Packing the right shoes for a vacation can seem like a complicated process. You want footwear that will be stylish and comfortable for the different activities you’ll participate in when traveling, but you don’t want to pack so many styles that dragging your luggage around becomes a chore. This is particularly important to consider as you get older. People over the age of 50 are often prone to discomfort if their shoes don’t match their activity.
That’s why these tips are so valuable. They’ll help you identify exactly which pairs of comfortable boots, sneakers, or sandals are best for your needs.
Keep the Environment in Mind
What type of environment will you be spending most of your time in during your vacation? The right shoes for walking around a city won’t be helpful if you’re hiking up a mountain.
Before you choose which pairs of shoes to pack, consider where you’re going and what you plan to do once you’re there. This makes narrowing down your choices much easier.
The Best City Shoes
Comfortable walking shoes like flats are ideal for a city destination. If the climate of the region is relatively warm, you might also want to pack sturdy sandals.
Mesh sections or breathable materials are also features to consider looking for when choosing shoes. You don’t want to walk around all day in shoes that don’t let your feet breathe a bit. It’s also a good idea to pack shoes with footbeds offering support and shock absorption. Your feet can get very uncomfortable if you spend hours walking on pavement or unforgiving city surfaces without these features.
The Best Backpacking Shoes
Some vacations involve backpacking to various destinations. During these trips, you may not be entirely sure where your vacation will take you. It’s important to pack versatile footwear that will keep you comfortable in a variety of environments.
Finding such a pair is actually easier than you may realize. First, make sure the sole bends when choosing shoes. Soles that don’t bend won’t provide enough support. Again, choose shoes made from breathable materials, and try to find a pair that’s waterproof or water-resistant if possible. Backpacking through areas with moist climates could put you at risk of developing athlete’s foot or similar foot problems if you aren’t wearing the right shoes.
The Best Hiking Shoes
For a hiking vacation, you need durable shoes that provide strong support. However, unlike walking shoes, you don’t want the soles of your hiking boots to bend even a little bit. Boots with bendable soles will put you at a greater risk of injury.
Consider buying hiking boots a half-size larger than your walking shoes. This helps to prevent injury as your foot slides forward while walking down steep declines. If possible, wear the boots regularly for three weeks before your trip to break them in.
The Best Beach Shoes
Some people prefer to relax while on vacation. If you’re going to be spending most of your time at the beach, opt for sandals with thick soles to keep sand away from your feet. Be sure to choose sandals made from durable and bendable materials that won’t get damaged if they’re frequently exposed to water.
When you’re over the age of 50, comfort becomes more important than ever while traveling. That doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. By keeping these tips in mind, you’ll pack shoes that keep you safe, comfortable, and fashionable.
This guest post was graciously provided by Clarissa Rivera, content marketer at Taos Footwear.