You've spent all that time planning your trip...only to get blisters on day one that make each step feel like crossing hot coals. Not cool. No matter how chic we want to look on the road, a few too many times of wearing uncomfortable shoes has taught us that nothing is more important than comfort when it comes to choosing what to wear. We asked our global network for their top picks of travel shoes. Buh-bye blisters.
Payal Shah, Designer And Founder Of L'Dezen
"I wear either Aruna Seth flats or Nike trainers. I can't do the whole heels-on-a-plane thing. Besides, it's really bad to have heels on when traveling because your blood circulation gets messed up—you need to be extremely comfy."
Steph Park, Journy Concierge Operations Director
The best way to rock the ath-leisure look without looking like a 90s dad? Nike's Roshe sneaker. Their streamlined silhouette feels put together, but their cushy airbed makes long walks a cinch.
Hitha Palepu, Blogger At Hitha On The Go
"Whatever you wear, pick your shoes first because they can be the linchpin of any outfit. I once made the mistake for packing brand new heels of a higher height than I was used to wearing for a conference in LA. After a day of walking, my feet were dead and I had to switch to wearing brown booties that did not go with any outfits I'd packed. Sure, no one minded and no one noticed, but I minded and noticed."
Bettina Looney, Personal Stylist & Instagram Influencer
"I always bring trainers. I have a trainer obsession. I wear Veja trainers all the time because they're comfortable, and because you need to walk everywhere in London. I'll also wear Gucci slides because they're easy to throw on. My followers are probably sick of them because I wear them in practically every photo, but I love my Celine sandals. They make every outfit look great. Even if it's freezing cold, it's worth it!"
Sana Cherukuri, Journy
"My new favorite travel shoe at the moment is Allbirds' wool lounger." Not only do they feel like slippers, their minimal-cool aesthetic will have you feeling put together both on the plane and on the street. They're also made from 100% New Zealand wool designed to minimize foot odor and regulate temperature (read: you can take them off on the plane and pack them for a round-the-world trip).
Leah Shaw, Journalist
"My favorite travel shoes are my simple lace-up Reef sneakers. They're comfortable, and can be worn with anything in my suitcase-- from dresses to jeans. They're easy to slip on and off during TSA checks or while sitting on a plane or train. My second pick are my Chacos. By prioritizing function over fashion, my feet stay comfortable with great arch support and lets my toes wiggle on hot days spent doing tons of walking. The grip allows me to even stay stable if hiking and walking through water. I simply wear them with socks when my feet are cold (also easy to slip on and off when traveling in countries were taking shoes off is custom)."
Reader Recommendation: Vionic Sandals
We admit we're skeptical when a shoe bills itself as "comfortable," but we were pleasantly surprised when a reader tipped us off to the stylish and ergonomic designs from Vionic. While we'd slip on a pair of simple black flats for an early fall escape, we're suckers for their supportive sandals, which we'd happily wear traipsing around a city in the summer.
Emilia Morano-Williams, Journy Content Manager
"I am loyal to Sperry Top Siders. Their no-slip grip is fierce and perfect for running through airports or traversing slick stone streets. I also love how easy they are to take on and off, no fumbling with laces at airport security."