15 Sneakers That Can Be The Only Pair You Pack For A Vacation


When you have love for a lot of different kicks, it’s hard to pick just one when you’re going on vacation or for a weekend getaway. With that being said, we pick out one pair of sneakers that can serve as the only pair you need for a number of different travel plans.

Whether you’re going on a full-blown trip across Europe or bouncing around from airport to airport for weekday work travel, we highlight options that will not only serve a purpose, but keep you stylish and blending into the local scene as well.

After taking a look, please feel free to let us know in the comments section which single pair of sneakers you find best for a particular vacation/travel destination.

Nike Roshe Run

Type of vacation/travel: Spring Break Beach Trip

With the plethora of releases over the years, we’re not the only ones who have experienced Roshe-fatigue lately. But, the fact remains, the Roshe is a fantastic vacation shoe. Especially if you’re hitting up a beach town for Spring Break. Light, comfortable, versatile, but perhaps most importantly, affordable. That will come in handy should you mess them up while you’re, uhh, not of sound mind. We won’t judge.

Nike LunarTerra Arktos Boot

Type of vacation/travel: Ski/Snowboard Weekend Trip

Headed somewhere cold for your next trip? Don’t worry, Nike’s got you there too. Flywire, Hyperfuse, Vac Tec and Lunarlon all combine with an insulated, modular bootie to form the most badass boot Nike has ever made: the LunarTerra Arktos. Available in a handful of clean colorways, the Arktos is basically a Humvee for your foot. This is what the ACG program is all about.

Nike Lunar Flyknit Chukka

Type of vacation/travel: Theme Park Trip

Ultra light Flyknit uppers combined with cushy Lunarlon soles? That’s an easy win. Especially if you’re going to spend your whole day in ridiculous lines, like at a theme park. You simply won’t find a more comfortable pair of kicks than the Lunar Flyknit Chukka. And they’re also dope with both pants and shorts, so they’re versatile to boot.

Nike Air Force 1 Duckboot

Type of vacation/travel: Back Home for Thanksgiving

Not all of us are fortunate to be able to return to a place that’s sunny and 70 degrees in November. So if you’ve got to go back home for the holidays, and moms lives in a place that gets a bit wet (like, say the Pacific Nortwest), you can’t go wrong with the Air Force 1 Duckboot. These will keep you both dry and stylish, no matter how much rain Mother Nature throws down at you.

Nike Air Force 1 White/White

Type of vacation/travel: Spring in NYC

The unofficial sneaker of New York City, the white-on-white Nike Air Force 1 is a must-have during Gotham’s warmer months. Highs, lows or mids, you simply can’t go wrong. Frankly, is there anything fresher than a crispy pair of uptowns? They literally go with anything.

Nike Flyknit Air Max

Type of vacation/travel: Sight Seeing

When Nike first introduced Flyknit technology back in 2012, it blew our minds to think about all it’s potential applications. But what intrigued us the most was the combinations with other cutting-edge Nike tech that the designers would inevitably cook up. And, one of our favorites thus far has been this excellent mashup of Flyknit with the iconic Air Max technology. Lightweight, responsive and comfortable as hell, the Flyknit Air Max is perfect for those sight-seeing trips that have you running all over town.

Air Jordan III Black/Cement

Type of vacation/travel: Anywhere

We’ve already droned on for an entire post about how we think the Black Cement Air Jordan III is quite possibly the greatest athletic sneaker of all time. But seriously, these go with anything, in any weather and in nearly any setting, so they deserve a place on this list.

Nike Flyknit Racer

Type of vacation/travel: Euro Trip

Breathable, lightweight and amazingly comfortable, the Flyknit Racer is everything the hype has made them out to be. And they’re also the perfect sneaker for a vacation like a trip to Europe. Not only are they fashionable, but they’ll keep your feet cool and supported, no matter how many museums or churches you get lined up to see.

Vans Sk8-Hi

Type of vacation/travel: Fall in Southern California

Headed to SoCal in the Fall? You already know Vans are the move. The Chuck Taylor for the new era, the Vans Sk8-Hi in simple black and white is as solid as they come. And it’s perfect for a little bit of skating down by the boardwalks too.

Air Jordan XI

Type of vacation/travel: A Sneakerhead’s Wedding Weekend

You know, as much as we love the Air Jordan line, we’ve got to be real: we’re not a big fan of dress attire with basketball shoes. HOWEVUH…one of the only shoes that can pull of this delicate dance is the Air Jordan XI. Not only is it a pretty solid performance sneaker, but that patent leather trim provides the shine you want for that wedding weekend stunting. Just hope the wedding you’re headed to has a few sneakerheads in it though!

adidas Stan Smith

Type of vacation/travel: Weekend Miami Beach Retreat

You already know the adidas Stan Smith goes with everything and comes in 8 million different styles and colorways. But, with the introduction of Primeknit to the silohuette, it makes them a perfect candidate for a beach weekend retreat. And you can never go wrong with the classic white/green Stan Smith’s while kicking it with some sun bunnies!

Nike Air Mowabb

Type of vacation/travel: Weekend Hiking Trip

For those times when you need your kicks to hold up to the stresses of a long hike, but you still want to flex a little when you get back to civilization. The OG Mowabbs ride that line perfectly.

Vans Era

Type of vacation/travel: Summer Vacation in San Diego

Seriously, is there anywhere you can’t wear a pair of Vans Eras? Well, if such a place does exist, we don’t want to go there anyway. But, if you ever find yourself in San Diego, these are the perfect kicks to blend in with the locals. It’s San Diego…you can get in virtually anywhere wearing a pair of Eras.

Nike Air Presto

Type of vacation/travel: A Plane Trip Anywhere

This ain’t the ’50s anymore. When we fly somewhere, we’re not trying to stuff ourselves into a suit. We’re looking strictly at comfort. And the Nike Air Presto’s got that in spades. Not to mention the often slip-on fit the silo is known for will help you get through security without Paul Blart hassling you.

Timberland 6-Inch 'Wheat' Boots

Type of vacation/travel: Holidays in NYC

You never know what Mother Nature is going to throw at you when you hit up the Big Apple around the holidays. But one thing’s for sure, Wheat Timbs are good for wherever you’re headed.


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  • gordy

    Tim’s are not sneakers.


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