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November 02, 2016

These Shoes Are Made for Walkin'

As we get older, our shoe needs change a bit and we find that the shoes we could get away with wearing in our 20’s, 30’s and even 40’s are a potentially disastrous choice now. Bringing the wrong pair of shoes on vacation with you could ruin your trip if they’re hurting your feet. The wrong footwear can or even cause damage that you spend months recovering from. That’s not the kind of souvenir you want from your vacation!

To help prevent a shoe tragedy, we did some homework for you and came up with a list of shoes that reflect the comfort, durability and style you need for happy, tireless, traveling feet.

Tom’s Classic Canvas Slip-On

These are wildly popular—and for good reason! They’re versatile and go with just about anything, plus they’re:

  • Classic
  • Supportive
  • Lightweight
  • Breathable
  • Washable
  • Available in a ton of fun colors and prints

Imagine kicking around Paris in something like this! Perfect!

Easy Spirit Ellicott Walking Shoes

Not only are these stylish and come in a variety of nice colors, they have many other features that make them fantastic for travel:

  • Orthotic friendly
  • Great arch support
  • Great on cobblestone streets
  • Lightweight
  • Breathable
  • Zipper closure makes them easy on and off at airport security

These would be great for a trek just about anywhere!

Keen Women’s Rose Leather

These are wonderfully functional sandals with great style. We chose these because they’re:

  • Great for varying terrain
  • Waterproof
  • Easy to clean
  • Genuine leather
  • Made with a compression molded EVA midsole
  • Great for situations where you need good traction
  • Adjustable and easy to get on and off

Wear them in sunny Portugal or Costa Rica with a dress or shorts. They work with both!

New Balance 990

Podiatrists recommend that mature folks consider wearing running shoes for walking long distances. Running shoes are made for all types of feet and offer extra cushioning overall. New Balance makes this particularly stable and cushy pair.

Other features include:

  • May be eligible for Medicare reimbursement
  • Breathable
  • Stable
  • Genuine Leather
  • Lightweight

Put these on and go exploring anywhere! Italy perhaps? Ireland?

L.L. Bean Women’s Comfort Mocs®, Mary Jane

These are some of L.L. Bean’s most popular shoes. They’re versatile in black or brown and the Mary Jane style makes them easy to take on and off.

Other great features:

  • Water resistant
  • Lined with soft material
  • Lightweight
  • Flexible
  • Provide great traction

These would be great for a springtime river cruise or for checking out a great city like New York or London.

Ahnu Montara, Montara Boot

Hiking boots are important if you’re expecting to enjoy an outdoor adventure that involves some nature trails. We like these for the following benefits:

  • Waterproof
  • Protected toes
  • Great traction
  • Genuine leather
  • Lightweight
  • Balanced for an even stride

These are perfect for Iceland, Alaska, Chile’s Patagonia, National Parks—anyplace where rugged terrain is the theme of the day.

Remember that everyone is different and a shoe that works for one person, might not work for another. Think about your specific needs and go from there. If you need a higher arch support, choose shoes that offer that. If you have heel pain, pick something with extra cushion there. Whatever you choose, make sure that you wear them at home for a while first. Breaking them in is key to to avoiding discomfort.

Happy walking!!

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