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I'm the kind of person who loves to pack. I love making a list, I love planning out exactly what I'll bring, and I love pre-vacation shopping. This is even more true when I am packing for Walt Disney World. It can be a difficult task, though, thanks to the insane amount of walking and sporadic rain showers that occur at the most magical place on Earth. Whenever I would pack for a trip to my real home, it's shoes I used struggle with the most. It's hard to find the right shoes to stay comfortable in with all that walking, while also trying to avoid trekking around with wet socks or sneakers lacking in style. But never fear! I've compiled a list of the five types of shoes I most recommend for getting your Magic Kingdom on, whether in the cooler winter months or the steamy, wet summer!
1. TOMS Natural Canvas Classics // Once these are broken in, they are honestly the most comfortable non-sandal shoe I own. I wore these almost every day this February at Universal and WDW, and my feet were thankful for the lack of blisters, which I am highly prone to (I have the heels of a newborn baby; flats and I have an ongoing battle). I spray them with water repellant first, but I would not advise wearing these if it will be rainy throughout the day; they're not pleasant wet. I wore them on days it was supposed to be dry, then packed a pair of flip flops in our backpack just to be safe. If you'll be at the World in the cooler months when it doesn't rain so much, these are a great option.
2. Sanuk Yoga Chakra Flip Flop // If you have not discovered Sanuk Yoga Flip Flops, you must to stop what you're doing and order these immediately. Seriously. I'll wait. All the Amazon reviews will back me up when I say these are THE BEST SANDALS IN THE WORLD. Comfort abounds, friends. These are my absolute go-to for long days walking around World Showcase at Epcot. Rain is no issue, blisters are nonexistent, and the yoga mat bottom is like a cloud of pure happiness is cushioning your foot. I just wish I had all the colors. There are so many types of Sanuk sandals, so poke around on Amazon, but I can attest that the yoga mat ones are better than any of the other kinds Sanuk makes.
3. Chuck Taylor Classic Sneakers // These are another great option if you will be at WDW in the cooler months. Chucks are super comfortable, and better yet, you probably already have a pair. When I wore these in February it actually rained all day, and although they did get a little wet, I had on moisture wicking socks and surprisingly didn't notice until we got back to the hotel. I wouldn't purposefully wear them on a rainy day, though. Instead I'd go for this next option:
4. Allbirds // If you haven't tried Allbirds yet, you're really, truly, missing out. Some people have called the them "the best shoes ever made." I don't disagree. Since they're made out of super soft wool, they wick moisture and regulate temperature, so they can be worn in any season. I can walk all day in them and have zero complaints, and the best part is I don't have to wear socks.
5. Chaco Z1 Sandal // My original pair of Chacos were these, and I loved them until I wore them for an entire day at WDW and the toe straps gave me terrible blisters. This really bummed me out, since otherwise they were so wonderfully comfy. These Z1 sandals seem to be the solution. They are equally as light as the Fantasias, but they are lacking the toe strap. And these do great in rain as well, since they stay strapped on and don't soak up any water.