Nothing can ruin a great vacation or business trip like a pair of very uncomfortable shoes. For any sort of traveling, it’s important to take along comfortable travel walking shoes. Although your destination town or city might offer efficient transportation services, you’ll likely end up walking to some locations, and you’ll enjoy yourself more if you’re wearing a pair of top travel walking shoes for women that are both comfortable and stylish.
Basic Features and Types
Besides packing a stylish pair of comfortable dress shoes for fancier events, it’s a smart idea to pack two pairs of travel walking shoes. You might get tired of wearing the same shoes every day, or one pair might get damaged or lost. You can take one closed-toe pair and one open-toe pair of walking travel shoes. Different shoes also fit your feet in slightly different ways. However, top travel walking shoes provide comfort and protection, arch support and good padding, and practicality and style. Shoes should also be made out of good material and be well-made. Get used to travel walking shoes before your trip to avoid getting blisters or other aches and pains from new shoes. Do a trial run by walking several miles in the shoes you plan to take on your trip, recommends Rick Steves’ Europe web site.
Style and Fashion
Just because you wear comfortable travel walking shoes, it doesn’t mean they must be unattractive. You should feel proud enough of your walking shoes to wear them into casual restaurants and shops wherever you’re traveling. The Slow Travel website recommends wearing nice-looking travel walking shoes made out of leather while touring Europe. Although Europeans may dress more casually in the 21st century, the typical “running shoe-like walking shoes” that many American women wear for travel are a bit too casual for touring Europe, says Slow Travel. Some tourist spots, such as famous churches, have dress codes and will turn tourists away who aren’t dressed appropriately. Shoe color can be neutral or a color that matches most of your travel clothes. Choose versatile walking shoes that complement your legs when wearing shorts or a skirt. Try travel walking shoes on with different outfits before you pack them for your trip.
Ecco is known for making top travel walking shoes for women. Ecco shoes come in many different colors and styles. Although most Ecco travel walking shoes are designed for outdoor touring, the manufacturer does make dressier travel shoes, such as Ecco Women's Shiver Wedge MaryJane Shoes for $129.95, as of February 2011. The more stylish closed-toe shoe is made with a slight heel and buckled strap, which you can adjust for comfort. It comes in black or barolo, a reddish-brown color, and can be worn with pants, skirts or shorts. Ecco walking shoes of all types are recommended by Rick Steves’ Europe.
Mephisto shoes are touted as “the world’s finest walking shoes” on the company’s website. The company also offers a dressier alternative for typical women’s travel walking shoes. Besides its specific and wide variety of stylish travel walking shoes, all of Mephisto’s shoes are designed for walking comfort, including its sandal and boot styles, as well as its dress shoe options. Select stylish clogs for city touring, such as the Grace for Women shoes at $195, as of February 2011, in a black crinkle patent, black velpony, dark brown velpony or bronze periskin style. Or, select the strappy, low-heeled sandal for touring called Fiona for Women, which comes in black, red or stone colors for $245 as of February 2011. This is another brand recommended by Rick Steves’ Europe as a comfortable but “dressier and more-European-than-sneakers” top travel walking shoe.