If you’re planning on travelling during the off-season, specifically during the colder and wetter spring, fall and winter months, then you’ll want to get the best boots for travel that you can.
Being comfortable, keeping your feet free of blisters and dry during long days of exploring a new city is important and ensures that you’re able to make the most of your trip.
The Best Boots for Travel
In this post I’ve covered some great options if you’re looking for casual boots or hiking boots for travel.
For the men’s options I’ve personally tried each of the pairs that I’ve recommended and for the women’s options I’ve gone ahead and asked my travel blogging friends about their favorite and most recommended boots.
Keep in mind that along with a good pair of boots you’ll want some great socks and a suitable winter jacket to keep you warm. Check out the posts I wrote that cover those topics:
Casual Boots for Travel
Unless you’re traveling during the height of summer then you probably could opt for a more casual pair of boots for travel rather than something similar to running shoes.
Boots are definitely more fashionable, just as comfortable and can be paired with a wider variety of outfits.
Even in summer you could get away with wearing boots but they are perfect for the spring, fall and winter traveling months. Here are the best casual boots for travel for both men and women.
Men’s Casual Boots for Travel
Clark’s Desert Boots
The Clark’s Desert Boots are one of my most recommended choices for casual boots when it comes to Europe travel.
Even Anthony Bourdain has touted these boots as his favorite for whenever he’s traipsing around the globe. They are comfortable, fashionable and very high quality which makes them perfect boots for bringing along with you on your next trip abroad.
The Clark’s Desert Boots are made from soft suede and leather with a leather foot bed and comfortable heel. For a pair of boots I didn’t find them to be that heavy and they’re casual enough to pair with a nice pair of jeans or pants if you want to look a bit more stylish or dress-up for some reason.
You will be able to find these boots in a variety of colors and they are very popular among young, fashion forward travelers. Unlike hiking boots or more heavy duty boots I consider the Clark’s Desert Boots to be quite lightweight and are even lighter than some of my running shoes and other travel-based footwear.
With these Clarks you’re getting what I believe to be a high quality pair of boots and I expect mine to last a lifetime of regular use.
Hopefully you’ll be able to enjoy the same quality and comfort with them as I have and I definitely recommend them if you’re looking for a comfortable, reliable ad durable pair of boots.
The Blundstone’s Super 500’s are another pair of boots that I’ve seen a lot of in Europe.
They are a casual and nice-looking slip-on style of boots that are crafted with a leather upper for comfort and breathability.
The soles themselves are rubber and I found the Blundstone’s to be really comfortable for walking around during the colder months where some extra insulation for your feet is always welcome. There are two pull tabs at the top of the boot, one at the front and one at the back, so I found them to be especially easy to pull on or take off.
The elastic around the ankle part of the boot hugs the ankles firmly and I didn’t notice any slippage or moving around of my feet inside of the boot itself. At 14-ounces in weight they’re lightweight enough for Europe travel and the lack of laces makes them ideal for when you’re taking public transportation and want to remove your shoes.
While the Blundstone’s are a casual boot they will pair well with jeans and pants. You could even get away with wearing them to a more formal event since they’re quite sharp when it comes to footwear.
To keep the boots suitable for long-term wear I recommend checking out Blundstone’s own guide on how to care for them.
If you are looking for the what I think are the best city walking boots around then I definitely suggest checking out the Blundstone’s. There are a few different colors and styles available and they’re well made, high quality and reliable footwear which makes them a great choice for traveling with.
Timberland EK Brook Park Chukka
If you like the style of the Clark’s Desert boots then you’ll also probably like the Timberland EK Brook Park Chukka’s. They have a similar, minimalist design and if you’re on the search for comfortable mens boots for walking around European cities these are the ones that I would recommend.
With a leather upper and synthetic, rubber sole I found the Chukka’s to be comfortable on my feet and because of their design and materials I didn’t have to worry about any of the lighter forms of harsh elements such as light rain or snow.
They look great when paired with either jeans or pants and you could easily get away with wearing them with a suit (not that you’ll be wearing a suit on your trip).
Another great thing about the Timberland EK Brook Park Chukka’s is that they can be resoled eventually after you’ve worn out the bottom of the shoe. It’s a good idea to find shoes like this since they can be quickly repaired which will extend the lifespan of the shoe itself.
With proper care and regular maintenance I expect many years of use with these Chukka’s and I hope you’ll be able to enjoy the same.
I’d recommend adding an insole to these casual boots, since the Timberland insole isn’t that comfortable to begin with. Since they’re made from leather you’ll want to wear them a few weeks before heading out on your trip abroad or you run the risk of the header leather rubbing your skin raw, especially if you’re wearing low-cut socks.
I definitely recommend these boots if you want some casual, smart and reliable for walking around Europe in.
Women’s Casual Boots for Travel
The Blundstone’s Dress Series for women are what I’d recommend when it comes to casual, comfortable and practical boots for Europe.
Whether you’re looking for a good pair of walking boots for winter or you just want something comfortable and durable that’s going to keep your feet warm and hopefully blister free then I recommend giving the Blundstone’s a try.
As I mentioned earlier these boots are slip-on and come in a variety of colors so they can be paired to whatever outfits you’re bringing or whatever your preferred travel style is. I love the fact that they’re slip-on because it makes them easier to wear and you don’t have to fiddle about with laces getting in the way or coming untied throughout the day.
Since they’re made of quality leather the Blundstone’s won’t stretch that much and will begin to conform to the shape of your foot over time. This means that the more you wear them the better fit you’ll experience and the more comfortable they’ll be.
There is also a reinforced toe box that helps to retain the shape of the boot while providing additional support and comfort.
Compared to dedicated hiking boots they’re light enough and durable enough that they should be comfortable on your feet throughout the day when you’re exploring new city streets all day and they’re small enough in size that you can pack them away in your backpack or luggage if you wanted to wear something else.
If you’re looking for walking boots for winter travel in Europe or you want a pair to keep your feet warm and dry during the rainier and colder spring and fall months then I suggest you take a look at the Blundstone’s.
Clark’s Women Desert Boot
The Clark’s Desert Boots for women are another pair of casual boots for Europe travel that are just as suitable for men as they are for women. The Clark’s make great travel shoes and they’re a great choice for quality and comfort when it comes to casual boots that are designed with travel in mind.
All of the features are the same as with the men’s pairs. The upper is made from leather, which is comfortable and practical for using to walk around Europe, or anywhere else you plan on travelling, and the boots utilize a classic Chukka style which makes them look both fashionable and casual.
There are more than 20 different colors available to choose from so they can be easily paired with whatever outfits you plan on bringing or whatever your personal travel style is.
I love the Clark’s Desert boot because they’re lightweight and they look cool while still being comfortable enough to keep on my feet all day. The same goes for the women’s pair and I highly recommend them if you’re looking for a casual, comfortable and reliable pair of boots for travel.
Timberland Women’s EK Savin Hill Chelsea Boot
The EK Savin Chelsea boot are another pair of casual and fashionable slip-on boots for travel.
Timberland is a popular brand when it comes to footwear and many of their options are great for travelers. The EK Savin Chelsea is made from leather and has a synthetic sole which helps you keep stable on slippery cobblestones while offering a lot of support.
Unlike some of the boots you typically see suggested for travel and comfort I found the Timerland leather to be extremely soft and from what I heard they don’t need that much breaking-in before your trip.
These are a great choice if you’re looking for something comfortable but is still trendy and fashionable enough for daily use without causing you to look like a tourist.
There is a pull-tab on the heel to help you slide the boot on, and I prefer it when boots only have one pull-tab because it doesn’t look as sleek or stylish as when there are two (think of the Blundstone’s). On both sides of the boot itself is an elastic that helps you maintain a perfect fit without any interior slipping or movement.
I recommend these boots if you’re looking for something casual, smart and fashionable to take with you on your next trip abroad.
The Best Hiking Boots for Travel (and Hiking Shoes)
If you’re planning on heading off the beaten path and will be doing some hiking or backcountry exploring during your trip abroad then you’ll definitely want the best hiking shoes or best hiking boots for travel that you can get.
Keeping your feet warm, dry and supported is important if you want to stay pain-free and avoid any injuries during your trip. Here are the top choices for both men and women.
Hiking Shoes/Boots for Men
Salomon Men’s X Ultra Mid GTX Trail Hiking Boot
If you’re looking for a comfortable, sturdy and waterproof hiking boot for travel then I would recommend that you check out the Salomon X Ultra Mid GTX‘s. They’re a mid-height boot with a fully waterproof Gore-Tex outer that will keep out all of the rain and show while ensuring your feet stay dry.
On a recent 6 month trip across Europe where I knew the weather was going to be bad and I was going to be doing a lot of hiking I brought these boots along with me.
Feel free to check out my Salomon X Ultra Mid GTX Review for a more in-depth look but I’ll quickly go over them here as well.
They have a protective toe-cap which will protect your feet if you’re doing a lot of hiking or climbing in rocky terrain and they’re very breathable so even if you have thick socks on your feet won’t end up a sweaty mess.
I really liked how smooth and supportive the interior of these boots were. I didn’t get any blisters when I wore them and with an added insole they were extremely comfortable, even after wearing them for 12-plus hours at a time.
The sole of these Salomon hiking boots is rubber and on the very bottom is ridged texture that allows you to grip uneven and slippery surfaces. After wearing them for more than 6 months in a row they still looked fairly new and there wasn’t much wear-and-tear on the exterior of the boot itself.
You won’t need something waterproof if you’re only going to be exploring a city but if you plan on hiking or heading off-road during your trip abroad, especially if you think you might experience some poor and wet weather conditions, then I highly recommend the Salomon X Ultra Mid GTX hiking boots.
Merrell Men’s Moab Ventilator Mid
Merrell is one of my favorite travel gear companies so it’s not surprising that I’m here to recommend their men’s Moab Ventilator boots. Similar to the Salomon’s, these are a mid-height hiking boot that are well suited for travel where you’ll be hiking or spending time outdoors.
The boots themselves are composed of a combination of leather or mesh and they utilize a Vibram sole for additional comfort and support. Any of the hiking boots for travel that I’ve owned with a Vibram sole have been completely reliable and have held up in even the worst of conditions and these are no exception.
Keep in mind that they aren’t completely waterproof but there is a moisture-wicking lining that will help keep your feet dry if they’re sweating or happen to get a bit wet from the elements. The mesh design makes them lightweight so they’re a great choice if you’ll be doing a lot of hiking or will be spending the entire day on your feet exploring.
With an air-cushioned heel you definitely don’t need an insole with these boots but you can definitely add one if you want more support and comfort. The pull-tab on the back lets you easily put on or take off your shoes so you won’t have to fumble when you’re trying to get out the door.
I definitely recommend these Merrell Men’s Moab Ventilator Mid hiking boots if you’re going to be travelling in less-than-perfect conditions or spending some time hiking or exploring the backcountry.
KEEN Men’s Koven
While KEEN is most well known for their high-quality sandals I find that they offer some of the best hiking shoes for travel that you can find. The KEEN Koven is my all-time favorite when it comes to hiking shoes and they’re well-suited for both city use and backcountry exploring.
They’re made of a combination of mesh and leather, so they’re ultralight and portable which makes them a great choice if you’re looking to cut down on your pack weight and stay light on your feet. You also won’t get tired from lugging around a heavy pair of hiking boots since these are shaped more like a regular shoe.
These aren’t waterproof but you can quickly dry them if you happen to get them wet. I love the laces, which can be easily tightened or loosened depending on the conditions you’ll be using them in.
These KEEN Koven hiking shoes come with a foam insole but I would suggest replacing it with something that offers more support. I don’t like the foam and I feel it absorbs doors a bit too quickly so keep that in mind if you’re planning on using this shoe for extended travel.
Overall, I definitely recommend the KEEN Men’s Koven if you’re looking for a lightweight, affordable and durable hiking shoe for travel that offers all the support and comfort you need for exploring cities or hiking in the backcountry.
Hiking Shoes/Boots for Women
KEEN Women’s Voyageur Hiking Shoe
The women’s KEEN Voyageur hiking shoe is what I’d recommend if you’re looking for a great hiking shoe for travel with. The KEEN Voyageur is a lightweight, comfortable and sturdy hiking shoe that’s great if you’re looking for more stability and protection than what you’ll find with a simple pair of shoes.
The Voyageur takes advantage of a leather/mesh outer which causes it to be extremely lightweight, especially when compared to many other hiking boots. The mesh also means that the Voyageur is breathable so you won’t have to deal with any hot or sweaty feet when you’re walking around.
A pull tab on both the front and the back makes these hiking shoes easy to put on and take off and you won’t have to deal with lacing them up and untying them constantly – you can just throw them on and head out to enjoy your day.
The sole is made out of rubber and it helps to prevent any slipping while increasing the grip you have on both flat and uneven surfaces.
If it’s going to be raining or really wet outside you might want something that offers more waterproof protection but if you’re looking for something comfortable and durable then these are the choice for you.
Merrell Women’s All Out Blaze
The Merrell All Out Blaze’s are a waterproof hiking boot that take advantage of Merrell’s own M-Select Dry technology for even further waterproof protection. They’re also very breathable so even though your feet will be protected from the water and moisture they hopefully won’t be getting too sweaty.
These are a mid-height hiking boot, so an inch or so higher than a pair of hiking shoes, and they’re perfectly suitable for cold weather travel and backcountry/outdoor use. If you’re going to be hiking or spending a lot of time in wet and cold conditions then you’ll love the Merrell All Out Blaze’s.
They come in a variety of colors, depending on your style and preference, but I don’t think you could pull them off if you were going to be attending any formal or fancy events. These are strictly technical boots and I would say they’re a bit overkill if you’re only going to be spending time in cities.
A leather and mesh outer results in these hiking boots being lightweight and not too heavy for all-day use. There is a large pull tab on the back of the boot, which is a bit unsightly, but it really helps for taking them on or off.
I recommend the Merrell All Out Blaze hiking boots if you’re planning on heading into the backcountry or spending a lot of time outdoors and in nature during your trip abroad. For city use you might want to consider something more casual and less technical.
KEEN Women’s Targhee II
The KEEN Women’s Targhee II are a popular choice for female travelers who are planning on doing a lot of hiking and outdoor exploring during their trip. These are highly technical hiking boots and great for off-the-beaten-path adventures.
The boots themselves are made of high-quality leather and they’re designed to be waterproof so you won’t have to worry as much about getting your feet wet in snow or rain as compared to if you were wearing running shoes.
There are a handful of different colors available but the rubber toe and heel of the KEEN Targhee’s are very noticeable so you won’t be able to wear them out without looking like a tourist. However, the rubber toe-cap is perfect if you’re heading outdoors and want to protect your toes from rocks and branches.
The insole is very comfortable and you probably don’t have to replace it with something better unless you’re looking for more arch support. While they are a leather hiking boot they’re still completely breathable so you’ll be comfortable and cozy even after a long day of hiking.
Overall, I recommend these boots if you’re going to be spending a lot of time outdoors or you’re planning on going hiking or climbing.