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The Most Popular Travel Shoes Our Readers Bought from Nordstrom in 2021

Condé Nast Traveler logo Condé Nast Traveler 1/20/2022 Meredith Carey

If you’ve ever joined a two-hour walking tour in shoes that required a break-in period, or held up the airport security line unlacing your boots, you know that shoes can make or break a vacation. Last year, you took our advice when it came to shopping for the best travel shoes, ordering flats, slip-ons, sneakers, and waterproof boots for upcoming trips. To get a glimpse into what our readers liked most, we’ve gathered the most popular shoes Condé Nast Traveler readers bought from Nordstrom in 2021. Think of the 11 pairs below as the best travel shoe recommendations of last year, which you can still shop now, if you missed any top picks the first time we shared them.

Loosely inspired by Hawaiian footwear designs, Olukai creates shoes made with biomechanically engineered footbeds that offer lateral arch support and foot mobility. The Moloā Hulu comes with a soft heathered knit upper, wool blend lining, and suede leather foxing. A portion of the proceeds goes toward the Ama OluKai Foundation’s mission to preserve the traditional culture of Hawai’i. $100, Olukai. Get it now! © Condé Nast Traveler Loosely inspired by Hawaiian footwear designs, Olukai creates shoes made with biomechanically engineered footbeds that offer lateral arch support and foot mobility. The Moloā Hulu comes with a soft heathered knit upper, wool blend lining, and suede leather foxing. A portion of the proceeds goes toward the Ama OluKai Foundation’s mission to preserve the traditional culture of Hawai’i. $100, Olukai. Get it now!

Olukai Moloā Hulu

$100.00, Olukai

Slip-on shoes are a must, especially for transit days when you need to get through security fast, and Olukai’s men’s slip-ons offer the perfect combo of comfort, support, and ease. For one, they are essentially elevated slippers, with biomechanically engineered footbeds that offer both lateral arch support and foot mobility. While they come in a variety of fabrics—like mesh, wool, and leather—one design feature stays the same: the back of the shoe can be folded down, converting it into a mule and making it even easier to slip on and off.

These leather lug-soled beauties are surprisingly lightweight and fitted with an orthopedic footbed for endless comfort—Traveler editor Madison Flager is a fan, and calls these her go-to winter boot for the last few years. The heel measures two inches with a one-inch platform, and the shaft is six inches; they are available in olive, burgundy, wheat, and dark brown. It's worth mentioning that the leather in this boot is sourced from a tannery that is noted for limiting energy use, waste production, and water treatment. $150, Nordstrom. Get it now! © Condé Nast Traveler These leather lug-soled beauties are surprisingly lightweight and fitted with an orthopedic footbed for endless comfort—Traveler editor Madison Flager is a fan, and calls these her go-to winter boot for the last few years. The heel measures two inches with a one-inch platform, and the shaft is six inches; they are available in olive, burgundy, wheat, and dark brown. It's worth mentioning that the leather in this boot is sourced from a tannery that is noted for limiting energy use, waste production, and water treatment. $150, Nordstrom. Get it now!

Timberland Courmayeur Valley Chelsea boots

$150.00, Nordstrom

Whether you’re tromping around in your own backyard or planning a winter weekend getaway, these Timberland Chelsea boots are a must-pack. A favorite of Traveler editor Madison Flager, they’re among our favorite winter boots for a reason: The leather lug-soled boots are surprisingly lightweight with a cushioned footbed, have a small platform for added height, and have a pull-tab so you won’t struggle getting them on.

When temperatures drop, trade your slip-ons for these furry booties. They're available in black, ash blue, pewter gray, and olive, all with a faux fur trim to keep ankles warm on the go. $140, Nordstrom. Get it now! © Condé Nast Traveler When temperatures drop, trade your slip-ons for these furry booties. They're available in black, ash blue, pewter gray, and olive, all with a faux fur trim to keep ankles warm on the go. $140, Nordstrom. Get it now!

Cougar Duffy faux fur waterproof booties

$140.00, Nordstrom

If you’re looking for a winter boot that’s also waterproof for those snow- and sleet-filled winter days, Cougar’s Ugg-like boots will do the trick. They feature a contoured foam insole, are waterproof with a cozy faux-fur lining, and have an anti-slip outsole for added grip. Plus, they come in six colors, including olive, ash blue, and pewter, so you can bring an added pop of style to your winter wardrobe.

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Munro Dash Sneaker

$190.00, Nordstrom

Slip-ons reigned supreme last year, including this ultra-comfy slip-on sneaker. A part of former Traveler editor Corina Quinn’s travel uniform, the Munro Dash sneakers have a stretchy knit upper and a cushioned insole with arch support. They also don’t have laces, meaning you won’t have to stop to tie your shoes on the sidewalk, or risk being left behind by your museum guide.

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Tory Burch Minnie Travel Ballet Flat

$228.00, Nordstrom

Tory Burch’s foldable travel flats have been a go-to for years. They come in a variety of colors, from pastel lavender to neutral tan, feature an elasticated back for maximum comfort, and a bit of cushioning in the insole so you can pound the pavement all day. They also fold down into a small shoe bag, meaning they won’t take up a lot of space in your luggage. The shoes were a popular buy during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and while they aren’t on sale right now, they’re well worth the investment.

If you're looking for a versatile sandal that’s great for light hikes, REI Co-op sales manager Pearl Dailey suggests the Teva Hurricane. “They have a rugged outsole without too much weight and a very simple fastening system that's adjustable on the fly,” she says. “It's a great camp shoe, especially when paired with a cozy pair of merino wool socks. I've even backpacked with my Hurricanes at the Great Sand Dunes National Monument in southern Colorado to let the sand pass easily in and out.” Outdoor enthusiast Emily Mandagie of The Mandagies turns to her Hurricanes when forging through water as well as at the end of a long hike. “Living in the Pacific Northwest, it makes sense to cozy up and wear them with a pair of socks around the campfire,” she says. $70, REI. Get it now! © Condé Nast Traveler If you're looking for a versatile sandal that’s great for light hikes, REI Co-op sales manager Pearl Dailey suggests the Teva Hurricane. “They have a rugged outsole without too much weight and a very simple fastening system that's adjustable on the fly,” she says. “It's a great camp shoe, especially when paired with a cozy pair of merino wool socks. I've even backpacked with my Hurricanes at the Great Sand Dunes National Monument in southern Colorado to let the sand pass easily in and out.” Outdoor enthusiast Emily Mandagie of The Mandagies turns to her Hurricanes when forging through water as well as at the end of a long hike. “Living in the Pacific Northwest, it makes sense to cozy up and wear them with a pair of socks around the campfire,” she says. $70, REI. Get it now!

Teva Hurricane XLT2 Sandals

$75.00, Nordstrom (women's)

These versatile, supportive sandals are among the best to take along on a light summer hike. (If your campsite gets chilly, you can pair them with merino wool socks, according to REI Co-op sales manager Pearl Dailey.) They’re waterproof so you can trudge through streams without issue, plus they have a “traction-enhancing sole,” so your shoes will grip no matter the terrain.

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Rag & Bone Ansley Slingback Mule

$325.00, Nordstrom

Looking for something a little more elevated? Rag & Bone’s leather mule has a convertible, adjustable strap to turn it into a more secure slingback shoe seamlessly. (That strap can also be completely removed to switch up the look.) The shoe has a one-inch, padded heel, and comes in neutrals like tan and black. Pack them for evening dinners or wear them straight onto the plane.

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Ugg Tasman slippers

$100.00, Nordstrom

While we love a good hotel slipper, Ugg’s Tasman slipper is a step above. Sturdy, with a grippy sole, the slippers are incredibly warm—they’re lined with plush, genuine shearling, after all—but manage to keep your feet dry, thanks to the addition of a shearling-like, moisture-wicking textile. You can choose from a neutral chestnut or black, or go ultra-bright with Orange Soda or Samba Red.

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Blondo Hallie booties

$150.00, Nordstrom

Of all the shoes in this round-up, the Blondos have a soft spot in my heart—probably because I dedicated an entire story to my love of the brand’s waterproof leather booties. The Hallie boots show off Blondo’s best features: waterproof leather that can handle any weather, a treaded sole for added grip, and a ribbed sock-effect at the top to keep your ankles warm and protected.

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Hunter Women's Original Waterproof Chelsea Rain Boot

$140.00, Nordstrom

Hunter has been making rubber rain boots since the 1850s, and they’re still among the best on the market today. These original Chelsea-style boots have a pull-tab with elastic sides so you won’t struggle to put them on, plus they come in a ton of colors, from primary blue to muted Tundra Gray. Because of their size, you can pack them knowing they won’t take up a lot of space in your checked bag or carry-on.

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Cole Haan 4.ZeroGrand Stitchlite Loafer

$150.00, Nordstrom

This sporty Cole Haan loafer is part of our one-shoe packing strategy that helps us fit everything we need into one carry-on. There’s a lot to love, from its ultra-lightweight form to the stretchy, technical fabric. The loafer shape gives it a snappier look than your average slip-on, while the dusty rose shade offers a lop of color. While the rubber sole is sturdy, these pack down, giving you more room for other essentials in your luggage.

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