You don't have to weigh down your luggage with different shoes for every occasion when a good pair of travel shoes for men will do the trick.
Style icons like George Clooney, Eddie Redmayne, Justin Timberlake and Jamie Dornan can travel with a whole wardrobe of shoes. After all, somebody else schleps their luggage around and pays for excess baggage.
For your trip to the UK, get real and leave your GQ style icon ambitions at home. Minimize space wasters in your luggage with comfortable, multi-purpose shoes that are city smart and country casual at the same time, as well as being super comfy for leisure walking. Being able to slip them on and off easily for airport security is a bonus too. These men's travel shoes are among the best shoes for journeys that I've seen recently. Most come in black and brown.
And here's a tip: Don't pack space-eating hiking boots. Buy serious hiking boots-for serious hill and fell walking-after you arrive, from a local supplier who understands local conditions.
Clarks Senner Lane Slip-On Shoes
Available in chocolate nubuck or the more all purpose tumbled black finish pictured here, this is a shoe made for comfort with all kinds of cushioning built in. Their twin elastic gored panels make them easy on and easy off for airport security, they've got a generously padded collar and cushy EVA insole. The outsole is more shock absorbing EVA that helps reduce foot fatigue while you pound the pavement. Okay, you probably won't want to wear them to the ambassador's ball. But they are respectable enough for most other travel situations.
Vionic Orthaheel Branxton Lace-Ups
I like the thinking behind these casually comfortable shoes. They've got the same sort of structure and support as sneakers (or trainers as they're called in the UK), but, except for the white band around the bottom, they'll pass for ordinary lace ups when you're on the road. The sneaker comfort is your little secret. And so are the hidden features, designed by a leading Australian podiatrist to improve posture, balance, alignment and to provide a lot more heel support than a typical sneaker. It comes with a removable, deep heel cup orthotic and plenty of lightweigh EVA in the insole and midsole to keep your feet cool and pampered on the move.
Hush Puppies - Gil Adjustable Slip-ons
There is nothing high style about Hush Puppies but who cares? When it comes to good, comfortable, all-purpose walking shoes for men, they've just about got it covered. These are light, soft and easy to wear with a rubber outsole and a cushioned, contoured removable footbed to absorb shock. The hook and loop closure allows you to adjust for a customized fit. And, let's face it, unless you are planning to go to a ball at Buckingham Palace, you can really takes these anywhere.
Orthofeet Men's Avery Island Oxfords
Designed to alleviate pressure on sensitive areas of the foot these look like classic Oxfords but they come with two extra, full length orthotic inserts (2mm and 3mm thick) to customize fit. They can be used together, with or without the removable, self-molding, polyurethane insole. To accommodate all this support and cushioning, the shoes have extra width in the midfoot and toe box as well as added depth.
With all their foot pampering detail and structure these are a good looking, smart/casual style, multi-purpose traveling shoe.
ECCO Chander Sneaker
Ecco, the Danish shoe company, are right up there with the best of them when it comes to comfort, support and teasing an all purpose shoe out of what is essentially a sneaker or trainer. What I like about these is that they cross the line between casual and city wear. Soft polished leather, in cognac, gives them a sophisticated edge - yet in their heart of hearts, they are clearly sneakers or sport shoes - a great crossover look from a maker who pampers active feet very well.
Clarks Unstructured "Un-Bend" Oxford
Updated and sporty these were designed for casual workplaces or any place where a man might spend a lot of time on his feet. The rugged, oiled leather lace up gives plenty of support - with a padded tongue and ankle collar for extra comfort and textured leather uppers for a knockabout, touring shoe. The rubber outsole is a good, non-skid solution in wet English weather. Clarks promises these unstructured, flexible yet heavily cushioned shoes are comfortable without a break-in period. Maybe. But if you're going to be on your feet and on the move touring, I think a little advance wearing in period never hurts.
Hush Puppies Emit
Hush Puppies have built a brand on the idea of comfort. So it stands to reason that they know how to add their patented comfort elements to a slightly dressier walking shoe. Sleek loafers, easy to kick off at airport security, have soft leather uppers and a round, moc toe. The design conceals an elastic gore panel at the instep for secure fit as well as interior cushioning and shock absorbing features. Traction outsoles make them comfortable walking shoes and stylish dress loafers at the same time.
Orthofeet Melbourne Fisherman
Go completely European with a classic men's fisherman's sandal- very suave. This one offers a hidden "prescription" of flexible features that make it totally customizable for personal comfort - it comes with three, removable, interchangeable, self-molding insoles so the shoe really adjusts to your foot. The footbed can also be removed for more depth or so wearers can add their own orthotic inserts. And the extra mid-shoe width and toe box depth mean there's no pressure on your "how-far-did-we-walk-today?" swollen feet.
Made of soft, premium leather and upper lined with a moisture-wicking polyester fabric, they are elegant, comfortable and great for pounding the cobbled streets of country villages or the UK's urban pavements for hours on end.
Aertrex Dale Oxford
Possibly the dressiest shoe of this bunch, its sleek styling conceals a bunch of ergonomic and customizable features built in for comfort. It has a shock-absorbing footbed and a full-grain waterproof leather upper plus a rubber outsole for traction. Aetrex promises a "just-right" fit combining a removable orthotic insole - for balance, alignment and redistribution of pressure - with memory foam cushioning for total comfort. And if you are looking for the shoe that you actually can wear to the ambassador's reception, this is probably the one.