Packing Tips: Best Journey Shoes

I have tried and tested a variety of travel shoes over the last few years and have some stand out favorites. Nowadays, I alternate out the same brand of shoes as they wear down and often never even pick another color. Here are the best travel shoes to take on your next big trip!

My Fave’s: Best Journey Shoes


I love my burlap TOM’S. I have taken them all over the world and they haven’t failed me yet although after four years I’m starting to see a small hole (and my dog ate the insoles, so I had replaced them). These match everything but if you can get two pairs, they also make fun tribal patterns or classic canvas ones. These are the best travel shoes!

Camel Rides & Hot Air Balloons in Wadi Rum


safari wadi rum


I take my strappy Chaco’s on all my adventure trips. they are great for hiking in hot areas or when you’ll be hiking across rivers or creeks. They are perfect for white-water rafting as well or just general walking (like the pic below in Bangkok) as they really mold to your feet. There are so many varieties and I have the double strap. I think I might go for the single strap next time and get a brighter color! If you look back to my first blog posts you’ll see these shoes – I’ve been traveling with the same pair for 4 years.


Sol Sana

I am in love with my black Sol Sana sandals. I got them just before my trip to Jordan and have taken them on every trip since and wear them nearly every day. They are a very nice leather so I don’t wear them when I’ll be near water – but I do wear them even in adventurous areas like my Wadi Rum tour. They are nice though, so I wear them for nights out and wandering through cities in the day, among other times. They’re great with dresses or jean shorts! I have the first pictured ‘Tali’, but all of them are comfortable. I wore them for a photoshoot I did for my friend Tia’s clothes so I’ll share a couple of those pics!

travel shoes sol sanaGoa


You’ve got to have a good pair of flip flops for the beach. I have a variety of Reef shoes- even sneakers! But their simple tan flip flop is almost always in my luggage unless I am going somewhere a little fancy like my recent trip to Singapore when I would pack only my black Sol Sana sandals.

fort galleSri Lanka

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Black ankle boots

Everywhere I go that is even remotely cold my Lucky Brand black ankle boots come along- in fact, I wear them out in Goa nearly every night that I go out partying even though it’s like 80 degrees here in December in the day! They are cute and make every outfit look better. I don’t think I could travel somewhere like Europe without them and I definitely wouldn’t go anywhere cold without them. I took them all over India, most recently to NE India on my Holiday Scout tour. Now I want the brown pair but after two years they still aren’t on sale haha!

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A Fun Pair!

I rarely take a “fun pair”. The times I do are road trips since you can take more luggage, quick beach trips since I’ll be taking less for them (and smaller clothing like beach clothing takes up less space than winter clothing), or when I am going away for a very long time like a couple months in Europe and want something fun – I pack mostly sun dresses on long trips so always have a lot of luggage space.

I wrote all about my favorite “fun” shoes on my Etsy post which is where all the below pictured are from!

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About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Werkenntwen, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Werkenntwen has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.


  1. Betsy August 22, 2016 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    I do love my Tom’s. I have two pairs with me. But it is definitely a regret that I did not bring more varied types of shoes with me for this long haul in India. I have sandals and tennis-shoes. I might go back to the States for a visit in November (I do love Thanksgiving). If I go I will have to bring more shoes back with me.
    Thanks for the tips!

    • Rachel Jones August 23, 2016 at 6:50 pm - Reply

      I almost bought a second pair of Toms while I was in the US b/c I want a colorful pair but it just seemed excessive since i have SO many other shoes here in India so I’m going to wait until mine die completely then replace them with more Toms :)

  2. Allison August 26, 2016 at 2:07 am - Reply

    I’m traveling with the brown pair of the Lucky Brand boots right now! I’m obsessed with them – they really go with everything.

    • Rachel Jones August 26, 2016 at 9:30 am - Reply

      Allison I’m so jealous!!! I want the brown pair lol, did you get the light brown or dark? I couldn’t even decide. I almost bought them then realized they wouldn’t match my black leather jacket I always wear, or my black purse… so then I’d have to buy a brown jacket.. so I looked at Wilson leather (the only shop around) and couldn’t find one… alas, it wasn’t meant to be lol

  3. Marissa Fonseca August 26, 2016 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    I think this article is extremely important and helpful thank you in advance. I don’t own a pair of Tom’s shoes so I dont know what I am missing but I have been very tempted to buying a pair. I do own several Reef sandals and are very comfortable as well as my Birkenstock sandals which are also great and pretty much go with everything.

    • Rachel Jones August 27, 2016 at 7:57 am - Reply

      I’ve been thinking about getting birkenstocks, I love the love. I’d want tan though and my Tom’s are tan so I don’t “need” them is the problem :/ Maybe next year!

      • Marissa Arredondo August 27, 2016 at 8:11 am - Reply

        I really like your tan Tom’s not a common color. You’ll love the feel on the Birkenstocks, I highly recommend them, excellent comfort. Personally, I wonder why they aren’t on your blog I have more Birkenstocks than I have purses, can’t get enough. You’ll thank me next year

  4. Paula Broussard September 5, 2016 at 12:54 am - Reply

    I also love my TOM’s but the problem is that the soles wear very quickly. I’ve always wanted a pair of Chaco’s so I’m glad you recommended them too. Instead of Reef flip flops I prefer Rainbows. Also, great call on the ankle boots, great for stylish travel and a night out on the town!

    • Rachel Jones September 5, 2016 at 1:11 pm - Reply

      My boyfriend is all about the rainbows. My Tom’s haven’t worn down yet actually and I’ve had them for about 4 years! The burlap is starting to wear though.

  5. Marissa September 10, 2016 at 8:48 am - Reply

    Great recommendations! As someone whose feet always hurt from wearing crappy sandals, I will be checking out some of your links. I especially like that the shoes seem to last so long without showing major wear and tear… definitely a must for my future travel!

    • Rachel Jones September 10, 2016 at 11:13 am - Reply

      Hi Marissa, yes I’ve had some of these for so many years. Love them. I almost want my Tom’s to die so I can pick a new pair haha

  6. Christy September 20, 2016 at 12:06 am - Reply

    I love all these ideas! I have a pair of the Lucky Brand booties too and I absolutely love them. also- Toms offers sandals now and I am a fan of them for travel! they have some cute designs and they have good soles.
    great post! :) love your blog!

    • Rachel Jones September 20, 2016 at 3:54 pm - Reply

      You know I was looking at the Tom’s sandals and wondering if they would be any good – so thanks for that advice!

  7. […] I take smaller ones, not big clunky ones. They go with dresses instead of looking like work out shoes. I actually didn’t take them to India, but I’m adding them to this list because I know some people like to run. I don’t know why as running is the worst. You can read my post on my favorite shoes for travel here.  […]

  8. Kimberly Scheffler February 24, 2018 at 6:18 am - Reply

    I love your shoe choices but what do you do about a workout shoe for long walks, hikes, jogs.. whenever I skip the athletic shoe.. I regret it.

    • Rachel Jones February 25, 2018 at 6:33 am - Reply

      For tourist walking around and short hikes, the Tom’s – on a casual trip .. but if I’m going somewhere intense where I know I’ll be doing a lot of adventure I would take a tennis shoe/boot whatever I need for that. I don’t go on jogs! haha

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