Have an adventurous holiday planned but not sure that your feet can hack it? Fear not, Culture Trip has partnered with Hotter Shoes to bring you the ultimate guide to staying comfortable while travelling the globe. From European city breaks to exciting new experiences further afield, these shoes will make sure you stay cool in the heat, and relaxed on the go.
It would be rude to waste sandals named Sol on grey and humid skies this summer, so why not head to the vibrant capital of Barcelona to soak up the rays as well as the sights. You can’t miss out on the main attractions; a visit to La Sagrada Familia and Montjuic Castle Head are essential. For in-the-know gems, Caelum is the ultimate stop for delicious cakes and coffee, while Fantastik Bazaar will ensure you come home with brightly coloured tapestries.
In spite of their English name, these monochrome Dorset shoes exude the kind of understated chic that Parisians are famed for. Whether you’re cosying up over a dark red wine in the Marais or exploring the wealth of glamorous boutiques in Saint Germain, a chunky heel and soft leather will get you from A to B in style. Sometimes the famous sites in cities aren’t worth visiting, but that’s not the case with Paris: explore it all! Start at the Tuileries Garden and walk along the Seine to the Eiffel Tower, making stops at Museé D’Orsay and the Museé de L’Orangerie as you go. In the evening, head to Canal Saint-Martin and discover the small, delicious restaurants.
Covet a shoe that is as relaxed as you feel in Bali; these Flare sandals are the perfect match for bright and breezy holiday spirit. Covet canary yellows and fuchsia pinks for a day out and about in Ubud Art Market, turquoise and greens for exploring the extraordinary Uluwatu Temple, or embrace golden shades when sinking into the sand at Padang Padang Beach.
Weekend getaways to the Hamptons are an essential part of summer if you’re an NYC resident, and visitors should definitely follow the experts to the beach in style. With thin straps and a raised platform, these Maisie woven strap flatforms are perfect for shimmying from a lazy day at the beach to wild nights at 75 Main or Elm.
Although famous for its beaches, the Bahamas is home to a host of cultural activities that visitors need to check out. Nassau is where the main action takes place, with half of the residents of the Bahamas calling the city their home. Covet the island theme with this Beam style and take a stroll through Ardastra Gardens – make sure to Instagram the flamingos! Soak up the luscious rays and mesmerising colours on Harbour Island’s Pink Sands beach, and make sure to enjoy fresh seafood at the local restaurant while you’re there.
Yellowstone National Park is a must for any visitors to Wyoming, and you’ll need a pair of shoes that keep you supported and energised as you take in the breathtaking surroundings. Start at the Tower-Roosevelt Area – nature lovers can hike from here to Tower Fall. With thousands of miles of hiking routes, Yellowstone is yours to be discovered. Whether you’re on a day trip or want to spend a few days moving between the 300 camping sites, try and take in as much as possible. We recommend checking out Geyser Basin, the thermal pools near Roaring Mountain and the Norris-Canyon Blowdown – a 22-mile-long area filled with fallen pine trees.
Summers in Greece are hot hot hot, so pairing cool, comfortable design with bright, sunny style is essential. In Naxos, island life is vibrant and energetic while the beaches stretch for miles – white and sandy. Start your day with breakfast at Melimilon, located right behind Naxos Town Hall. Don’t choose between the pancakes or an omelette – have both! Naxos beaches are some of the best in the Cyclades, but we recommend Agios Prokopios if you have to choose. Watch the sun set with a cocktail in hand at The Ocean Club and soak into your perfect Greek getaway.
A trip to London requires a versatile pair of shoes to cover everything from jaunts to the endless array of galleries in South Kensington to shopping in Shoreditch; dancing in Dalston and doughnut eating in Bermondsey. Flat plimsolls are an easy way of staying comfortable when on the move, while bold primary shades offers a statement twist on traditional outfits. Spend an afternoon shopping in Covent Garden before wondering across Waterloo bridge to catch a show at the National Theatre or a film at the BFI. Make sure to stop off at Monmouth Coffee for a delicious break, and if you’re feeling extra decadent then feast on a Swedish delicacy at Fabrique Bakery.
One of the hottest destinations in travel right now, the multi-coloured hues of Lisbon will have you gasping with delight at every turn. Make sure your shoes match the energy of the surroundings with these lightweight, floral Mabel styles. Spend a day exploring Alfama, Lisbon’s old town, and make sure to check out Jerónimos Monastery. Enjoy the the famous Pasteis de Belém while you’re in the area!
Nirvana shoes encourage a zen state of mind, which is why Yangon in Myanmar is a perfect fit. The city is home to the 2,500 year old Buddhist temple Shwedagon Pagoda, with a unique design that makes it one of the most famous in the world. While a visit to this holy site is essential, there’s endless things to do. On your trip make sure to try mohinga, a local rice noodle and fish soup delicacy, and soak up stunning views in the evening with drinks at Atlas Rooftop Bar and Lounge.
Cool and original, Bucharest is a city full of character and statement shoes fit right in, which is why we’re recommending taking a trip there with a pair of Jewels in your bag. Though it may sound a little touristy, a trip to Dracula’s castle is irresistible when you’re there. But it’s not just old legends on offer here, the city is a modern foodie heaven – check out Café Verona and enjoy the modern take on international cuisine in the luscious surroundings of their garden.