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7 Travel Shoes for Women That Are Functional AF

7  Travel Shoes for Women That Are Functional AF

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Which travel shoes you pack away can make or break your next trip! If you’re like me and live out of your suitcase, you need to be even pickier about which shoes you bring along.

I’ve been walking around the world in all types of shoes for over ten years, and I’m constantly on the lookout for my next best travel shoes. I’ve learned the most crucial things about what to look out for throughout the years, and I think I’ve found my absolute favorites thus far!

These are the best travel shoes that are absolutely functional AF.

Best Travel Shoes—Quick List

  1. Best Travel Flip FlopsClassic II Flip
  2. Best Travel Sandals Tulum Sandals | Tulum Translucent
  3. Best Travel SneakersWaterproof Sneakers
  4. Best Travel Hiking BootsX Ultra 4 Mid
  5. Best Travel Ankle BootsWaterproof Chelsea Boots
  6. Best Travel Casual ShoesCanvas High Tops
  7. Best Travel Athletic ShoesQuest 2

What To Look Out For When Choosing Travel Shoes

Now what I need and what you need might not be the same. Our style might also be different, and therefore, what to look out for when choosing your travel shoes will be different. I travel in a certain way as well. I love hiking and often will walk everywhere I can.

I also can be clumsy, so I tend to wear only flats, and I like a non-fussy shoe that’s also highly functional. I also need a multipurpose travel shoe because, by nature, I’m traveling with it! So it needs to be light and maybe even squishable. I’d prefer it to be easy to clean, too, since walking around the world often gets them a bit gross.

Things to consider when choosing your travel shoes…

  • Honestly, never sacrifice fashion for comfort. Even when on a quick trip, it’s just not worth it! Achey feet with blisters don’t make for a good time.
  • Socks matter. They really do! Whether you’re trying to avoid stinking up your hostel dorm or if you’re tackling a hike in a far away land, you need good socks, like these.
  • Don’t forget to break in your shoes before jetting off and throwing them on for the very first time.
  • Insoles can be a major help. In the boots and walking shoes I mention below, I love using an insert, it’s just that much more comfortable.
  • You have to bring versatile shoes, you can’t fill you bag with tons of shoes for various activities. Make sure your shoes are functional AF!
  • Consider your destinion, not just what you like or want. What are you doing? Where are you going? Get what you really need for your sitation.

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7 Best Travel Shoes for Women

Just a quick note before my list, I would never travel with ALL of these shoes with me. I would choose a maximum of three pairs of shoes depending on my trip. Since I live out of a bag, this can be challenging, but I visit home at least once a year and try to plan accordingly for the majority of my year.

No matter what trip you’re going on, no matter how long you’re away for, I can guarantee you that two or three pairs of shoes are more than enough. If you’re hitting all the seasons and need any more than three pairs, you might want to read some of my budget tips and travel longer tips to make your trip easier by understanding why it might be better to avoid moving around so much.

So with all that said, here are my top best travel shoes for you to jet off with.

1. Best Women’s Travel Flip Flops

OK, let’s talk about it. I’m going to be mentioning CROCS a few times in the post. Yes, those Crocs, notoriously ugly and clunky, right? Not really! It turns out they have some really practical travel shoes, and I’ve been wearing and loving them for YEARS now.

I have these plain black flip flops. I’ve worn them in September in Iceland, months living in a van in New Zealand, and trotting around Morocco too.

They are simple and highly functional. They quickly dry, which is nice, they are durable, AKA that middle piece won’t break in the middle of your day, and you can wear them to the beach or out for the night. They are my default comfy travel shoes! Not to mention they are super easy to clean, and I’ve even used them as water shoes a few times too.

Crocs Classic II Flip best travel shoes for women

These are great travel shoes because…

  • Crosslite foam for extra comfort
  • Lightweight and durable
  • Soft toe posts


2. Best Women’s Travel Sandal

I am obsessed with my sandal version of Crocs. I practically lived in them for six months in Mexico and before that for a few months while surfing in Ecuador. Unfortunately, my sandal isn’t available anymore, but they have other choices.

They have the same perks as the first travel shoe I mention! They dry quickly so they can be cleaned and dry within minutes and are mega comfortable too. Believe it or not, these are often my “dress up shoes” because I’m never attending anything that needs to be much fancier.

These sandals are perfect for travel because they are so small and light, they are easy to bring.

While I know the thought of having kind of a rubbery looking shoe is weird, it’s actually not that bad! They let your feet breathe and are comfier than other walking sandals I’ve tried.

These are great travel shoes because…

  • Soft but secure straps
  • Lightweight and flexible
  • Foam cushioning for comfort


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3. Best Women’s Travel Sneaker

Do I have a thing for waterproof shoes!? Kind of. I want something that isn’t too fussy and can do almost anything. So while I might not NEED a casual walking sneaker to be waterproof, wouldn’t it be much cooler if it was? Yes!

Rainy days, muddy streets and a stream crossing while on a trail are all made way more possible when you’re not worrying about your feet getting wet or your shoes getting dirty. These sneakers are so easy to walk in and, while being waterproof, are surprisingly breathable too.

They look and feel like a regular sneaker, they just have the added benefit of holding up just fine in wet conditions, which most sneakers can’t do.

These are great travel shoes because…

  • 100% waterproof
  • Breathable merino wool interior
  • Shock-absorbing sole


4. Best Women’s Travel Hiking Boots

Never have I felt better hiking than I did in these boots! I wasn’t too sure because they indeed weren’t the cheapest travel shoes for hiking but I went ahead and gave them a try anyway.

I just finished spending two months hiking around Oregon and Washington, and I felt like I was walking on clouds. I was more nimble, and my steps were even more confident because these shoes were incredibly comfortable and stabilizing.

These are also far lighter than any other hiking boot I’ve used, and as we’re going on a bit of a theme here, yes, these too are waterproof! I’m 100% a total convert to these hiking boots. They are worth the money and I will be taking these on my upcoming two-week hiking trip in Pakistan too!

These are great travel shoes because…

  • Waterproof GORE-TEX outer
  • All-terrain grip sole
  • Grat stability and ankle support


5. Best Women’s Travel Ankle Boots

Am I always in sandals and flip-flops unless I’m on a hike? Pretty much. But sometimes, when I want or have to look nicer, I wear boots instead! These are cute and comfortable and can be used in many ways. These are great travel shoes when the temperature drops or you want to spice it up a bit!

These get packed when I go to Europe or a place that might be a bit rainy. Because yes, yet again, I’m pretty obsessed with my shoes and feet staying DRY.

These are great travel shoes because…

  • 100% waterproof
  • Anti-slip rubber sole
  • Available in six designs and colors


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6. Best Women’s Travel Casual Shoes

For easy walking shoes, I usually wear a pair of Converse look-alikes with a sole insert to make it super comfy for walking around any town. If I’m not walking around town in my Croc travel shoes I first mentioned, I’m wearing something like this to walk around in.

I wear these walking around The Americas, Europe, and Australia, and they last a while. They aren’t too bulky since their tops are “soft,” so packing these travel shoes away is pretty simple.

These are great travel shoes because…

  • Breathable canvas upper
  • Comfortable rubber soles
  • Available in five patterns and colors


7. Best Women’s Travel Athletic Shoes

Believe it or not, you might want to bring a running or exercise type of travel shoe along with you. When you’re living on the road, keeping up with your health and fitness is pretty important. Remember, I don’t take vacations; my life is traveling around, so I do all the “regular” things. Like, work out!

Unless I’m surfing in Ecuador or road-tripping Oregon and hiking almost every day, I need to be active, and therefore, I need to bring some athletic shoes with me. These are so comfortable and, again, very light, making them easy to pack away. They can, of course, be doubled as a walking shoe too.

These are great travel shoes because…

  • Lightweight and breathable
  • Resilient cushioning
  • Extra eyeholes for customizable fastening


I hope this helped you choose some highly functional travel shoes for your next trip!

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