Best travelling shoes?

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1. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I'm in the market for some shoes recently. I have a good pair of Nike running shoes (and another pair that I've beaten the hell outa jogging etc.), a pair of Vasque Breeze GORE-TEX XCR Dayhiking Boots, a cheap pair of general purpose sandals, and some dress shoes that I need to upgrade. I'm thinking a good investment would be a pair of shoes for travelling.

Anyone have any advice on a good pair of all around best travelling shoes for men? What style, what features? Doesn't have to be super cheap, but I do have to what my spending.

2. Posted by toothache (Full Member 82 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

There's so many in the market... so... betta do lotsa window shopping!

I probably advise you to purchase those shoes/sandals that is to your comfort level...

Follow the shape of your feet.
Contour of your heels.. :p

Brand isn' an issue... Its how your gonna use it!
Of course.. material wise.. you have to know its durability...

men shoes are way much simple than women!!! :p you prolly get less blisters!

3. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I can't suggest any brand or type, but I would recommend that you try to find one pair that can double in several situations. Shoes are the one thing I always have had difficulty packing, though I wear flip flops 98 percent of the time anyway. It really depends on where you're going and what you're planning to do, but if you can find yourself a pair of shoes that will allow you to go out to dinner or a club in a city as well as to trek through the backcountry, you're off to a great start.

4. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Maybe that's too hard of a question. Ideally I would pick one pair of all round shoes, but maybe I'm looking at two or three pairs. I have a good all round hiking boot. Maybe a good pair of sturdy sandals and walking shoes which can double as a decent night time shoe?

5. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Ugh. I'm having a mini-crisis about this stuff.

Have to bring my hiking boots for Machu PIccu and Mount Kinabalu, etc.

But, it would be great to have some good hiking sandals for when its just too hot to wear the boots.

Should I bring a pair of dressier shoes for going out, etc? Or a pair of flip flops.

Are three diff pieces of footwear too much?

Help me please!:)

6. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Considering that flip flops or sandals can be strapped to the outside of your bag, I consider them a must. Can also double as shower shoes in dodgy hostels.

As for Peru, you should be fine with a pair of boots and then a pair of sandals/flip flops. I got by just fine in both Lima and Cusco going out in flip flops. Argentina was more difficult, and oddly enough, Australia seems to have some pretty tough restrictions on getting into bars without close-toed shoes in the cities.

If somebody would invent some classy-looking hiking boots that did not sacrifice comfort for looks on the trail, they'd be onto some good money.

7. Posted by AlexT (Respected Member 245 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Yep... thongs are definately a must! no matter where I am or why I am travelling, I always end up wearing my thongs. Hiking boots are useful if you intend to do any hiking but if you dont they just take up too much space... sorry not much help here. I always end up taking the wrong shoes with me...

8. Posted by Abbytaxis (Full Member 137 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I wish there's a kind of shoes designed to change its appearance to any occasion and purpose. The parts can be adjusted, replace or added. Voila, you have a sexy lady sandal with 6" heels for party, next morning it will be a heavy duty boots for backpacking, then sandals for hillwalking, then a closed- toed shoes that Aussie bars only allow.

9. Posted by Torz n Hel (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


We (sis and me) are going to Bangkok, then travelling round Australia and New Zealand from November and are having the same dilema so any advice would be good.

Was a bit concerned about having to wear closed toes shoes in sydney cos even our 'dancing shoes' have open toes - are these allowed?

Other than that we plan on taking trainers (for comfort and for when we hit the gyms) and flip flops. Do we 'really' need hiking boots -(big, bulky and hot is not appealing!!!!).


10. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Such anguish this thread has brought out! john7buck & AlexT make good points about sandals. Along with that either a pair of runners or hiking boots depending on the conditions seem the next thing to bring. Then maybe a pair of clubbing shoes.

Anyone have any good advice how to pack them in a backpack so they don't get all bent out of shape ?