If you’re anything like me then picking out the right shoes for travelling can be a bit of a nightmare because I like shoes for every occasion. So I decided to rein myself in for our recent trip to England and Kuala Lumpur and get some expert advice about the best travel shoes and how to choose them.
It’s true. I like to have shoes for this, shoes for that, and shoes for the other when I’m travelling.
After-all, my hubby is likely to whisk me off like a mountain goat on some rugged path, while I also like to have pretty but comfy trotters on hand for sightseeing, and dainties if I’m going out to a restaurant. Then I like to have ankle boots in case it’s wet (think Europe) and trainers (sports shoes) in case I want to go for a power walk.
The list goes on, and in the past I’ve managed to pack 5 or more pairs of shoes for a trip but generally arrived home only having worn two or three pairs of them.
So these days I’m considerate of actually making do with less, and trying not to be focused on the ‘what if’ scenarios.
The wonderful team at FRANKiE4 footwear, who are on a mission to “save soles”, shared some really useful tips about choosing shoes for travelling, and say that we should consider 5 key things when we’re picking out which shoes to pack for a trip :-
- Functionality and versatility
“Treat your feet well by packing proper footwear and by not over packing shoes that you just don’t need. For travel shoes, three is the magic number” Tracy told me.
Walking shoes should be a quality brand, built for comfort and with solid support. “Your arches and heels need support if you’re walking all day and you need cushioning to reduce the impact on your joints. For this pair of shoes think comfort, durability and versatility,” Tracy said.
So for general walking shoes for England and Kuala Lumpur recently I took some silver FRANKIE4 ELLiEs. I found they were versatile for days’ exploring and walking and because of their on trend, neutral colour I was able to team them with a knee length dress on the plane (above), black and blue jeans, white capri pants, and also a long dress for the evenings (below).
What I also like is that they come with different colour shoe laces and Custom Fit components included in the box. These are different sized ‘footbeds’ which means you can alter the amount of room in the shoe, along with the amount of support you need. Simply swap the footbeds over to give your feet some extra room, or pop them back in when it’s cooler – it’s really useful to have this choice in hot weather or if your feet swell-up on the plane.
Sandals or Flats
The second pair of shoes should be comfortable but pretty – so that you can dress up your outfits for special occasions. The type of sandal really depends on the amount of walking you’re likely to do in them, but I’d say go for good support, as with Earth Spirit (2) below if you’re hiking, and (1) (3) and (4) for town sightseeing as the are not quite as robust.
An Activity Shoe
If you’re active like me, you’ll probably also need shoes that will stand the course of a long walk or hike. So if I know we’ll be doing a lot of walking on rough tracks I’ll pack a good pair of sports shoes as well.
Top Tips for Travel Shoes
- If it’s hot and during travel your feet can swell – so look for shoes and sandals that are adjustable.
- Keep colours neutral so that your shoes go with the majority of your travelling outfits.
- All you travel shoes should be comfortable with support and cushioning – so I’m afraid it’s out with any teetering heels or what I call “car to restaurant only” shoes.
- The best shoes for travel are the ones you enjoy wearing and which can be worn with a variety of different travel outfits.
- A lightweight pair of rubber flip-flops are a good addition for the beach or around the pool.
- Always wear your travel shoes a few times before setting off. It’s important to break them in first or otherwise stick with tried-and-tested shoes.
- Velcro and elastic fastening offer easy-on easy-off access – great for going through airport security.
- Irene offered some more great travel shoe tips here on her blog More Time to Travel .
I was gifted a pair of ELLiE silver shoes from FRANKIE4 and this style will be back in store and online by mid December. Black and Rouge ELLiE stock and the new JENNi active flat will be in-store and online by the end of next week. Thanks also to Tracy Schweitzer at FRANKIE4 for contributing hints and tips for this post.
So Lifestylers … How many pairs of shoes do you pack for a holiday?