Traveling can involve a lot of walking. Especially if like me, you like to get off the beaten track, explore none tourist routes and make damn sure you climb the highest peak of that beautiful mountain. All this can take a huge toll on your feet and legs and you need to make sure to look after them, since they’re likely to be your main mode of transport whilst backpacking on a budget.
Not long before I started traveling I learnt the hard way that wearing cheap shoes can cause serious problems. I got a summer job where I was on my feet all day and wearing cheap primark shoes and slip ons did me absolutely no favours at all. I would come home with the worst pain in my heels which would limit how much I could walk outside of work. I love walking and these pains in my feet were a huge inconvenience. The voice of my mum started going around in my head “you should stop wearing cheap shoes because they’ll do your feet no good” and finally it sunk in that she may have been right all this time (sshhhh).
It was during this time that me and my partner went to London for a week and with no time to go shopping for a new pair of shoes beforehand I suffered greatly. I found myself in some serious pain when I’d been walking around all day, to the point where my ankles would double in size and I couldn’t wait to lie down. I realised that I needed to do something sharpish because I couldn’t continue like this and I was worried about causing serious damage to my feet. On a day out in London, in ridiculous amounts of pain, I caved in and went to buy a new pair of shoes. What did I purchase?
The moment I put the skechers on my feet my life changed. I know that sounds corny but I speak honestly. I was able to walk around London for the entire day with no pain. Not only did my feet feel comfortable but the skechers also eased the pain in my heels caused by previous shoes as the day went on. Skechers are so unbelievably comfortable and from that day I don’t think I took them off for about 1 whole month! Pretty dress and skechers, leggings and skechers, sportswear and skechers, jeans and skechers. Just everything with skechers. They were my absolute saviour and I knew from then, that these would be the shoes I would travel with and so I visited the skechers factory shop close to home and purchased another pair ready for my backpacking adventure.
I chose the Skechers on-the-go design in Navy. They look similar to a boat shoe and I thought they’d look pretty cute with near enough any outfit whilst I’m traveling. They feature the new goga mat technology which makes walking even more comfortable than before with the new and improved insoles. It pretty much feels like waking on clouds and completely takes the pressure off your heels and feet.
Whilst traveling I have worn these shoes so often! What makes them even more impressive is the fact that they are machine washable. So when they start getting grubby you can throw them in the washing machine and make them as good as new again. Very impressive right? I imagine that eventually the sponge inside the skechers insole and on the soles will wear down, but so far I have worn these pretty much every day for the last two months whilst traveling and they are still in good condition (despite being in need of a machine wash).
If you’re going traveling and are thinking of buying a suitable pair of shoes for lots of walking without being too bulky then Skechers are great. They haven’t failed me yet and my feet have been so comfortable after numerous treks, walks and hill climbs. Winner winner! They’re also really light weight, so they won’t add much extra weight to your bag at all.
Let me know what Skechers you have if you’re already in love with a pair. Or what other shoes do you choose for traveling?