What to Wear While You Travel, Shoe Edition!

If you like to pack light, no doubt the bane of your life is footwear. It just takes up so much space, but it is not an item you can do without. You definitely do not want to spend a whole week in flip-flops. If you do you will not be able to enjoy many activities and will end up with aching feet. Or worse, with a sore back and hips.

When you travel, getting your footwear right really is important. Here are a few tips to help you to choose the right shoes, boots or trainers and still have enough space in your case to fit in everything else you need to take.


Picking the Right Shoes: How to Pick the Best Footwear


The key to this task is choosing footwear that you can wear for practically anything. Trainers are a great footwear choice for travelers. Retailers like Jacamo sell a huge range, which makes it fairly easy to find a pair that is comfortable and fit in with your sense of style.

Just be sure to select a well-made pair that offers a good level of support. Think about the activities you are likely to want to enjoy while you are away and buy a pair of trainers that are suitable. For example, if you think you might want to go hiking, be sure to buy a pair that offers enough ankle support.

For the winter months, you can always swap the trainers for a pair of waterproof boots.  Spray them yourself, if necessary, to make sure that they will not let the rain in. Squelching around all day in wet footwear is sure to ruin your day and make your feet ache.

Ideally, you want to be able to wear your trainers or boots for the journey. Bear this in mind when choosing which pair to take with you.

If you are planning to go to the beach, packing a pair of flip-flops can be a good idea. They also give you something lightweight to wear around the hotel and for walking to a nearby bar or restaurant.

However, for sight-seeing, on hot days, they are not going to be comfortable enough. For this activity, it is far wiser to pack a pair of sturdy sandals. Provided they are flat or low-heeled and have flexible straps they will not take up a lot of space. If you do not like sandals, for a woman, a pair of ballerina style shoes is a good alternative. Or, if you prefer, something with a cloth top like gym shoes or espadrilles. Both of these styles work for men and women.

If you have enjoyed reading this and would like more packing tips you can find them here. I wrote that particular article to help me to pack for a holiday in Italy, but much of the advice in it applies almost regardless of what type of trip you are planning to take.

Also, if you have not measured your feet for a while, I suggest you do so. You can learn how to do it here. Whilst our feet stop growing at some point, they do continue to spread. This means that, as you age, your shoe size does actually change.

About Nia McKenna

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Nia is an Associate Editor at The Fairytale Traveler and self diagnosed travel junkie. Having traveled to 5 of the 7 continents, her love of good food and culture is a force to be reckoned with. When she isn't off adventuring with her husband, which she writes about on her blog CircaWanderlust, she can be found with a good cup of tea cuddling her pups and taking pictures of her food. She loves black and white movies and could listen to Elvis on repeat.

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