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The Best Travel Shoes for the Globe-Trotting Guy

Every globetrotter needs reliable kicks for exploring In comfort

Blundstone Super 550
Blundstone Super 550
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Founded in 1870 on the island state of Tasmania, Blundstones (or Blunnies) may be the original perfect travel shoe. The slip-on, no laces required design are advantageous for all facets of travel. They easily slip off and on for quickly navigating security lines, the waterproof design makes them ideal for any environment, and they can be used for casual or dressy occasions. The 550 took what the Classic 500 brought to the table and amped it up with a longer lasting version that maintains the original’s style. The rugged sole is paired with a waterproof, leather upper and a strategically placed elastic patch creates a slipper like feel that will almost make you wonder if you’re wearing shoes at all.

Chaco Z/2
Chaco Z
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Chacos have become synonymous with adventure since their humble beginnings in 1989. While the brand’s offerings have expanded since its inception, the iconic Z/1 and Z/2 are still staples in the outdoor, adventure, and travel markets. The main difference between the two styles is the presence of a toe strap in the Z/2 that provides extra stability and can be laid flat as needed to accommodate socks (if that’s the way you roll). Each season brings a myriad of new webbing patterns. Or, you can go the custom route and create a one-of-a-kind sandal that fits your unique style. 

OluKai Nalukai Kala
OluKai Nalukai Kala
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OluKai’s Nalukai Kala are pure paradise on your feet. The boots are crafted from double-sided leather to give a rough, natural outward appearance, while the full-grain on the inside gives an exposed, unlined refined feel. The lightweight midsole paired with the non-marking rubber outsole are sure to be at home in tropical destinations or European hotspots. As a bonus, for every pair of Olukai shoes sold, the brand gives back to its island-inspired roots.

Garmont Tikal
Garmont Tikal
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Founded in 1964, the Italian footwear brand knows a thing or two about making performance products for all outdoor pursuits. The Tikal is no exception. It is ideal travel or everyday use and is designed to be worn with or without socks. The modern design isn’t short on features and sports a reversed leather upper that provides optimal comfort and breathability, the footbed is comprised of cotton and coconut fibers, a cork midsole was added for enhanced comfort, and a Michelin Cross Terrain outsole protects your feet regardless of where they take you.

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