“One day, I’m going to travel the world!” A common goal among those of us in the younger generation is to seek life-changing experiences through travel. Whether or not we have fulfilled this dream, our interest in travel is rooted in a desire to see the world and understand new cultures. There is still so much to explore and understand. We will not be confined by our own societal interpretations of the world. Our open-mindedness is what makes us unique and fuels our passion for life. 

We’d be lying if we didn't acknowledge the deeply influential social network that constantly pressures us to do more and be more. We have seen multiple stories, videos, photos of our friends and family members exploring the world. Breathtaking photos of influencers swamp our feeds and leave us yearning for more. Whatever the case, we understand the importance of creating a social media presence. Wherever we go in our travels, we need to constantly be ready for a photo opportunity to share our experiences with the world. In this article, we have outlined our expert advice on the packing lists, the best travel shoes, and top destinations to explore by foot. 

Key Sections

  • The Dreaded Packing List
  • Top 3 Characteristics of the Best Travel Shoes 
  • Top 10 Best Places to Explore by Foot 

The Dreaded Packing List (Only THREE Pairs of Shoes!)  

So many options and so little space! An exciting trip turns to stress as you have to limit your wardrobe to only one suitcase. Making the most of the limited space is key to successful preparation. And remember, you will want to leave a little empty space for souvenirs too. 

We suggest packing a total of three pairs of shoes that can be used repeatedly throughout the trip. Narrowing down your options to three pairs can be difficult. You’ve always dreamt about wearing your Louis Vuitoon heels as you pose outside the Trevi fountain. But when you travel you have to balance beauty with practicality. We understand the stress of finding practical but stylish walking shoes for travel—you want to make a statement even while you are traveling. Luckily, we have put together an informative shoe and travel guide that will help you best prepare for your next trip. 

Top 3 Characteristics of the Best Travel Shoes 

Whether you desire rouge fashion or high-end looks, leather sneakers are often thought of as the best travel shoes. For men or women, these sneakers can easily be amended to your personal branding and style. They’re comfortable and provide protection for your feet as you explore unknown areas. Most importantly, leather sneakers follow our three criterias for selecting the best shoes for travel: versatility, fashionability, and durability. 

Versatility: Goes with Multiple Outfits

Simplicity and minimalism is the goal when trying to match shoes with multiple outfits.  Leather sneakers are quite versatile because they can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Choose to wear them with a pair of black slacks or ripped blue jeans. Either way, these shoes contribute to a chic look while providing a wide variety of outfit options. 

Select designs and colors that are conservative, but entertaining. You may consider buying a pair of low-top women’s capri nuvola that combines grey/beige leather and suede in the same shade. This refined look literally goes with anything in your wardrobe. You also might want to try a pair of white high-tops designed to slim the foot. Wear on repeat from the Louvre in Paris to the outdoor markets in Canada. 

The ultimate trick to buying stylish walking shoes for travel is to choose quality over anything else. If your sneakers look high-end, you are going to rock them no matter what outfit you pair them with. Leather sneakers add dimension and interest to your outfit selection. These sneakers are the definition of versatility. They can truly take you anywhere you want to go. 

Fashionability: Keeps You Looking Great

During your travels, you should wear shoes that make you feel confident and energetic. Be ready for any photo opportunity that might present itself without overthinking every outfit. A great pair of sneakers will not only adapt to every outfit, but it will do so with impeccable style. 

For the more adventurous, choose a leather sneakers that puts you on the crossroads of vintage and modern. For guys, you man choose a brown leather sneaker that combines casual styles with a respected twist. As a classic color, these brown leather sneakers will be a companion to all outdoor explorations. For women, you may choose the white platform sneakers that add height without the discomfort of heels. Of course, because shoes don’t have gender, all styles are created to fit the interest of both males and females. 

Durability: Supports Your Active Feet 

A synonym for travel is sore feet (I mean— maybe not in the thesaurus but in our minds). The last thing you want is to spend all day inside the hotel because your feet got too many blisters the day before. You’ve spent hours of time and money preparing for this trip to even let one good day go to waste. The good news is that you can choose durability without giving up style.

The best shoes for travel will be made with top grade materials. When choosing a pair of shoes, find out the quality and type of leather the company selects. One way to do this is to check out the company’s production process to see if your shoes’ quality will support hours of walking, wandering, and discovering. 

Even if you have top quality shoes, don’t forget to break them in before you leave for your trip. After a few wears, the leather will conform to your foot creating a more personalized comfort. You can break in your shoes by taking short walks or wearing them on errands around town. 

Top 10 Best Places to Explore by Foot 

Once you have your stylish walking shoes for Europe, it’s time to start exploring. The best way to immerse yourself in the beauty of new cities and locations is by foot. Walking around and interacting with locals helps you soak in the good vibes and exotic atmosphere of your destination. We have outlined 10 of the best places to explore by foot. From educational museums, and aquariums to light hiking up to suspension bridges, your leather shoes will lead you to incredible heights and unforgettable experiences. 

Paris, France

Paris—the “City of Light.” From night to day, you will want to take advantage of all the sweet spots that Paris has to offer. Of course you will need to see the famous Eiffel Tower. However, Paris has much more to offer than merely it’s towering icon. Jump off the tour bus and start heading down the street towards the Champs-Elysees, one of the most beautiful avenues in the world. During your stroll, you will encounter museums, elegant restaurants, and if you are lucky, cemeteries with world famous artists such as Manet and Debussy. Consider walking the narrow streets of the Ile Saint-Louis. Or enjoy a scoop of ice cream from Paris’s most famous ice-cream maker—Berthillon. 

Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver has plenty of local spots to explore on foot. Check out Granville Island which is home to the Public Market. As you walk around the island, you will find theaters, craft studies, and artisan worships. Once you have finished exploring all parts of the island, head over to Stanley Park. Stanley Park is home to a 20-mile-long seawall that follows Vancouver's waterfront. This is a great trail for walking or biking to bask in the beauty of the great outdoors. Just north of the park and above the Capilano River, take a walk on the Capilano suspension bridge. 

Boston, Massachusetts 

Home to many American historical sites, you will want to schedule a walking tour or make time to explore the historical freedom trail. The freedom trail takes you past historic graveyards, churches, buildings, and ground markers including Paul Reverees’ home. Explore Boston harbor by foot to relish in the natural beauty of the coastline and the beautiful lighthouse that dot the coast. Don’t forget to make a stop at one of the local pizza shops to fill up on some boston style pizza. 

New York City

New York City has so much to offer in such a compact area. Take to the street to enjoy some of the finest dining and museums New York has to offer. Make your way to the Broadway music house or take a stroll through Grand Central Park. As you walk past towering skyscrapers, enjoy encounters with various street vendors ranging from classic musicians to New York style hot dogs. There is never a dull moment exploring New York City. Oh, and did we mention the shopping? You could even make a stop at our store (shameless plug). 

Florence, Italy

Italy, home to some of the best leather craftsmanship in the world. This peaceful country is full of history, nature, art, and architecture. Taking Florence by foot is especially important because some areas do not allow driving. Put on your good walking shoes and explore the breathtaking buildings such as the Santa Maria or the Baptistery of St. John.  Next you might choose to browse the little shops on the ancient Ponte Vecchio, an extremely famous and old bridge. Enjoy Italy’s beautiful infrastructure and nature by walking around Boboli Gardens. Come prepared because you will spend hours of your feet tracing the steps of great artists that have come before. 

Edinburg, Scotland 

As another popular European destination, Edinburgh is a center for culture and arts. This destination is most known for having some of the world’s largest festivals. Located at the center of the city, walk down the Royal Mile lined with restaurants, shops, and pubs. Pack a good camera because you’ll want to show all your friends the multiple castles you traversed during your time in Scotland. Feel like royalty as you walk inside the great halls of ancient castles. 

Marrakech, Morocco

A smaller, more compact destination is located in Marrakech, Morocco. Full of religious historical sites, start your journey by exploring the former Islamci school, Ben Youssef Madrasa. Afterwards, meander through the streets of Medina as you encounter the locals selling unique goods and exotic foods. By getting up close and interacting with the locals, you can come to love and understand the unique culture that exists in Marrakech. 

Buenos Aires, Argentina 

In the heart of South America, step into the heart warming culture of the Argentine people. Begin by taking in the views at Iguazu Falls, a cascade of multiple waterfalls surrounded by lush green vegetation. Explore another known national park filled with massive glaciers. Once you have enjoyed nature’s splendor, head to the city to partake of the authentic argentine food and festivities. Check out “La Boba,” a street full of colorful houses. After working up an appetite, don’t forget to try some of the worlds best empanadas in La Morad. 

Jerusalem, Israel 

Known as the “Holy Land,” this destination is rich in religious history and worship. If you are planning on visiting Jerusalem, choose shoes that are conservative and follow other dress guidelines to show respects for places of sacred meaning. Walking will often be the most convenient mode of transportation to enjoy these religious sites. Take a walk through the holy land and visit major sites such as the Garden of Gethsemane, the Mount of Olives, the Temple Mount and Dome of Rock. Then, head over to the Mahane Yehuda market to sample food items and interact with some of the locals. 

Dubrovnik, Croatia 

Croatia is a great location for travels because everything is in walking distance. Start by exploring the iconic King’s landing as seen in the “Game of Thrones.” Then explore one of the many little beaches Croatia has to offer with opportunities to kayak. Without getting your shoes wet, you can kayak through some intriguing caves and if you’re lucky, you might see some marine life. Head back to the beach to grab a bite to eat from local vendors and restaurants waiting to serve amazing food.

Conclusion 

There is no limit to where KOIO’s can take you. Put on your best travel shoes and start exploring some of the most beautiful and unique places this world has to offer.