These shoes are made for traveling: The best shoes to pack for vacation
By Aimee Heckel
If you’ve ever found yourself in the middle of the mountains with a throbbing blister, or on a walking tour of hilly San Francisco in wobbly stilettos, you know it’s no understatement: Picking the right shoes truly can make the difference between a torturous experience and an enjoyable vacation.
Whether you’re planning a sandy beach vacation or an African safari, we’ve got your back, er, heels. Here are our favorite travel-friendly shoes — practical and stylish — for wherever your feet may take you this year.
Best bet for airport travel: Aerosoles Solitaire espadrille flats, $49.95, from DSW.com. Espadrilles just scream summer of 2013, but these closed-toe flats with cushioned insoles and flexible soles will keep your feet comfortable and protected as you haul your luggage through the airport. Best of all, they’re easy to slip on and off, so they won’t slow you down in security.
We love the darker denim color paired with the tan espadrille weave. Pair them with a flowy, bright colored maxi dress and you will be traveling in fashionable comfort. Go ahead and ditch those out-of-style velour sweatsuits, and leave your dirty tennis shoes at home.
Best shoes for a beach vacation: Steve Madden Bright Sandals, $29.95 at DSW.com. Forget the ugly plastic flip-flops that you can find for $3 at Walgreens, and hit the beach this year in style. These gladiator-style sandals are much more stylish than toe-wedgie flip-flops, and the jelly material, flexible sole and good brand guarantees comfort.
What really sets these sandals apart is the gemstone embellishments — just the right amount — so you can wear them to the beach, but also with a nice sundress out to dinner at night. Save space in your suitcase by only needing one do-everything pair of perfect sandals.
These come in three different colors, but we like tan the best. It’s subtle and it matches everything.
Best shoes for a walking tour: Rocket Dog Rocco Boat shoes, $34.95, at DSW. Rocket Dog is — hand’s down, no contest — the most comfortable brand of shoes we’ve ever traveled in. Not to mention, they have endless cute designs. This season, we’re digging these bright nautical-influenced plaid “boat” style shoes with topline lacing.
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Photo of Steve Madden Bright Sandals, courtesy of DSW.