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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20 Sneakers To Wear In Summer Instead Of Sandals

Timberland 6-Inch 'Wheat' Boots

You already know what these are. If you’ve been fortunate enough to catch any of the Nike Flyknit Racer releases in the past, you already know they’re one of the best and most comfortable summertime sneaker options in your arsenal. And we’re really feeling the recent colorways Nike has put out lately. The white/black and the ‘sport turqouise’ iterations are particularly awesome.

adidas Pure Boost

The warmer months are all about plush comfort, and adidas knocked it out of the park with their (relatively) new Boost technology. Perfectly blending form and function, the new adidas Pure Boost draws a clean aesthetic from the brand’s Y-3 line, while keeping it real on the performance front. Really comfy.

Nike Kukini

Sure, the Nike Kukini silhouette isn’t for everybody. It is pretty wild. But try a pair on, and they just might sway you. Pairing ‘outside the box’ lace-less technology with Free 5.0 soles, these are plush for summertime.

adidas ZX Flux and ZX Flux Weave

Another example of the “Marque aux Trois Bandes” really stepping the game up lately, has been the introduction of the adidas ZX Flux. Hitting the market in a wide variety of colors and materials (including the dope Flux Weave), the ZX Flux is on pace to give Nike’s Roshe a run for the money. And with the introduction of their crazy ambitious mi adidas ZX Flux Photo Print app (seriously, check it out), the Flux has a bright future ahead.

Nike Solarsoft Moccasin

Another love-it-or-leave-it silo from the Swoosh boys, the Solarsoft Moccasin is most certainly proper summertime footwear. The lightweight mesh upper and cushy foam outsole, coupled with a wide array of styles, both loud and subtle, make these kicks like Goldilocks in summertime: jussst right.

Nike Free Trainer 5.0

Summertime also means training season for those fall sports, which makes Nike’s latest Free Trainer 5.0 hit right on time. So far, we’ve seen a few dope colorways. But the standouts are certainly the fantastic “Paid in Full” and “Jerry Rice” editions. In the gym or out, these lightweight trainers are banging.

adidas Originals ZX 500 OG Weave

Oh these are super clean. Taking the OG adidas ZX 500 and throwing a breathable woven upper on it, brings these babies to the next level. Yeah, you could catch us in these all summer long.

Nike Flyknit Lunar2

Ah, the Flyknit Lunar2. Improving on one of our favorites silhouettes from 2013, the Flyknit Lunar2 is just an essential staple of the summertime sneakerhead. Whether hitting the gym, getting a run on, or just chilling wherever, it doesn’t get much more comfortable than this. Trust.

Nike Roshe Run "Gold Trophy" Pack

While we’d like to believe Nike is also clairvoyant, and they put out their “Gold Trophy” pack to predict a trophy for the US in the upcoming World Cup, some dope shoes are a decent consolation prize. Delivered on a variety of iconic Nike silos, including one of our favorites, the Roshe Run, the Gold Trophy Roshe is going to be an amazing summer sneaker.

Nike Flyknit Chukka (Lunar or Free-soled)

Oh, and if the trainer style isn’t really for you, the Flyknit silo also comes in a Chukka model. The Lunar versions are some of the most comfortable sneakers we own and recently we’ve seen Nike slap a sweet Free sole on them in some fantastic colorways. Ah, summer. BBQs, sunshine and Flyknit. These truly are like socks for your feet and you won’t believe how light they are until you have them in your hands.

adidas Y3 Yohji Boost

Okay, so we know there are a lot of barriers to entry on these upcoming bangers from adidas. Limited numbers, high prices and a new-found hype surrounding the upper-end of adidas labels, makes the adidas Y3 Yohji Boost a tough get. But seriously, just look at them. Beautiful. Picking sandals over these? Child please.

Invincible x Reebok Instapump Fury

No doubt, we’ve seen plenty of collabs on the Reebok Instapump Fury. And the silo may not be for everyone. But this upcoming release, from Taiwanese brand Invincible, is one of our favorites yet. That floral patter on the upper just screams summertime and the openness of the design will still keep you cool. Plain and simple, these are gorgeous.

adidas Originals Primeknit 3.0

Adidas is really coming after that Nike market. Not only do they have the “Roshe-killer” ZX Flux, the crazy comfort of Boost technology, and the big-ticket endorsements from some of the biggest names in music, but adidas also has its own knitted technology with Primeknit. Just another great trainer you will barely even know you’re wearing.

Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit

Nike had some real success the past few years when pairing that wonderful Flyknit technology with their tried-and-true Free outsoles. And their latest entry in the series, the Free 4.0 Flyknit is a winner. We’re particularly fond of their retread of the hugely popular “Multicolor” makeup, but we’re starting to see Nike really come through with some true heat in the colorway department, like these awesome Bright Crimson bangers.

adidas Element Refine JS

When you think of eco-friendly, hippies and sandals often spring to mind. But don’t fret fellow green sneakerheads, adidas has you covered. Utilizing 90% recycled PET materials and a solid-pieced upper, the adidas Element Refine are perfect for the warmer months. Style and performance all in one package.

Nike Free Hyperfeel

Okay, so the Nike Free Hyperfeel is technically a running shoe. But with the low-profile and crazy Hyperfeel soles, you can rock these babies all summer long. Hey, if you’re looking for low-profile, the Free Hyperfeel is head and shoulders above the sandal option.

adidas Primeknit Pure Boost

Another tough-to-get recent adi release, the Solar Blue Primeknit Pure Boost is definitely primed for summertime. But, with only 266 pairs released, it’s certainly a quality over quantity kind of sneaker. If you were one of the lucky 266, you better not let us catch you wearing sandals instead. Come on man!

Nike SB Koston 2 Max

What the Koston 2 Max lacks in the hype or “swag” department, it more than makes up for with a minamalistic silhouette, legendary tech and super clean colorways. That makes the Koston 2 Max an excellent choice…particularly the fantastic ‘Light Crimson’ makeup. If they’re almost lighter than feathers in your hand, imagine how great they feel on foot.

Nike Flyknit Racer

You already know what these are. If you’ve been fortunate enough to catch any of the Nike Flyknit Racer releases in the past, you already know they’re one of the best and most comfortable summertime sneaker options in your arsenal. And we’re really feeling the recent colorways Nike has put out lately. The white/black and the ‘sport turqouise’ iterations are particularly awesome.

Nike Flyknit Trainer

Yeah, after Kanye spent last summer rocking the Flyknit Trainer, the surrounding hype made these beauties tough to cop. But, if you got on the Flyknit Trainer bandwagon before the hype, or you simply bit the bullet and paid the higher resale costs, you better be picking these over sandals this summer. These are proper.

Nike Air Max 'Breathe / Barefoot' Collection

The Nike Air Max ‘Breathe’ collection was engineered with summer in mind. Employing a mash-up of breathable mesh uppers, taped seams and elastic laces, all draped over several of our favorite Air Max silhouettes, the ‘Breathe’ collection is the right choice for summer. Always choose Air over sandals. Always.

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