In A Hurry? These 3 are the best men’s travel shoes in 2020:
When planning a trip, what shoes you should bring with you is a commonly under-planned step. With all of the possible complications that often come with travel, having a comfortable pair of travel shoes can make a world of difference. However, finding the right pair isn’t merely a matter of style or price; there are multiple factors that play a vital role in the decision-making process.
In this guide we will not only review the best men’s travel shoes in 2020, but we also take a look at key considerations you should take into account when deciding the next pair of travel shoes to wear on your trip.
Furthermore, we will also answer popular questions men have when choosing and wearing travel shoes, along with taking a look at other alternative footwear you may want to think about before making your purchase.
Let’s get started:
The Best Men’s Travel Shoes of 2020 Reviewed
1. Best Overall: Rancourt & Co. Court Classic Travel Shoe
It’s difficult to accurately nail down the “best” travel shoe overall, but the Rancourt & Co. Court Classic Travel Shoe is worthy of mention. Paired with a color-choice of black, natural chromexcel (brown leather color), or white, the minimalist design allows outfit versatility—meaning they work well for many occasions, from casual to semi-formal.
The upper section of the Court Classic is made from full-grain leather (cowhide) which provides the absolute best durability of any leather type. The inside of the shoe has a soft suede lining, which makes going sockless an option, and keeps your feet from getting sweaty.
While the Court Classic isn’t always the best choice for every situation, its foam footbed and custom-made rubber sole provide a comfortable and well-rounded travel shoe experience—effectively earning its place on our list as the overall best travel shoe around.
- Minimalist style with three neutral colors, complimenting a variety of different outfit choices
- Combination of leather upper and suede lining provides both durability and comfort
- Best quality leather available
- Though the company praises its versatility, we don’t believe they would fit with most formal dresswear options
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2. Best for Walking: ARKK Copenhagen Raven Mesh HL
When it comes to spending a full day walking around town or checking out the sights, the ARKK Copenhagen Raven Mesh HL travel shoes are an optimal choice. They are a sporty style choice and come in black or white with nylon laces that are quite durable.
The upper consists of a complementary combination of neoprene and mesh materials, with a custom-made midsole specifically designed to provide additional support and comfort. The shoe does use a standard rubber outsole, but it only adds a negligible amount of extra weight. They do require some use to break in, so make sure to take them for a spin before heading on your trip, or you’ll have to deal with some unnecessary discomfort.
Overall, with fantastic support and comfort, the Raven Mesh HL is the perfect travel shoe if you intend to do a lot of walking on your next trip.
- Excellently cushioned midsole for long days of walking
- Laces won’t fall apart
- Sporty style
- Works the best with casual wear
- Has an initial (though short) break-in period; wear before leaving
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3. Most Stylish: Helm Declan Chukka
The Helm Declan Chukka is a stylish travel shoe for those who want to look their absolute best during their travels. With a black leather lining, Blake stitch construction, and a Fineline sole (learn more about this type of sole here), the Chukka provides a pleasant combination of style and outfit versatility without sacrificing too much in comfort.
They come with a durable rubber midsole, brass finish eyelets, and cotton laces (which are not the most durable, but suitable for their purpose). The shoes are handcrafted, designed to be form-fitting, and true to size, with a reportedly quick break-in period as well. They are available in tan, brown, and black.
While the Helm Declan Chukkas aren’t the most comfortable, they are definitely the most stylish travel shoe under $300, and you’ll look great in them too.
- Offers classy look without sacrificing too much comfort
- Excellent for a variety of different clothing combinations
- Fast break-in period
- Reputable brand
- A bit on the high-end for pricing
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4. Best for Leisure: Brooks Brothers Leather Driving Moccasins
Brooks Brothers Leather Driving Moccasins are perfect for any leisure trip, whether you intend to spend your time lounging on the beach, or strolling through a gorgeous national park.
Available exclusively in dark brown, these driving moccasins come with a comfortable leather insole and a rubber outsole that provides improved flexibility and traction. The upper is a simple, yet stylish design, with the lip embossed with the Brooks Brothers signature fleece logo.
While these shoes aren’t optimal for long days of walking or hiking, the Brooks Brothers Driving Moccasins are an excellent choice for most leisure activities, and can be kept as an additional pair for comfortable night-drives.
- Minimalist, yet still stylish design
- Comfortable cushioned insole
- Perfect for warm-climate vacations
- Higher-end pricing
- Only comes in dark brown
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5. Best Slip-Ons: Sperry x Vineyard Vines Boat Shoe
Most slip-on shoes are fairly similar in design and included features, but the Sperry x Vineyard Vines Boat Shoe stands out from the rest. These shoes are an easy and excellent choice for a leisurely trip to a warmer climate.
The upper is genuine leather, which is the least durable of any leather type, but the stitching and two-eye design are remarkably well-crafted. The hand-sewn design does require some break-in, but after that initial period, it fits quite nicely to the shape of your feet. The outsole is a durable rubber design that further adds to the comfort of the shoe.
On the downside, these shoes do only come in a single color, Gray Harbor. This which has a noticeably blue outsole, limiting your outfit color-scheme choices. Overall, the Sperry x Vineyard Vines Boat Shoes are a comfortable choice, perfect for those who appreciate the ease and grab-and-go functionality of a slip-on.
- Stylish for summer occasions
- Well-made rubber outsole provides extended durability and comfort
- The hand-sewn design fits comfortably to the shape of your foot (but does require some break-in first)
- Only one color available, limited outfit combinations
- The width size is available in Medium only
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6. Most Comfortable: Birkenstock Boston Clogs
If you’re not too concerned about being overly-stylish or having a shoe that doesn’t exactly match all of your outfits, the Birkenstock Boston Clogs are the pick. Although the word “clog” sort of implies an uncomfortable shoe, the Birkenstock Boston Clogs are hands-down the most comfortable travel shoe available.
The upper consists of a thick suede shell with a buckle strap accent and the outsole is made from Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA)—the most flexible, durable, and shock-absorbing material in the world.
The insole is an exceptionally soft foam material, which when combined with the EVA outsole, provides a fantastic amount of cushioning and support. They’re available in black, tan, and brown, and are a reasonable price.
The Birkenstock Boston Clog certainly isn’t the most attractive looking shoe (style is subjective), but they are the best choice for the comfort-minded man who would prefer to spend his trip walking on a cloud.
- Supremely comfortable and cozy
- Durable materials
- Flexible and supportive outsole
- Reasonable price
- Not the most stylish choice (again, style is subjective!)
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7. Best for Hot Weather/Caribbean: Brooks Brothers Leather Flip Flops
If your next trip is to any hot or Caribbean-esq climate, you can’t go wrong with the Brooks Brothers Leather Flip Flops. Available in dark brown and tan, these flip-flops are made from genuine leather and have a rubber outsole which provides extra support and durability.
They’re decently priced, and make an excellent extra pair of shoes to throw on when you’re in the mood for walking along the beach or heading to a festival. Surprisingly, however, these flip-flops do require some breaking-in before they reach their full comfort potential.
- Long-lasting for a reasonable price
- Supportive and durable rubber outsole
- Excellent quality
- Need to be broken in first
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8. Best for Europe: Helm Pablo Chelsea Boot
European and American shoes have a lot of similarities in features and styles, but not everything stylish here is stylish there, and vice versa. A particularly attractive and stylish European shoe is the Helm Pablo Chelsea Boot.
With brown, tan, chocolate, and black color options, the Pablo Chelsea Boot offers a versatile and elegant look fitting for both streetwear and formal occasions. The upper is full-grain leather (the most durable type of leather) with a zipper-enclosure, and the liner is natural leather.
These Brazilian, handcrafted boots run true to size and, after a short break-in period, conform nicely with your feet.
The Pablo Chelsea Boot by Helm combines the look of an Italian motorcycle boot and a European zipper boot, resulting in an elegant and sophisticated design perfect for travels across Europe.
- Stylish European design, suitable for casual and formal occasions
- Easy to break-in
- Made from the highest quality leather available
- Reputable brand
- Higher-end pricing
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9. Great Athletic Travel Shoes: Nike Air Force 1
If you love to train, play sports, or simply enjoy being active where ever you are, the Nike Air Force 1 sneakers are the best athletic travel shoe option. Named after the Air Force One, the sneaker is designed specifically for high-performance athletics.
The leather upper has a custom perforation at the front, which increases air-flow to your toes and keeps them from sweating. The insole is a flexible foam material that provides soft cushioning with extra rebound support. With a rubber outsole and padded ankle collars, the Nike Air Force one sneaker offers top of line comfort and support for most types of athletic activities.
It also doubles as a causal-wear shoe, available in black or white.
Overall, these sneakers are durable and will keep your feet comfortable, ensuring your shoes don’t come between you and your maximum athletic performance.
- Sporty and sleek style
- High-performance during even the most intense training sessions
- Designed for comfort and support
- Reasonable price
- Not the best athletic shoe for long-distance running
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Having a waterproofed shoe is absolutely essential if you’re heading somewhere with torrential rains or snowstorms. The Kendrick Waterproof Chukka Boot is both affordable and has highly-effective waterproofing, making it the best waterproof travel shoe.
The leather upper is treated with the company’s “Timber-Dry” tech, which keeps the leather from absorbing water, offering maximum waterproofing efficiency. The boot also includes an OrthoLite insole (removable), which, as we covered earlier, works brilliantly for both older and younger men who value extra comfort and support. The outsole uses synthetic materials which are excellent at keeping water out and your socks dry in even the wettest conditions.
This boot is also relatively heavy (1.3 lbs), so it isn’t the best choice for those who wish to travel light.
Overall, the Kendrick Waterproof Chukka Boot is a suitable and affordable choice if you’re going to be trekking through the wild outdoors, facing some intense rain or cold on your next trip.
- Exceptionally sturdy, will last for years
- Excellent for standing for extended periods, all day long comfort
- Great quality
- 100% made in the USA
- Higher-end pricing
- Only available in standard width
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Another of our favorite pairs is the Merrell Travel Suede Hiking Shoe. Built to keep your feet comfortable during hours of exploring the great outdoors, these will easily get you through your next amazing adventure.
Available in two color options, both 100% suede, you’ll enjoy outsoles with added grip to keep you upright on any terrain. Unfortunately, suede is not often water-resistant and the product description does not mention anything to the contrary.
- Gripping outsoles offer added traction
- Base offers flexible support
- Not fashionable
- Likely not water-resistant
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What to Know When Buying Travel Shoes
There are ten crucial things to consider when determining which travel shoes will work best for you, which we’ve outlined below:
Travel shoes don’t have to be any specific style. They can be any type of everyday-shoe, from boots to sandals to hiking shoes—as long as they’re comfortable. Being fashionable does matter, but always keep comfort a priority. Both style and comfort are subjective depending on individual tastes, so we’ll talk a bit about each category of shoe.
There are three primary things to consider when choosing a style for your travel shoes:
- Any style of shoe can be a comfortable travel shoe, depending on what you’re doing.
- Style relies on personal taste, so choose a shoe that you think looks great.
- Looking dapper is nice, but always keep comfort in mind.
Boots are best if you’re planning on doing extensive hiking, or if you expect to encounter some adverse weather such as heavy rain or snow. Boots are highly situational footwear. If you’re traveling for your construction job, they’re absolutely necessary, but if you’re heading to California for a beach-side vacation, they’re probably not needed.
The only exception to this would be dress boots such as the classic leather Chelsea or chukka boot. Both offer a sophisticated style that can pair well with dark denim jeans – making them a perfect shoe when you want to present yourself a bit nicer while traveling.
Sneakers / Tennis Shoes
When you think of comfortable travel shoes, any type of running or exercise shoe is usually the first to come to mind. They’re generally associated with a balance of comfort and practicality. These shoes are the most common type of travel shoe, especially for leisure or recreational trips as they’re sure to keep your feet comfortable.
Shoes (Casual & Dress)
Next to sneakers, casual shoes are the most universally recommended shoe for travel comfort. Dress shoes are generally less comfortable, but essential for business trips of any type.
- Oxford: Oxfords are a classic dress shoe applicable to practically any formal occasion.
- Loafers: Stylish without laces, versatile with most wardrobe decisions
Beyond dress shoes, casual leather shoes offer a sleek and versatile look that can easily be dressed up or down. Brands such as Cole Haan do an exceedingly good job at finding this perfect balance between a formal dress shoe and a casual sneaker.
Sandals & Flip Flops
Though they’re a bit less conventional for most situations, especially if it’s cold where you’re traveling, sandals and flip-flops are a possible comfort option. If you’re going on a vacation to a consistently warm climate (i.e. Caribbean islands, Hawaii, etc.), bring a pair of comfortable travel sandals or flip-flops. You’ll be especially content with the ease at which you can slip these off to go barefoot in the sand!
Some noteworthy categories within the sandal or flip flop family include the following:
- Slide Sandals
- Thong Sandals
Slip-Ons / Loafers / Moccasins
Casual shoes, such as loafers, moccasins, and slip-ons, all provide a certain combination of comfort and versatility in style. They can be combined with chinos for a more luxurious look, or with a pair of dress shorts for a more relaxed occasion.
After style, weight is another crucial part of picking out shoes. A much heavier shoe will be harder to walk in, but you don’t want it to be so flimsy that it falls apart mid-trip or lacks the proper support—especially if you have extensive walking planned. To put some shoe-weights into perspective, the average weight of a running shoe is around 0.59 lb, while a work boot can weigh between 4 and 6 lb.
Weight is also important to consider if you’re planning a lengthy trip, especially if you intend to travel lightly. Using only small bags, such as backpacks and carry-ons will be a lot tougher if you’re going to need a larger pair of boots.
There are many different materials, and combinations of those materials, used for travel shoes, but three of the most common are leather, knit/hybrid, and wool. Each has advantages and disadvantages:
Leather is a versatile material, being both flexible and durable. In most light-trip situations, it’s is an excellent choice for a travel shoe. However, it can get very hot, it’s often heavier, and it’s susceptible to water damage, so products built with it do have their shortcomings.
There are a few different types of leather, each of which determines the overall quality and durability of the product:
- Full-Grain: Full-grain leather refers to hides that haven’t been sanded or buffed to remove any imperfections. The grain is kept intact to allow better strength and durability. Full-grain is the highest quality you can get, which inevitably makes it more expensive than the alternatives.
- Top-Grain: Top-grain is the opposite of full-grain, it’s heavily sanded and buffed to remove imperfections. While removing blemishes does give it a sleek look, it does sacrifice some durability. Top-grain is generally considered “mid-level” quality.
- Suede: Suede is made from the underside of animal skin, typically lambskin or other animal skins. Suede is softer, thinner, and more comfortable than top-grain and full-grain, but not nearly as durable.
- Genuine: Genuine leather has a somewhat misleading name, it’s typically multiple bands of lower-quality leather glued together and painted. For the most part, it’s worth it to go for the previous three types—it’s only acceptable if you just need a quick pair of shoes that you don’t intend to use too often.
No matter the leather type you go with, just make sure you care for it properly.
Knit (Hybrid Yard)
Knit/hybrid materials are almost exclusively used in running or athletic shoes. Knit shoes are noticeably lightweight and breathable, without sacrificing support. The knit fibers are usually a type of hybrid-yarn that improves upon the normal fabric.
In general, hybrid shoes are more inexpensive than other types, but knit/hybrid-yarn shoes are a bit more on the expensive side (up to $600). In case you’re not quite sure what they look like, a couple examples of knit/hybrid-yarn shoes are Flyknit and PrimeKnit.
Wool material is an excellent fabric if you’re looking for something lightweight and fashionable. It’s becoming a more popular material, primarily because it’s good at regulating heat, even if it’s wet. They’re also lightweight and come in felted wool versions (typically used for slippers).
The downside of wool shoes is the lack of style choices, and they also tend to a bit higher priced than shoes that use other materials.
The (seemingly) most popular brand of wool shoes are Allbirds.
4. Intent / Fashion
What you intend to do on your trip is essential to picking what kind of travel shoe to buy. If you’re going to be hiking a lot, you’ll need a pair of hiking boots. If you’re just going to be walking through the city, some loafers or driving shoes will work best.
Need something to double as a workout shoe?
There are many different possibilities based on your needs.
Hiking and backpacking shoes are generally quite versatile in their capabilities, offering features that cover a variety of outdoor activities. Be sure to check the features before deciding on a choice, as some are better-suited for different activities.
For instance, some backpacking shoes are sturdy enough to withstand week-long backpacking trips, while others are meant for shorter day trips. Choose carefully when it comes to hiking shoes as you’ll need something supportive.
Seasonal (i.e. Summer, Winter, etc.)
It’s always a good idea to pick out shoes based on the climate conditions of the area you’re traveling to. For instance, if you’re heading to the Swiss Alps for some skiing, you’ll definitely want to bring some snow boots (you can also bring some slide sandals for when you’re back at the lodge, though).
If your trip will mostly revolve around walking through a city or urban area, something more casual will do the trick. Loafers or Oxfords are suitable for many occasions and can be coordinated with some dresswear as well.
Though they’re made specifically for those who intend to do some form of hiking, running, or training on a trip, most athletic shoes can double as casual wear.
They have extra emphasis on comfort and support, making them a good choice for a variety of different situations from trail running.
Cushioning / Insole
The cushioning, or insole, of a shoe can be the difference of feeling like you’re walking on a cloud, or like you’re walking with no shoe on at all. This is particularly important if you’re looking for a pair to double as a hiking shoe or use for athletic purposes. Insoles come with different features, which work better or worse for anyone:
Full-length: Full-length insoles are the standard insoles that come with most shoes. However, always make sure the shoe you’re planning on buying does come with a full-length insole; without it, you’ll have an uncomfortable trip.
Massaging Gel: Massaging gel insoles provide a pleasant combination of cushioning and shock absorption. They’re a perfect solution for lengthy walking tours or men with foot problems. Though they have benefits for men of all ages, older gentlemen will particularly benefit from the reduced muscle fatigue, which allows you walk much farther without any discomfort. Massaging gel insoles are also typically form-fitting, so they’re adaptable to most types of shoes.
Arc Support: Arch support insoles help maintain the arch of your foot and are often designed to entirely replace your shoe’s existing insole. They’re particularly helpful for those with flat feet, as they evenly distribute pressure and weight which, in turn, ensures comfort, balance, and a stable posture.
Outsole is important to know regarding grip. There are a lot of options with different capabilities and advantages:
- Rubber sole: Rubber soles are simply moldings of rubber. Rubber lasts a long time, it’s bendable, and it’s waterproof. However, they are noticeable heavier than alternatives.
- Polyurethane Bottoms: Polyurethane is durable, comfortable, and relatively affordable. They have great wear resistance, shock absorption, and a decent amount of slip resistance. They’re perfect if you’re going to be spending a lot of time on your feet.
- EVA: Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) is largely known as one of the best shock absorbing materials in the world. Most top of the line brands use this material in their shoes. While shoes with this outsole are more expensive, they’re lightweight and highly flexible.
- TRP Bottoms: Thermoplastic Rubber (TRP) is made by molding and compounding rubber granules from solid raw materials. TRP doesn’t make the most comfortable outsole, but it excels at shock absorption and resistance. Shoes with a TRP outsole are good for a hike, but they’re not great for all-day wear.
- BPU: BPU is an improved version of Polyurethane. Not only is it resilient and has excellent weather resistance, but it’s more environmentally friendly to produce
Heel height varies for different men shoes. If you’re planning on walking for the majority of the day, only opt for a small height heel or preferably none at all.
Overpronation stability is a very specific feature, most often meant for people with arch pain, flat feet, or other conditions. It also helps stability if the foot rolls inward. This feature is usually found in walking and trail-walking shoes. Asics put together a great guide about overpronation stability here.
Breathable simply refers to how well a shoe adjust to different temperatures. Mesh webbing is a particularly noteworthy and breathable technology, especially if you’re traveling in warmer climates, as it allows the toes to remain cool and to keep smelly feet from becoming an issue.
Waterproof shoes are made for just that—waterproofing. They keep your feet and socks from getting wet through rainstorms and if you’re trudging through snow. They can be a bit stuffy or make your feet sweat, but it’s a reasonable trade-off instead of soaking shoes. Brands like Gore-Tex specialized in this type of feature and offer adequate waterproofing to keep your feet dry.
Collapsible shoes are still relatively rare, except in the case of certain athletic shoes. They’re perfect for travel and great for those who travel light with a single bag or carry-on.
If you’re less concerned about being constantly fashionable, minimalist travel shoes are made for most occasions. These lessen the need for additional shoes, and they work with most outfits.
Width plays a vital role in comfort, so you should always figure out the dimensions of your feet prior to searching for shoes of any kind. Shoe widths are broken down into four categories, which increase in 1/16th inch increments for each category:
- Narrow – Narrow shoes are 1/16th inch less in width than medium sizes.
- Medium – Medium is the most commonly used shoe width, typically displayed as “M”.
- Wide – Wide are made for men with wider feet. They are 1/16th inch greater than medium sizes.
- Extra Wide – Similar to wide, just wider to account for bigger feet.
Most companies adhere to the brannock scale when it comes to shoe length and width. If you feel that your feet are naturally a bit wider— it may be worth visiting your local brick-and-mortar store to use their shoe scale.
What color you choose is also highly subjective and based on your personal taste. Popular colors that work well for travel shoes include black, brown, gray, tan, and white. We believe that the reason these colors remain so popular with travelers is that they are not only likely to work with many items in your wardrobe, but many of the colors (with perhaps an exception to white) won’t show scuffs or stains even after heavy wear.
While name brands do sometimes indicate better quality and durability in a product, some brands are simply better at advertising than others, but their products are no greater (or sometimes worse).
Some of the favorite brands used by globetrotters include the following: Nike, New Balance, Clarks, Cole Haan, Adidas, and Kenneth Cole.
Along with the features we previously mentioned, price depends on the type of shoe, brand name, and the materials used. Prices are also subject to fluctuation based on market demand, sales, etc. Still, you can generally get a fine pair of traveling shoes between the price range of $50 and $200.
Anything below this range is typically cheaply made, and anything above are often from designer brands. They typically don’t offer any additional features that may increase comfort when traveling.
Some of the best pairs don’t require you to spend a lot, so you can still get some great footwear without breaking your budget.
Tips for Exploring Comfortably with Travel Shoes
Here are three of our best travel tips — follow these so you can pack the right pairs of footwear and make the most of your exploring.
1. Plan Ahead
The most important step of maintaining comfort on your travels is proper planning. Figure out where you’ll be walking the most, what terrain you’ll be on, and what events you’ll be attending.
If you’re going to be walking through the city, grab a pair of comfortable walking shoes or all-day shoes. If you’ll be attending fancy dinner parties, pack a pair of fashionable travel shoes, and so on. Packing too much footwear can take up valuable space in your bag so do consider your day to day plans.
2. Get A Shoe Bag
A shoe bag is an inexpensive solution for storing your travel shoes. It will help keep your clothes and other belongings clean and, if you have a lot of luggage, will make finding your travel shoes incredibly easy.
3. Don’t Overextend Your Travel Shoes – Know Their Limitations
Another thing to keep in mind before your trip is knowing the limitations of your shoes. While most shoes do provide some flexibility if you’re in a bind and don’t have any other options, many are simply not made for certain activities.
For instance, wearing a pair of formal travel shoes while hiking a mountain probably won’t turn out too well.
Q: When to replace travel shoes?
The first and most important thing to ask yourself when determining if your travel shoes need replacing is, “Are these comfortable still?” The outsole is commonly the first thing to wear out but can sometimes be resoled by a cobbler instead of being replaced. Other warning signs include a general lack of support, uncomfortable insole, and seams breaking down.
Q: What type of shoes are comfortable for larger men?
Finding a comfortable shoe as a larger man doesn’t have to be impossible, as long as you’re willing to do a little research. The first place to start is by reading reviews, particularly 3-4 star reviews, as they tend to be the most truthful. You should also note if support distribution between both shoes is even, and make sure to get the right width for your foot (go for a wider size first to test the comfort).
Q: Can you wear travel shoes while hiking?
This depends on the grade of the mountain and the duration of your hike. For a short hike, most travel shoes will work just fine, but for long, multi-day hikes or hikes over rugged terrain, you’ll want a dedicated pair of hiking boots or shoes.
Q: Can you wear travel shoes when walking in a city?
The most common type of travel shoe, sneakers, are often designed to serve multiple purposes, including city-walking. The right travel shoe will allow you to walk 5-10 miles a day easily. Make sure your travel sneaker is comfortable, provides support, and is also lightweight.
Q: Are travel shoes okay to wear if you have plantar fasciitis?
In short, yes. Many companies offer shoes designed specifically for people with this condition. These shoes have a broad heel base that helps absorb shock, they’re lighter by design, and have a deep heel cup. We recommend finding a pair that also has a high-quality arch support insole included.
Q: Can you wear travel shoes if you have flat feet?
Yes—you simply need to find the right arch support (either included or removable) that’s the most comfortable for you. There are also running shoes designed for overpronation that provide extra stability and good motion control.
Walking Shoes vs. Travel Shoes vs. Running Shoes vs. Training Shoes
While some shoe types are multipurpose, most are created with a specific activity in mind. But what are the primary differences between all of them?
Many people view walking shoes and running shoes as practically the same type of footwear, but they are actually quite different. When you’re running, your body weight is distributed less evenly between your feet, and you need a shoe capable of withstanding around 2 to 3 times your body weight for effective shock absorption.
There are also brief moments when your feet are both off the ground, which puts further stress on a shoe. On the other hand, when you’re walking, your feet never completely leave the ground, which helps maintain a pretty consistent weight distribution. You also don’t need as much shock absorption for walking.
Physics quantifies the differences between running and walking, which is then used to create shoes that cater to different needs. For walking, you’ll only need a shoe that focuses on better arch support and flexibility in critical locations to maintain range of motion and weight distribution.
Travel shoes can be anything from sandals to work boots, but are typically a sneaker. They’re versatile for many different occasions and outfit choices, lightweight, comfortable, and provide a broad range of style choices and colors.
As we mentioned earlier, running shoes require a different set of features than walking shoes. Running shoes will have more cushioning in the heel and less protection for the ball of the foot.
The amount of heat you generate while running is also much higher than usual, so they are typically made with mesh materials that help keep your feet cool.
Training shoes are designed and tested almost exclusively with the gym enthusiast in mind, providing interchangeable transitioning between the treadmill, weightlifting machines, and general aerobics training.
They also generally provide better ankle support than other types of shoes. If you love hitting the gym and training, look specifically for a training shoe, not just a regular sneaker or running shoe.
Our Criteria for Choosing the Best Travel Shoes For Men
We look at a variety of different features and aspects of a shoe to determine if it’s worthy of being on our travel shoes list. These criteria include materials, style, size, color, durability, comfort level, intended use, support, width, brands, and more. We hope after reading this post you’re close to concluding your search for some great footwear for your everyday and destination travel.
Every man deserves a comfortable travel shoe, and we’ve found suitable pairs for every man, every preference, and every situation. Remember, fit will play a big role in terms of how they feel when worn, so be sure to search for pairs that fit just right.