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What are the most comfortable shoes for travel?

Travel triggers excitement, anticipation, and one important question: What are the most comfortable shoes to pack? Whether you’re going on a European vacation or a mini staycation, you should always bring comfortable shoes so you can enjoy your experience to the fullest. This is where Kizik steps in.

And that doesn’t mean comfort has to come at the expense of style. At Kizik, we're all about crafting comfy shoes that help your feet roll with the punches, no matter what your itinerary holds.

Let's explore what makes a pair of shoes great for travel, give you some options for comfortable walking shoes, and tips on what to consider before you click order.

What should you consider when choosing the best travel shoes?

What should a pair of shoes have to make it into your suitcase? The perfect blend of comfort, practicality, and style. 

Let’s jump into how each enhances your travel.


This is no place for compromise. It might even be worth consulting a podiatrist before deciding on the perfect pair for you.

Here are our top recommendations:

  • Arch support: Good arch support plays a significant role in distributing pressure evenly across your feet and lessening foot fatigue during those long sightseeing walks.
  • Toe box: The right amount of space in this area lets your foot breathe and move naturally, which is especially important for those with wide feet or bunions.
  • Break-in period: Who wants to torture their feet with new shoes that require days to become comfortable? Pick shoes that are ready for action right out of the box.
  • Cushioning: Cushioning absorbs any impact and softens every step. This is especially important for travelers experiencing plantar fasciitis. Keep in mind that a memory foam pair of sneakers can work wonders.


Choose shoes that can rise to any occasion without breaking a sweat:

  • Versatility: Whether you're navigating snowy streets or sun-drenched boulevards, a versatile pair of shoes will adjust to swings in the weather.
  • Weight: Keep it light. Don’t burden your feed with an overly heavy pair of shoes.
  • Durability: Find shoes that remain strong throughout any terrain. Especially if you’re traveling to Europe. So. Much. Cobblestone.
  • Style Why shouldn’t your feet look as good as the rest of you?
  • Chic ‘round the clock: Look for shoes that can easily switch gears from daytime to nighttime. Plus, this will save room in your suitcase.
  • Outfit-friendly: Find a versatile pair of shoes that look great with at least a few different outfits. (Your pictures will thank you.)

If you can check off everything we’ve covered, your feet will be able to vacation worry-free.

What are the best shoe styles for travel?

Let's dive into various shoe styles that meet our travel checklist. Including a range of hands-free Kizik styles, as well as some other highly recommended shoe types for travel. 

  • Kizik Lima: Blending comfort with casual style, these walking shoes are ideal for exploring cities. The Rabbit Foam™ cushioning gives you a soft, comfy feel, while the hands-free slip-on design is crazy practical to put on. It’s perfect for days filled with lots of walking. These shoes also have good arch support to support foot health.
  • Athletic shoes: Long championed for comfort, running shoes offer excellent cushioning and breathable materials, making them ideal for travel. Opt for a pair with a flexible mesh upper for comfort and a sturdy sole for grip. A pair of slip-on athleisure sneakers can provide a relaxed, casual look while ensuring exceptional comfort.
  • Kizik Prague: These shoes are ready for adventurous journeys. The Kid’s pragues have a solid outsole and supportive insole, allowing you’re little ones to take on gentle strolls to more challenging treks.
  • Ballet flats: These shoes are lightweight and easy to pair with virtually anything in your suitcase, from jeans to dresses to leggings. Ballet flats are a staple for travel, ideal for city walks or a night out. Look for flats with ample cushioning and good arch support for added comfort.
  • Kizik Roamer: Designed around the concept of “on-the-move comfort,” the Roamers offer breathable mesh uppers that keep your feet from overheating and a removable footbed to accommodate your orthotics. Sturdy and stylish, they're great for sightseeing or long walks in most climates.
  • Hiking shoes: For adventurous travelers, hiking shoes offer robust construction, excellent arch support, and a sturdy outsole for traction on varying terrains. Consider ones with a wider toe box for extra comfort during those long, adventurous days.
  • Loafers: The combination of a classic, minimalist look with modern comfort, loafers are a traveler’s dream. Take a pair with you on your next trip for a nice touch of elegance while ensuring all-day comfort. Loafers also have a wide toe box and cushioning properties.
  • Flip-flops: Flip-flops are ideal for hot, tropical climates because they let your feet breathe. Be aware: not all flip-flops are great for long walks or sightseeing. Be sure to Invest in a high-quality pair with a thick, cushioned midsole and strategic arch support for optimal comfort.
  • Chelsea boots: They have a fantastic blend of style and practicality. Chelsea boots are also versatile enough to take you from daytime exploring to evening dining. Typically made with suede or leather, these booties offer a timeless appeal. Find a pair with cushioned insoles to keep you going all day.

The travel shoe dos and don’ts 

Traveling brings unique ups and downs. The right footwear can significantly impact your experience. It's not just about owning a pair of fabulous-looking shoes or even the most comfortable shoes. Your travel shoes should address your specific needs for your journey ahead. 

Here are some dos and don'ts for a blister-free, joyful travel experience with your shoes:

  • Opt for high-quality materials: These should be breathable and lightweight, like Merino wool or our eco-friendly mesh. Whether you’re in sweltering summer heat or chilling winter winds, these mesh and wool runners can help your feet adjust to various climates.
  • Don't gamble on shoe sizes: A snug fit is your safest bet, but remember that feet can swell during long walks or flights. Consider buying a half-size larger or shoes with a comfortable wide toe box to accommodate this.
  • Pay attention to the break-in period: Pairs like our Mars Roamer are a standout. They fuse the convenience of easy upkeep with an almost non-existent break-in period. That means you’re ready to sightsee on day one.

  • Consider hiking capabilities: If you are keen on including trekking or backpacking in your itinerary, consider the shoe’s capability. Hiking boots should mesh sturdiness with good arch support.

Pay attention to these travel shoe essentials for happy feet on your next trip.

A final word

At Kizik, we're dedicated to helping you embrace every travel adventure with the most comfortable shoes. Whether you need the best walking shoes for exploring Paris or comfortable lace-ups to venture into nature, we offer a diverse collection that fits into your carry-on and keeps your feet bouncing back.

By combining practicality and aesthetics, you’ll ensure your travel footwear is the least of your worries. Visit our resources to learn more about finding the best shoes for your upcoming plans.


CHP: Why Good Footwear is So Important for Your Health | Community Health Partners

The arch support insoles show benefits | PMC

10 Points of Proper Shoe Fit | FootCareMD

Foot swelling during air travel: A concern? | Mayo Clinic

Written By: Chris Fry

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