shoes for walking

Best Shoes For Standing All Day

This post was most recently updated on July 13th, 2019

Have you ever researched what the best shoes for standing all day are? Do you have a job like us where you’re always on your feet? Or do you do a lot of hiking and walking while you’re on vacation?

This post will give you a few of our recommendations for footwear and what we’ve learnt not to do.

Planning For Your Big Trip

Your bags are packed a week early. You can’t wait for 7 more sleeps until you leave because you’ve got such an amazing trip planned. But wait!

KEEN Women’s Reisen Zip Waterproof FG Shoe, Black, 5 M US “

Have you considered what your taking for footwear? Or what are the best shoes for standing all day on your vacation. I’d say it’s certainly one of the most important questions before you leave.

If you’re like me you’ve made the mistake way too many times and opted for fashion over comfort. We all like to look nice of course! But there has to be some kind of happy medium where we can have a little of both.

What Not To Do

A weekend away with my girlfriends taught me a good lesson. It wasn’t even 4 hours into city walking and I had blisters on both of my feet. Therefore, that’s when I parted ways wearing flats with little support. Plus also flats without wearing socks with them.

KEEN Men’s Targhee II Hiking Shoe, Gargoyle/Midnight Navy – 10.5 D(M) US

Maybe if you’re hanging around an all inclusive resort all day. Or lounging by the pool on a cruise, you could get away wearing flimsier footwear.

But probably not the best option for hiking, city sightseeing, or walking for kilometres on end. You’ll make your feet a lot happier by wearing appropriate shoes or sandals.

But What Are Appropriate Shoes Or Sandals For Standing All Day?

Dansko Women’s Hazel Flat, Black Suede, 39 EU/8.5-9 M US

Jerry and I have had jobs standing all our lives, so I’ve had to research into what are the best shoes for standing all day. We’ve learnt some of the differences between quality shoes and those that are not.

We both use orthotics in our shoes. So we always have to look for shoes with removal insoles. I’ve never found this a problem though since it seems the better made shoes come with a removable insole.

Jerry has planters fasciitis now and has for a number of year. Therefore, if he’s going to last with me dragging him around the world, he is going to need good shoes to withstand it. Also a good arch and heel support goes without saying. As well as plenty of cushioning for your feet.

Most importantly if you invest in good quality shoes, they should last you for a number of years. One small effort to help keep our landfills from overflowing.

What Colour To Bring?

Merrell Men’s Jungle Moc Waterproof Slip-On Shoe,Gunsmoke,11.5 M US

I like to stick with neutral colour shoes and sandals. Usually black, brown or white. Mostly because these colours will match everything.

Besides that if you want to blend in more in foreign countries, stay away from white running shoes. These scream North American like an 80’s fanny pack! Or so we’ve been told by enough European’s. Unless that’s the look you’re going for ;).

What Makes The Perfect Footwear For Travelling?

  • Comfort
  • Versatile
  • Fashionable
  • Multi Purpose
  • High Quality

The number one requirement is comfort. If your shoes aren’t comfortable and you aren’t going to be able to walk a reasonable distance, then leave them at home.


Naot Women’s Melody Flat Sandal, Silver Threads, 39 EU/8 M US

We all know those people who bring a whole suitcase just for shoes. But never end up wearing more than a couple pairs.

And with airline baggage costs increasing all the time, we always travel light (a small carry on or backpack). So therefore we need shoes that are versatile and can be used for more than one situation. Our limit is always 2 pairs of footwear. One being the walking shoes we’re wearing. And the other sandals if it’s some place warm we’re heading.

Vionic Womens Tide II Sandal Grey Floral Size 9

Fashionable or at least somewhat fashionable. Decent enough for a night out at a restaurant. Although we’re not talking a 5 star establishment. But something other than street food or cafe’s for a change.

Dansko Walker, Black, 44 (US Men’s 10.5-11) Regular

We definitely look for a multi purpose shoe with a good grip and that are easy to clean. Shoes that would work for a hike in the woods, while also perfect for a walk on the cobblestone streets of Europe. Even better if they’re waterproof. Nothing worse than damp, soggy feet and socks.

KEEN Women’s Kaci Winter Waterproof Shoe, Peat, 9 M US

Something of better quality doesn’t necessarily mean super expensive. I’ve found some great deals with coupons signing up for certain websites. Or special sales like Black Friday or Boxing Day sales. Over the years we’ve learned to invest in a better quality pair of shoes. Especially when you’re standing most of the day, or out sightseeing and always on the go.

Keen Men’s Newport H2 Sandal,Black,11 M US

Why We Love Keen Shoes So Much

Keen shoes by far are some of the most comfortable shoes for standing you’ll ever own. Jerry and I are both huge fans and own several pairs. Because of our foot problems, these have become our go to shoes.

KEEN Women’s Newport H2 Sandal, Poseidon/Capri, 9 M US

These shoes are available for both men and women. Great for hiking or cobblestone streets. Breathable and waterproof. Therefore you’ll never have wet feet.

KEEN Men’s Austin Casual Waterproof Clog, Chocolate Brown/Black Olive, 10.5 M US

Here Are Some Of Our Other Favourites For Standing All Day

KEEN Women’s Presidio Oxford,Black/Magnet,9 M US

Teva – Women’s Terra-Float Travel Knit – Wild Dove – 8

Birkenstock Arizona Sandal,Habana Oiled Leather,39 M EU/8-8.5 B(M) US Women
Orthaheel Men’s 9/ Women’s 10 Wave Sandals (Khaki)
Mephisto Men’s Ludo Sneaker, Graphite, 8.5 M US

What are your favourite brands of shoes you like to bring with you when you travel? Are you a minimalist, bring everything you own in your closet, or somewhere in the middle?