So, you’ve booked a European vacation for this summer. That’s exciting! Maybe you are already thinking about what to pack.
Most women understand that it’s not cool to be walking around European cities in big, clunky white sneakers, which is why they love my suggestions for comfy, closed-toe walking shoes. But what about sandals? What type of sandals should you pack for your trip that is practical and comfortable but not boring?
Here are some guidelines on what to look for, plus a look at some of the latest comfortable walking sandals for women in stores right now.
The best walking sandals for travel need to be:
Comfortable – They shouldn’t pinch at the toe or the sides of the shoe, and they should have a cushioned, comfy footbed.
Lightweight and Airy – To keep your feet feeling energized and fresh
Water-resistant – Wet, cold feet can ruin your trip.
Neutral or a fun color- stay away from pure white, which gets dirty easily in sooty European streets.
Sturdy – Make sure they can withstand a lot of wear and tear
Good for walking on cobblestones, grass, rocks, sand, and historical ruins. A strong sole is a must.
Straps at the ankle or across the middle of the foot help hold the foot in place, so you don’t twist your ankle.
Practical, stylish, and works for night and day outfits.
Easy to slip on and off – especially important at airport security checks
Compact, streamlined, and flexible for packing
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This cool sandal from Birkenstock with its chic, silver metallic finish is modern and contemporary. The legendary Birkenstock footbed conforms to your feet for all day comfort. Pair them with a pair of blue or white jeans and a modern top for a look that's hip.
This bestselling sandal from Børn perfectly cushions your foot with every step. The unique rocker sole has extra padding to support every step and reduces stress on your knees and joints. They're also cute to boot!
I just had to slip these flexible slide sandals from Børn into my list. These sandals give you on-trend styling with the comfort of a quality shoe. A cushioned footbed with arch support adds to the exceptional comfort.
The Teva Verra sandal is modern and lightweight. These are good walking sandals for travel because they have an adjustable strap for a fantastic fit and a durable rubber sole for comfort and wearability.
These strappy leather sandals get rave reviews for being comfortable and great for walking. If comfort is your chief concern, then these may be the sandals for you. A microfiber fabric footbed supports each step and a lightly textured sole offers enhanced traction.
Sometimes you want a bit of height, but you want the comfort too. So try the Pixie Wedge Sandal by NAOT. With a 1-1/2 inch wedge heel and a comfortable cork footbed, this shoe is both chic and easy to wear. (It comes in several color combinations too!) One of the stylish sandals for travel, this is the perfect shoe if your travels involve a dressy occasion where you'll be on your feet.
The picture of these flat ankle strap sandals doesn't do them justice. These sandals aren't just a pretty face - or
a foot - (LOL!) though. A cushioned footbed that supports the natural curve of your foot makes them comfy too.
These t-strap thong sandals incorporate colorful metallic straps with a lightweight footbed. This shoe is designed with cushioning comfort for all-day wear and comes in several color combinations. What more could you ask for?
I was drawn to the cute braided straps on these slide sandals from Baretraps. Wouldn't they look amazing with white or blue jeans or a pair of casual capris? These shoes are especially good for gals with wider feet.
When we think of comfortable walking shoes, practicality comes to mind before style. But this adorable slide sandal combines both. Aerosoles consistently makes comfortable walking shoes and sandals and this raffia slide sandal is no exception.