The 9 Best Women's Travel Shoes of 2021

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The Rundown

Best Overall: Allbirds Wool Runners at Allbirds

"The 100 percent merino upper helps improve airflow so your feet feel fresher for longer."

Best Budget: Toms Espadrille Alpargata at Amazon

"Lightweight and flexible when it comes to packing, Toms’ flats are great for summer trips."

Best Splurge: Gucci Brixton Horsebit Convertible Loafer at Saks Fifth Avenue

"These iconic loafers have a collapsible heel that make flights a little more comfortable."

Best Flats: Everlane The Day Glove at Everlane

"Everlane’s casual take on the ballet flat gives outfits a stylish flair and goes with everything."

Best Sandals: Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed Sandals at Nordstrom

"These supportive sandals from the German brand are comfortable, durable, and timeless."

Best Sneakers: Adidas Vegan Superstar Shoes at Adidas

"Adidas’ vegan take on their iconic hits are just as comfy and stylish as the leather ones."

Best Water Shoes: Bridawn Water Socks at Amazon

"Bridawn’s water socks are incredibly comfortable for a day spent swimming or paddling around in a kayak."

Best Boot: Dr. Martens Flora Chelsea Boots at Amazon

"Can withstand a variety of inclement weather conditions and hold up well over time."

Best Slip Ons: Bogs Kicker Loafer at Zappos

"Slip on these water-resistant loafers for days with all sorts of weather in the forecast."

When it comes to “travel shoes”, the image that often comes to mind isn’t a great one: something Band-Aid colored, perhaps, in nubuck leather and with a horribly chunky sole. The good news however, is that times have changed from those inglorious days, and any shoe you wear traveling can be a good travel shoe. Of course, some shoes are comfier, can survive in inclement weather, and are more versatile than others—and therefore far better suited to minimal packing capacities and long days walking on cobblestones. 

Here at TripSavvy, we know a thing or two about choosing the right shoes for our vacations, and we’ve scoured the internet to find some of the best options available. Whether you’re looking for sneakers, a great pair of ballet flats, water shoes for a day of kayaking, or a sturdy pair of boots for colder climates, there’s a great pair of travel shoes on this list for you.

Keep scrolling to see our picks for the best women's travel shoes.

Our Top Picks

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Best Overall: Allbirds Wool Runners

Allbirds Wool Runners

 Courtesy of Allbirds

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Allbirds have been turning heads for a few years now, and not just because of their sleek, minimalist good looks. They’re also incredibly comfortable for long days spent walking on pavement, cobblestones, or dirt roads—wherever your adventures are taking you on any given day of a trip. The 100 percent merino wool upper isn’t stifling by any means; in fact, it’s soft and helps improve airflow so your feet feel fresher for longer (it also helps minimize odor). Plus, they’re made from renewable materials, so you can feel good about wearing these each and every day.

02 of 09

Best Budget: Toms Espadrille Alpargata

Toms Espadrille Alpargata

 Courtesy of Toms

Espadrilles are the undersung heroes of the travel shoe wardrobe. Lightweight and flexible when it comes to packing, Toms’ affordable shoes also go great with casual vacation wear—and solve the dilemma of what covered summertime flats you can wear with maxi dresses. Flats like these are also great for summer city trips because they keep your feet covered from street grime—and equally pleasant for the beach because their full coverage eliminates the unpleasant sprint across burning hot sand.

03 of 09

Best Splurge: Gucci Brixton Horsebit Convertible Loafer

Gucci Brixton Horsebit Convertible Loafer

 Courtesy of Nordstroms

These iconic loafers have a collapsible heel that takes them from traditional loafers to comfortable mules that makes flights a little more comfortable. At more than $800, they’re not inexpensive by any stretch of the imagination, but if you’re looking for a pair of versatile investment shoes to last for years, these might be the pair for you. The horsebit hardware is a retro throwback that’s been popular since the 1950s but looks just as chic today as it ever has—and they’re still made in Italy to this day. 

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Best Flats: Everlane The Day Glove

Everlane The Day Glove

Courtesy of Everlane

Dress it up or dress it down, Everlane’s elegantly casual take on an all-purpose ballet flat gives dresses, cropped jeans, and skirts a stylish flair while also going with absolutely anything. Made from 100 percent Italian leather, they’re made to last—because there’s nothing worse than having a sole of a flat split while you’re walking around all day on a trip. Per their name, the shoes are also supple enough to mold around your foot, so you feel snug and supported all day long. The flats come in a range of soft shades, including caramel, white, and embossed snake—so there’s a shade for every vacation outfit you’re packing.

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Best Sandals: Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed Sandals

Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed Sandals

Courtesy of Nordstroms 

Good German engineering extends to shoes, too. Birkenstocks have been a classic for decades now, and it’s no surprise: these supportive sandals are comfortable, durable, and neutral enough to be the sole sandals you pack for a holiday in the sun. And talk about timeless: the design has barely changed over the years, but they still look as iconic as ever. One tip: buy them from a reputable site like Nordstrom—counterfeit Birkenstocks have been known to surface on Amazon's marketplace. It’s not worth saving a few bucks for knock-offs of these, since it’s about so much more than looks.

06 of 09

Best Sneakers: Adidas Vegan Superstar Shoes

Adidas Vegan Superstar Shoes

 Courtesy of Adidas

Adidas’ vegan takes on their iconic sneakers are just as comfy and stylish as the leather ones—but without any animal-based materials. These all-white sneakers can take you from sightseeing to happy hour when you’re traveling, and have a soft feel to keep your feet comfortable as you rack up the miles. The Superstar shoes also have a little more lift in the sole, which is handy for longer skirts and dresses if you're on the shorter side. Plus, they're made from a lot of recycled materials—including paper for the shoelaces.

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Best Water Shoes: Bridawn Water Socks

If you’re just grabbing a pair of water shoes for vacation, they probably don’t need to cost a ton of money—after all, you might only wear them for a day or two every year or so. Enter Bridawn’s water socks, which come in at less than $10. If the price wasn’t great enough, they deliver when it comes to comfort and quality: they are packable, lightweight, and incredibly comfortable for a day spent swimming on slightly rocky beaches or paddling around in a kayak.

While you might not be able to get away with wearing these shoes to the bar, the soles are thick enough to protect you from having pebbles stab your feet—and there are drainage holes in each sole to help them dry out after that last dip in the ocean. They come in a ton of colors (including hot pink and dark red) and are unisex as well, so you can grab a pair for everyone in the family.

08 of 09

Best Boot: Dr. Martens Flora Chelsea Boots

Doc Martens Flora Chelsea Boots

Courtesy of Doc Martens 

Dr. Martens has been a part of the counterculture—and now mainstream culture—since the 1970s, and they give the classic Chelsea boot a little edge with a smooth polished outer and a sleeker silhouette than their clunkier combat boots. These boots are durable and comfortable, thanks to the company’s legendary air-cushioned sole, and the lighter look pairs well with a variety of outfits (even ones that aren’t built on jeans and leather jackets). They’re also great for a variety of inclement weather: my pair have held up and kept me dry and upright in rain, sleet, snow, and ice. Plus, the Chelsea style makes taking these off and on a cinch.

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Best Slip Ons: Bogs Kicker Loafer

Bogs Kicker Loafer

 Courtesy of Bogs

Nothing can ruin a day on vacation like getting caught in a shower and walking around all afternoon with soggy shoes and socks. Enter these slip-on loafers, which look like your favorite casual sneakers—but with a twist: they’re water-resistant, so your feet stay comfortable and supported when the weather isn’t looking its finest. They’re made with a NeoTech upper that repels water, have antiodor technology so things don’t get stinky on humid days, and an algae-based cushioned footbed so you have the energy to make it another mile or two before dinner. Plus, they come in a cute range of colors including stone blue, pale sage, and black.

Why Trust TripSavvy? 

Krystin Arneson has been traveling around the world almost a decade. Now living in Berlin, she’s often spending months traveling in other countries like Italy, Mexico, and Vietnam. As a fan of walking at every opportunity, she racks up the miles (or kilometers) quickly, whether she’s running errands in Kreuzberg or wandering in London. Safe to say, she knows good shoes—especially after a few years spent writing fashion stories for publications like Glamour and TripSavvy, and spending several hours researching the latest models for this story.

What to Look for in Women's Travel Shoes

Type of Shoe: Travel shoes tend to get a bad rap for being clunky, bulky, sneaker-like shoes—but that’s not the case anymore. From stylish slip-ons to cute leather ankle boots, there’s a pair out there for everyone’s style. Plan your itinerary ahead of time and figure out what kind of shoe will best match the vibe of the trip.

Cost: The sky’s the limit when it comes to buying shoes, and figuring out how much you want to spend on them is critical. Our advice? Miserable feet make for miserable trips, so it’s worth extra money for shoes that feel like cushions rather than clompers. After all, if your feet aren't killing you, then you might not have to spring for an expensive taxi.

Wearability: Decide whether you plan on wearing these beyond your travels. If you purchase a pair that can transition into your everyday wardrobe—meaning they’re both comfortable and versatile enough in style—then their value goes way up.

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