- Buyer's Guide
24 Comfortable Men’s Travel Shoes (that Actually Look Good)
Travel by its nature often involves being on your feet a lot. Whether you’re racing through airports to catch a flight, traipsing up and down stairs to get to your accommodation, or exploring the sights. And there are a lot of great men’s travel shoes out there. But sometimes there’s a sacrifice in style for comfort. And that doesn’t need to be the case. So here’s a solid list of comfortable travel shoes (that actually look good).
How many pairs of shoes should I pack?
Space is at a premium in luggage and shoes are often bulky. So plan to take two pairs at most. One pair to wear and one pair packed in your luggage. To maximize space and reduce packing weight, wear the heavier shoes and pack the smaller/lighter pair.
What are the best shoes for traveling?
The less you pack, the lighter and more agile you can travel. So when selecting the best sneakers, runners, or shoes you want a pair that can do it all.
Not only should they be comfortable (because, hey, you’ll be covering serious miles) but versatile in their looks too – shoes that can dress up (look good in a restaurant) and work well with a casual tee are a perfect combination.
And even better, if your shoes are built for performance, be it trail running, hiking or athletics, then that means you can exercise and kick off on awesome outdoor adventures, without packing an extra pair.
Find that weight to durability balance
A lighter shoe is always easier to pack. But there’s generally always a trade-off when it comes to durability. So if you know you’re going to be beating up your shoes with trails and rugged terrain, then trail running or hiking shoes will be your best option.
Less bulk = more packing space
Shoes that can pack down flat are a dream when space in your pack is limited. Features such as compressible uppers and bendable outsoles all play a role in keeping shoe bulk down.
So with the above in mind, we’ve selected a range of comfortable men’s travel shoes that might be just right for you. Versatile in their style, kind to your feet, and flexible to handle various environments and activities…
One of the most iconic Vans designs gets an update on both the durability and comfort front, welcoming reinforced Duracap underlays as well as improved cushioning to keep you comfy during high impact use. And don’t be distracted by the name; you don’t need to be a skater to benefit from this tough, comfy shoe with plenty of urban style and an affordable price tag too.
That feeling of walking on air? Well, you really get it with these shoes. The design features DMX cushioning that moves air from the heel to the forefoot and back again as you walk, providing all-day comfort. The design adapts to city or trail use, with an understated leather and textile upper and grippy rubber outsole.
The adidas Fluidflow 2.0 does double duty as a running and day-to-day shoe. The knit textile upper aids in breathability and keeping the weight light, while the bounce midsole brings comfort to your runs and laidback meanderings alike.
As the name suggests, Nike’s Flex Experience Run 10 shoes are a solid pick when it’s time to eat up the miles at pace. But their comfy build and low-key aesthetics make them a good choice for general about-town use too. They feature a breathable knit upper, midfoot support, heel cushioning, as well as flex grooves in the outsole designed to accommodate the natural movement of your foot.
Native’s Mercury 2.0 Liteknit takes a stride in the right direction for eco-conscious footwear that doesn’t sacrifice style or comfort. The lightweight, breathable shoe uses a recycled polyester upper featuring 3D Liteknit technology that keeps production waste to a minimum. The vegan-friendly shoe also features a high rebound Dynalite midsole and an Elastilite insole made from upcycled EVA waste.
Old-school style with modern-day comfort? Step right up and check out the Vans ComfyCush Old Skool. The shoe welcomes added cushioning comfort, along with a moisture-wicking lining and added arch support. And depending on the colorway you choose, you can pair them with a slightly smarter outfit or keep things casual.
If you’ll be venturing off the beaten track or taking on an outdoor trail or two, Salomon’s Outline Gore-Tex shoes are a solid addition to your packing list. The lightweight shoe weighs just 330g and offers a host of outdoor-ready features such as grippy Contagrip® MD outsole lugs, a toe cap, and a Gore-Tex membrane. And while the shoe is ready for the outdoors, it remains comfy and versatile enough for urban wear too.
The Nano X marks the Nano’s 10-year anniversary in style with a Flexweave® woven textile upper, high-density foam collar, and lightweight EVA foam cushioning. The shoe has a minimal drop outsole for stability and suits a range of active uses, making it a great pick for a versatile workout shoe that can also hit the sightseeing spots with you.
They might not look it, but Vessi’s Everyday Sneakers are a performance shoe disguised in sleek, urban style. They pack a range of features into their design, including sustainable construction, a 100% waterproof and breathable knit upper, cushioned antibacterial insoles, and four-way stretch. If you’re after a go-almost-anywhere urban shoe that isn’t afraid of the elements, this is a worthy pick for your packing list.
From work trips to weekend adventures, the Vessi Weekend sneakers are up for the challenge of keeping your feet dry, comfy, and stylish on the go. The breathable, 100% waterproof knit upper keeps the elements at bay. And anti-odor, molded insoles keep your feet fresh and comfortable throughout the day. Able to be dressed up or down, the shoes are also machine washable for easy care too.
From outdoor trails to city pavements, these men’s travel shoes are ready to roam. They have a low-profile rubber tread that provides grip on trails but also the durability to handle everyday, everywhere use. The low heel drop offers a more natural walking position, while an EVA midsole keeps your feet comfortably cushioned. A lightweight, quick-drying upper rounds off the vegan-friendly design.
The adidas Terrex Agravic Flow is an adaptable running shoe that can handle pavements and trail runs alike. The grippy Continental™ Rubber outsole provides confidence on both wet and dry terrain. And the Boost midsole provides cushioning comfort and energy return with each step. If you don’t want to miss out on your runs during your travels, consider packing this flexible shoe.
Understated urban style, protection from the elements, and all-day comfort are the name of the game with these shoes. The shoe combines a suede and nubuck leather upper with Gore-Tex construction for weather protection and a lugged PU and rubber outsole for grip in wet conditions. Add in its low-key design and you can venture from dinner out to city strolls all with one shoe.
Looking for men’s travel shoes with sustainable construction and sleek urban style in one? These shoes may look like leather but they’re actually Cotton Worked as Leather. A vegan-friendly material featuring 100% organic cotton canvas that’s coated with PU, corn starch and ricinus oil. The sustainable construction doesn’t stop there, with a 59% bio-sourced and recycled outsole, a lining made from 33% organic cotton and 67% recycled plastic bottles, and an insole made from sugar cane, Amazonian rubber, organic cotton and recycled EVA.
The trails are calling your name and you want to answer that call – at speed. This is where the Norvan SL2 comes in. Weighing just 170g (6 oz) per shoe, this highly lightweight and breathable trail running shoe is designed to take on challenging technical terrain. Add in the hydrophobic TPU mesh upper that folds down for easy packability, and you’re all set for trail adventures with minimal packing bulk.
Sometimes you simply want men’s travel shoes that will handle a variety of situations well. Perhaps a morning or evening jog, with comfortable all-day wear for daily use too. The On Cloudnova delivers that flexibility with a breathable mesh upper, Zero Gravity foam midsole cushioning, and a CloudTec outsole that offers great energy return and protection from impact.
The Condor 2 soars as a sustainably made running shoe that works equally well for casual, day-to-day wear too. Every element is carefully considered for minimal environmental impact, from the mesh uppers and lining made with 100% recycled plastic bottles, to the grippy outsole that features fair-trade rubber and rice waste. If you prioritize sustainably made, flexible design for active or casual use, this shoe is well worth checking out.
Arc’teryx brings their technical know-how to hiking trails with the Aerios FL GTX. Taking inspiration from trail running footwear but designed for fast and light hikes on varied terrain, the Aerios FL GTX keeps you stable and agile with a Vibram® Megagrip outsole and comfy EVA midsole. A Gore-Tex membrane provides protection from the elements while enabling breathability. And there’s also an integrated TPU shank, plus a TPU toe cap for added abrasion resistance.
Wet weather shouldn’t stop you from missing out on runs. So Nike developed their React Miler Shield running shoe to keep you dry, stable and protected during wet weather runs. The Storm-Tread outsole is designed to provide grip on wet surfaces. The shoe also has a water-repellent construction with a DWR finish, a comfy Nike React foam midsole, a wide forefoot to accommodate toe-splay and swelling, as well as reflective detailing.
Inspired by adidas’s Ultraboost running shoes, the Ultraboost 4.0 DNA shoes serve up performance and comfort for everyday wear. The shoes feature a Primeknit upper and utilize Primeblue in their construction, a recycled material made partly with upcycled plastic waste. adidas Boost technology enables great energy return while moving, and the lightweight build adds to the all-day comfort.
Looking to get in a round of golf during your travels? The ECCO BIOM Hybrid 3 is a golf shoe featuring BIOM® NATURAL MOTION® Technology for enhanced walking comfort and stability. The ECCO Tri-Fi-Grip™ outsole features three zones that enhance stability, durability, and rotational support. The shoe is made with an ECCO YAK leather upper and utilizes a Gore-Tex membrane for breathable water protection.
These trail running shoes are designed for long-distance running even in wet weather. Gore-Tex construction offers waterproof yet breathable comfort, while the Vibram® Megagrip outsole is both durable and grippy. Both lighter and more durable than the original design, the shoe incorporates Vibram® LiteBase technology and a new midsole material for durable performance with reduced weight.
Looking for the ultimate everyday sneaker that moves effortlessly from work to play? This might just be it. The shoe features Casca’s waterproof and breathable Avro leather, made from full-grain U.S leathers at their award-winning sustainable tannery. Casca’s triple-thick insoles provide excellent bounce and don’t flatten with use, so you can enjoy excellent long-term comfort. And tough, grippy outsoles keep you stable and secure on the go. If you want even more enhanced comfort, you can also upgrade to SmartFit™ custom-fit insoles that deliver a personalized fit.
If suave European styling for your feet is music to your ears, the North-89 No-2 Midnight Weatherproof 2.0 sneakers should be on your shortlist. Designed in Stockholm and handcrafted in Portugal with Italian leather, they bring refined tennis shoe styling and weatherproof construction to everyday environments. Casual-chic, practical, and comfortable, they’re a luxurious treat for your hardworking feet.