Best Athletic Shoes for Travelers

The right footwear might just be the most important item on your packing list.
From the beach to the forest, there’s a pair of shoes that can handle each terrain. Shutterstock

Wherever you go, whatever you’re doing, shoes are always coming with you. No matter where you go, you’ll always need a reliable pair or possibly two. Here are the best athletic shoes for travelers.

adidas Men's Lite Racer Adapt 3.0 Running Shoe

Keep it Light and Comfy

Managing your luggage space is crucial, so if you can only bring one pair make sure it offers the advantage of saving space. adidas

While style shouldn’t be at the top of your list of important factors when buying travel shoes, it’s still an important factor to consider. Even on solo trips, you’re bound to be in pictures, so you might as well try to look your best.

Skechers Men's Go Max-Athletic Air Mesh Slip on Walking Shoe

Right Out the Door

One pair really can do it all if your goal is to go from the beach to the restaurant or the hotel gym to the waterfalls. Skechers

Traveling alone, there’s no one to help carry your luggage or belongings. That’s why it’s important to be as efficient and optimal with your packing as possible and bringing a pair of lightweight shoes is one way to achieve that.

Nike Men's Revolution 5 Running Shoe

Comfort and Style are Equal

Don’t forget that your feet matter most, but that also shouldn’t mean sacrificing personal flair. Nike

The road can be an arduous place to be alone. Bringing along a pair of durable shoes is paramount because that could be the only pair available to you unless you stop by a shoe store on your journeys.

New Balance Men's 1300 V1 Walking Shoe

Who’s Afraid of a Little Dirt?

When you’re heading off the beaten path, make sure you have the support you need. New Balance

Being in the great outdoors and in nature, your shoes are bound to get damaged and dirtied. But that doesn’t mean your feet have to, as well. Make sure your pair of shoes are protective and will keep you safe from the elements.

ASICS Men's Gel-Excite 7 Running Shoes

Never Mind the Elements

Whether wet or dry, don’t let the conditions affect you. ASICS

Sometimes, it’s not just protection that you need; it’s also support. The last thing you want to be is uncomfortable when on a journey away from home. Bring along a pair of shoes that’ll keep you supported and ready for more action day after day.


Victor Tan is a contributing writer to Islands, an award-winning brand founded in 1980 that speaks to international travelers who have an affinity for the Caribbean and beyond. The website showcases destinations, resorts, cruises, and recommendations by the Islands’ staff. Victor has a focus on the Caribbean, Mexico, and cruises. As a solo traveler, he’s always looking for the best luggage and bags to make the trip easier. He’s also serious about keeping up with fitness away from home, so there’s no gadget he isn’t willing to try.


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