Travel Shoes & Boots

Lowa Casara GTX boots for casual travel

By Amy | February 2, 2021

I love Lowa boots and shoes so much, I now have half a dozen pairs in my closet. They are, to date, the ONLY shoes that do not give me blisters when I hike long distances, in part, I think, because of their generally wide toe box and their snug heel support. This week, I’m…

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Hillsound Flexsteps Crampons Ensures You Can Play Outside This Winter

By Leah Guill | January 4, 2021

This time of year brings a whole new set of activities that will keep you outside and in the fresh air. However, with the decrease in temps, your daly shoes are no use in the snow and ice. This year we are turning to Hillsound and their Flexsteps Crampons to ensure we play safely in…

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Tom’s Paxton slip-on shoe for comfy winter travel

By Amy | December 29, 2020

Need to get on a plane this winter? Socially distancing outdoors or cozying up with your pod in a vacation rental or AirBnb? Tom’s Paxton slip-on is the shoe you need for your travel day…and your days by the fireplace. More substantial than Tom’s signature slip-ons, the Paxton is structured like an ankle boot but…

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OluKai Kuuna slipper

Treat Your Feet with OluKai Ku’una Slippers

By Jill | December 18, 2020

Slippers tend to be the seasonal footwear that gets pulled out of the closet around October (in the Northern Hemisphere, certainly), and becomes the go-to house attire until spring. But slippers aren’t only for wearing around home. When you bring them along on a trip—whether it’s a road trip or something farther afield—it feels as…

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Keen Howser II slide shoe

By Amy | November 10, 2020

Keen’s Howser II slide is one part sneaker, one part slipper, and one part moc. Equally at home on your feet around the house as they are in the ski warming hut or at that hostel you can’t wait to try once international travel opens back up, the Howser II manages to effortlessly combine style…

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Mammut Ducan Mid GTX

Lightweight Hiking Comfort with Mammut Ducan Mid GTX Hiking Boot

By Jill | October 16, 2020

Whether you’re heading out on a hiking vacation, or just want a pair of boots that you can trust to be solid in performance and yet light on weight, versatility is a huge factor. Why pack many shoes when you can have just one pair that’s both reliable on the trail and on the sidewalk?…

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Xero Alpine

Xero Alpine boot for winter minimalism

By Amy | September 29, 2020

We’ve reviewed a number of Xero shoes here on Practical Travel Gear: for those who love a ‘barefoot’ feel, Xero shows are no-fuss, low-weight, and easy to pack for outdoor adventure and city travel alike. Today, I’m back with the new Alpine (I reviewed the men’s version with my teenage son). For those of you…

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Danner Mountain 600 Hiking Boots

Warmth and Stability on the Trail with Danner Mountain 600 Insulated Boots

By Jill | September 25, 2020

I’ve loved many of my hiking boots over the years for their looks, performance, and versatility. But my Danner Mountain 600 boots are hands-down my favorite. They’ve taken me through different terrain, weather conditions, and countries around the world, and I’ll wear them until they die. The addition of Danner Mountain 600 Insulated Boots means…

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Xero Melbourne for home or travel

By Amy | September 1, 2020

As we turn toward autumn, it’s time for me to spotlight a shoe that will transition with you beautifully from outdoor adventure to urban lifestyle and, in my son’s case, college campus. A long-time fan of Xero hiking shoes, he has been happily testing the new Xero Melbourne, which features the same minimalist features he…

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Danner Rivercomber

Paddle Out Wearing Danner Rivercomber Water Shoes

By Jill | July 3, 2020

Whether you’re a year-round water rat, or you’re lured by the summer vibes of lakes, rivers, and ocean—you’ve probably encountered the need for appropriate footwear when you, oops, didn’t have it. Stepping on sharp rocks, getting stabbed by waterborne sticks, or even having your soles poop out from lack of support are all things that…

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