The Only Three Pairs of Shoes You Need on Your Next Vacation


One of the most difficult things with planning to travel is figuring out what to pack and what to wear on our vacations. With the outrageous baggage fees some airlines are charging, you can bet we’re definitely going to try to squeeze every single little necessity into our carry-ons. With such limited packing space, we have to be strategic when planning our ultimate vacation wardrobes. This, of course, extends to shoes, too.

We’re often left wondering “what sort of shoes should I wear?”… “how are they going to be comfortable enough for the ridiculous amount of walking I’m planning on doing?”… “how many pairs should I even pack?”

We’ve got the answer to all of those questions with the three ultimate types of shoes for any vacation. You won’t need to pack anymore as the three pairs will be able to get you from point A to point B no matter where you’re going or what you’re doing.

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The “I-Never-Knew-I-Needed-These” waterproof shoes

Why: No matter where you’re going, you shouldn’t be caught without a pair of waterproof shoes. Of course, the type of shoe is going to change depending on climate, season, or even accommodations… but the waterproof shoe can be your travel saviour. Going to a place with a wet climate? Rainboots will help you handle substantial downpours. Hitting the beach? Sandals will ensure you’re not cutting your feet on any rocks at the shoreline. Staying in a hostel? Slippers will help you avoid the potential (and scary) risk of getting foot fungus from the shared showers.

Top Pick: Hunter Women’s Original T-Bar Sandals ($130,

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The slip-on sneaker

It’s pretty obvious why a jetsetter would need a great pair of walking shoes. If you had to do with one pair on your own journey, make sure they can go the distance (quite literally). Keep in mind your itinerary. If you’re sticking to city streets, most breathable sneakers will do the trick. However if you’re exploring outside the city centre though (read: dirt roads, cobblestone), ensure the soles have a good grip. Slip-ons in particular make airport security a bit faster, too, but you may want to keep a stash of sockettes with you. There’s nothing worse than walking barefoot through a highly trafficked zone.

Top Pick: VANS Metallic Leather Slip-ons ($85,

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The sneakily comfortable heel

Why: A good vacation shouldn’t be without a night out or two. Since most involve a bit of a trek though, avoid the sky high pumps and opt for something stylish and most importantly comfortable. Know your day is going to be jam-packed and you won’t be able to head back to your hotel room? Pack a pair of foldable flats in your purse so you can take your look up a notch without a 12 hour commitment.

Top Pick: Rockport Total Motion Pointed Toe Pumps ($150,