Travel sneakers need to be lightweight and comfortable, but also fashionable. They also need to be versatile enough to transition from the rainforests of Costa Rica to the busy streets of New York City.
It takes a lot of trial and error to find a pair of shoes that meet all of the above. But we’ve taken the guesswork out of shoe shopping with these recommendations for the best travel sneakers for women and moms.
1. Skecher’s Flex Appeal Sneakers
If you’re looking for something sporty but also lightweight, Skecher’s Flex Appeal sneakers are an excellent pick. These can go from the hotel gym to the city streets with ease. Unlike bulky running shoes, these pack easily, yet still offer cushioned comfort. The footbed promotes breathability and there’s a moisture-wicking insole so smelly feet aren’t an issue with these travel sneakers for women and moms.
2. Oboz Sawtooth II Hiking Shoes
For outdoorsy trips, the Oboz Sawtooth II hiking shoes can go from the hiking trail to the city streets even in the rain, as these travel sneakers are waterproof, too. The low profile means the shoe looks like a sneaker, yet the structure provides the support needed on the hiking trail. Women and moms love the wide-toed box and narrow heel support.
3. FitFlop Rally Sneaker
Looking for a versatile sneaker that can be worn from day to night? These classic, all-white travel sneakers are great for the mom who wants to travel light (perhaps with a capsule wardrobe) and avoid filling her carry-on with several pairs of shoes. The ultra-lightweight FitFlop Rally Sneakers pair well with jeans, shorts and even a casual dress. Most importantly, you can walk for hours and your feet will remain comfy!
4. Allbirds Wool Runners
We can personally attest that the Allbirds Wool Runners are worth every penny. They’re ultra lightweight with a low-density foam outer sole, making them easy to pack in a carry-on or backpack. Or wear them in transit and your feet will thank you upon arrival! The insoles are lined with soft and cozy merino wool fabric (not itchy at all!), which is moisture wicking and odor reducing. Allbirds laces also do a little extra for the environment. Each pair of shoelaces, inspired by nautical rope, is made from one plastic bottle. Ultra-comfortable, stylish and recyclable—what more could you ask for in a travel sneaker?
5. Nike Flex Running Sneakers
These running shoes are lightweight and perfect for travel. The Nike Flex sneakers also dry quickly, making them ideal for damp environments. They feature a lightly padded tongue and fabric insole. Nike’s Dynamic Fit technology offers cables built into the lacing to create a supportive fit, whether you’re running a marathon or sightseeing.
6. Adidas Superstar
If you want to be on trend, yet still comfortable, the retro Adidas Superstar shoes are the answer. Go for the classic white on white or jazz it up with silver, black, and metallic gold. There’s a reason these sneakers have been popular for decades.
7. Vans Slip-On Sneaker
Another classic shoe is the Vans Slip-On 59 sneakers. They come in a wide range of colors and styles, from leather uppers to canvas in a wide range of colors. They’re comfortable, but best of all, they’re easy to slide in and out of while going through airport security.
8. Merrell Mix Master 3
The Merrell Mix Master 3 ticks a lot of boxes in a travel sneaker. They’re ultra-lightweight, comfortable, and waterproof. These trail runner shoes look and feel like a sneaker, and offer the comfort needed for a full day hike.
9. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Sneaker
When you want to hang with the cool kids, it’s time for a pair of Chucks. High-top or low profile, in all manner of colors, Chucks will take you through the amusement parks and along the hiking trails while still looking cute.
10. Comfortiva Women’s Nicole Sneakers
The Comfortiva Women’s Nicole slip-on sneaker allows mom to be stylish and comfortable all day long, whether you’re sightseeing, hitting the amusement park or chasing the kids around the backyard. The anatomically correct footbed offers contoured support to give you a more personal fit. Note that these travel sneakers for mom do run a bit narrow, so size up or order a wide shoe for a more relaxed fit.
Tamara Gruber lives in Rhode Island with her husband, daughter, and two cats. She shares her family’s travel adventures on We3Travel.com and is the co-host of the Vacation Mavens family travel podcast.