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The 12 Best Shoes to Wear on Vacation This Summer: Supportive Sandals, Cushioned Sneakers and More

Plus, the features to look for to help you avoid painful blisters

If you have a big summer trip approaching that you’ve been looking forward to all year, you are starting to plan what to pack! And if you are heading somewhere that will require nonstop walking, you will want to pack a pair of reliable, comfortable shoes that not only keep your feet pain-free all day but are also stylish. The comfort aspect is even more important if you are over 50, as our feet need more support as we get older. That’s why we rounded up the best shoes to wear on vacation for women over 50 that will keep you comfortable and stable with every step you take — and you will look fabulous doing it! From arch support options to waterproof finds, keep reading for our top vacation shoes picks.

What to look for in vacation shoes

A pair of uncomfortable shoes can ruin your day by wreaking havoc on your feet. And on vacation, that’s the last thing you want happening! Thankfully, you can prevent aches and pains, blisters and swelling with proper shoes that specifically address your feet concerns. Here, the top features to look for in a pair of shoes for sightseeing, going to the beach and more.

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1. Arch support

The older we get, the more at risk we are for the arch of our feet to “fall flat.” This can be painful and uncomfortable and may require some extra arch support. And if you are on your feet a lot and standing often (as we may be on vacation), you are even more in need of arch support.

2. Cushioning

For long days, you’ll want extra cushioning. Our feet also lose cushioning as we age, so looking for shoes that have special padding, memory foam or other cushion technology is a plus.

3. Breathability or moisture-wicking abilities

If you’re traveling somewhere warm, you don’t want to worry about your feet excessively sweating (which can lead to unpleasant odors). To prevent this, look for shoes that are lightweight and breathable. Or find a pair that have properties like moisture-wicking technology or odor-control.

4. A pair that feels secure

If you’re skipping the beach and doing activities like hiking or lots of walking, you’ll want shoes that are secure. Look for features like ankle straps or adjustable Velcro straps.

12 best shoes to wear on vacation for women over 50

Keep scrolling to see our favorite vacation shoes from slip on sandals to walking sneakers and more that are both stylish and comfortable.

Best shoes to wear on vacation: Sandals

OTBT Sierra Sandal

OTBT Sierra Sandal

These sandals have a cult following because of their chic design and ultra-comfortable foam midsole and Step Lite foam footbed. And in neutral color options, they’re easy to pair with any kind of outfit so packing is made simpler.

Teva Voya Infinity

Teva Voya Infinity

Also a fan-favorite, these sandals feature elastic lacing for extra stretch and flexibility, which make them so easy to slip on and off. Plus, they have arch support that forms to your foot and peppermint-based odor treatment to keep shoes from smelling. In other words, they check all our boxes for the best shoes to wear on vacation.

Crocs Brooklyn Low Wedge Sandal

Crocs Brooklyn Low Wedge Sandal

These aren’t your typical Crocs. The platform bottom, secure back strap and trendy design look stylish, and feel will keep feet happy all day. They have a 4.6-star rating on DSW out of over 3,000 reviewers. And they feature a foam footbed and deep heel cup for added support.

Reef Cushion Rem Hi

Reef Cushion Rem Hi

We can’t think of a more fun sandal for a summer vacation, with the bright pink colorway on this pair. But don’t worry, they come in 14 color options (including neutrals) if you want something a bit more toned down. Best of all, they feature arch support, a secure heel strap, bouncy footbed and heel support.

Clarks Alda Strap Off

Clarks Alda Strap Off

For a pair of sandals that look and feel luxe, opt for this Clarks’ option. They have an adjustable side strap and contour cushion footbed, and the brand is known for being ultra comfortable.

Best shoes to wear on vacation: Sneakers

Thursday Boot Co. Premier Low Top
Thursday Boot Co

Thursday Boot Co. Premier Low Top

These sneakers are the perfect vacation pair to pack in your bag as the casual design goes with anything! Plus, they have shock-absorbent footbeds to handle loads of walking.

New Balance 1080
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New Balance 1080

Planning a morning run on your trip? These running shoes are raved about for their comfortable foam midsole and breathable mesh upper. And they are equally stylish and comfortable to wear for regular sightseeing as well.

Dr. Scholl's Time Off Sneaker
Dr. Scholl's

Dr. Scholl’s Time Off Sneaker

TikTok and other social media platforms have been filled with videos singing the praises of these sneakers. Why? They are versatile and extremely comfortable. They feature flexible, grippy outsoles, anti-microbial and anti-odor insole technology and arch support and they are easy to clean if you get them dirty on vacation.

Best shoes to wear on vacation: Slip-ons

Clarks Elizabelle Way Sandal
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Clarks Elizabelle Way Sandal

These chic strappy sandals have a foam footbed and flexible, grippy soles, and can easily be dressed up or down.

Frye Melanie Slip-On
Frye

Frye Melanie Slip-On

Need a good day shoe that you can just slip on and go? These are the pair for you. Despite being an enclosed shoe, they won’t make feet feel overly hot or sweaty.

Reef Sunny Arrianah
Reef

Reef Sunny Arrianah

These take slides to a whole new level. They look so luxe but cost less than $100. They’re also lightweight and ultra comfortable and have both cushion and rebound support.

Ecco Cozmo Platform Two-Strap Sandal
Ecco

Ecco Cozmo Platform Two-Strap Sandal

Whether you’re headed to the pool or sightseeing, these slides will be your new best friend. The footbed follows the shape of your foot for comfort all day, and they have adjustable straps on the top for extra security.


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