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Finding the right shoes for travel is a game-changer. You want something lightweight, easy-to-pack, and versatile, but above all else, you want comfort. We turned to a few of our favorite brands to find the true wardrobe ‘unicorns’ — shoes that feel good, look good, and will hold up to lots and lots of steps.

Looking for a specific style? Use these links to check out our picks in four categories:

You can also “window shop” all 14 comfy shoe styles HERE.


Madewell Kickoff Trainer Sneaker in Neutral Colorblock Leather

If you want to bring one pair of comfortable shoes on your next trip, look no further than Madewell’s Kickoff Trainer Sneaker in Neutral Colorblock Leather. These sneakers are equal parts comfort and style. The neutral color block design makes them as versatile as your go-to white sneakers but adds an elevated touch of style and interest. Wear these while walking around the city or squeezing in a quick workout, or dress them up with jeans, trousers, or a sundress for an evening out.

Madewell trainer sneakers with neutral color block design
You’ll want to wear these Madewell trainers with every outfit. Find them here for $110. Image: Madewell

Adidas Gazelle

If you haven’t already been noticing these everywhere, you’re sure to from now on. These on-trend Adidas Gazelle sneakers offer a classic style in 11 different colors. With over 17,000 reviews averaging 4.8 stars, these sneakers (just $100) are a must-have for traveling and your everyday wardrobe.

Adidas Gazelle navy blue sneaker
Here’s your new go-to sneaker. Find the Adidas Gazelle here for $100. Image: Adidas

Allbirds Tree Runner

If you’re in the market for a more athletic style to bring with you, look no further than the Allbirds Tree Runners. Allbirds is known for its focus on sustainable materials, including the sugarcane-based foam in these sneakers. The mesh fabric allows for breathability and comfort; if you look at the reviews, almost every single one notes how comfortable these are.

Allbirds Tree Runner sneaker in white
These Allbirds Tree Runners are lightweight, ultra-comfy, and made sustainably. Find them here for $105. Image: Allbirds


Rothy’s ‘The Point’

We’re sure you’ve heard the rave reviews on Rothy’s versatile, machine-washable, ultra-comfy, and sustainable flats, and we have personal experience to back it up. Yes, Rothy’s flats are incredibly comfortable, but they’re also easy to travel with. You can fold them and throw them in your bag — they barely occupy space! We’re partial to The Point style and love this tan and black combo. But they’ve got tons of styles, each with over 30 color or pattern options.

Woman wearing green sweater, jeans and tan and black Rothy's pointed flats
We love these Rothy’s flats for the elegant pointed-toe and classic tan-and-black color block. Find them here for $149. Image: Rothy’s

Everlane Modern Loafer

Everlane is known for its quality products. Whether shopping for sweaters, trousers, or shoes, you will surely find something to last for years. These modern loafers are no different. We love the classic design and ever-so-slightly elevated heel for added sophistication.

Woman wearing white pants and Everlane brown modern loafers.
These Everlane loafers are beloved for a reason. Find them here for $165. Image: Everlane

Nisolo Huarache Sandal

Nisolo’s Huarache sandals have brought in over 1,000 five-star reviews. Their soft, handwoven leather is water-resistant, breathable, comfortable, and fashionable. We love how they add a touch of texture and design to any look. Plus, they’re available in six neutral shades.

Nisolo woven flats on woman wearing jeans
These Nisolo flats will add interest and design to any look. Find them here for $138. Image: Nisolo


Madewell’ The Charley’ Double-Strap Slide Sandal

These easy-to-wear ‘The Charley’ sandals define beach-friendly. The flexible footbed features Madewell’s “Cloudlift” padding for extra comfort and a hint of elevation that will elongate your legs without needing a full heel. We love the ‘Dried Blossom’ pink shade for a twist on a classic neutral.

Madewell pink double-strap sandals
We love these Madewell sandals for their easy slip-on design and soft pink color. Find them here for $98. Image: Madewell

Nisolo Cross Sandal

Known for their focus on function, comfort, and sustainability, Nisolo hit it out of the park with these simple yet fashionable cross sandals. They’re available in three easy-to-style shades and feature a 0.5-inch low-profile heel, memory foam insole, and an effortless slip-on style. The widened leather straps and supportive cushioning garnered the type of review every sandal hopes for — “shockingly comfortable.”

Nisolo white cross sandals with ankle strap
These Nisolo cross sandals are functional, comfortable, sustainable, and, of course, cute! Find them here for $138. Image: Nisolo

Donald Pliner OFELIA Sandal

These Donald Pliner sandals toe the line between casual and dressy, making them ideal for late-afternoon wear into the evening hours. And, if you love a comfy sandal but can’t bear to go totally flat, these are the happy medium you’ve been looking for. Available in nine different shades, you can find them here.

brown sandal with small wedge heel
The OFELIA sandal is the perfect happy medium if you can’t bear to completely forgo a heel! Order a pair here for $178. Image: Donald Pliner

Birkenstock Arizona Big Buckle Slide

Birkenstocks are back, and this option is a refreshed version of the original design. You can count on comfort with these slides (as always with Birkenstocks), but we’re taken by the big, gold buckles and updated, on-trend design of the Arizona Big Buckle Slide. These are available in a classic nude shade and a soft pink.

Birkenstock tan double-strap sandals with big, gold buckles
These elevated Birkenstocks marry comfort and style. Find them here for $160. Image: Birkenstock

Birkenstock Kyoto Sandal

If you prefer an even more modern take on the reliable comfort of Birkenstock slides, the Kyoto Sandal is a great choice! This chic slide comes with a hook and loop closure to ensure the sandal hugs your foot all day long. Shop here to choose from three neutral shades — taupe, black, or hunter green.

slide sandals on white background
Order this sandal in taupe, black, or hunter green for $150. Image: Free People


Inez Isa Heel

As they tend to take up space in luggage, we believe in bringing only one pair of heels on vacation. Inez, a brand based out of New York, was created for women who love heels but don’t want to compromise comfort. Inez has perfected its comfort-focused design with plush leather insoles and layers of dense foam (especially beneath the ball of the foot) to create a spring reaction and comfort that will last all night long. These Isa heels are the priciest option on our list, but they are worth it if you’re looking for comfortable heels you’ll reach for time and time again.

Woman wearing distressed jeans with tan cross strap heels
Made for comfort, you’ll reach for these Inez heels for years to come. Find them here for $248. Image: Inez

Cole Haan Josie Block Heel

Depending on where you’re traveling, a block heel tends to be sturdier than more slender alternatives and is always a safe bet. Cole Haan shoes are known for comfort, and a neutral color scheme is stylish, yet incredibly versatile. These can easily be dressed down with jeans, or elevated with a black dress for a night out. Order these block-heel sandals here.

block heel sandal
Snag these versatile Cole Haan heels here. They’re currently on sale for $109.95 (reg. $160). Image: Cole Haan

Amazon Dream Pairs Heel

If you want to try out a new heel without breaking the bank, give these $50 Amazon heels a go. With over 13,000 reviews averaging 4.3 stars, these are a comfortable and elegant option. We love the pointed toe, block heel, and wide ankle strap. Plus, they’re available in 21 different colors and materials.

Black pointed-toe heels with ankle strap and block heel
These $50 Amazon heels are an easy grab for comfortable, stylish, and travel-friendly wear. Find them here for $50. Image: Amazon

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Happy travels!


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