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Finding the perfect travel shoe comes with its own set of challenges, especially if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Having too much the options can be just as overwhelming as not having ethat’s enough options, but when looking for the right travel shoe, your decision should be based on the type of trip you will be doing (by car, plane, train, bus or maybe even on foot), how long you plan to wear the shoes and how much you can afford to spend.
To help you get started, we’ve rounded up six of the most comfortable and durable shoes that will protect your feet and soles for a comfortable travel experience. The shoe list was selected based on customer reviews and personal usage. Check out the list below, and for more recommendations be sure to read our roundup of the best places to buy Converse Chuck Taylors online and the best backpacks for travel.
Pharrell Williams Adidas Ultraboost
Adidas Ultraboost are comfortable and durable shoes that you can wear on a plane, train or car. Adidas launched the Ultraboost in 2015 and they are already legendary. Ultraboost shoes have a soft knit upper that provides ventilation for your feet and a comfortable midsole that makes it easy to wear for hours at a time. Ultraboost is available in a range of colors and iterations, including the Pharrell Williams Ultra Boost DNA shoes pictured above and the UltraBoost 4.0 ($190).
From versatility to comfort, Vans Ultrarange has it all. The Ultrarange EXO is made with durable textile and synthetic uppers. The shoe offers built-in toe and medial sidewall support, and a heel lock for a secure fit. Also featured: a co-molded UltraCush midsole, updated RapidWeld detailing, a lightweight, die-cut rubber outsole and a breathable Old Skool-inspired upper. Classic Old Skool Vans are also good for travel and only cost $65.
Puma Better Foam Adore Running Shoe
The Better Foam Adore running shoe from Puma is a stylish and durable sneaker. The shoes are made with lightweight and eco-friendly materials, the insole is made from 20% recycled foam and the mesh upper layer is 100% recycled. You can find the Better Foam Adore shoe on Puma.com and at major retailers like Amazon, Macy’s, and WSS.
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Nike is another safe choice for travel shoes. The Nike Air Presto, Nike Air Dunk Lows and Nike Airmax Plus pictured above are some of the most comfortable Nikes that are suitable for travel.
Sneaker Cole Haan GrandPro Rally Canvas Short
Whether you’re hitting the road or relaxing, Cole Haan’s GrandPrø Rally Canvas Court trainers get the job done. These lightweight shoes have an organic canvas upper and Groundfoam padded footbed, and they’re easy to slip on and off (which will come in handy if you need to take your shoes off to go through airport security). If you’re looking for an eco-friendly pair, the Generation ZERØGRAND II ($130) is the brand’s first sustainable sneaker and features a FlowerFoam sole made from dandelions.
Blundstone Original Series Chelsea Boots
These boots are made for walking! If you want something more formal than a sneaker, Blundstone can withstand long-lasting activities such as travel. With exceptional cushioning and rubber grip on the sole to tackle different types of weather, these shoes score high marks on the versatility scale. They are available in men’s and women’s sizes and made from premium water-resistant suede with a leather and synthetic lining.