I spent a lot of time walking around this week. One of the questions I get most frequently via email and Tumblr is what shoes to wear when traveling. A caveat a lot of people throw in is that they don't want to look like a tourist. Here's my thing about that... if you're a tourist, nine out of ten times you're going to look like one whether you like it or not! In my opinion, you might as well be comfortable!
Having grown up in Florida and gone to school in Washington, DC, I can spot a tourist from a mile away! There is a standard uniform that tourists don and a lot of young women (from what I can tell) choose things to "blend in." But, they also look extremely uncomfortable. Touring cities requires a lot of walking. Even though those sandals look super cute with your outfit, getting blisters three hours in to a multi-day vacation is not fun.
You also don't have to give up all cuteness to be comfortable while touring. Here are some shoes that can put some pep (prep?) in your step.
Keds | These classic canvas tennis shoes look great with jeans, shorts, and even dresses! Treat them as you would a pair of ballet flats when creating your outfit. I'm seriously in love with the Keds for Madewell sneaks. They're too cute with those polka dots. Madewell also carries the plain red, navy, or white versions. They're lightweight so you can pack a few colors to mix and match throughout your trip.
Nike Sneakers | Desperate times call for desperate measures. If you're traveling someplace with crazy terrain (or even just a concrete jungle), regular athletic shoes are the way to go. Typically, I avoid wearing running shoes unless I'm wearing workout clothes, but when I'm traveling, they're really the best option. No back pain and definitely no feet pain! (They're probably not the most convenient for going through airport security though!) Pack a bright colored pair and rock 'em.
Sperry Top-Sider | A great option whether you're traveling or not, boat shoes are very comfortable. I suggest breaking them in a bit before wearing them on a trip. The greatest thing about Sperrys is that you can even slip in a insert to make the shoe even more comfortable. Dr. Scholl's makes inserts designed specifically for women's feet. I love the regular boat shoe. But... I've recently been loving the woven version. How beautiful!
TOMS | When I was just traveling, I wore my TOMS the entire trip! I used to hate them. I thought they looked so weird, but over time they ended up growing on me. Now, of course, I think they're the most comfortable shoes out there. Green, navy, and red are good all-around options for traveling. They go with just about everything!!!
What shoes do you wear when you travel?