The 10 Best Shoes for Disney in 2022

Our top picks for a day in an amusement park

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Whether you’ve got a plan to visit Disney World or Disneyland in the books or are daydreaming of when that glorious day will come, it’s good to be prepared. We’re talking luggage, hotels, and of course, DOLE Whip preferences (DOLE Whip Float, all the way).

And one of the most important yet often overlooked things to pack when heading to Disney? An amazing pair—or two—of shoes as you explore the many acres of some of the happiest, most magical, and fun-filled places on earth. Below, are our absolute favorite shoes for Disney. Of course, they’re equally wonderful for other theme parks (or anywhere you’ll be walking quite a bit, for that matter) so bookmark this article and get excited for cloud-like foot comfort like never before.

Here, the best shoes for Disney.

Best Overall: Vionic Women's Walker Classic Sneaker

Vionic Walker Classic Sneaker

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Wide-width available

  • Good value for price

  • Accommodates orthotics

  • Good arch support

What We Don't Like
  • Not the most stylish

  • Some might prefer a thicker sole

The name should be a giveaway that this shoe means business for Disney adventurers. With three-zone comfort, this stellar sneak features arch support, a deep heel cup, and forefront cushion to ensure that your feet stay in primo condition all day long. The shoe also features a breathable, moisture-wicking mesh lining for those hot days in the Sunshine or Golden State. We also love that the flexible EVA midsole absorbs shock, so your feet don’t have to feel the brunt of the schlepping-about-to-beat-the-lines burden. A women's version is available here. Bonus: This sneaker received the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance.

Best for Kids: Tom's Tiny Cordones Sneaker

Tom's Tiny Cordones Sneaker

Tom's

What We Like
  • Fashionable

  • Strap-on design

  • Good value for price price

What We Don't Like
  • Limited color options for strap-on version

  • Color may wear off after extended use

This double strap sneaker is a winner for youngsters. It’s got a super comfortable insole, no shoelaces to worry about getting untied for tripping’s sake, and a simple slip-on design to avoid hotel room meltdowns while you’re trying to get out of the door and on those Mad Tea Party giant teacups. These shoes come in sizes 4-11 and in navy blue and pink glimmer colorways.

Best Sneakers: Topo Athletic Women's Phantom 2

Topo Athletic Women's Phantom 2

Topo Athletic

What We Like
  • Great for long distances

  • Wonderful cushioning

  • Eco-friendly design

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Not the most fashionable sneakers

It’s game on with these fantastic sneakers from Topo Athletic, an athletic footwear company designing shoes to help people naturally improve their movement patterns, known for their advanced comfort specs and wide toe box. So what makes these sneaks so great for Disney trips? For one thing, it’s the company’s most cushioned shoe featuring the brand’s proprietary ZipFoam core and Ortholite footbed (a boon for maintaining a new shoe-like feel long after you start wearing them.

Capable of keeping your feet in peak condition for long daily distances, the cloud-like support underfoot coupled with the external heel counter for added stability, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better pair of sneakers for Disney. Even more, in addition to construction out of vegan parts, the engineered mesh upper is created with recycled materials equivalent to three water bottles. A men’s version is available here.

Best Wide-Width Sneakers: Kizik Men's Athens

Kizik Men's Athens

Kizik

What We Like
  • Wide-width options

  • Lasting comfort

  • Can put them on without bending over your sneakers

What We Don't Like
  • Higher heel height could be unfavorable

  • Some may prefer a more cushioned insole

If you have wide feet, these shoes straddle the line of being fashionable while still accommodating the width of your feet without looking clunky. In addition to being ideal for wide feet (they come in regular width too, FYI), we adore the patented heel design that allows you to slip the shoe on sans untying the laces or worrying about damaging the heel of your shoe by pushing the back of the sneakers down as you slip into them.  See how the hands-free shoes work on Kizik’s website. A women’s version is available here. Another plus: Plenty of color options for both the men and women’s rendition.

Best Sandals: Volcom Eco Recliner Sandal

Volcom Eco Recliner Sandal

Volcom

What We Like
  • Eco-friendly

  • Good cushioning

What We Don't Like
  • Your toes are exposed

  • Expensive

Want to go the sandals route? Opt for a pair that provides solid arch support like these stellar sandals from Volcom that are sure to keep your feet happy as you log major miles around Disney World or Disneyland. File this under neat: These sandals were made with harvested algae biomass to help support planet earth’s aquatic ecosystems, so you can feel good about their composition, all the while you enjoy the Most Magical Place on Earth. A women's version is available here and a similar kids' version for boys is available here for $30.

Best Slip-Ons: Sanuk Men's Donna Slip-On

Sanuk Men's Donna Slip-On

Sanuk

What We Like
  • Eco-friendly

  • Long-lasting design

  • Technical bells and whistles

What We Don't Like
  • Not good for running

  • Expensive

A premium, molded EVA footbed? Check. Antimicrobial additive to keep odor at bay? You betcha (and perfect for those long days at theme parks). An eco-friendly design with hemp? Yup. If slip-ons are your shoe of choice, these Sidewalk Surfers are for you. A men’s version is available here for $60. Also made with a hemp canvas upper, we love the durable yet breathable nature of this material. 

Best Flip-Flops for Women: Sanuk Women's Yoga Sling 2

Sanuk Women's Yoga Sling 2

Sanuk

What We Like
  •  Stylish

  • Many color options

  • Comfy foot bed

  • Good value for price

What We Don't Like
  • Not good for running

  • The toe thong may irritate some

Choose from a host of colors in this sleek yet functional performance flip-flop. Unlike flimsy flip-flops that won’t hold up to a long day of ride-hopping, these sandals are ultra-cushioned with wonderful soft footbeds composed of foam-like yoga mat material, accompanied by stretch-knit straps that don’t dig into your feet. Good luck finding a flip-flop that looks half as good, and that you love as much as these.

Best Flip-Flops for Men: Sanuck Men's Beer Cozy 2 Flip-Flop

Mens Vegan Slip On Sandal
What We Like
  • Cloud-like feel

  • Minimalist design

  • Good value for price

What We Don't Like
  • Not good for running

  • The toe thong may irritate some wearers

Suffice to say, we’re big fans of Sanuk’s supremely cushy flip-flops. In this men’s offering, expect a lightweight flip-flop that doesn’t compromise on the foam front thanks to its delightfully squishy footbed. The vegan sandals are also great shower shoes if you want to get all that Disney grime off of you after a tiring day of chasing after youngsters or your childhood dreams at the park.

Best for Winter: LØCI Nine

Løci Nine

Løci

What We Like
  • Fashion-forward

  •  Durable outsole

  • Mission-minded company

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Lighter colors may show dirt

These sneakers feature a water-resistant upper so if you happen to be at Disney in the winter, your feet will stay warm despite snow flurries (and rain, too). Crafted with comfort top of mind, these shoes are also stylish enough to transition to a nice evening out in Orlando or Anaheim without exposing your toes to cooler temps. This 100 percent vegan company is also all about sustainability efforts, such as including a lightweight recycled rubber grip that’s not only eco-conscious but also helps you avoid slipping. A men’s version is available here.

Best for Rain: Chaco Women's Z/1 Classic Sandals

Chaco Women's Z/1 Classic Sandals

Chaco

What We Like
  • Great footbed

  • Rubber outsole for good traction

  • Dual-density midsole for solid support

What We Don't Like
  • Straps may be uncomfortable for some

  • People with wider heels may not fit standard version (wide version is available in some colors) 

  • Wide version is available in fewer colors

Also available in a men’s version, these sturdy sandals were designed for the water, whether that means the river, rapids, or a rainstorm at Disney. Another perk of the Z/1 sandals is that they are fully adjustable for a customized fit to ensure they stay securely on your feet throughout the day’s spelunking. Beyond that, we love that they are designed on a  firm and sturdy classic footbed with contoured arch support to promote healthy alignment. Your feet do so much for you, so why not return the favor with these smartly designed sandals? P.S. Every single pair of Chaco footwear is accepted by the American Podiatric Medical Association.

Final Verdict

For the most part, comfort is the most important thing to look for when buying shoes for your Disney trip. Beyond that, shoes that are durable are a good choice so if you break them in before Disney you know they won’t flop out (pun intended) on your vacation. The Vionic Walker (view at Amazon) features some seriously smart engineering such as orthotic footbeds and a sturdy rubber outsole for traction and flexibility during your Disney jaunt.

What to Look For When Buying Shoes for Disney

Of course, there are several factors to consider when buying shoes for a Disney adventure. Let’s take a look at some main ones.

Comfort

When it comes to spelunking about Disney, comfort is paramount. While preferences vary by person, we recommend close-toed shoes and plenty of arch support to keep your feet comfy and supported for logging those 10,000-steps days (or more!) as you wander about the theme park.

Breathability

Florida and California can be hot, hot, hot. And there’s nothing worse than sweaty feet adding to an already overheated state. Moreover, if shoes aren’t well vented, you may find your feet slipping and sliding around in the interior shell. Spending a day icing your ankle after you have a fall or having a close call speed walking to the Pirates of the Caribbean line is no way to spend your Disney vacation.

Durability

You’re going to be doing a lot of walking, and spending a lot of time on your feet at Disney parks. That’s why you want a shoe that works for you — withstanding the elements and staying in tip-top condition with extended wear. Again, we think closed-toe shoes are best to ensure a long-lasting shoe that doesn’t wear as easily as some open-toed models.

Why Trust TripSavvy?

Perri Ormont Blumberg is a travel and lifestyle writer who has written countless product reviews. In the sneakers category, she’s written reviews of everything from wide shoes to the best cross-training shoes for HIIT and boot camp fanatics. In addition to poring over dozens of shoe reviews, she also worked with public relations sneaker gurus to find out their top picks for the greatest Disney-friendly picks their brands had to offer.

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