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Are you planning your exciting getaway and wondering what shoes to wear in Greece? Keep comfortable as you explore this stunning destination with the best options for every season!

 


Best Shoes to Wear in Greece


 

 

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From gorgeous beaches to whitewashed towns to ancient ruins, there is so much to explore in Greece! Readers say you’ll be facing uneven ground, bustling streets, lots of steps, and slippery marble, which means comfortable and sturdy shoes are a must.

 

 

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In Athens, wearing my Taos sneakers with my Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody (similar) and Tumi Carson Backpack (similar)

 

I spent a few weeks in Europe in the summer of 2022 to celebrate a milestone birthday, starting in Athens and making a stop in Santorini. It was truly magical, and I was happy with the shoes I packed; one were the Taos Plim Soul Lux sneakers and Coach slide sandals (sold out, but here’s a similar style). Note: on slides, they aren’t recommended for lots of walking, and if you pack a pair, they’re better off used for very short walking occasions.

 

If you want to read about my whole journey, here are all the trip reports:

 

With the help of TFG readers, we’ve rounded up the best shoes for walking in Greece that are comfortable and cute – take a look!

 

 

Best Sandals for Greece

 

During a hot summer trip to Greece, you’ll want to let your feet breathe with some cute sandals. But because of the extensive walking you’ll be doing, often on uneven surfaces, which are sometimes slippery, or cobblestone streets, readers emphasize the importance of protective sandals that’ll keep you sturdy!

 

 

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Shop: Amazon | Zappos | Taos

 

Taos Trulie

 

The Taos Trulie sandals are a TFG favorite that has kept readers ultra-comfortable on trips that involve lots of walking. With arch and metatarsal support, shock absorption, and a sturdy rubber outsole, you’ll be able to tackle Greece’s cobblestone streets with ease. They’re functional and great in the heat, and the cute style looks amazing with linen pants, linen dresses, or linen skirts to beat the heat.

One reader says she wore her Trulie sandals in Greece for two weeks, and they were amazing! I also brought these to Athens, and they were comfy, and liked the two adjustable straps. They come in wide sizes, too!

 

Read our ultimate packing guide on what to wear in Greece!

 

 

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Shop: Amazon

 

Sorel Ella II Sandals

 

If you want another choice for Athens, the Sorel Ella sandals are said by reviewers to be comfortable and stylish!

And they cushion as one reader wore hers all over Greece and Italy. These would look fab with a dreamy white dress and statement jewelry. If you love Sorel shoes (like we do), check out our review on them.

 

 

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Shop: Amazon | Nordstrom | Fitflop

 

Fitflop Lulu

 

Flip flops are a must for any beach destination, but for Greece, you’ll need something sturdier and more resilient for the city streets. Readers say these Fitflop Lulu sandals are super comfortable for walking, with an adjustable strap that will keep your feet held in, coupled with extraordinary cushioning. The beautiful leather exterior keeps them elevated, too, perfect for pairing with all of your summer maxi dresses!

One TFGer describes her FitFlop LuLu sandals as workhorses on her trip to Greece. Another reader who traveled to Greece in September shares that she wore these FitFlops the entire trip and her feet were very happy!

 

 

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Shop: Amazon | Zappos | REI

 

Keen Rose

 

If you want to keep cool in the heat but have a rigorous day of walking through ancient ruins or rocky beaches, these Keen Rose sandals are perfect! The rubber toe and strappy design will keep your feet protected as you adventure around Greece, while the flexible footbed with great support will keep them comfy. They’re also great in the water, dry quickly, and have excellent traction.

One reader highly suggests this pair, saying that they’re some of the best water shoes for Greece and they were great for beach and boating days, as some beaches had a rocky bottom, good to pair with long shorts and a tank!

 

 

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Shop: Amazon | Zappos | Teva

 

Teva Tirra

 

Another adventure-ready pair, readers say the Teva Tirra sandals are perfect for everything from miles of walking to splashing around in the water. They boast a cushioned, contoured, shock-absorbing footbed with quick-drying straps that’ll keep your feet secure. They also have a cute, sporty look that you can take from a boat ride to a casual dinner in wrinkle free pants!

One reader bought these on a month-long trip to Greece and shares that they were perfect for long days of exploring villages and walking on the beach, and after rinsing at night, they would be dry and ready for the next day.

 

 

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Shop: Amazon | Nordstrom | Zappos

 

Birkenstock Mayari

 

A timeless classic that offers both comfort and style, readers say these Birkenstock sandals are an ideal sandal for summer in Greece on the islands. Known for its heavenly footbed that offers ample support, this is a pair that you can walk for miles in with complete comfort. They’re minimal and stylish, too, so they’ll look great with everything you pack and can be worn from the beach to the bar with your swimsuit coverup on!

One reader says she wore her Birkenstocks throughout her entire trip to Greece!

 

 

Best Sneakers for Greece

 

On cooler days or adventures that call for some extra protection, bring out your comfortable sneakers! Simple, neutral-colored pairs always look stylish and will go with everything. Choose a pair that’s supportive and that you can do plenty of walking in.

 

 

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Shop: Amazon | Zappos | Taos

 

Taos Plim Soul Lux

 

I brought the Taos Plim Soul Lux sneakers on my trip to Greece, which are incredibly comfortable for all day walking given the arch support. I opted for the leather version over the canvas for easier cleaning. I wore them on the flight and for any longer sightseeing days throughout my trip, with both jeans and midi dresses.

All-white sneakers are classic and will look super cute with any outfit, but they also come in a wide range of colors to suit your style!

 

 

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Shop: Amazon | Nordstrom | Zappos

 

Ecco Soft 7

 

Another pair of luxe sneakers that readers love to travel with is the Ecco Soft 7s. This is a pair that you’ll see a lot in Athens, no doubt for their sleek look and durable construction, making them perfect for everything from museums to monuments. Readers also highlight the anatomical footbeds and lightweight, flexible soles that make them a dream to walk in for long periods of time.

One reader says they were very supportive and comfortable on a trip where did a ton of walking in them. She adds that she’s had bouts of plantar fasciitis in the past, but never while wearing this shoe, and she says they’re the perfect shoe for travel!

Insider tip from TFG’s managing editor: Ecco stores are all over Athens, too, so it’s a popular local brand!

 

Check out a few airplane outfit ideas to feel relaxed but still look chic when traveling!

 

 

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Shop: Nordstrom | Zappos | Hoka

 

Hoka Clifton 9

 

While they definitely have a sportier look, these reader-favorite Hoka Clifton 9 sneakers look super cute with everything from jeans to shorts to dresses. TFGers adore these shoes for walking-heavy trips, as their foam-cushioned insole with arch support and shock absorption is a true dream! The chunky sole and excellent traction mean you can trek over cobblestones, ancient ruins, and rugged terrain with comfort.

One reader shares that she loved her Hokas on her Greece trip for the more serious walks and the hike up to the Acropolis. Looks great with joggers for casual days too!

 

 

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Shop: Amazon | Nordstrom | New Balance

 

New Balance 574

 

With a retro flair and quality construction, the New Balance 574 sneakers are high-performing and uber-cool. From the comfy arch support and cushioning to the extra grippy outsole, they’re the perfect pair for a day of exploring Greece. After keeping your feet happy for miles and miles of walking, these sporty-chic sneakers can be dressed up for a nicer outing, too!

One reader highly recommends this pair for Greece, sharing that hers were perfect on her trip!

 

 

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Shop: Amazon | Nordstrom | Zappos

 

On Cloud 5

 

While designed for running, these On Cloud 5 sneakers are seriously cute, super versatile, and overall adored by readers. They offer shock absorption and cushioning that distributes weight with each step, along with ample arch support and an outsole that not only has great traction but also a great look! More highlights include an antimicrobial interior to keep things fresh and easy, slip on laces.

One TFG reader describes them as a major winner on her Greece trip and highly recommends them!

 

 

Best Slip Ons for Greece

 

As an alternative to sneakers, comfortable slip ons can be a fabulous sightseeing shoe. Sleek and easy to wear, slip ons are a stylish option that look great with travel pants and summer dresses! Remember to choose a pair that’s cushioned and sturdy enough for those rugged streets.

 

 

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Shop: Amazon

 

Skechers Go Walk

 

These Skechers Go Walk slip ons are fantastic travel shoes, with a clean and simple design that’s perfect for easy styling. But their incredible comfort is what makes them one of the most popular shoes on the website! They boast a memory foam footbed, great arch support, and an ultra-lightweight and flexible feel.

The breathable, mesh upper is amazing for hot temps, too. A reader says they were so comfy throughout her summer travels and her feet never got tired or blistered. Another bonus is that they come in narrow, regular, and wide widths!

 

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Shop: Amazon | Nordstrom | Dr. Scholl’s

 

Dr. Scholl’s Madison

 

Oozing style yet offering tons in the way of comfort, these Dr. Scholl’s Madison slip ons are an easy way to dress up an outfit. The insole features anatomical support and memory foam cushioning, and readers have reported doing tons of walking in them. The faux leather is high-quality and the overall design is super robust, so they’ll hold up beautifully to all of your Greek adventures.

One reader who has worn Dr. Scholl’s sneakers all over Europe says they’re amazing, and she highly recommends them. She wore them with black pants a lot and wrinkle free pants too!

 

 

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Shop: Allbirds

 

Allbirds Tree Loungers

 

If you’re exploring Greece’s charming villages on a blistering hot day and need something functional yet cool, these Allbirds Tree Loungers are the ones! Made from breezy eucalyptus fiber, they’re ultra-lightweight yet offer enough comfort and sturdiness to handle archaeological sites and cobblestone streets. The insole has plenty of foam cushioning, while the exterior has a cute, minimalist appeal.

One traveler says she wore them every day while sightseeing in Greece and the Greek Islands, and they’re incredibly comfortable!

 

 

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Shop: Nordstrom | Zappos | Vionic

 

Vionic Kearny

 

The platform sole on Vionic’s Kearny slip on offers more than a stylishly modern look – there’s stabilizing, shock-absorbing technology to keep you sturdy as you explore, as well as ample cushioning in the footbed. With both looks and comfort, this is a great shoe for shopping on the islands or enjoying a night out in Athens!

Wearers say they’re high quality, look great with everything, and are comfortable for long bouts of walking. One adds that the fit is superb, the support is outstanding, and they even help with her plantar fasciitis!

 

 

Best Boots for Greece

 

When the weather cools, you’ll see the locals bringing out their leather boots! Boots are fantastic for stomping around the uneven terrain, city streets, and beautiful ruins in Greece, as they’ll keep your feet comfy and secure.

 

 

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Shop: Amazon | Nordstrom | Zappos

 

Blondo Dakota Waterproof Ankle Boots

 

A major TFG-reader fave, the Blondo Danika waterpoof booties are ruggedly built and beautiful at the same time. They’re made from soft, waterproof leather and feature a chunky lug sole that’ll keep your feet stable as you explore. To top it off, the cushy footbed and slight heel of around 2 inches make them a dream for long days on your feet!

One reader highly recommends this pair, reporting that she walked all over Europe in them and they were super comfy and are very in style there! You could wear merino wool leggings with these cuties and add a dress over to be extra cozy.

 

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Shop: Nordstrom | Amazon

 

Ecco Modtray Water Resistant Ankle Boots

 

Keep comfy as you explore Greece with these beautiful Ecco Modtray ankle boots! These reader faves are not only sleek and versatile but have excellent cushioning and stability, so they’ll keep your feet happy mile after mile. Another bonus is that these shoes are water-resistant and have stellar traction, so rain, slick surfaces, and puddles are no biggie.

One traveler says she wore these boots throughout a recent trip, and they were super comfortable, even for her foot issues. And these would look fab with wide leg pants!

 

 

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Shop: Amazon | Sorel

 

Sorel Joan Lace Up Combat Boots

 

Perfect for everything on your trip itinerary and stylish as can be, the Sorel Joan boots will be a go-to for chilly days in Greece. They’re made of high-quality leather that’s flexible and snug, with a lug sole that has excellent traction, so they can handle rough roads with the utmost ease. Plus, wearers rave about the comfy contoured footbed!

One wearer says she bought these boots for a trip to Europe and is obsessed! She adds that they were amazing in the rain and mud, had great traction, and were cute enough to wear out at night. They pair super well with trendy cargo pants or ponte pants.

 

 

Best Flats for Greece

 

Greece is the perfect destination to get a bit dressed up, especially at night! If you plan on enjoying scenic strolls by the water, going out to eat, and enjoying the nightlife, definitely pack some cute and comfy flats!

 

 

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Shop: Allbirds | Zappos

 

Allbirds Tree Breezers

 

On a hot summer night, these Allbirds Tree Breezers flats will keep your feet nice and cool with their breathable, eucalyptus fiber construction. Wearers confirm that these sleek flats will have you feeling like you’re barefoot, though the flexible outsole is resilient and can definitely handle some walking. They also have light cushioning, minimize odor, and are easy to keep clean.

One wearer says they’re the perfect travel shoe—light and easy to pack, yet dressy enough for any situation. These would look so cute with wide leg jeans!

 

 

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Shop: Birdies | Amazon

 

Birdies The Starling

 

Chic and feminine, these Birdies The Starling flats are also structured and supportive, so they can definitely handle an evening stroll. Made of premium suede, these beauties have plenty of cloud-like cushioning and a snug fit that comfortably molds to your feet. From cropped pants to midi skirts, they’ll add a polished element to any outfit!

They come in wide sizes, too! One of our readers says they’re absolutely awesome. The fit is perfect, they’re comfortable, and the color matches everything! She adds that she’s gotten so many compliments, too!

 

 

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Shop: Everlane

 

Everlane The Day Glove

 

It doesn’t get more classic than these Everlane The Day Glove ballet flats, made of soft and supple leather that forms to your feet over time. While they look dainty and chic, these ballet flats are functional and quite resilient, with a durable rubber sole, side vents, and a cushioned insole. It’s no wonder they’re the most popular flats among our readers!

One wearer says these flats fit like a soft glove, are stylish and super comfortable, and she spent a summer in Europe and walked miles in them every day! You can get these flats in either a narrow or comfort width, too. Don these beauties with cute dresses with pockets or midi skirts.

 

 

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Shop: Rothy’s

 

Rothy’s The Almond Loafer

 

Comfort and elegance come together in these cute Rothy’s The Almond loafers, which are designed to be an easy, low-maintenance, yet polished staple. These gems feature a soft knit upper that’s breathable and never feels constricting, paired with a cushy, contoured insole for added support.

Readers also love that they’re sustainable, machine-washable, and amazingly comfy to stroll around in! Wear these awesome flats with easy wrinkle free dresses or long sleeve dresses for the fall.

One TFGer shares that she walked all over Europe in her Rothy’s, and they were comfortable and even provided support for her foot problems!

 

 

Best Walking Shoes for Greece Comparison Chart

 

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Left: Compass Rose Medium Packing Cubes (13″ x 8.5″ x 2.8″) | Right: Compass Rose Slim Packing Cubes (13″ x 5″ x 2.8″)

 

How to Pack Your Shoes for Greece

 

It’s time to pack those walking shoes for Greece to prepare for your big trip! Start by selecting a container such as a shoe bag or a packing cube, then pack according to your type of luggage.

Many readers use our packing cubes for this task. The Compass Rose Packing Cubes are now offered in two sizes: slim and medium. The slim size cubes measure 13 x 5 x 2.8, and the medium size cubes measure 2.8 x 13 x 8.5. Both fit an international carry-on suitcase and can help you organize and compress clothing items. The medium sizes is great for bulkier items.

If you’d like more help on learning how to use packing cubes, see the video below.

 

 

Watch this video to start learning how to organize with packing cubes!

 

Whether you have a front loading or top loading backpack, it’s crucial to put your shoes first, at the bottom. If you’re planning to pack shoes in a rolling carry-on, remember that it stands sideways, so it’s important to note how it functions when it is upright. Most often, your shoes will need to be packed close to the wheels, so that the luggage maintains its balance in transit. This is the secret to packing carry-on only!

 

 


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