Travel Shoes & Boots

Icebug Juniper-L RB9X GTX Boots

By Jill | November 27, 2015

In the outdoor gear world, studded gear (like shoes and tires) gets a certain amount of respect. Traction in wet and slippery conditions is extremely important, and while studded gear may look badass (as opposed to pretend badass in the general clothing world), it also allows us to get a grip. But unless you spend…

Birkenstock Gizeh | Practical Travel Gear 2

Birkenstock Gizeh

By Tim Guill | November 25, 2015

The Birkenstock Gizeh is an iconic sandal that has a loyal fanbase reason. Not only are Birkenstocks exceptionally designed, they are also something of a timeless fashion statement. Extremely comfortable and versatile, they are my default airport shoe as the thong design makes it easy to slip on and off my feet. I also make…

Keen UNEEK Corded Sandal Shoes | Practical Travel Gear 2

Keen UNEEK Corded Sandal Shoes

By Tim Leffel | October 1, 2015

In the footwear world, there are hundreds of “me too” styles for every one that’s truly innovative. A little tweak here, a little change there, but not much that’s really unique. Then something comes along that’s so different they have to call it…UNEEK. Are these shoes? Are they sandals? Are they just a few pieces…

Astral Loyak | Practical Travel Gear 3

Astral Loyak

By Tim Guill | September 24, 2015

The low profile of interesting color combinations make the Astral Loyak a bold looking causal shoe, but the real value of the Loyak lays in its superior comfort. This lightweight footwear looks like a bold casual shoe but fits and feels like you are wearing a high performance moccasin. Originally designed to be a shoe…

Hi-tec Altitude Lite 1 Waterproof Hiking Boots | Practical Travel Gear 1

Hi-tec Altitude Lite 1 Waterproof Hiking Boots

By Tim Leffel | July 8, 2015

In the title I call these “boots,” but that word certainly doesn’t conjure up an accurate image of the lightweight Altitude Lite Waterproof footwear from Hi-Tec. These may be the lightest over-the-ankle shoes/boots I’ve ever strapped on for a hike: they weigh in at just a shade more than a pound each, which is in…

Wolverine Men's Montague 1000 Mile Chelsea Boot | Practical Travel Gear

Wolverine Men’s Montague 1000 Mile Chelsea Boot

By Ramsey | June 15, 2015

The Wolverine Men’s Montague 1000 Mile Chelsea boots are a stylish must-have for the modern business traveler. They are comfortable for walking in long distances and pair easily with formal attire or the more casual jeans-and-blazer look.

Ecco Ulterra Lo High-end Light Hikers | Practical Travel Gear 1

Ecco Ulterra Lo High-end Light Hikers

By Tim Leffel | November 26, 2014

We’ve praised Ecco shoes many times on this gear site for their good craftsmanship and European looks. This Ulterra Lo model I’ve been wearing a lot the past few months is another winner. These shoes are comfortable and well-made, and unlike many “light hiking” or “fast hiking” shoes I’ve tried out, they’ve got some real…

Lowa Ferrox GTX Lo Waterproof Hiking Shoes | Practical Travel Gear 1

Lowa Ferrox GTX Lo Waterproof Hiking Shoes

By Tim Leffel | June 25, 2014

For those of us who like to mix a little adventure into their travels but aren’t hard-core hikers, shoes like these Lowa Ferrox GTX ones are a great bet. Lightweight, supportive, and with a Gore-tex membrane, they can be used on muddy trails but still work for schlepping around on cobblestones and sidewalks. Hiking boots…

KEEN Class 6 Sandals | Practical Travel Gear 1

KEEN Class 6 Sandals

By Amy | May 29, 2014

I love multi-function, multi-sport shoes. The KEEN Class 6 is the perfect example of a hybrid shoe: it’s pretty enough to pair with capri pants to walk city streets, and tough enough to tackle rapids. The Class 6 is super lightweight (great news for packers) and breathable. You really do get the best of both worlds.…

Versatile Ecco Terra Cruise Shoes for Men | Practical Travel Gear 1

Versatile Ecco Terra Cruise Shoes for Men

By Tim Leffel | March 5, 2014

We’re liable to like any pair of travel shoes that has “wildly versatile” in its marketing description. Coming from Ecco, we’re liable to believe it too. After a string of thumbs’ up from me on past models I’ve tried, I had a pretty secure feeling these Terra Cruise Speed shoes would be winners. After all,…