From my go-to adventure sandals to the only rain boots worth traveling with, these shoes literally keep me on my toes.

I am one of those travelers who would rather walk the 2.5 miles from Saint-Germain-des-Prés to Montmartre than take the metro, just to soak up the feel of every arrondissement and sample a chocolate croissant from any Parisian patisserie I come by along the way. I am a firm believer in exploring on foot, and I’ve had enough trip-shattering blisters and cracks in my heels to know which shoes are cut out for the job and which aren’t.

As a tireless walker, sandal enthusiast, and style-driven comfy shoe snob (truly a restrictive combination), I’ve tried the gamut and narrowed my current rotation to these eight tried-and-true styles.

Chaco Z Sandals


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The first time I wore these Chaco Z sandals was on an hour-long hike on varied terrain in the Arizona desert. They gripped the sandstone and provided a cushiony barrier between my feet and the rock. Hiking boots would have been covered in red sand, impossible to clean off, but I threw these Chacos in the sink of my hotel room and voila! They were clean and dry by dinner. I daresay they’re some of the comfiest adventure sandals I’ve ever worn.

Related: The 9 Best Waterproof Sandals of 2024, Tested and Reviewed

Reebok Women's Club C Walking Shoes


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A versatile and comfy plain-ish white sneaker is a travel must-have in my book. The Club C Reebok style with over 800 five-star ratings on Amazon is suitable for long city jaunts, but it looks a little cooler than your average athletic shoe. The retro aesthetic goes well with any vintage-inspired denim. My one word of warning: Just don’t get them wet. 

Blundstone Vegan Chelsea Boots


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They’re on the pricey side compared to other non-leather Chelsea boots you might find on Amazon, but believe me — your feet will thank you for spending a little extra on quality materials that are soft, breathable, nonrestrictive, shock-absorbing, water-resistant, and everlasting. Mine are three years old now with hardly any signs of wear. I love how comfortable they are and that they move with my feet, even though they aren’t made of genuine leather.

Merrell Moab Speed 2 Hiking Shoes


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I’m an avid hiker who’s cycled through several iterations of the now-classic Merrell Moab boot. One of the more recent versions, the Moab Speed 2, is my current go-to. It has all the beloved features of the original Moab but with 30 percent more foam in the midsole and Vibram TC5+ outsole technology for improved traction and debris-shedding. And the fun colors are a major plus.

Related: The Best Hiking Shoes for Men and Women, Tested and Reviewed

Hunter Original Play Short Boots


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Rain boots are a staple of my wardrobe at home, but I wouldn’t think to travel with them — I mean, considering the size of them … and the weight! — were it not for Hunter’s Play Short style. Hunter-brand wellingtons are known and loved for their durability. I bought my first pair more than 10 years ago and they’re as waterproof now as they were a decade ago, when I was a college student rushing between classes in the rain.

Teva Original Universal Sandal


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While I love my Chacos, the Teva Original Universal Sandal was the first adventure sandal to steal my heart when I was a twentysomething backpacking in New Zealand. I wore them so frequently that my feet tanned around the distinctive velcro straps (“Teva tan”). I’m now on my third pair, and many Amazon reviewers agree with me that they’re some of the best sandals to travel in.

Cushionaire Cork Sandals


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These Birkenstock lookalikes are super comfy, affordable, and made of vegan materials. They have more than 40,000 five-star ratings on Amazon, making them the No. 1 best-seller in women’s slides. At least one pair is sold every hour, on average. They’re ideal for slipping on and walking around in at the hotel.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 Running Shoe


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A versatile tennis shoe is good to always have in your suitcase. You can go for a morning run through the city, take a cool dance class, squeeze in a session at the hotel gym, or go for a hike in these. I have brought them with me on trips when I’ve been amid marathon training, and they’ve kept my feet strong enough to walk around comfortably even after miles of running.

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