The 6 Best Travel Shoes of Summer 2012

Sorel Derby LTR

Sorel Derby LTR    Photo: Courtesy of Sorel

Sorel Derby LTR Shoes

Sorel purportedly took inspiration from “European armies of the mid-1800s.” We’re not sure what that means, but we can tell this low-key, all-leather shoe has impressive mojo. Though it’s not as cushioned as other models here, the Derby’s grippy rubber traction made us think, as we sprinted to catch a train, that we were wearing a minimalist runner.

Rockport Eastern Standard Casual Mid PT Shoes

Rockport Eastern Standard Casual Mid PT
Rockport Eastern Standard Casual Mid PT   Photo: Courtesy of Rockport

The pinstriped lining initially drew us to this chukka-desert-boot hybrid. But it was the supreme comfiness of the Adiprene cushioning in the heel—the same stuff you find in Adidas’s top-of-the-line shoes—that kept us coming back. A siped-rubber sole ups the grip on slick surfaces.

Scarpa Manhattan Shoes

Scarpa Manhattan
Scarpa Manhattan   Photo: Courtesy of Scarpa

These stylish sneakers are understated enough to go where others wouldn’t dare to tread, yet they still announce to the world that you’re a mountain type. Of all the lifestyle sneakers we’ve worn over the years, none has been as cushy and comfortable as these ones. Fits narrow feet best.

Ugg Kaldwell Shoes

Ugg Kaldwell
Ugg Kaldwell   Photo: Courtesy of Ugg

You may not be aware that Ugg has been making comfortable, nonfuzzy footwear for years. Case in point: this midcut boat shoe with seersucker cotton lining, a supple nubuck upper that gives your ankles room to move, and sneakerlike grip underneath. It’s a bit pricier than similar models we tested but also a lot more comfortable.

Clarks Originals Majorca Shoes

Clarks Originals Majorca
Clarks Originals Majorca   Photo: Courtesy of Clarks

The crepe sole and moccasin design of this summer-weight slip-on conjure up our dad’s days as an Eagle Scout troop leader on Lake Winnebago. But the comfortable, therapeutic OrthoLite footbed and soft, bendy suede of the upper, which compresses down to nothing for cramming into a carry-on, is decidedly now.

Keen Timmons Slip-On Shoes

Keen Timmons Slip-On
Keen Timmons Slip-On   Photo: Courtesy of Keen

The Timmons has been in our regular rotation for almost a year. Why? It can handle just about any casual endeavor—the boatworthy, nonmarking rubber sole is wedded to a water-resistant leather upper. And its canvas lining and memory-foam footbed have only gotten comfier over time.

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