As much as I love a good pair of high heels, they aren’t always a practical shoe choice for travel. Most of the time, I stick to a maximum of three pairs of shoes for a packing list and they’re usually flats.
I only pack heels if I have a real reason like a fancy event or some outfits I’m only excited to wear with heels. That being said, I’m still very careful about which heels I bring with me because comfort is very important to me and nobody wants to let the things they wear get in the way of a good time.
How to Pick High Heels for Travel
First off, decide whether you need heels or not. Do you have one outing planned where heels *could* be nice? It might not be worth it. If you’re attending a wedding, however, it might be a non-negotiable even if you only wear them once on the trip. It happens! When shopping for sensible heels, I look at the following things to make sure I pick a comfortable pair of heels:
Cheaper fabrics rub my feet raw, so I tend to wear leather shoes above all.
I don’t really go above 3 inches, but it’s not just about heel height, it’s also about the incline of the foot. If you have a nice padded toe pad or even a platform toe, then the incline is less severe and I can handle a higher heel.
I tend to teeter in stilettos, so I prefer a more solid block heel.
I have some natural leather-soled shoes but I’m thinking of having a rubber sole added to them because they are too slippery! For dancing, they’re great, but I feel a little insecure on polished floors.
The Best High Heel Styles for Travel
Wedges and Espadrilles
Wedges are a great heel to wear because they are very stable. The filled in heel distributes the weight more evenly and allows for a more comfortable stroll. Espadrilles are a summery version of this shoe that is comfortable and light, so you’re not weighed down by a thicker shoe. Look for cork or raffia ones for that lighter look and feel and wood and leather for fall and winter.
Platforms and Flatforms
If you’re mostly wearing heels to get some height, I love platforms because your foot isn’t forced into (as much of) an unnatural incline. Shoes that have some lift on the front part of the shoe will make the shoe more comfortable without sacrificing height.
Sometimes this looks like a normal pump with a little bit of elevation under the toes or it’s a wedge-like shoe with a really wide sole throughout the shoe. Clogs and clog sandals are also a great platform option.
Booties are one of my
Block-heeled high heels are having a moment right now which is why they are very easy to find in every store. They are also super comfortable! Get a stacked heel for the wood effect or a leather-covered one for a dressier style. Block heels are often in a round-toe cut so they are also more comfy for your little toes.
Happy Travels xox