I still have my feet on the ground, I just wear better shoes. – Oprah Winfrey
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Deciding what travel shoes to bring on the Grand Adventure is hard. Maybe the hardest thing.
As a Grey Goddess on the Go my tootsies take a beating. At age 58 I’ve put a lot of wear and tear on the old dogs. And I feel it everyday.
As a child I suffered from foot pain because I have really high arches. Crazy high. I was
told once I had ballerina feet with that high arch (too bad I didn’t get the ballerina body to go with the feet). As a teen I suffered very painful shin splints when I was a cheerleader. In my twenty’s and thirty’s I wore high heels and boots and flip-flops – none with good support or even well made for that matter. I pay for it now.
So footwear and travel shoes are constantly on my mind. Particularly with my current issues with plantar fasciitis.
I own a pair of Good Feet orthotic shoe inserts that I move around between my shoes. These inserts got me back running after almost a year of constant pain of sciatica. I paid $200 for the orthotic inserts. Worth every penny.
In my suitcase I currently have Eight, (seriously EIGHT) pairs of shoes;
- My hiking shoes. These are a godsend. Not even remotely attractive but they do the job. These are Kuru brand, a company out of Utah focuses on top quality active footwear for people like me who suffer from various foot pains. My shoes are specific for plantar fasciitis. I ordered them online and paid $130.
- My running shoes. I’m currently on a running hiatus as I train for the Camino, but my Brooks Running shoes also serve as a backup hiking shoe. I’ve been a loyal Brooks customer for many years. Did you know it’s a Washington company? I paid $110 at my local running store in Gig Harbor.
- My Keens. If you’ve never had a pair of Keen footwear go get some now! For travel, for walking, for beach, for going in the water, for everyday, Keens are such a fabulous shoe with great arch support. I’ll even hike in these. I always choose the closed toe for more foot protection. I bought this pair last year in Spain. I paid $100.
- My two black sandals. I really don’t need two black sandals. It’s just silly. I’m torn because one has a bit of a heel and I hardly ever wear it even though it’s comfy (Camper for The Walking Company $60). I keep holding on to these because I think I’ll want them for more formal dress on the cruise we are doing in December. The other black shoe is a flat sandal but with great arch
support and it’s so stinking cute. I actually bought these from a Facebook ad for $24! Should I keep them both? A dilemma.
- My tan sandal. Last summer I bought a pair of tan mules from the Frye leather store while I was in Nashville. I regretted it. I spent a fortune on those shoes and they caused me so much pain. Apparently you can’t wear mules when you have plantar fasciitis. So my friend Kathy bought the mules from me and I turned around and I bought these tan sandals and I’m much happier. Super arch support, my foot stays firmly in place and the Velcro is adjustable for when it’s hot and my feet swell. The only thing I don’t like is my feet sweat in these. These shoes are a orthotic brand called Vionic. I paid $75. I would definitely buy from this company again.
- My Flip flops. It’s very rare that I wear flip-flops anymore, even these that are specifically designed for arch support and comfort. I bought these OluKaii brand in Hawaii and paid $40. They don’t take up much room in my suitcase and do come in handy. I’m just careful not to wear them very often or for very long.
- My Black Street Shoes. I just threw out a pair of black flat sneakers (see photo below). I’ve had these a couple of years. For sneakers, I paid a small fortune for them ($100) at Nordstrom and so I’ve really tried to love them. But they just aren’t comfortable and they are a bit too small. So I replaced them in Romania with a black walking shoe by Ecco. I’d been eyeing this Danish brand for a while (See the title photo to see these great shoes). They have great arch support. I bought them a half size big to give my expanding feet some comfort. I paid $120.
Have you been adding all this up? Jeeze! Having foot problems is expensive! I have friends who have recommended Jambu as well as Orthofeet. I haven’t tried those yet. I have also had good success with Teva.
So if you are a Fab Fifty Female on your feet a lot like me consider some of the options I’ve listed here. It will keep you moving if you are traveling or just going about your day.
Tip – use rubber bands (elastics) to put your pairs of shoes together before packing in your suitcase. This is a great way to save space.
Keep a spring in your step and a song in your heart!! Fabulous!
Note: I am not being compensated in anyway from any of the companies I list here. These are just some shoes I have had good luck with. I hope you do too.