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Slip on sneakers are cute but flat shoes don’t work for all travelers. If you need additional support, take a look at these reader recommended tennis shoes!
What are the Best Tennis Shoes for Travel?
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Travel Fashion Girl help! A reader asks:
Hi ladies, I’m looking to hear about your favorite tennis shoes. I need good support for both foot and back problems, but want a low profile casual “running” shoe. Can’t do Supergas or Tevas. I was actually looking at something like a super lightweight running shoe like a New Balance. Thoughts? Opinions? Thanks!
Travelers are always on the hunt for the perfect pair of shoes. Shoes that are not only comfortable, but also stylish, lightweight, and versatile for a variety of locations and outfits.
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New Balance Vazee Rush
A number of readers agreed that New Balance makes excellent athletic shoes that can double as the best tennis shoes for travel. One model in particular recommended was the New Balance Vazee Rush, which features Rapid Rebound midsole technology that provides lasting energy return and cushioned comfort.
The bootie construction offers a comfortable in-shoe feel so you can walk for miles in these. One reader says, “I love my New Balance shoes. I got black ones a few years ago, I probably tried on 17 pairs before deciding. They’ve been great for heavy walking days in Europe and they go with everything. I do not mind the ‘tennis shoe’ stigma.”
Nike Free Flyknits
When talking about the best tennis shoes for travel, we had to include a pair of Nikes. Nike is a great brand to shop because they offer stylish and sleek shoes that offer support.
The flyknit fabric and Auxetic Tri-Star pattern provide greater flexibility and a more natural feel on the foot. And the low-profile cushioning and rounded heel encourage natural foot strike so you get the most out of your shoes with every step you take.
Take it from this reader who told us, “I’ve had four knee surgeries on one knee and I LOVE my Nike Free Flyknits. I can walk for 12 to 13 miles without issues with them.”
Vionic is one of our readers’ most popular travel shoe brands and they also make some of the best tennis shoes, too. On reader swears by them, saying, “they changed my life, and helped me keep walking before a knee replacement and I’m still wearing them after.”
The Sierra style offers stretch textile uppers, making the shoe super flexible and moldable to your foot shape. But perhaps the biggest feature is that the shoes include removable, mesh-covered EVA podiatrist-designed 1st Ray technology that features extra cushioning under the toe designed to help push off with every step, thereby improving posture and balance.
New Balance Fuelcore Coast
Running shoes often make for some of the best tennis shoes for travel because they’re lightweight yet durable. Readers recommended New Balance FuelCore Coast sneakers because she says, “my feet are super fussy and want support. These have a synthetic side panel around the arch and midfoot area so there’s a lot more support than the usual mesh sneaker. Very comfy. I wanted something lighter than my leather sneakers, which are comfy, but just take up so much space in my bag.”
Not only are these shoes easy to pack and supportive, but they also provide a collapsible heel and speed-lace design, so they’re easy to move around in and take on or off.
Hoka One One Hupana
Hoka One One specializes in making running shoes, and made headlines when they produced shoes with oversized outsoles, sparking a trend for greater shoe comfort for runners. The Hupana style is designed to do what it’s name means: “spring back.” You’ll walk and move around comfortably in these shoes.
One reader highly recommends the brand, saying, “Hoka One One makes brilliant shoes specifically made for people with foot and back problems.”
TOMS Cabrillo Sneaker
One reader recommends the Cabrillo sneaker, saying “I recently bought a pair of Tom’s Cabrillo sneakers. They’re so light and comfy! I plan to take them on my two week trip to Italy in May. Fashionable and practical.”
This sneaker blends a sporty silhouette with long-lasting comfort, making it the ideal choice for everyday wear. The lightweight midsole adds comfort and provides shock absorption, while the removable footbed has an antimicrobial treatment for comfortable support and a fresher foot environment.
Nike Lady Free 5.0+ Sneaker
Similar to Adidas, Nike makes an assortment of shoes that are durable enough for sport and travel while still offering a stylish look. One reader ranked these sneakers as the best travel shoe for women, saying, “If I had to pick one pair, regardless of climate or activities, it would be my Nike Free sneakers.”
The textured mesh full inner sleeve offers a dynamic, sock-like fit and easy on-and-off style. The asymmetrical lacing system reduces pressure on the top ridge of the foot, while diagonal cuts through the arch encourage natural motion and help increase foot strength.
Adidas Originals Campus Sneaker
If you’re looking for more of a flat, lace-up sneaker, look no further than Adidas. Adidas is known for its stylish sneakers, but they’re also comfortable too! One reader recommended the Adidas Campus sneaker, saying “I love those; very comfy. They are available in many different colors. I wear greys and navy blue so I chose a bright color.”
The Campus has a cushioned Ortholite® sockliner with a textile cover and a durable rubber outsole. The three stripes add a sporty style while the suede keeps the shoe flexible and soft. If you like these styles of shoes, check out our list of the best casual sneakers.
What are your recommendations for the best tennis shoes for travel? Comment below!
For cute comfortable shoes for travel, please read:
- How to Choose the Best Shoes for Travel
- Superga sneakers review
- Travel Fashion Sneakers for Women
- 21 Most Comfortable Shoes
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