There’s nothing worse than planning a full day of exploring the Disney Parks and realizing that your feet just can’t keep up! Since the average Disney guest can walk about nine miles a day, and many do more than that, your feet can really take a beating. Add in the blazing Florida sun beating down on hot, hard concrete, and the wrong footwear can ruin your otherwise perfect vacation.
So what’s the right choice?
Well, that will depend a lot on personal preference, but I’ve considered the most popular choices and laid them out for you here!
Tennis Shoes, running shoes, sneakers… whatever you call them, they’re downright comfortable! The best tennis shoes offer a good fit, are supportive, have a little cushion, and even have some breathability. Unless you have a great pair that you’ve sufficiently broken in, skip the leather kind since they will give you less breathability.
Speaking of breaking in, make sure that you don’t buy a new pair of shoes for your vacation. As is true with any shoe you’re going to wear all day, they should be well loved before lacing them up for the parks.
The downside of tennis shoes is that they can (and will) get soggy when wet. You never know when you’ll get stuck in an afternoon downpour or on the front of Splash Mountain. In both cases, wet socks and shoes will make the rest of your day pretty miserable. In this case, consider packing an alternative shoe like flip-flops if you’re doing something involving water.
Speaking of flip-flops, these are also very popular footwear choices for the parks especially for my flat-footed friends who can manage to walk in them all day with nary a spasm.
Flip-flops are a great option because they are easy to take on and off and they’re lightweight. It’s also great to leave them on the ground during Soarin! Adidas, Nike, and Sanuk (available in Disney Springs and online) offer great options. They don’t always provide the best support, but they can be a nice respite from hot tennis shoes. Many folks carry Sanuks their Disney Day Bag for those hot afternoon hours.
As with tennis shoes, flip-flops can get wet and very slippery. If you get stuck in the rain, they’re a good option because your feet won’t get soggy, but keep in mind that you should tread carefully. They are, however, easy to dry!
All-terrain Sandals & Crocs
All-terrain sandals and specifically Crocs offer the best of both worlds. They provide the comfort of the tennis shoe with the breathability of the flip-flop. They are, however, less stylish, and some people just aren’t willing to break that fashion code even on vacation.
The rubber Crocs can also be slippery when wet, so take care when walking not to slip. Another caution with these is to slap on the sunscreen. No one wants to go to the pool with a crazy tan pattern on their feet!
Shoes at Disney park – what kind do you wear? Tips?