Like a free upgrade or a perfectly packed bag, the ideal pair of travel shoes is one of the most elusive, sought-after prizes in travel. So it's only natural that we travel writers are a little obsessed with what we put on our feet. Many of us have, after years of trial and error, stumbled upon the Holy Grail of footwear: the kind of shoes that offer slipper-grade comfort without looking sloppy, endure muddy hiking trails, and are lightweight and easy to pack.
The following are styles and brands that have held up on the feet of some especially well-traveled people. Here are the top shoe picks from SmarterTravel staff editors, as well as travel writers from Travel + Leisure, National Geographic, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications that cover travel.