I am going on a cruise, and I’m wondering what shoes to pack? On board, there will be formal nights, and casual nights and I will need shoes for the land excursions. I don’t want to pack too many shoes, but I do want to make sure I have the right shoes for my outfits and the different activities. Can you help me figure out how many and what kind of shoes to bring? Thanks, Sandra
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when it comes to packing for a cruise, and space is limited, but don’t worry because it is really quite simple. Here’s a look at the four shoes you will need in your suitcase.
1. Comfortable Walking Shoes
Whether you are getting some morning exercise motoring around the ship or pounding the pavement in an ancient city, you will need some very comfy walking shoe. There’s no need to limit yourself to a clunky sneaker when there are so many sleek and foot friendly walking shoes out there. Some of the most popular types in the last few years have been a slip on sneaker flat or the poplar, Mary Jane. Classic rubber shoes or canvas slip on are popular too.
Another option if you prefer a slightly dressier walking shoe is a cushioned ballet flat. These look great with sundresses and skinny cropped pants and capris. Check out this post on the best walking shoes to get a complete look at what is available.
Whatever you choose to keep in mind that ship decks can be wet and slippery, so your best is a shoe that has a rubber sole and is low heeled or flat for extra traction.
2. Slip -on or Easy Wear Flat Sandals
There’s a lot of walking on cruise ships from the room to the pool, the pool to the dining room and everywhere in between. You are going to be traipsing through a lot of long hallways to get to where you want to go so even if you are just running out for a moment you need a pair of comfortable walking sandals you can just slip on and go. Some kind of flip-flop, sporty slide or pretty no fuss sandal is perfect for this and does double duty around the slippery pool decks. Sporty slides are very popular , but if you prefer something a bit more elegant a gladiator style is a cute option. Just buckle and go.
3. A Wedge or a Low Block Heel Sandal
There are many times on board when you will wear a sundress or a maxi like this blue pleated maxi, and you need a little height, but you don’t want a high heel, so I suggest a low, chunky block heel shoe or a wedge. Low in your books could be anywhere from an inch to 2.5 inches. It just depends on what you are used to. These types of shoes also look great with wide leg palazzo pants and cropped skinny pants and even shorts too.
4. Sexy, Strappy Shoe
The other kind of shoe you some of you may want to tuck in your suitcase is a sexy high sandal. For some gals, a 2″ heel is plenty. For others, 4 inches feel right. It doesn’t really matter so long as the shoe looks slim and sexy. A strappy high heel sandal is best for a balmy cruise.
A sexy high heel is perfect for the formal ship dinners when you want to get all glammed up, or you want to add some sexiness to a more casual look. If you are confused about which color to take, choose a neutral color like black, nude or a metallic because it works with everything.
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