There’s only one way to determine the best shoes to wear to Disney World. Take a bunch of shoes and go to Disney World! Thanks to me, I’ve done that for you – with some success and many failures (and blisters).
I’m proud to announce, after my recent vacation to Walt Disney World and miles of walking, that I’ve determined the three best pairs of shoes for a woman to take to Disney World (or any place that requires a lot of walking!).
My Requirements for “Best Shoes for Disney World”
- They have to be comfortable
- They can’t be ugly
- They have to be versatile (can potentially work for day or night)
- They have to be cute
Let me start by saying that I’m not looking for THE most comfortable shoes ever. Because, let’s face it, they’d probably be the ugliest shoes you’ve ever seen. I believe in being cute and comfortable. Yes, it is important to look good (as you can tell from my Disney “fashion in the park” post).
1. Arcopedico Town Slip-On
If you’re like me, you’ve probably never heard of Arcopedico but they’re motto is Simple. Comfortable. Weightless. which pretty much describes the perfect travel shoe. They’re easy to pack since they don’t take up much room. But here’s why I like them for walking at Disney.
Arcopedico Town Slip-Ons are, as the name implies, slip-ons so there’s no need to wear socks. This helps keep your foot cooler! And the insole has a nice arch inside to offer you more support than a typical summer slip-on.
Before we left for Disney, I tested these shoes out by walking for hours at the Washington Auto Show as a tour guide there this year. My feet felt great (after 6 hours of non-stop walking and standing) and, more importantly, there was no chafing inside from the very first moment I wore them.
These are some of the product features that made me fall in love with this summer shoes:
- Lycra upper designed to stretch and mold to the foot flawlessly.
- Easy slip-on design with a round toe.
- Breathable, mesh-lined footbed with patented twin arch support system for all-day comfort.
- Vegan friendly.
- Machine washable.
- Wide array of colors
I recommend the Arcopedico Town Slip-Ons for travel days, light days in the park, or with a casual dress or capris with dinner.
2. FitFlop Lulu Thong Sandals
Unless you’re heading to Florida in January, sandals are a must (and sometimes you can even pull them off in January). But I cringe every time I see someone wearing a super cheap pair of flip-flops. Just… no.
If you’re 20-something, fine. You can wear cheap flip-flops. But the rest of us need a little support (and in my case, height). That’s why FitFlop Lulu Thong Sandals were my go-to flip-flops when I went on a cruise two years ago and I’ve been wearing them everywhere ever since.
According to the company, FitFlop shoes are biomechanically engineered to ensure they feel as comfortable at the end of the day as they do at the beginning. So if you’re looking for a shoe that gives you support and lets your foot breathe (if my feet are cool, I’m cool), these are my favorite sandals.
I recommend FitFlop Lulu Thong Sandals for pool time, super hot days (don’t forget sunscreen on your feet), and any park where you anticipate getting wet. Good for pants, shorts, skirts, dresses, anything!
3. New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz v2 Knit
For years, I refused to wear sneakers or trainers or tennis shoes or whatever you call them. I just thought they looked dorky. They’re intended for athletic purposes and walking to get a Dole Whip is technically not a sport.
But I’ve changed. Because athletic shoes aren’t just for athletics. They are for comfortable heavy duty walking.
When I wear athletic shoes, it’s almost exclusively New Balance. They fit my feet well and tend to run wider so my feet feel free and not confined. What I like specifically about the New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz v2 Knit is that they are super lightweight and the knit fabric feels like I’m wearing nothing on my feet, especially when I pair them with no show socks.
I recommend wearing the New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz v2 Knit with shorts or skorts (my favorite at the parks) on the days when you’ve got mega walking to do.
Why Do You Need So Many Shoes?
If you’re a simpler traveler, you might wonder why you need more than your one pair or trusty shoes. I like to have three so I have options. But you should always travel with at least two pairs when you have a lot of walking to do. And try not to wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row. Give your shoes, your feet, and most importantly, the pressure points on your feet a rest by alternating your shoes.
So, which ones are your favorite and what’s your must-have walking shoes for Disney?
Arcopedico sent me a complimentary pair of Town Slip-Ons for this story. I normally wear a size 7 and ordered a size 38 on their site. They seem like they run about a half size large so you may want to size down when ordering.
New Balance sent me a complimentary pair of their Fresh Foam Cruz v2 Knit last summer and they are still very much in play!
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