Blisters. The worst thing that could possibly happen to you while traveling (aside from missing your flight or forgetting your passport). You know the feeling: five blocks into your walk to the top museum/breathtaking vista/historical site, your heels start to throb, your toes pinch together, and death (for your feet) seems imminent.
Avoid this issue altogether by actually packing shoes you know won't hurt your feet. Yes, those strappy stilettos are cute, but are they comfortable? I think not. Opt instead for stylish sneakers, sandals with a kitten heel, and cushioned slides. Bring one of the guaranteed-not-to-make-you-limp pairs from each of the three categories below, and you'll be set footwear-wise—no matter what you've decided to do with your days off.
Your “I’m Going Sightseeing” Shoes
I've worn my Soludos flats while walking upstream in a river, so I can personally attest to their durability and comfort. These espadrilles don't just look effortless, they are effortless—as all things should be on vacation.
Sneakers, like this one from Koio, are an obvious choice of travel shoe: They keep your feet covered (from road dust!), and thick soles provide a pillow-like cushion, allowing you to wander for hours.
Outdoor Voices collaborated with Teva to make this splashy sandal just in time for summer. It has blister-proof heel tabs and a rubber sole to give you traction on that uphill walk. We're 100 percent into the multi-colored straps too.
If you need a good boot option, check out this pair from Acne Studios. Not only does the black ankle boot match everything in your carry-on, but it'll also look sleek and stylish in photos. Wear it under a floral dress or with cropped jeans.
If you only have space for three pairs of shoes in your carry on, make a white slip-on sneaker one of them. You'll never run out of ways to style this. Wear it with a dress, pants, shorts, pantsuits—the list goes on.
Your Semi-Fancy “I'm Heading to Dinner” Shoes
Don't let your maxi dress drag on the floor of the restaurant. Sneak a pair of comfy wedge espadrilles underneath your outfit. The thick platform provides all the support—and height—you need.
You can wear Zara's brown leather mules every night of your vacay. The geometric heel is a small detail with a big impact, taking this shoe from casual to cool. Expect all the compliments before appetizers even arrive.
After dinner, take a leisurely stroll around your resort in these colorful mustard sandals. They're feminine without the discomfort of high heels because they're only two inches in height, so you can tour the place in comfort.
Everlane calls this the "all-day mule," meaning you can go from sightseeing to dinner without having to make a pit stop in your hotel room. And no blisters: It's made from soft Italian leather that molds to the shape of your foot.
The straps of lace-up shoes have a tendency to slip down your ankles as you shimmy along; not the case with this thin but sturdy buckle clasp. Plus, the 2.5-inch kitten heel gives you a height boost without keeping you painfully on your tip-toes.
Your “I'm Ready for Instagram” Shoes
Trade in your beat up flip-flops for a pair of rubber sandals with palm tree leaf prints. The pool slides are not only wearable with a bikini, but also with denim shorts and a cropped tank.
These sandals all over Instagram because fashion girls are obsessed with them. The transparent mules come in several colors, though if you like to keep it versatile and classic, opt for this black pair.
This floral two-strap mule brings a touch of summer sweetness to your feet (and outfit) with two bows and a vibrant pattern. Prepare to be inundated with compliments from strangers on the street.
If your outfits need a little more color, I know just the shoes to get. This mule has it all: minty two-tone green hues, a hemisphered ball heel, and a transparent strap. All these designs create a summer shoe that's truly one of a kind.
An #OOTD featuring these mustard-colored buckle slides will draw all the likes and comments. Bonus: You don't have to worry about this backless style digging into your heels (thank god).
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