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Best Overall: Skechers Performance Go Walk Lite at Zappos
"If you’re in a rush, you can just pull them on using the loops at the front and rear."
Best for Men: Merrel Men’s Tetrex Crest Wrap Sandal at Amazon
"The cut-out sides on these water sandals keep feet breathing in the heat and humidity."
Best for Women: New Balance Women's FuelCore Nergize V1 Cross Trainer at Amazon
"These slip-on sneakers have a midsole foam that keeps your feet ready for the next ride."
Best for Kids: Keen Seacamp II CNX at Amazon
"A bungee lace system makes it easy for kids to get the shoes on themselves."
Best Sneakers: Allbirds Tree Runners at Allbirds
"These sneakers tick all the boxes by being supportive, comfortable, and stylish."
Best Sandals: Birkenstocks Arizona at Urban Outfitters
"Birkenstocks’ cork sole keeps everything cool underfoot."
Best Slip-Ons: Merrell Women's Zoe Sojourn Ballet Flat at Amazon
"These closed-toe slip-ons have cushioning in the heel to absorb shock and provide comfort."
Best Flip-Flops: Clarks Women’s Sea Breeze at Amazon
"They have an adjustable top strap to loosen or tighten the shoe as the day goes on."
Best for Winter: Ecco Soft 7 Sneaker at Amazon
"It’s been a bestseller for the brand since it was launched in 2015."
Best for Rain: Teva Tirra at Amazon
"These have protection built in to prevent them from smelling after getting wet."
Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Skechers Performance Go Walk Lite
A favorite of ardent Disney enthusiasts and bloggers, Skechers Performance Go Walks are the top choice for a day of pounding the Disney pavement. While the line comes in a variety of styles (including some easy slip-ons), these sleek lace-up sneakers add a little style to your day-at-the-park outfit while remaining comfortable and supportive, even after a full day of waiting in line and trekking between the far corners of parks. They also come in a darker heathered charcoal (which will show less dirt) and in a light grey. The laces on these provide a little snugger fit than the traditional slip-on style, but the material will stretch to bend with your feet’s movement—and if you’re in a rush, you can just pull them on using the loops at the front and rear of the shoe. The air-cooled Goga Mat insole isn’t just comfortable, either—it’ll help keep your feet feeling fresh all day.
Best for Men: Merrel Men’s Tetrex Crest Wrap Sandal
Made for both getting wet and staying dry, Merrel’s Tetrex Crest Wrap Sandals are a great choice for guys who want to stay comfortable for hours in the park while not having to worry about getting their shoes wet on a ride or during a rainshower. The cut-out sides on the water sandals keep feet breathing in the heat and humidity, while the sides and front protect feet from random pebbles and stubbed toes. Lyra neoprene is used for comfort at the base of the foot, but the insole is removable if you want to swap it out for your favorite. They fit a little more like sneakers than your usual sandal, and there’s solid traction on these too. And, because they’re Merrels, you know that they’ll last long after you return home.
Best for Women: New Balance Women's FuelCore Nergize V1 Cross Trainer
These FuelCore Nergize V1 Cross Trainers by New Balance are our top pick for women because they're comfortable, stylish, and versatile. These slip-on sneakers are designed with laces, so you can tighten them throughout the day, and they provide extra support. The REVlite midsole foam keeps your feet ready to go for the next ride (and the next, and the next), and they come with a memory sole comfort insert for a little extra cushiness. Plus, these shoes are available in a wide variety of adaptable colors—including indigo, sea salt, elderberry, and seafoam—so you can easily pair them with any outfit you pack. They’re definitely more of a sneaker than a running shoe, however, so if you plan to hit the treadmill at the hotel gym, bring an extra pair of athletic trainers with you.
Best for Kids: Keen Seacamp II CNX
Keen’s hiking sandals have long been known for comfort, but your kid doesn’t have to be on the trail to get the most from these—they’re perfectly equipped for long days at Disney, too. With a sandal look but with some handy toe protection built in (we all trip a little more when we’re tired), these shoes give little ones great traction for climbing while keeping their feet comfortable and supported. A bungee lace system makes it easy for kids to get the shoes on themselves and get the perfect fit, while the open sides keep things easy breezy. They’re amphibious, so if your kid gets them wet, they’re built to dry off quickly without rubbing or chafing. These shoes are washable too, so once you’re back from your trip, take them for a spin in the washing machine and they’ll be ready for the next adventure.
Best Sneakers: Allbirds Tree Runners
Sure, they’re mostly known among the tech crowd, but All Birds are justifiably having a moment in the spotlight: these lightweight, breathable shoes tick all the boxes by being supportive, comfortable, and stylish. And yes, they’re called “Tree Runners” for a reason: they’re made from eucalyptus tree fiber, which gives the shoes a nice cooling effect when you’re wearing them all day. Plus, it’s renewable, which is great for the environment compared to your usual shoe materials.
There’s a great range of colors to choose from, from the brand’s classic colorways in marine blue, charcoal, and white, to funkier limited-edition color combinations like mustard, all-blue (including the soles), and a practical gray with white soles.
Best Sandals: Birkenstocks Arizona
On hot days, synthetic soles can get really hot—and push all that heat right up to your feet, which doesn’t make for comfortable afternoons during peak sunlight hours. Birkenstocks’ cork sole keeps everything cool underfoot, and their iconic, timeless style means you can wear these at home with the rest of your cute warm-weather outfits. The German brand is synonymous with comfort, with an ergonomic, contoured footbed that supports your feet over the course of a long day.
Best Slip-Ons: Merrell Women's Zoe Sojourn Ballet Flat
These closed-toe slip-ons from Merrell are low-cut and supportive. The Air Cushion in the heel absorbs shock and will keep your feet comfortable every step of the way. It also has a contoured insole to help keep your feet feeling rested and supported. The mesh upper is great on these for breathability, whether you get a little damp on Splash Mountain or just have a little sweat going by the end of the day. These ballet flats are available in black or grey. Plus, at only 3.7 ounces, they're easy to pack while saving plenty of room for souvenirs.
Best Flip-Flops: Clarks Women’s Sea Breeze
Yes, you can wear flip-flops to Disney and be comfortable all day, too (just make sure to break them in before you go). These Clarks—a brand rightfully known for comfort—are very soft (no toe-thong seam here) and lightweight for walking, and they have a thick sole so you don’t feel every little cobblestone or piece of gravel. In a genius design move, they also have an adjustable velcro top strap, so you can loosen or tighten the shoe as the day goes on. And, typical of Clarks, they’ve got a well-cushioned footbed so your feet won’t tire out before the kids (or your friends) do. Plus, they’re easy to take care of if they get a little beat up after a few days at the parks: just throw them in the washing machine on hand wash to brighten them back up. There’s a ton of colors to choose from too, from navy to taupe to metallic gold.
Best for Winter: Ecco Soft 7 Sneaker
It’s not like it gets that cold in the magical realms of Disney Land or Disney World—you won’t need a pair of boots here—but a pair of cozy sneakers you can wear some warm socks with? Perfection for a colder day in the park. Ecco’s Soft 7 sneakers are a great balance between style and comfort that go with practically any outfit, thanks to their Danish styling—and you’ll be able to wear them once you’re home from vacation, too. It’s been a bestseller for the brand since it was launched in 2015, and like all other Eccos, they’re handcrafted (these from premium leather). While you should always break in shoes before you wear them for extended periods of time, people swear these shoes are comfortable right out of the box.
Best for Rain: Teva Tirra
This author’s Walt Disney World experience came as a hurricane rolled in, and Tevas were on hand to save the day. Opt for a pair like the much-loved Tirras above, with full straps instead of flip-flops, so your feet stay secure and in place instead of slipping around. The synthetic upper drys out quickly, while the neoprene foam and stretch mesh lining bend with you all day, and a shock pad in the heel helps absorb your thousands of steps. Plus, it has antimicrobial protection built in, so you don’t have to worry about them getting nasty after being exposed to moisture (whether sweat or rain). If there’s no rain in the forecast but you know you’re going to be on some watery rides, Tevas are also a great pick since they’re lightweight enough to carry around in a backpack to change into before your tennis shoes get wet.