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Deciding what footwear to pack for a trip can be difficult. How many pairs of shoes should you take and which to take? For those travellers with room to spare, we have plenty of footwear to choose from.

"Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world." - Marilyn Monroe

Tips

TitleItem TypeDescription
Breathable-

Breathable shoes help release moisture from inside the shoe, helping to keep your feet dry. This can be achieved by having holes that can the moisture can escape through, or material that has no holes, but can absorb moisture and release it on the outside, eg GORE-TEX material. Depending on the humidity levels you are dealing with, this will work to differing degrees.

Durable or Replaceable-

Take footwear that is going to last... or you know can be easily replaced. Having a hole in your shoe is no fun when it is raining, snowing etc.

Foot Odour-

Silver Nanoparticles

  • Silver can kill bacteria (what causes your feet to smell) and super tiny particles of silver have been added to some socks and footwear as an antimicrobial. This article from 2008 New Scientist states there are some concerns about the silver making it way into water after washing and manufacturing, with quite a variance in products, Two brands of sock lost nearly 100% of their silver content within four washings, while two other brands lost less than 1% over the same number of washings.
Multipurpose-

Travellers often need to choose multipurpose shoes to save room and reduce weight in their bags.

Rotate Footwear-

If you can, using different footwear can let another pair air and dry.

Style-

Depending on where you are going and what you will be doing, you may need certain styles of shoes. Think carefully about what you will need.

Waterproof or Quick Drying-

A good option is to take footwear that will keep your feet dry when you are facing watery conditions and that can dry quickly. Keeping your feet dry reduces your chances of fungal infections on your feet.

Packing Items

Item TypeSelect
Dancing Shoes

Shoes you wear for dancing.

Golf Shoes

Shoes designed to reduce sliding while swinging a golf club, often incorporating extensions to grip into the ground.

Shower Footwear

Slip on sandals or thongs to that should be non slip and protect the feet from shower floors. May contain holes in the sole to allow water flow.

Cycling Shoes

Purpose built for riding bicycles and sometimes with a special attachment mechanism to a pedal.

Tennis Shoes

Shoes that were designed with tennis in mind, but have become daily wear.

High Boots

Long boots that can reach as far as the knee or thigh area.

Dress/Formal Shoes

Shoes designed to be worn at a smart casual or formal event and may be required to fit certain dress codes.

Flats

Shoes with at most a very thin heel and sometimes referred to as ballet shoes.

Slippers/Moccasins

A slip on shoe that is typically worn indoors.

Work Boots

Normally a hardy boot that can protect the feet from impact and compression during work.

Water Shoes

Flexible tight fitting shoes that can protect the feet from cuts and abrasion when treading on harsh surfaces like rocks in watery areas.

Duck Boots

A waterproof boot with a rubber lower section and an leather or waterproof textile upper.

Ugg Boots

A boot with a sheep skin exterior and fluffy fleece inside.

Rain Boots

Enclosed boots that are normally fairly high and provide water protection.

High Heels

Footwear where the heel of the foot is raised significantly higher than the toe to promote height and accentuation of the calf muscle.

Basketball Shoes

Normally a boot like construction with ankle support and upper. Designed with jumping, starting, stopping and quickly moving laterally in mind.

Running Shoes

Shoes that tend to have more cushioning in the heel where impact occurs during running and less in the ball of the foot compared to walking shoes.

Sandals

Open footwear that consists or a sole that is held to the foot using straps or bands.

Mid Heels

Shoes where the heel is moderately raised above the level of the toe.

Loafers

A step in slip on shoe with no lacing or fasteners with a low or no heel.

Walking Shoes

If you are doing long walks, a pair of shoes specifically designed for walking can save you a lot of foot pain. Running shoes are not necessarily designed with walking in mind.

Boat Shoes

Alternatively known as a deck shoe and normally canvas or leather shoe with a sole that doesn't mark surfaces. Originally designed for working on the deck of a boat, but sometimes worn as a casual shoe.

Hiking Boots

Boots that provide protection and support for feet and ankles during walking activities. Sometimes may require walking in to make them comfortable.

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