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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

Packing Items

Item Type

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.

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.

Hiking Boots

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

Dress/Formal Shoes

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


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


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

Mid Heels

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

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.


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.


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

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.

Basketball Shoes

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

Cycling Shoes

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

Golf Shoes

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

Tennis Shoes

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

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.

High Boots

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

Rain Boots

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

Ugg Boots

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

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.

Dancing Shoes

Shoes you wear for dancing.

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