The 3 Best Shoes to Pack for Vacation

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Packing shoes for vacation is challenging. You want to bring enough pairs to go with all your outfits, but at the same time, you don't want to pack too many (hello, heavy suitcase!). Depending on the type of vacation, you'll be fitting in a variety of activities and logging a lot of steps. That's why it's so important to pack shoes that you can walk comfortably in that are still stylish (just because you're a tourist doesn't mean you have to look like one). Here are our recommendations for the three pairs of cute walking shoes you absolutely need to pack:

1. A pair of casual walking shoes for long days of walking. Make sure yours have sufficient arch support to help prevent your feet from getting fatigued while traipsing around your destination. Shock absorption in the heel and cushioning throughout absorb the impact of each step so you won't miss a thing while sightseeing.

2. A pair of ballet flats for all-day wear and airport travel. Ballet flats are easy to slip on and off while going through airport security and are sophisticated enough for a culture tour through museums, galleries and city walks. Find a neutral color that will pair with anything in your travel wardrobe. Word of caution: not all ballet flats are created equal. Look for ones with a contoured arch and deep heel cup to support the curves of your feet and promote natural alignment.

3. A pair of wedges for outings that call for a little more elegance. If your vacation includes fancy dinners or a more glamorous look, reach for a pair of wedges. They'll instantly elevate your look while keeping your feet firmly planted on the ground—Cobblestones? Grass? No problem! Find a pair with a deep heel cup for stability and arch support to evenly distribute pressure across your entire foot.

Bonus Tip: Is your vacation taking you to the beach? Slip a pair of low-profile flip-flops with arch support into your bag. They're thin enough to easily fit in your suitcase, yet have a contoured arch to support your feet in comfort. Check out more comfortable walking sandals in the styles you love.

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Cooldown stretching–here’s what to do after a workout to salvage your soles:

  • Massage the soles of your feet by running the arch of your foot over a golf ball or other physical therapy ball on the floor to stretch out the fascia (i.e., the ligament that runs from the heel of your foot to your toes and can become inflamed, causing plantar fasciitis).
  • In addition to stretching the feet, loosening your calf muscles is a must, Hoke tells "A common mistake is to allow the arches to fall while stretching the calf muscle. It causes stress that can aggravate foot problems, like heel pain and plantar fasciitis."
Address these common post-workout foot issues:
  • Blisters: Pad, bandage and avoid the blister until it heals. If you must, clean a safety pin with alcohol and make a small hole to drain it, being careful not to pull off skin. Then, apply an antibiotic ointment to the area and bandage it.
  • Calluses: Lightly buff the affected area with a foot file and then cover with a foot cream that contains salicylic acid, lactic acid or urea.
  • Athlete's foot: Dry the feet very well after showering, and use medicated foot powder and topical anti-fungal ointments as directed.
  • Heel Pain: Ice feet after working out and wear shoes with arch support even around the house. Don't go barefoot, as hard surfaces like wood or tile will exacerbate the pain.
Looking for a pair of post-recovery sandals? Our favorite Vionic Tide flip-flop is a favorite for a reason: The pronounced arch support and deep heel cup provide just the right amount of support and is proven to help alleviate heel pain.* And with over 20 colors and patterns to choose from, you’re sure to find your perfect pair.

About Vionic Footwear
Developed by Phillip Vasyli, renowned Australian podiatrist and founder of Orthaheel® Technology, all Vionic shoes help restore natural foot function and relieve heel pain, promoting a more active lifestyle. Vionic’s footwear and orthotic inserts are also endorsed by noted integrative medicine expert Dr. Andrew Weil. For additional information about Vionic, please visit
*Based on a peer-reviewed clinical study partially funded by Vionic on people experiencing moderate, non-traumatic heel pain. 

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