Shoes make all the difference when you're traveling. You will be on your feet a ton while you explore the new cities you are in and you want to be comfortable! Here are some of the best shoes for traveling that will keep you cool in hot weather, warm in cold weather and comfortable wherever you are!
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Quality is best
No matter where you travel to, you're going to be walking way more than you ever expected. Probably the best investment you could make your international trip is a pair of good quality, comfortable walking shoes. So, if you're wondering whether you should save money or not...personally I would spend a little bit more when choosing the shoes I'm going to be wearing because I don't want all those blisters or sore feet every night.
Quality doesn't mean it has to be crazy expensive though. We're going to suggestion some of the more better quality shoes and they are a bit pricier than say Payless Shoes. But, you can also find great deals on sites like Sierra Trading Post, Campsaver and Backcountry. Sign up for their mailing list and they usually email you a coupon to get a certain % off on top of their already lower prices. So before you head straight to the retailer's site, check around for deals.
Chacos are a favorite of travelers. Keep your eyes out and you'll see them everywhere! Some nice things about Chacos:
- They are durable and last foreeeeever.
- They are comfortable with awesome arch support for all the walking.
- They are awesome for being outside. You can hike in them, get them wet, you name it.
Chacos can be a bit pricey, so if you're on a tight budget these might not be what you're looking for. Keep in mind, they are a good investment that will last you awhile, but plan on spending around $100 for a pair (if it's not on sale). Click here to see the different options on the Chacos website.
If you area going to be in cold weather (like Eastern Europe in the winter), boots will save your life! Sorels are a great go to that will keep you warm even if the temperatures are in the negatives. They are comfortable and really great quality. They will honestly last you YEARS. Check out the Sorel website to find what you are wanting and look around to find good prices.
I loved my Sorels during my ILP trips to Ukraine and Lithuania, my feet stayed SO warm and I never had to worry about my toes freezing.
Tevas are my personal go-to shoe for traveling. Some of the reasons why:
- They are super light- which means they won't add a lot of weight to your bags and your feet won't get weighed down as you are walking all day.
- Waterproof. Well... water wearable I would say. They can get wet, and they dry really fast.
- Comfortable! I recently went on a 2 week backpacking trip to Europe and Tevas were the only shoes I wore the whole trip. We walked a ton and my feet felt great.
- If you are looking for a cheaper option than Chacos with a lot of the same benefits then these are a great go to.
Okay, so Toms are actually great for traveling. They are light (again, nice for luggage!), easy to pack and versatile. I've been surprised how comfortable they are and a lot of people I know have used them as they are traveling.
*BONUS If you volunteer in China, wait until you get there because you can get a pair of Toms for less than $5.... Get ready to stock up.
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