The 6 Best Travel Shoes of 2013

Clarks Desert Trek Birki's Classic Skipper Cole Haan LunarGrand Wingtip El Naturalista Campos El N659 Sanuk Baseline Rockport Clearview 2 Chukka best travel shoes of 2013 summer buyers guide

Clarks Desert Trek, Birki's Classic Skipper, Cole Haan LunarGrand Wingtip, El Naturalista Campos El N659, Sanuk Baseline, Rockport Clearview 2 Chukka    Photo: Inga Hendrickson

Clarks Desert Trek Shoes

We’ve tested dozens of modern interpretations of the classic Desert Trek over the years, and we’re still partial to the original. The crepe rubber sole gives it some heft (it’s the heaviest shoe here) but also makes it extremely comfy and durable.

Birki's Classic Skipper Shoe

Clarks Desert Trek Birki's Classic Skipper Cole Haan LunarGrand Wingtip El Naturalista Campos El N659 Sanuk Baseline Rockport Clearview 2 Chukka best travel shoes of 2013 summer buyers guide
Clarks Desert Trek, Birki's Classic Skipper, Cole Haan LunarGrand Wingtip, El Naturalista Campos El N659, Sanuk Baseline, Rockport Clearview 2 Chukka   Photo: Inga Hendrickson

There’s nothing better than sliding out of a cycling cleat—or water bootie, or ski boot, or climbing shoe—and into the cloglike Skipper. Unlike the classic Birkenstock (Birki’s is a sister brand), the Skipper, with its five-layer foam-and-cork footbed, takes no time to break in.

Cole Haan LunarGrand Wingtip Shoe

Clarks Desert Trek Birki's Classic Skipper Cole Haan LunarGrand Wingtip El Naturalista Campos El N659 Sanuk Baseline Rockport Clearview 2 Chukka best travel shoes of 2013 summer buyers guide
Clarks Desert Trek, Birki's Classic Skipper, Cole Haan LunarGrand Wingtip, El Naturalista Campos El N659, Sanuk Baseline, Rockport Clearview 2 Chukka   Photo: Inga Hendrickson

Bright color combinations and enhanced stitching bring the style. A high-tech midsole—the same stuff Nike uses for its top-of-the-line running shoes—brings the spring. The result is the best-looking, lightest-weight wingtip we’ve ever worn.

El Naturalista Campos El N659 Shoe

Clarks Desert Trek Birki's Classic Skipper Cole Haan LunarGrand Wingtip El Naturalista Campos El N659 Sanuk Baseline Rockport Clearview 2 Chukka best travel shoes of 2013 summer buyers guide
Clarks Desert Trek, Birki's Classic Skipper, Cole Haan LunarGrand Wingtip, El Naturalista Campos El N659, Sanuk Baseline, Rockport Clearview 2 Chukka   Photo: Inga Hendrickson

El Naturalista achieves comfort the old-fashioned way: like everything the Spanish company makes, the Campos is constructed almost entirely from natural materials (hand-stitched jute midsole and veggie-tanned leather outer). Perforations in the upper help it breathe on hot days.

Sanuk Baseline

Clarks Desert Trek Birki's Classic Skipper Cole Haan LunarGrand Wingtip El Naturalista Campos El N659 Sanuk Baseline Rockport Clearview 2 Chukka best travel shoes of 2013 summer buyers guide
Clarks Desert Trek, Birki's Classic Skipper, Cole Haan LunarGrand Wingtip, El Naturalista Campos El N659, Sanuk Baseline, Rockport Clearview 2 Chukka   Photo: Inga Hendrickson

Call the Baseline Sanuk 2.0. Whereas the original was so flexy you could literally roll
it up, the Baseline has a vulcanized midsole for more structure. The result isn’t as packable, but it’s just as cushy, way more durable, slimmer, and (slightly) less casual looking.

Rockport Clearview 2 Chukka Shoe

Clarks Desert Trek Birki's Classic Skipper Cole Haan LunarGrand Wingtip El Naturalista Campos El N659 Sanuk Baseline Rockport Clearview 2 Chukka best travel shoes of 2013 summer buyers guide
Clarks Desert Trek, Birki's Classic Skipper, Cole Haan LunarGrand Wingtip, El Naturalista Campos El N659, Sanuk Baseline, Rockport Clearview 2 Chukka   Photo: Inga Hendrickson

Like the LunarGrand, Rockport’s chukka is business up top and performance down low. The ultralight, shock-absorbing footbed is courtesy of Adidas. It’s a winning mashup, and the Clearview 2 is ideal for any walking-intensive warm-weather trip.

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