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Spring Break & Travel Shoes

Spring Break & Travel Shoes

What are the best travel shoes to take you from the airport to the sandy beach to a day at Disney? We asked our staff for their top vacation footwear picks. Let's see what they had to say!

Beach Sandals

Given that your foot health is one of Danform Shoes core values, it's no surprise that Our Fit Experts shudder to think of your precious feet spending the day in traditional flat flip-flops.  Instead choose foot-cradling sandals from brands like Olukai, Birkenstock and Vionic to feel the sand in your toes alongside a daily dose of arch support.

While it's fine to stray from supportive shoes from time to time, the shoes you wear on the daily should have contoured support that you can see.


dansko racquel spring break footwear

Tamie, our Colchester manager, took Dansko's water-friendly Racquel on a Maine getaway last summer. "I wore them every day on my vacation - they give my feet great support for walking from the beach to town to shops."  All that, and they've available in 4 colors, from neutrals to beachy tones like the pair pictured here.

Packable, Plane-Friendly Footwear

Shoes that slip off in the TSA line and double as hotel slippers maximize valuable luggage space, keeping your bags light.

Julie, from our St Albans store, recommends Hey Dude travel-ready mocs, while Olukai boat shoes are perennial picks for their vacation versatility. Hey Dude is also available for men and women and can accommodate orthotics for added support.

 Double-Duty Dress Shoes

Summery sandals you can dress down for daytime and spruce up for evenings are always a go-to for efficient travel packing. The latest models from Dansko provide what we call foot-healthy fashion: ergonomic support in a pretty package.

dansko reece vacation dress shoe

The Dansko Reece comes in six colors including magenta, linen and blue pictured above.

mephisto sandals vacation footwear

Mephisto sandals have top of the line support with an elegant twist.  Its sleek design looks great with dresses but steps up for all day excursions as well.

Birkenstock is one of our favorite brands. If you love its style and comfort but find the fit doesn't suit your foot, we stock similar alternatives from comfort specialty brands including Mephisto, Haflinger and Josef Seibel.

Dads who Disney - (and Moms too!)

Spring break days can easily top 20,000 steps chasing Mickey through the Magic Kingdom or strolling the Smithsonian's seventeen buildings.  When your daily step count is high, well-built footwear is a must.  

Dads who Disney will find Topo's foot hugging athletic shoes have a fit that can't be beat.  Perfect to keep your feet happy even in a multi-hour Avatar Flight of Passage line.  (We can't make the same guarantee for your kids!) Topo is podiatrist recommended and is available in both men's and women's styles at all 4 Danform Shoes locations.

If you've ever shopped in Shelburne, you know Sean isn't afraid to share his Goofy side. 😉 

Taos athleisure shoes are a hidden gem with a footbed that rivals top orthotics.  Plus, they're light, modern work well for all ages.

taos sneakers supportive travel shoestaos orthotic support for vacation shoes

Fun-ctional Travel

Maybe the Grand Canyon is calling your name? A trip to a national park will be a lifelong memory as long as you choose your footwear wisely!  Hiking boots that are proven winners include styles from Keen, Oboz, Merrell and Hoka One One.  Buy early, break them in and keep the blisters out of the memory bank.

hiking boots for family vacations danform shoes

Break in your Birkenstocks Before Spring Break

break in birkenstock before spring break

Speaking of breaking in spring break footwear, Robin recommends wearing new Birkenstocks for a few hours at a time, successively adding longer stretches over the first week.

Before long, you'll feel like you're walking in your own footprint. Ahhh!

Another tip - condition your Birks before heading on a trip to protect them from sun and sand.

The Little Feet in Your Family

keen newport kids water shoes

Danform always carries an extensive selection of kids sandals, sneakers and water shoes for a full day of play!  Those little feet have to last a lifetime - getting fit in store will ensure proper support to grow strong.

The Keen Newport is water-friendly and has street-ready durability when you head into town for ice cream.  Available in sizes for the whole family.

And Then We Rest

Recovery shoes are the unsung hero at the end of a dream day.  Slip into them following oceanside yoga or wear them to the breakfast buffet line.  Every minute you spend in recovery shoes is a gift to your feet!

oofos recovery slides vacation footwear

Oofos recovery slides and sandals are quickly becoming a Danform best seller!

After a long Vermont winter, getting away for an action packed vacation is a long awaited luxury.  Be sure to explore Danform's collection of vacation footwear, designed for comfort wherever your travels take you.  Our Fit Experts are standing by at all 4 Danform Shoes locations ready to make sure you get a leg up on your getaway planning!

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