly dry if you get them wet, and are lightweight so they are easy to pack when you know you will want sandals at your destination. You can pick from several colors like orange, black, grey and white.

Best Trail Shoe for Men: Merrell Men’s Moab 2

If your travel is going to involve natural trails or lots of cobblestone streets, you will appreciate wearing a trail shoe that provides stability and protection. You don’t want to twist your ankle or stub a toe and ruin the rest of your travel plans. The Moab is Merrell’s top seller and perfect for town-to-trail. These trail shoes have uppers in performance fabric in a variety of colors.

The contoured footbed provides cushioned comfort or you can replace it with your chosen insole. They have air cushioning in the heel to absorb shock, while the soles are designed to provide great grip and traction with the use of Vibram, a material known for its durability. You can buy the Moab in regular and wide. If you know you will be visiting a wet climate, you can choose the waterproof version as well. You can also get the Moab in a mid-high boot model if you like the extra ankle support.

Best Trail Shoe for Women: Keen Women’s Terradora Waterproof Hiking Shoe

The Terradora is designed specifically for women and is available in several colors and styles, including leather. While women could also go with the women’s version of the Merrell Moab, the Terradora may suit you better. They are built for comfort with cushioning and support. They provide the stability needed for walking up and down hills and on natural surfaces.

The waterproof Terradora will help keep your feet dry if you are traveling to rainy climates, yet the shoes are breathable as well. If you need further breathability, they have a Terradora Ethos version with open side vents. If you want more ankle support, they have Terradora Waterproof Mid boots as well.

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