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The Ultimate Vacation Footwear Guide

Is there anything worse than arriving at your vacation destination, ready to have fun, only to realize you didn’t pack something crucial? If it’s a little item like sunblock or toothpaste, chances are you can just pick it up at a corner store nearby. But, what if it’s something bigger, like footwear? Not packing the right shoes for your trip can be a major inconvenience.

Though the footwear you bring with you will vary based on the climate, terrain, and activities you have planned (no hiking a mountainside in a pair of sling backs, ladies), there are some staples that you should consider tossing in your suitcase regardless of where you’re headed. Keep reading to discover Cru Love’s recommended chic and comfortable footwear for your next getaway.




You can obviously skip the sandals if you’re planning a trek across Iceland, but otherwise, they’re a great option for most mild to warm weather destinations. They keep your feet cool, come in a variety of colors and styles for dressing up or dressing down, and, as a bonus, fit easily in a suitcase. Don’t be afraid to get daring with your color choice either. A sandal with a classic polka dot or a bold pop of color can elevate your travel wardrobe.



Sneakers are great for almost any location, any time of year. They protect your feet and, if  you plan to do a lot of walking, keep you comfortable. Since they come in a variety of styles, you can tailor your sneaker choice to meet your needs. For instance, a pair made of stretchy, ventilated mesh fabric will ensure your feet don’t get too hot, while ones made of materials like leather and canvas will keep you warm and toast.



If you want a dressier choice, perhaps something classier than flip-flops but not as serious as a loafer (you’re on vacation after all), try espadrilles. Espadrilles are a versatile, middle ground option. They’re cute but casual enough for going to the beach, park, or grabbing a bite to eat. They’re truly a traveler’s best friend.



If you want to quite literally raise your sandal game, try a wedge. The raised heel lends an air of femininity that will make you feel fab and flirty – even when you’re living out of a suitcase. Wedges also go with just about anything, including dresses, bathing suits and sarongs, jeans, and skirts. Plus, they’re just as airy as sandals.



Mules are a classy option you won’t want to skip. They can be dressed up or down as you see fit, and the open heel provides comfort and convenience – just slip them on and go. You can try a statement color with your mules or go with a neutral color to get the most mileage out of them.


We often get caught up in the clothing part of packing – should I go with the one-piece or the bikini? the blouse and slacks or the little black dress? – and we forget to focus on footwear. But, finding the best pair of shoes to fit your travel plans is just as important. Try one of the options above (if not multiple) to ensure that when you arrive at your destination, you can hit the ground running. 

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