When it comes to the best shoes for cruise vacations that are based in sunny locales like the Caribbean and what to take, it’s hard to know how many and the right kind. But here’s where our readers come in with their tried and tested recommendations!
Best Cruise Shoes
Written By: Michelle Nati
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Travel Fashion Girl help! A reader asks:
“What would be your bare minimum of shoes on a 7-day Caribbean cruise?”
You’re about to set sail for the turquoise waters of the Carribean and figuring out what shoes to pack for a cruise can be tough, especially if you’ve never vacationed this way before. It’s a unique situation in that you’ll be in a variety of situations and sometimes face changing weather conditions all on one journey.
Luckily, our readers are here to give you some guidance and share their experience on what to bring (whether its two pairs, three pairs, or more) and how to pack your cruise ship shoes.
The Best Shoes for a Cruise in the Caribbean
Best Shoes for Cruise Excursions
The Vionic Valeri espadrilles are simply adorbs! We love the classic design and see them perfectly paired with a cute sundress and floppy hat while walking through a port town.
One reader says, “Depending on if I am hiking or not, I take these as my walking shoes.” These are definitely cruise and picture worthy!
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Go Walking are sporty womens shoes that can work well to hike. No, really—take a morning hike around deck! When you do you’ll find although your feet are covered, the breathable fabric keeps them from sweating, and, boy, are they stylish enough to go with a romper or knee-length dress.
They can also be worn for casual day outfit when disembarking for lunch and shopping. As one reader tells us, “I packed these with a pair of sandals and I was sorted for my cruise.”
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The Allegro is perfect for matching with your Caribbean cruise outfits for a day trip at port or leaving your cabin for a late-night drink to watch the stars.
Readers swear by this versatile, comfy shoe with some owning more than one pair. One reader says, “They are so comfortable!” Adding that “they have great arch support and are not very heavy.”
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Merrell Vapor Glove 2
Some people swear by a good athletic shoe over a sandal, even in the hottest climates. For a style choice, you can’t go wrong with Merrell. Minimalist, comfortable, and lightweight, our readers love these.
One reader echoes the reliability and comfort of these saying, “I pack my Merrells as my walking shoes, with a pair of flip flops.” They’re perfect for staying on-board or enjoying a pack filled excursion on shore!
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Best Water Shoes for a Cruise
Sleek enough for dresses, pants and everything in between, these Teva sandals are super comfy, waterproof, and able to adjust to a wider position if you need it.
One reader says she brings them because they work perfectly “in the water and land,” and look pretty while doing it!
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KEEN Newport H2
Caribbean cruises sometimes involve some pretty vigorous shore excursions. One reader who went to Jamaica climbed a waterfall, and when she did, she wore these KEEN sandals which are popular as both walking and water shoes.
Another reader agrees, saying she never really took hers off. “I wore mine every time I got off the ship. They were great for rocks and water, and offered a lot of support.”
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Chaco ZX2 Classic
Cute, right? Chacos are crazy stylish and ideal shoes for water slides or private islands you may encounter. And for those times you need to step it up, they are dressier than a pair of flip flops.
One reader says, “I wore my Chacos on all of our excursions. I originally bought them for amusement and water parks and they still look brand new several years later.”
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Best Dress Shoes for a Cruise
These high-quality leather shoes by Naot cover all the bases when it comes to a classy, yet comfy shoe for dinner or dancing. No tripping or slipping in these beauties—they offer fantastic support and you can choose a color or print that suits your style.
One seafaring reader says, “I swear by these sandals. You can walk for miles in them and they look terrific with anything!”
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No one else can see it, but you’ll know it’s there, and your feet will thank you. The Kirra Backstrap comes with concealed arch support, and, if you plan on being on your feet sightseeing, this a godsend.
One reader who has plantar fasciitis swears by them. Another backs her up, saying, “They are crazy supportive and go with shorts or sun dresses. I can walk all day in them.” And they go well with more formal wear (think elegant maxi dress) for some evening fun on the cruise!
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For warm summer nights on deck or chill days lounging at a Cabo cantina, Chacos look like a million bucks with any outfit and come with a no-slip, foam footbed for ultimate comfort.
These get high marks from readers, one of which sings their praises. “I took water shoes and a nice pair of Chaco sandals, which I could wear with a nice dress or jean shorts, and they worked perfectly!”
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The Birkenstock Mayari sandals are supportive and lightweight at the same time. You can walk the ship levels, hoof it on a day excursion and your feet won’t feel sweaty or sticky. You can dress them or down, depending on your daily activities.
One reader says, “Maybe they are dorky, but a great pair of Birkenstocks will support your feet and legs, and allow you to stay cool. I just ordered this pair and love how cute and flashy they are!”
Here is our favorite Birkenstocks sandals or similar styles!
Best Flip Flops for a Cruise
The FitFlop Lulu has a slight heel and worn by those who love comfort just as much as looking glam. Our readers adore this shoe for that very reason, along with how unbelievably lightweight and comfortable they are while offering great arch support.
One reader says, “I can walk all day in these sandals.” Perfect with shorts, rompers, or a light dress, this can take you on-board or offshore easily!
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Whether you’re poolside or at port, these sandals from Ipanema allow your feet to breathe in the scorching heat and are available in a range of styles and colors.
Readers say they live in them for much of their trip. “I wore these the whole time,” one says. Another chimes in, “I second the Ipanema sandals. I have these ones and LOVE them.” For cute, simple, yet an easy breezy feeling, these shoes are named after a famous Brazillian beach for a reason!
Read a full review on the best womens flip flops readers swear by!
These Skechers will treat you right. They are soft enough to wear all day because they have a molded footbed on top and decent traction on the bottom, and if they get wet, you don’t have to worry about slipping.
One reader says simply, “They are the best and so comfortable.” These make a great excursion, lunch, or afternoon cocktail accompaniment to your cruise!
These are the best and cutest walking shoes for travel!
They have arch support for a very unusual reason—the bottle opener embedded under the arch, and unlike some sandals, the foot bed never gets slippery when wet.
A reader tells us she simply loves Reef and says, “You can even wash these in a washing machine.” What might seem gimmicky, actually works for reliable shoes you can count on!
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Product Comparison Chart
|BRAND | MODEL||FEATURES | REVIEWS||RATING | PRICE|
|Best Shoes for Cruise Excursions|
|Vionic Valeri Espadrille Flat||“Depending on if I am hiking or not, I take these as my walking shoes.”||Check Price|
|Skechers Go 4-14918 Walking Shoe||“I packed these with a pair of sandals and I was sorted for my cruise.”||Check Price|
|FitFlop Women's Allegro Ballet Flat||“They have great arch support and are not very heavy.”||Check Price|
|Merrell Vapor Glove 2 Barefoot Trail Running Shoe||“I pack my Merrells as my walking shoes, with a pair of flip flops.”||Check Price|
|Best Water Shoes for a Cruise|
|Teva Tirra Sandals||These Teva sandals are super comfy, waterproof, and able to adjust to a wider position if you need it.||Check Price|
|KEEN Women's Newport H2 Sandal||I wore mine every time I got off the ship. They were great for rocks and water, and offered a lot of support.”||Check Price|
|Chaco ZX2 Classic Athletic Sandal||“I wore my Chacos on all of our excursions. I originally bought them for amusement and water parks and they still look brand new several years later.”||Check Price|
|Best Dress Shoes for a Cruise|
|Naot Sabrina Flat Sandal||“I swear by these sandals. You can walk for miles in them and they look terrific with anything!”||Check Price|
|Vionic Kirra Backstrap Sandal||“They are crazy supportive and go with shorts or sun dresses. I can walk all day in them.”||Check Price|
|Chacos Rowan Sandal||“I took water shoes and a nice pair of Chaco sandals, which I could wear with a nice dress or jean shorts, and they worked perfectly!”||Check Price|
|Birkenstock Mayari Sandal||“Maybe they are dorky, but a great pair of Birkenstocks will support your feet and legs, and allow you to stay cool. I just ordered this pair and love how cute and flashy they are!”||Check Price|
|Best Flip Flops for a Cruise|
|FitFlop Lulu Thong Sandal||Perfect with shorts, rompers, or a light dress, this can take you on-board or offshore easily!||Check Price|
|Ipanema Ana Tan Sandal||For cute, simple, yet an easy breezy feeling, these shoes are named after a famous Brazillian beach for a reason!||Check Price|
|Skechers Women's On-The-Go 600 Flip-Flop||These make a great excursion, lunch, or afternoon cocktail accompaniment to your cruise!||Check Price|
|Reef Fanning Bottle Opener Flip Flops||“You can even wash these in a washing machine.”||Check Price|
How Many Shoes Should I Bring on a Cruise?
However, the majority of our readers agree that three is the magic number of shoes to bring for a cruise. It’s best to travel with one pair of sneakers/athletic shoes, a pair of sandals, or other flats (that can you dress up when need be), and a pair of flip flops or water shoes. Wear the heaviest shoes while traveling to make your luggage less of a burden.
Of course, if you can’t live without a pair of heels, an example of one reader’s packing list includes one pair of heels, flip flops, and KEEN Newport water sandals for hiking and walking to replace the need for sneakers.
One big no-no? Readers caution to stay away from heavy boots—unless you are doing some major hiking or climbing—leave those at home!
Make sure that whatever you choose for your cruise vacation will fit the diverse destinations, activities, and the weather you may encounter.
What If I Need More Than Three Pairs of Shoes for a Cruise?
Some readers like to go big and travel with four or more pairs. That said, if you’re willing to carry this many shoes, make sure they’re the right ones.
An example of a suggested combination could be:
- Tennis shoes for travel and exercise or zip-line on the ship
- Flip flops for the beach and pool
- Comfortable sandals for sightseeing
- Cute wedges or flats to dance in
How Many Heels Should I Bring for Evenings and Formal Wear?
Keep your heels to just one pair. Dressy sandals also work well, Keep the style simple, black or silver goes with pretty much every nighttime look. One reader recommends you should absolutely not go without because “no one wants to wear flip flops on a formal night.” To that, we agree!
How to Pack Your Cruise Shoes
Though shoes for a cruise will be more compact than boots, they still need to be adequately packed, especially if you’re trying to pack light and avoid a shoe poking through a bag. To make it easier, start by choosing a container such as a shoe bag or a packing cube, then pack according to your type of luggage.
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.
Watch this video to start learning how to organize with packing cubes!
We also put together a five-part YouTube series showing the different methods to use packing cubes for travel. If you use this specific packing strategy, packing cubes can also compress your belongings. This is the secret to traveling carry-on only!
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For more cruise travel tips, please read:
- What to Wear on a Cruise to the South Pacific
- What to Pack for a Mediterranean Cruise
- What to Pack for a Sailing Trip in the British Virgin Islands
- Caribbean Cruisewear Essentials
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