Black sneakers are a fantastic pair of shoes to include when you are packing, stylish yet comfortable! Read on to learn which black sneakers our readers favor for travel.
Best Black Sneakers
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Travel Fashion Girl help! A reader asks:
I’m looking for a black slip-on sneaker. Any recommendations?
Finding a pair of shoes that are comfortable and go with your outfits can seem impossible. However, sneakers are perfect for so many occasions: for sightseeing around a city or for wearing for rural strolls. You can style them with a dress in the summer or with skinny jeans or leggings in the winter. Black is a fantastic color to choose, it goes with everything, so it will help make creating your capsule wardrobe for your trip a lot easier!
Note: Always break in your shoes before your trip!
Here’s what our readers recommend as the best black sneakers for travel:
Dr. Scholl’s Madison Embossed Slip-On Sneakers
Dr. Scholl is known for designing shoes you can practically live in! This slip-on sneaker features a memory foam cool fit insole with a synthetic sole, which adds great contrast to ensure your sneakers stand out.
One reader says, “I have these and love them. They were perfect for my two weeks in Maine and Canada. I got no blisters or hotspots wearing them, which I was amazed at.” Another reader describes them as “very comfortable.”
They are also great for wet days when a boot is not really necessary. One reader recommends “spraying them really well with waterproofing. They are then fine when it rains.”
UGG Women’s Sammy Sneakers
Our readers love UGG for its comfy ankle boots, but UGG also makes great slip-on shoes and stylish slip-on sneakers. This slip-on sneaker style from UGG is a great alternative for when you don’t wish to wear sneakers with laces. It has a cushioned insole, designed to create a generous comfortable footbed, while the molded rubber cupsole offers great support for your feet, making it among the best black leather sneakers.
One reader says she recently bought these. They “are super comfortable and look great.” Another reader says on a trip to Boston, “I was walking so much with what I thought was a comfortable shoe, and couldn’t walk anymore. So I purchased UGG slip-on sneaker, and then wore them for four days nonstop — and no more pain.”
Skechers Women’s Flex Appeal 2.0 Sneakers
Our readers rave about their Skechers. They are one of the most popular choices for a black sneaker. The cushioned and memory foam sole offers great arch support and plenty of flexibility for your feet.
One reader says, “Sketchers are wonderful. Very light, and the cushioned sole is great when you’re going to be on hard surfaces all day, like cobblestones.” Another reader adds how her “Sketchers are so comfortable and super light.” They may not be the most stylish option, but they are awesome if you are looking for comfort.
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Vionic Women’s Splendid Syra Lace-Up Sneakers
Vionic shoes are a massive favorite for our female readers because Vionic makes some of the most comfortable shoes. Vionic’s Splendid Syra Lace-Up Sneakers are no exception. These sneakers have a firm yet flexible, removable, microfiber-covered EVA footbed to offer maximum comfort. The leather-like design makes these sneakers easy to clean.
One reader says, “I’ve worn them for several months, and they are so comfortable.” Several of our readers who suffer from plantar fasciitis highly recommend Vionic sneakers. One reader says, “They look good and are very comfortable for my plantar fasciitis.”
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Jibs Slim Black Slip On Shoes
Jibs slip ons are TFG editor-in-chief Alex’s favorite travel sneaker because not only are these comfortable, but stylish for destinations like Europe. The Therma rubber sole is strong and flexible, the natural cork insole wicks away moisture and doesn’t retain odors, and the perforated upper is airy and made of 100% real biodegradable-leather, so they’re environmentally friendly as well!
All these pluses make them excellent for travel, as one wearer says they’re “comfortable for nearly every occasion,” while another says that “sand, water, rocks, basically nothing slows these shoes down.” Another fan says simply, “LOVE the look – plan on buying more!”
TOMS Classic Women’s Black Sneakers
Classic black sneakers from TOMS offer a comfortable, light and durable option. These sneakers have a classic, textile upper, elastic gore to create an easy fit, with a molded removable insole.
One reader says, “I love my lace-up TOMS. I can walk for miles and hours in them.” Another reader says, “They are so fashionable and practical.” While one reader adds, “I love my TOMS and have multiple pairs.”
Keds Women’s Kickstart Fashion Sneakers
Keds’ black sneakers for ladies will go with everything: wear them with a dress, jeans, or leggings, and you will look super. The canvas material makes these black and white sneakers lightweight and breathable, and the sole is shaped to have a slight arch, offering support for your feet.
One reader says, “I love my Keds so much that I have them in both black and white. I can walk all day in them on any terrain, without socks even, and be totally comfortable.” Another reader says, “They are really cute and comfy.”
Nike Women’s Tanjun Sneakers
Nike offers female travelers stylish and sleek shoes that offer plenty of support and comfort. These Nike Tanjun sneakers have a sporty silhouette with a rounded heel to act as a cushion while the textured mesh full inner sleeve creates a sock-like fit.
One reader says, “Nike’s Tanjun sneakers are really popular at the moment. Everyone is wearing them!” Another reader says, “I bought the Nike Tanjun sneakers when my other shoes were not working for me. They are so comfortable and don’t break the bank.”
Merrell Women’s Bare Trail Running Shoe
For a more active style, then consider this sneaker from Merrell. The breathable mesh lining and cushioned sole makes these sneakers a perfect option to pack if you like to run when traveling and for those rainy days and light hikes.
One reader says, “I am a huge fan of Merrell. They are really super lightweight and waterproof.” Another reader adds, “They’re light and breathable, so good for walking around the city.”
As a bonus, these sneakers are also vegan-friendly.
Don’t Forget These Other Essentials
Even with a comfortable sneaker, you may want to consider using gel inserts! You can create a soft fit in your new black sneakers by adding your own insert to massively increase your comfort.
One reader shares how she had some problems with her heel, so she used a gel heel cup insert with her sneakers, and “it made such a difference.”
Even shoes made for walking can cause blisters, so make sure you pack some bandages, or plasters, just in case. Even a small blister can make it difficult to walk, and you don’t want to ruin your trip because of a blister!
Socks are a necessity for pairing with sneakers to avoid smelly shoes, but no one wants to ruin the look of a travel outfit by having their socks show. Keep your feet nice and comfortable and wear a pair of no-show socks with your new black sneakers.
Have a look at our round-up of the best no-show socks for travel!
Here’s the quick summary on the best black sneakers for globetrotters:
|BRAND / MODEL||READER'S SAY||RATING||PRICE|
|Dr. Scholl's Shoes Madison Fashion Sneaker||“I have these and love them. They were perfect for my two weeks in Maine and Canada. I got no blisters or hotspots wearing them, which I was amazed at.”||Check Price|
|UGG Sammy Fashion Sneaker||“I was walking so much with what I thought was a comfortable shoe, and couldn’t walk anymore. So I purchased UGG sneakers, and then wore them for four days nonstop -- and no more pain.”||Check Price|
|Skechers Flex Appeal 2.0 Sneaker||“Sketchers are wonderful. Very light, and the cushioned sole is great when you’re going to be on hard surfaces all day, like cobblestones.”||Check Price|
|Vionic Splendid Syra Lace-Up Sneaker||“They look good and are very comfortable for my plantar fasciitis.”||Check Price|
|Jibs Slim Black Slip On Shoes||“Sand, water, rocks, basically nothing slows these shoes down.”||Check Price|
|TOMS Classic Shoes||“I love my lace-up TOMS. I can walk for miles and hours in them.”||Check Price|
|Keds Kickstart Fashion Sneaker||“I love my Keds so much that I have them in both black and white. I can walk all day in them on any terrain, without socks even, and be totally comfortable.”||Check Price|
|NIKE Tanjun Running Shoes||“I bought the Nike Tanjun sneakers when my other shoes were not working for me. They are so comfortable and don’t break the bank.”||Check Price|
|Merrell Bare Access Flex Trail Running Shoe||“They’re light and breathable, so good for walking around the city.”||Check Price|
What black sneakers would you recommend for travel? Share in the comments below!
For more of the most comfortable shoes for travel, please read:
- The Most Comfortable Ballet Flats for Travel
- Reader’s Choice: The 40 Best Travel Shoes of All Time
- 20 Most Cute and Comfortable Walking Shoes Ever
- How to Choose Travel Shoes
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