That all important question: how many shoes to pack?

Rainbow striped toe socks worn with thong sandals

Once you’ve complete the mammoth task of selecting those limited clothes, it dawns on you that the bulky item of shoes is yet ahead. A scrupulous task that should be given time and handled with a glass of wine.

The most obvious and essential pair you’re going to need are hiking trainers. These are great for cold days and any adventure that’s going to come your way. But please note, they don’t fit easily in backpacks. Easily worn within transition to your next destination, a lot of people tie them to the outside of their backpack…but that annoyed me. Once you’ve reached your accommodation they sit in a locker or underneath the bed just fine. Dirty, but they’re your best friend.

Flip flops – you can always buy a pair at your destination. They’re flat and wrap up in your clothes quiet neatly.

Pumps (for the ladies) – Comfortable for day wear but also smart up for more formal occasions (work or an evening out).  Pumps also fold down, so easy to pack.

Heels (for ladies) – If you’re going out to work and travel, a bigger case will allow the freedom of lady shoes that can double up for some dating nights. Or clubbing, of course, if that’s your thing. Don’t take heels in your backpack though, they’ll rip it and feet swell in heat.

Smart shoes (for the guys) – Much the same rule as women’s heels, work and evenings out make these a decent pair. Quiet bulky in your backpack though and not neccessary.

Trainers (for guys) – Easy going day shoe and can be good for a night out. Going out abroad tends to be less formal than the UK.

Jesus sandals After being in flip-flops all day a pair of seriously cool Jesus sandals look stylish and are super comfy. A lot of love for these.

Whilst travelling I took 4 pairs. Flat and packable:

  • Pumps
  • Jesus sandals
  • Flip-flops
  • Hiking trainers

Men don’t need to take quiet as many:

  • Flip-flops
  • Trainers
  • Hiking trainers

If you’re going abroad to work the 20/23K case will allow that extra smart pair.

What you really want to do is find the multipurpose shoe, so remember to be realistic about what you wear at home and what you’ll wear out there.


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