Whether you’re planning a trip abroad or just a staycation this year, you need the right shoes to get the most out of it. The happier your feet are, the more you’ll be able to enjoy your summer break. You can go exploring for longer during the day and look great in the evenings. The key is to find the perfect balance between fashion and function, and prioritize comfort at all costs. If you are traveling, choose the essential pairs that will work for different situations. Here are some shoe secrets for your summer vacation to help you find the right footwear.
Comfort should be your first priority
There are plenty of comfortable designs in the latest summer shoe trends in 2021. In fact, lockdown loungewear has had a big influence and casual comfort has taken over glamor as a priority. The best thing you can do is choose a selection of shoes for your vacation that you feel most yourself in. If you’re planning on treating yourself to a new pair before you go, beware of blisters. You might need to do this ahead of time so you can wear them in.
Versatility should be your second
You’ve likely heard about the concept of a capsule wardrobe that contains the essential pieces every woman needs. The idea is that these versatile items can be combined in different ways to create a range of outfits and looks. The same idea can work for your footwear, especially while you’re traveling. Pack versatile pairs that will match different outfits and that can be dressed up or down. Try to resist taking all the shoes you own by planning your look beforehand.
Support your tired soles
One way to ensure your shoes keep your feet happy on vacation is by investing in some additional support. If you’re planning on doing a lot of exploring, you could grab a pair of the best insoles. These have gel support that will absorb the impact while you’re walking. You could also get some mini gel pads to put on your heels or ankles for dancing in those strappy sandals in the evening.
Consider waterproof options
You may also need to consider waterproof options. If you love getting in touch with nature on vacation, you’ll need some quality walking shoes or boots that will protect your feet from the elements. It might be worth investing in a new pair if you don’t already have any. Don’t worry, this won’t necessarily have to break the bank. Check out this rundown of the best places to buy shoes online.
Follow the rule of three
One theory that a lot of people use when packing shoes is the three pairs rule. With three pairs, you should be able to create various outfits. You could pack walking boots or sneakers, pretty sandals for the evening, and a light pair of flip flops. It depends on the type of vacation and your itinerary. If you’re going on a city break or luxury trip, pack your more glamorous shoes. If you’re planning on being very active, maybe two pairs of sneakers instead. Whatever your itinerary, three pairs of shoes should cover it.
Pack light and wear heavy
The best thing to do is to pack your lighter shoes and wear the heaviest during the journey. Even though it’s tempting to take more stuff with you on vacation, it’s important to learn how to travel light. You’ll find it’s a lot less stressful than carting around heavy bags of clothes and shoes you might not even wear. If you pack the lighter pairs and travel in your bulky walking boots, for example, you’ll definitely be doing your back a favor. “Packability” is another useful metric that will help you decide which shoes to take as well. Anything that can be folded or slid into side pockets would be a plus.
Find the best balance for you
Find a balance between function and fashion according to your own personal style. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable in yourself on vacation. Pack the shoes that you feel reflect your unique character and that help to create the looks you want. This way you’ll be happier in general, not just your feet. If you’re mindful about packing, you should be able to choose the right footwear to keep your feet going on vacation. Whether you’re looking for something hard-wearing, summery, or dressy, if you prioritize you can be confident you’ve packed the right pairs.
Do you have any trips planned now that Covid is starting to be behind us? Kind of, lol. Are you a light packer or do you overpack? Let me know in the comments. I’m guilty of overpacking but in my defense I feel like that’s also just being a mom, lol.
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