*Updated November 2018 for accuracy and add-ons

Shoes made for walkin’ (and then wearing out to dinner!)

I am surrounded by friends who are girls and guys on the go.  They travel a great deal when they aren’t working, working out or running after children or grandchildren.  In between activities, however, they might stop for a chic lunch and at the end of the day grab a drink or dinner, without having had time to go home to change. When traveling, who doesn’t love to walk miles in a new city?  It’s the best way to get to know a place.  What’s not fun is to pull up lame with blisters or sore feet and have to cut the touring short.  Second worst is to have to carry around a nicer looking pair of shoes you plan to change into for lunch or dinner out. Here are some shoes – for both men & women – recommended to me by friends who love to look chic while traveling, touring and walking for miles. These shoes are versatile, comfortable and stylish.

Slip-ons and Loafers: 

These Jason Polan Leather Platform Smoking Slippers by Soludo are chic, amusing and very comfortable.  They are rubber soled and slip on with enough support for your feet.  $89

smoking slippers and champagne

Samuel Hubbard makes great looking, comfortable shoes for men and women.  The Hubbard Free is a  nubuck lace-up shoe that can be worn to work or out for a run.  It has a leather lining, vibram sole to provide support and a lightweight Kevlar shank to provide arch support.  It comes in ten colors.  $210 a pair. Hubbard Free for men, Hubbard Free for women.


Naturalizer makes a very good-looking women’s loafer called Nara.  It comes in seven colors, including black suede.  It has extra cushioning and a flexible non-slip sole and a breathable lining.  $99.00.

black smoking loafers


The Pikolinos Santorini loafer for women has a men’s shoe silhouette.  The leather is very soft, has elasticity for easy slip-on and a comfortable fit.  It has a cushioned footbed and a leather lining.  It comes in brandy and black.  $175.00 Right now they’re on sale for $122.50. They make a similar but not identical loafer for men called the Vancouver and is $180.00.



Tom’s Avalon slip-ons are available for men and women.  The women’s shoes come in 15 colors and range in price from $50.00 – $98.00. They have added a lot of styles for men and women. Keep in mind Tom’s One for One program – for every pair of shoes you buy, they donate a pair to someone in need.



Rockport Gracelyn is a form fit women’s moc that is very attractive.  It is lightweight with support to every part of the foot. Prices range from $49.99 – $90.00.smoking slipper gracelyn



Tomas Maier’s Trainers are very chic white leather lace-up women’s sneakers. They have rubber soles and are $390.00.

white lace-up sneaker loafers

Keds fun, colorful prints dress up these sneakers designed by Kate Spade.  Rubber soles with black laces.  They have a breathable lining and a cushioned insole.  They can be spot cleaned and air dried. $80.00.

Slipper loafers 


These women’s Superga lace-up velvet sneakers are very cool.  They have a soft velvet upper, breathable cotton lining and a cushioned footbed.  They come in three colors – black, blue and violet prune. $119.00.

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Lightweight sneakers:

Reebok’s Skyscape Runabout Walking Shoe for women is very popular.  They are rubber soled, have a foam-cushioned upper sole and are seamless.  They have “Skyspring supportive comfort technology” and come in many colors and prints.  They range in price from $42 – $63.  They are easy to pack.

Smoking slippers and sneakers


Arcopedico comes highly recommended by ASE subscriber Deb M.  These are vegan lace-up oxfords with a knit upper. They have an anti-microbial lining. The insole is cushioned and has twin arch support.  They are machine washable and come in 21 colors.  $105.00. They also make comfortable shoes for men.

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Zero Grand Laser Wingtip Oxfords by Cole Hahn are available for both men and women.  In men’s there are 11 colors available and each pair is $300.00.  These are the latest version of Cole Hahn’s supported flexible lightweight shoe. It has an anatomically contoured energy foam footbed.  They also have a Comfort Footsock to cradle the foot.  They have a full rubber outsole.



Women’s Zero Grand Laser Wingtip oxfords come in 9 colors and are $230.00.



Can you believe these are Dr. Scholl’s? The Flair Flat  have the BE FREE energy technology insole and a flexible durable sole.  They will look great with jeans as well as skirts. $90.00.  They also come in black and red.Tan leopard smoking loafers

Born Juliannes are great looking simple flats.  They have a leather upper and are easy to put on.  There is a soft suede lining, a lightly padded footbed and a composite shank for midfoot support.  There is a rubber outsole.  They come in 8 colors and are $85.00.



Allbirds are made of an “innovative wool fabric made specifically for footwear”. They have Runners and Loungers for women and men, with 7 to 8 colors depending on the style. They’re lightweight, wick moisture, minimize odor and are machine washable. $95.00

Comfortable walking shoes

Looking for something with a little more glam? ASE has more ideas for you.

Women’s Slipper Loafers