Travel Channel Editors Share Their Favorite Footwear
These trusty shoes come with us on every trip.
Shoes can make or break a vacation, especially one that requires a lot of walking. The last thing you want to do is to cut a day of sightseeing short because your aching, blistered feet just can’t take it anymore. Finding footwear that’s comfortable, versatile and easy to pack can be tricky, so we’re sharing our top picks to make it easier. Treat your feet right on your next trip with shoes that Travel Channel editors swear by.
Tieks Ballet Flats
"Any time I take a trip, my black Tieks are absolutely essential. They’re super comfortable, they go with every outfit and they can be folded in half to allow for painless packing in even the smallest of bags." — Alley Loope, Editorial Intern
Sanuk Sidewalk Surfers
"I never go on a trip without my Sanuks. They’re easy to slip on and off, they're quick-dry (so I can go from water to land), they’re comfortable and they go with any casual outfit. I’ve had mine for almost a decade and they’re still in great shape." — Farima Alavi, Assistant Editor
Sanuk Yoga Slings
"The footbed is made from a real yoga mat if that tells you anything about their comfort level. Knowing I would be taking off my shoes often in Thailand, I bought these both for comfort and convenience. They’re lightweight, comfortable and easy to clean. Plus, they pack flat." — Kayla Kitts, Managing Editor
Nike Roshe One Sneakers
"My go-to footwear when traveling is my pair of Nikes. They’re super comfortable and lightweight. Plus, they’re versatile for outfit planning. I’m usually not a fan of wearing running shoes with non-athletic clothing, but since the design of this pair is so simple and sleek, I can usually pull them off with jeans or even a casual t-shirt dress.” — Laura James, Assistant Editor
Okabashi Wave Sandals
"Comfortable, with a massaging insole, and stylish too, these partially recycled shoes are great for the beach or summer vacations (they're waterproof, too) and are dishwasher safe so you can easily clean them up." — Felicia Feaster, Managing Editor
Rockport Waterproof Booties
"These shoes are attractive, easy to walk in whether traversing city streets or going off-road and perfect for sliding on and off when traveling through TSA or even on the plane." — Felicia Feaster, Managing Editor
Skechers Classic Cup Sneakers
"A good old pair of black-and-white slip-on Skechers. I’ve walked all over Manhattan and London in them without a blister or an ache. They’re dressier than plain lace-up sneakers so they look cute with a skirt, you can easily slip them off and on at the airport, and if your feet swell from flying or too much walking, Skechers are stretchy so they don’t hurt." — Jackie McGilvray, Editor
Chaco Classic Sandals
"If it’s warm enough to wear sandals, Chacos are my go-to shoe for pretty much everything; they’ve gotten me through music festivals, amusement park trips, hiking adventures and much more. They offer the best support of any shoe I own, so I don’t have to worry about tired feet putting a damper on my trip. With more than 160 strap designs (from basic black to more vibrant patterns), there’s a pair for any style." — Shannon Petrie, Managing Editor
Arriving at your final destination to find your necklaces tangled or broken can ruin the best of vacations. Before embarking, unlatch, string half the necklace through a drinking straw and re-clasp on the outside. Small ones work for thin gold chains while smoothie straws are great for thicker strands.
For the Shopaholics
If you’re traveling with the intent of shopping, consider packing a suitcase within a suitcase. If you don’t, you’ll end of buying another (probably overpriced) suitcase for the return flight. And chances are you won’t use it again. We packed a week’s worth of clothes that fit into one carry-on bag within a 22-inch rolling suitcase.