Spring is here, and we’re itching to get our travel on! There’s nothing quite like the thrill of getting away from the everyday routine of school or the office to travel somewhere new, exciting or just plain relaxing. And for many of us girls, with spring break or time off just on the horizon, we’ve already begun shopping for cute clothes and accessories to pack for our trip.
However, in between the fun of picking out sweet little beachy dresses or snagging a new pair of shades, we need to remember the importance of selecting the right pair of travel shoes. With all the excitement of planning for a trip, this vital step of selecting comfortable walking shoes for women is often overlooked or not given much thought. And this is a real shame, because the footwear you choose to bring can make or break your trip.
Here’s three common mistakes that most women make when selecting travel shoes, and suggestions on how you can avoid them.
- Not enough support
If you plan on taking a sightseeing or walking tour while you’re on vacation, you will need to make sure that your shoes are up to the task. This means you’ll want to avoid shoes with thin, flimsy bottoms or soles. (Yes, that means you’ll probably want to stay away from those cheap dollar store flip flops.) The most comfortable walking shoes for women feature thick footbeds with plenty of support. Even if you think you already have travel shoes with proper support, it never hurts to double check their quality. If they’re a pair you wear often, they may be worn down on the bottom and not be offering you the support you think they are. If that’s the case, then a new pair of supportive shoes may be in your future.
- Not comfortable
Comfortable walking shoes are a must for women who love to travel. We know you want to look cute while on vacation, but style is simply never worth the suffering, especially when it comes to traveling. Ditch the painful, blister causing footwear and invest in more comfortable options like a cozy pair of sneakers or supportive sandals. And with all fashionable options out on the market today, you should never have to worry about sacrificing style for comfort, or vice versa. Also, don’t be afraid to leave your heels at home. Look instead for cute but comfortable wedges if you’re planning to dress up while on vacation. They will give you the style and height you want without making your feet hurt from extended periods of walking.
- Too heavy
Weight is something that’s often overlooked when choosing comfortable travel shoes for women. No matter how comfortable or supportive they are, if your shoes are too heavy, they can negatively impact your travel experience. If you’re walking around in shoes that put too much additional weight on your foot, your steps will be heavier and you’ll get tired much quicker. Heavy shoes can also weigh down your suitcase, which may make a difference in the amount of money you pay to have your baggage checked before boarding your flight. Avoid these problems by selecting shoes that are as lightweight as they are comfortable.