You arrive at your much anticipated destination after months of meticulous planning yet by the end of the first day of touring your feet are blistered and worn. Great travel shoes are an essential for the journey, but an often overlooked accessory when planning a trip.

Seasoned travelers know a good shoe is as important as any other clothing related item packed in a suitcase.

History of Shoes

Shoes have been an essential part of day-to-day life since as far back as 3300 BC when the construction was simply a rawhide strip laced with a leather cord along seams on the front and back.  It wasn’t until the mid-20th century with the advances of plastics, rubber and industrial adhesives that we began to consider the comfort of a shoe of primary importance.

Take Time When Choosing Travel Shoes

Timing the purchase of new travel shoes is as equally relevant as the type of shoe purchased. Don’t leave this until the week before a trip as you may discover even a great travel shoe needs time to be seasoned and broken in. Shoes are unique and each will offer varying degrees of comfort, so find out which shoes work best for you. Quality is one factor but any leather shoe needs time to soften so feet don’t suffer from blisters or discomfort. Shopping at a reliable shoe store means experts can help fit you into the right shoe.

Travel Shoes can be Chic!

Walking shoes have come a long way thanks in part to manufacturers such as Ecco, Naot and Josef Seibel, each designing with a mind toward fashion as well as construction.  Some walking shoes are designed with heels to help you transition from day to evening.  And with an array of fashionable colors and luxurious finishes to complement any attire, there’s no need to chose between comfort and style any longer.

by Carol Smyth