Hope y’all enjoy the guest posts while I’m on vacation! Jen
Today, my fellow SIA co-host Salazar is here to share some traveling tips for footwear. Practical and stylish — my favorite combination! :)
Hello, readers of Librarian of Life and Style! I’m Salazar of 14 Shades of Grey, and I’m excited to be blog-sitting for Jen while she’s on vacation. Since Jen is traveling, and I just got back from summer vacation myself, I thought it’d be fun to show you guys some of my favorite traveling shoes. Shoes are, I think, one of the most important things in your suitcase, but also the most difficult thing to pick out, because they are heavy, bulky, and how do you pick just one or two pairs that go with everything? Anyway, here are the shoes I tend to reach for when I’m traveling, in this order (I tend to bring no more than two pairs, and most of the time, just one pair is enough for the whole trip):
1. Hiking boots:
I call them hiking boots, but they’re not actually sturdy enough for vigorous hiking. I don’t know what they are, actually. I got them dirt-cheap from Payless (they were on sale for like, $10 or $15!) about three years ago, and since then I have taken them with me whenever I go on a trip. I like traveling to mountain areas, and they are great for walking around in the dirt and rain. Even when I went to the beach, the beach is near a tropical forest, so I packed them with me as well! They’re neutral and basic enough to go well with jeans, but I’ve worn them with dresses and skirts too. I love them. I’m going to have to find a replacement pair before my next trip, because I have worn these absolutely to the ground.
Well, this is a no-brainer. If you know that your trip is going to be mostly casual, you’re not going to the beach, and you’re not trekking around in the mud, then I think one pair of Converse would be enough for all your needs. They go with everything, and they’re comfy — what more can you ask, right? Just be careful in the rain though.
3. Tall boots:
These are great for cold weather, and you can dress them up or down. People always talk about how boots take up space, but my thinking is, if you’re wearing them on your feet, then you’re actually saving space, because one pair of boots is all you need. I did get blisters from walking around too much in boots though, and they’re not as hardy as hiking boots, so I would think twice about bringing them if I know I would be walking around in nature.
I have always packed flats with me when I travel, and I almost never wear them. They can work for a day’s walk in the city, but only if the weather is nice and dry. Still, they don’t take up much space, so having a pair with you just in case is always a good idea.
I’d say bring them only if you’re going to the beach. Even if I’m just walking around in the city, I don’t want my feet exposed. Who knows where those sidewalks have been?
So those are the my choice for shoes when traveling. I don’t include heels or wedges because I almost never go on the type of trips that require those, and even then I would opt for a nice pair of flats or flat sandals or flat boots over anything with a heel. But hey, that’s just my preference. Depending on your destination and your plan, you can pick out the shoes that work best for you.
Thank you for reading, and thank you, Jen, for letting me guest post. I hope you’re enjoying your trip!