4 Footwear Choices When Traveling Light

4 Footwear Choices When Traveling Light, hiking shoes
When you're traveling light, you'll want to pay special consideration to the shoes you chose to bring. It's pretty easy to pick up t-shirts, underwear, shorts, pants, socks, and toiletries on the road, but a good pair of travel shoes (and at a decent price) may be harder to come by. Besides, there's nothing quite as comfortable as a pair of broken-in shoes to make traveling so much nicer.

Here are 4 Footwear Choices When Traveling Light

The Classic Sneaker
If your trip doesn't require dress shoes or any other type of specialty shoe, consider a pair of classic sneakers. This category includes Chuck Taylors from Converse, the Old Skool line from Vans, the Samba Classic from Adidas, the Serrano from Onitsuka Tiger, and various re-issued retro styles from brands such as Puma, Nike, and Reebok.

The beauty of a pair of classic sneakers is that they can be as dressed up or dressed down as you make them. In fact, Converse even markets a line of their Chuck Taylors as wedding sneakers. Also, they don't take up much room in your luggage if you want to bring them along as a secondary pair of shoes.

The Urban Boot
One of the most versatile shoes for traveling is a comfortably worn-in pair of Dr. Martens. The Dr. Martens brand is known for making stylish slip-resistant shoes for men and women since 1901, and a pair of their boots can be worn in a variety of contexts, from semi-formal to casual. If the 1990s taught us nothing else, we learned that "Docs" (as they're called by fans of the brand) could be worn with shorts, jeans, chinos, dresses, and even formal suits. 

Since a pair of Docs can take up more space in your luggage than most of the shoes listed here, wear them as you travel and pack a lighter secondary style of shoe. Once you break in a pair of Docs, they'll be more than comfortable enough for travel days.

Docs come in many styles, including classic lace-up boots of varying heights, Chelsea-style boots, Oxford-style low-tops, sandals, tassel loafers, Mary Janes, brogue-style shoes, and slip-ons. The company makes vegan alternatives in many of the styles.

Low-Profile Hiking Shoes
Another popular shoe choice for those traveling light are low-profile hiking shoes. Youheum Son, a minimalism life coach whose YouTube channel "Heal Your Living" inspires viewers to find joy in living more simply, often recommends a barefoot-style shoe as part of an overall goal of being more mindful while walking. "I try my best not to stomp, drag, or walk unevenly," she writes. "I also practice natural and organic movement through hiking, long-distance walking, gardening, and other activities."

Some of her recommendations have included the Merrell Vapor Glove 3, Vivobarefoot sandals, Ahinsa Bare Ankle Lifo+ vegan boots, and a few options from a company called Xero Shoes.

Sandal Territory
4 Footwear Choices When Traveling Light, Flip flops
For some, the measure of a terrific vacation is not having to wash any socks when you get back. If you're going to the beach or a tropical climate, you may need little else for your feet than a pair of flip flops or sandals. But sandals can be useful in other climates and terrains, such as summer in New Mexico or Colorado.

Again, your personal style dictates the brand. California surfers often gravitate towards flip flops from Rainbow Sandals, a company from Orange County, California. Customers tend to love Rainbow Sandals because the shoes mold to their feet over time, making them incredibly comfortable.

Then there are Birkenstock sandals. These classics used to be relegated to hippies, but they're becoming more fashionable now that more people are discovering how amazingly comfortable they are once they're broken in.

And don't forget the original Chaco sandals! The company has been around since its inception in 1989 by a Colorado rafting guide, and the sandals were created to be used both in and out of water.

We hope you find this article on 4 footwear choices when traveling light will help you prepare for your next adventure! Do you have a favorite travel shoe? Let us know in the comments.

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