Your feet are your best friends so the best travel shoes offer comfort and practicality but are also stylish walking shoes.

That’s a deliberate order for me because, for the traveller who wants to properly explore a destination, comfortable feet are essential. The style is important because you want to look as though you fit into any location rather than stand out because your travel shoes scream tourist. Practicality comes down to how the shoes pack into your suitcase.  They need to be as light as possible and take up little space.

So, for my money, Arcopedico shoes are my best travel shoes but I also don’t leave home without a pair of Birkenstocks EVA sandals.  Made from a lightweight plastic, these are ideal for the beach or places where it rains a lot.  They make comfortable but stylish walking shoes for tropical climates.

Comfort in travel shoes

This brand has comfort nailed with a cunning twin arch system.  I’ve been known to walk up to 20,000 steps in a day while exploring a city (New York 2015) and I wish I had my Arcopedico shoes then.  Wearing Arcopedico shoes, I find I’m the one in the street who is faster than the others, weaving in and out so I can make the early bus home.  I can’t wait to put these to the test in Europe in October.

Having experienced the pain of plantar fasciitis, (inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament most commonly caused by strain injury causing micro tears to the ligament as it attaches to the heel bone or other areas of tightness on the sole) which had me hopping around my hotel room in Munich unable to go out to enjoy a pork hock dinner (insert extreme sad face here), I am extremely conscious of giving my food the right support.

These Spanish shoes were designed by Professor Elio Parodi who wanted to create footwear that would be synonymous with comfort. The result is a combination of a Techno-Elastic upper, an anatomic footbed, and the twin arch support system.  Arcopedico says wearing their shoes will exercise your foot, strengthen the muscles, and ensure more comfort in walking. The tops of your feet will breathe easy, and your soles will want to keep walking long after you’ve stopped.  In my experience, this is entirely correct.

Stylish as well

My leopard print boots top the list when it comes to compliments.  People see them as funky and fun. I see them as comfortable and so easy to team with my wardrobe of basic black.

Adding a splash of colour with a pop of red or orange is another way I liven up the blacks.

Here’s my collection of Arcopedico shoes.

So practical

These shoes are all-rounders for me, and I wear them everywhere, from tramping through muddy rainforest paths to walking city streets to work.  The other shoes in my cupboard are feeling very neglected!  So light, they are nothing to pack and fold down to a small size.  Water-resistant as well, they make the perfect travel shoes.

The inner soles are removable, and the whole shoe is washable.  I put mine in the washing machine on a short cold wash, and they are doing fine.

Wondering what else I take travelling?

Packing a bag and heading off is something I do quite frequently, but it’s still hard to get it right.  Here are some tips from my travel writer friends about what to wear when you travel.


I bought my first pair of Arcopedico shoes because my feet were aching after standing all night at a Doobie Brothers concert.  The second pair was a sale find.  Since then I’ve bought some summer flats and I am now tempted by the new season styles.