Whether you like to spend significant chunks of time on the motorway, traveling from one end of the country to the other, or you’re a weekend warrior, fitting in jaunts here and there when you can, you’ll need footwear that fits the adventure. From slippers to slip-ons, boots to kicks with traction, here are the best shoes for road trips.
Travel through Snow and Ice in Comfort and Style
Deckers X Lab, the label that evolved out of HOKA ONE ONE, Teva, and UGG, has just rolled out a brand-new lace up all-terrain high-top, the X-SCAPE SPSK Mid (sheepskin upper), which is an amalgamation of a slipper, an athletic shoe, and a winter boot. This high performance, lightweight boot has a super soft interior with a removable ergonomic insole and a water-repellent sueded exterior. This is the perfect versatile footwear for wandering around outdoors, walking your dog, or traveling from point A to point B.
How to Purchase: Deckers X Lab, X-SCAPE SPSK Mid, $200
Pair Quality Boots with your Outfit of Choice
Flannel favorites rise to the top of the list this time of year and now there’s a quality boot, with a fold over flannel accent, that can be paired with your travel leggings, skinny jeans, or road trip pants. The fun buffalo paid collar is a nod to the brand’s Canadian roots. These boots are well made and will most assuredly last you through numerous seasons—the full grain waterproof leather will only look better with time.
How to Purchase: Kodiak, Kodiak Cloverdale Plaid Boot, $185
Glide from Inside to Outside
Sanuk has made the comfiest flannel cruisers, perfect for wearing during a long road trip. These vegan shoes, made with recycled materials, are not only stylish and cozy, but also, they’re easily packable. You can wear them on-the-go, in the car, or slip them on when you arrive at your destination. Either way, your feet will thank you.
How to Purchase: Sanuk, Donna ST Chill, $65
Slip On These Slip-Ons
Eco-friendly, stylish, purposeful, and oh-so-comfortable, Mahabis are first-rate slippers that are ideal for road trip travel or for when you’re relaxing at home. The Mahabis Curve, created to be long-lasting, comes in a variety of bold hues on the rubber sole. The felt is made from sustainable and recycled materials, with a 100% organic Italian wool lining sourced from a 50-year-old mill. Fun fact: the kicks are machine washable.
How to Purchase: Mahabis, Mahabis Curve, $130
Float Easily from the Car to the Pit Stop
If you know of the Chaco brand, then you know that the sandals they make are long-lasting and hard-wearing. Whether you’re giving your feet a rest from a long day of hiking, rafting down a river full of whitewater, or bumbling around your campsite, Chaco is synonymous with durability. For a shoe that is built for comfort, there’s now a brand-new slip-on called the Revel, well designed with arch support, fleece-lined felted uppers, and a fold-down heel for versatility. This is shoe that will take you from the car to the campsite.
How to Purchase: Chaco, Revel, $75
Keep Your Pedes Warm Throughout the Season
Winter for many folks means snow, chilly weather, and wind. To keep your feet toasty and happy, choose a boot that is made with a warm wool lining like the Abby Hickory from Bearpaw, a shoe company that has been around for two decades. These boots are treated with NeverWet technology, which repels stains from salt water, mud, dirt, and other substances. Slip these boots on and head out for your big road trip in comfort and style.
How to Purchase: Bearpaw, Abby Hickory, $79.99
Be Prepared for Whatever Work or a Social Gathering Tosses Your Way
If you find yourself on a longer road trip, perhaps working on-the-go for a remote gig, you’ll likely need a slightly fancier shoe for potential business meetups. Or perhaps you’d like a pair of nice shoes for when you’re going out for dinner or gathering with friends while on the road. Be prepared with an easy to wear comfortable slip-on heel like Rockport’s Women’s Total Motion Gracie Plain Heel in natural, suede, or black. This shoe is lightweight, minimalist in design, and easy to pack for travel.
How to Purchase: Rockport, Total Motion Gracie Plain Heel, $120
Pull On A Classic Cold-Weather Snow Boot
Part of road tripping this time of year is being prepared for inclement weather. You’ll likely want to bring along a traditional snow boot that is built to keep your feet warm in extreme temps. The Back Country Winter Snow Boot from Northside has a waterproof rubber shell with a fully insulated lining. These rugged boots are easy to take on and off and will prove their worth when the snow or rain falls.
How to Purchase: Northside, Back Country Winter Snow Boot, $100