Best Shoes for Traveling Europe

Packed with ultimate comfort and support—perfect for your next big European adventure.

Traveling through Europe is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that one should be well-prepared for.

Treading along the European cityscapes, old infrastructures, and cobblestone streets are not easy. You need all the foot support you can get with the right pair of shoes.

You wouldn’t want to waste a second of your trip with the wrong pair of footwear that could cause blisters, foot pain, and ankle injuries. These will ruin the trip of a lifetime, and you could end up regretting not bringing a more comfortable pair of shoes with you.

Luckily, with KURU’s best walking shoes for Europe, you can comfortably indulge in the beauty of Europe and all the exciting activities that await you. Complete your bucket list with KURU’s cutting-edge technology and unfailing arch support.

Woman wearing KURU ELLIE slip-on shoe stands at top of escalator with suitcase.
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Experts Guide to the Best Shoes for Traveling Europe

What are the best shoes for Europe?

The best traveling shoes for Europe bring comfort and durability to a whole new level. Enjoying an epic adventure should always be paired with the right footwear. This is true for all the trips you’re planning to go on.

The best shoes for Europe should be stylish and elegant without compromising quality or comfortability. Since you’ll be walking across various places with different road textures and distances, bringing a compact, moisture-wicking, and durable pair of shoes is a must.

KURU offers the best shoes for walking in Europe with the KURUSOLE and KURUCLOUD technology that caters to various strenuous activities, including constant walking. You’ll also love KURU's KINETIC and QUANTUM lines, which are specially made for hours of strolling, walking, and even running.

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Our Customer Favorites

"Excellent for touring and walking on concrete

I just returned from 3 weeks in Europe, hiking mostly urban streets and museums. I can't say enough positives about these shoes. They were delivered only 4 days before my departure, so not much time to break them in, and they were perfect. I wore them for 21 days straight! These shoes totally relieved my low back pain and allowed me to walk miles every day. These are my second pair of kurus and I am a devoted fan."

- Ohio Traveler

"Most comfortable shoe I've ever had

I will be vacationing in Europe this summer, and I wanted to have a good pair of walking shoes. I got these, and they are simply fantastic! I was a little bit reluctant at first to get them, not knowing if the sizing is "standard", but they fit me perfectly. Best of all, the soles feel like I am walking on some kind of jellied material, so any number of kilometres can be walked with no issue at all. I have found also, that I can wear them with no socks, which says something about their overall design quality and comfort. The shoe laces are also good, since they never untie by themselves."

- Aleksandar M.

Technology for a Natural Fit, Engineered for Foot Pain Relief

KURUCLOUD

KURUCLOUD is the base layer of every shoe we make, designed with balance and comfort in mind. It’s not so firm that it hurts your feet, and it’s soft but still maintains support. Its effective cushioning helps absorb shock for backpacking in Europe.

KURU CLOUD

KURUSOLE

Our patented KURUSOLE offers dynamic heel support to reduce the impact on your heels and gear your body toward better posture and alignment. Your heel's natural padding needs support to keep it happy and healthy. KURUSOLE's rounded heel cup design helps protect the heel in every one of KURU's best shoes for sightseeing in Europe.

Kuru Sole

ULTIMATE INSOLE

Our ULTIMATE INSOLE offers superior arch support and cushion with its premium, dual-density foam. ULTIMATE INSOLES are made with the most durable polyurethane (PU) foam, making them long-lasting enough to keep you comfortable through all your trips.
KURU ULTIMATE INSOLE

How to Choose Shoes for Europe

Wondering how to choose the best shoes for Europe travel? Our KURU GURUs outline how to select the perfect pair.

There are many different kinds of injuries that warehouse workers can face in their workplaces. Often, their working environments will present various kinds of danger, where some are more obvious than others. Unfortunately, the lack of attention to foot safety can play a huge role in the occurrence of workplace accidents, such as:

- Broken or crushed feet and the amputation of feet or toes caused by moving vehicles, falling objects, and having feet trapped between cracks, objects, or belts.
- Cuts and severed toes or feet from rotary mowers, chain saws, and unguarded machinery.
- Punctures to feet by sharp glass, metal objects, or loose nails.
- Electric shocks from contact with static electricity or other sources of electricity.
- Burns from contact with chemical splashes, molten metal, fire, or explosives.
- Twisted or sprained ankles and broken or fractured bones as a result of trips, falls, and slips. These may occur due to poor lighting, incorrect footwear, slippery floors, or littered walkways.

Traveling across the country of your dreams can be an exhilarating and overwhelming experience. You’ll feel overjoyed to the point that you might forget to consider bringing the best pair of shoes you have with you. This is why we’re here to remind you how.

Not sure what pair to bring during your trip to Europe? Below are some tips that can help you navigate through a vast catalog of shoes.

Durability: This should be one of the top considerations when selecting stylish walking shoes for Europe. Check whether the shoes you’re bringing are designed with high-quality materials and able to withstand hours of walking. This pair of shoes should be able to endure various types of roads and streets, especially in Europe where cobblestone streets abound.

Stability: Walking around Europe could involve uphill or downhill paths. You wouldn’t want to lose your balance as you stroll through the greatest places on the continent. Thus, the best walking shoes for travel in Europe have stable heel support — enough to prevent imbalance in horizontal or vertical foot movement.

Comfort: Comfort is always a top priority when purchasing the best shoes for Europe travel. No matter how durable or stylish your shoes are, if they hurt your feet, they are still not worth the suffering. To avoid foot pain and blisters during travel, consider comfort as your top priority when packing shoes.

Style: While this is the least important priority for packing a pair of footwear, style should still be taken into account. For instance, dining and trekking are two different activities that require different shoe styles. Thus, bring shoes that cater to the activities you’re planning to participate in for various dates.

The Right Size: Wearing overly light or loose shoes can hurt your foot in the long run. This can also cause long-term health issues that can be excruciatingly painful. Thus, make sure that you purchase the right size for your feet. There should be adequate room inside the shoes for your toes. As you walk, your foot spreads out by at least one centimeter in all directions. Thus, choose a shoe that’s roomy enough for breathability and comfort.

Lady at the airport wearing Black Kuru Shoes

Not sure what pair to bring during your trip to Europe? Below are some tips that can help you navigate through a vast catalog of shoes.

Durability: This should be one of the top considerations when selecting stylish walking shoes for Europe. Check whether the shoes you’re bringing are designed with high-quality materials and able to withstand hours of walking. This pair of shoes should be able to endure various types of roads and streets, especially in Europe where cobblestone streets abound.

Stability: Walking around Europe could involve uphill or downhill paths. You wouldn’t want to lose your balance as you stroll through the greatest places on the continent. Thus, the best walking shoes for travel in Europe have stable heel support — enough to prevent imbalance in horizontal or vertical foot movement.

Comfort: Comfort is always a top priority when purchasing the best shoes for Europe travel. No matter how durable or stylish your shoes are, if they hurt your feet, they are still not worth the suffering. To avoid foot pain and blisters during travel, consider comfort as your top priority when packing shoes.

Style: While this is the least important priority for packing a pair of footwear, style should still be taken into account. For instance, dining and trekking are two different activities that require different shoe styles. Thus, bring shoes that cater to the activities you’re planning to participate in for various dates.

The Right Size: Wearing overly light or loose shoes can hurt your foot in the long run. This can also cause long-term health issues that can be excruciatingly painful. Thus, make sure that you purchase the right size for your feet. There should be adequate room inside the shoes for your toes. As you walk, your foot spreads out by at least one centimeter in all directions. Thus, choose a shoe that’s roomy enough for breathability and comfort.

European Vacation Packing Checklist

Simplify the packing process with these tips from our KURU GURUs.

Packing only a few pairs of shoes during travel can be challenging. It’s difficult to pick from the variety of pairs on your shoe rack. Here are a few tips to help you get through the feat of picking limited pairs of shoes to store in your luggage:

  • Pack the most comfortable shoes you own: Since comfortable shoes should be prioritized when packing, pick your favorites. Bring the pairs you like wearing on all occasions and settings. This tip will help prevent blisters and plantar fasciitis.
  • Do not bring a lot of shoes: Two to three pairs are enough for the entire trip. Don’t fill up your luggage with several shoes but fewer clothes. You wouldn’t want to run out of clothes to change into during the trip.
  • Consider the places and activities you’re planning for: Match the shoes you’re about to pack with the clothes you’re planning to wear. Are you planning to go to a fancy restaurant? Does your itinerary include beaches? Consider these factors when packing the right shoes.
  • Check the weather: Bring open or close-toed shoes for various weather conditions. Sometimes, weather forecasts can change. Stay prepared and bring shoes for the current weather conditions in Europe.
  • Bring a first aid kit: You’ll never know when you’ll encounter foot injuries regardless of the shoes you’re wearing. It would help to bring a first aid kit with band-aids and disinfectants.

Types of Shoes for Traveling Europe & Finding the Best Fit

Don't let an ill-fitting pair of shoes keep you from seeing some of the world's most famous landmarks. Learn more about types of shoes for walking in europe, their features, and how to find the right fit.

Here are some types of shoes you can wear during your exciting travel to Europe:

Boots: These are your best friends when traveling to Europe. Some of these boots are made of soft wool or waterproof material to protect you during the rainy seasons. Boots also provide full coverage and warmth, so you can trek the coldest places in the continent without feeling uncomfortable.

Sneakers: You can never go wrong with a trusty pair of sneakers when you’re traveling the world. Sneakers are lightweight and comfortable to wear for various activities. Also, they are shock-absorbent and come in diverse styles that you can mix and match with different outfits.

Flat/Sandals: Sometimes, it’s good to let your feet breathe after a long day of wearing socks and close-toed shoes. Moisture can accumulate in your shoes if you wear it almost 24 hours a day. Relax and wear flats or sandals when the day doesn’t require athletic shoes. Sandals with adjustable straps sound perfect during a day in the sun or a peaceful walk in a park.

Choosing the best shoes for Europe depends entirely on your itinerary and the events you’re planning to go to. If you’re planning to get physical throughout the day and perform athletic activities, then sneakers are your best bet.

On the other hand, if you’re going to a formal or casual event, switch between boots or sandals. Always consider your outfit when picking the right pair.

Once you’ve found the right pair, it’s time to find the right fit. There are some guidelines you can follow in choosing shoes that hug your feet perfectly. Below are some of them:

Measure your feet: Know that the shape and size of your feet can change over time. It is crucial to measure your feet every time you purchase a new pair of shoes.

Don’t rely on the size of the shoes completely: Sometimes, there can be size differences between brands. Try the shoes on and observe whether they’re comfortable to wear.

Wear socks: Socks can be thick, and your shoes might not fit once you wear socks with them. Try them on with socks before purchasing any shoes.

Break them in: Wear your shoes around your house before wearing them during your travels. They might hurt your feet after long hours of walking, and you wouldn’t want to pack them if that’s the case.

Match your shoes with the kind of activity: The right fit won’t matter if you don’t wear the right shoes for certain activities. For instance, when jogging, only wear running shoes. Otherwise, performing this activity can become more challenging.

a couple of friends wearing the best walking shoes for travel in europe going sightseeing in London.

Finding the Right Fit

Once you’ve found the right pair, it’s time to find the right fit. There are some guidelines you can follow in choosing shoes that hug your feet perfectly. Below are some of them:

Measure your feet: Know that the shape and size of your feet can change over time. It is crucial to measure your feet every time you purchase a new pair of shoes.

Don’t rely on the size of the shoes completely: Sometimes, there can be size differences between brands. Try the shoes on and observe whether they’re comfortable to wear.

Wear socks: Socks can be thick, and your shoes might not fit once you wear socks with them. Try them on with socks before purchasing any shoes.

Break them in: Wear your shoes around your house before wearing them during your travels. They might hurt your feet after long hours of walking, and you wouldn’t want to pack them if that’s the case.

Match your shoes with the kind of activity: The right fit won’t matter if you don’t wear the right shoes for certain activities. For instance, when jogging, only wear running shoes. Otherwise, performing this activity can become more challenging.

Why Others Love KURU

See What Our Customers Are Saying About Us

"I was desperate!

I have been desperately seeking comfortable walking shoes, needed for touring in Europe. The Quantums check all the boxes; cushioned around the ankle but a snug fit, moderate but sufficient arch support, wide, comfortable toe box, mesh sides for air flow, lightweight, and overall well-balanced support. Also, love the look of this shoe!"

-- MagC

"Wow comfort!

Just got back from a 3 week Italy trip. Walked well over 50 miles. These are the best fitting, most comfortable shoes I've ever worn. I have even started using these as my everyday golf shoes when I walk my rounds."

-- Jim R.

"Tried and True!

This shoe has been to Europe with me twice and done a miles and miles of walking. I have a very narrow heel so that I have to add an adhesive pad, but this is the first shoe I have had that I can walk literally miles in the first wearing and feel nothing painful from the complete experience. The black leather goes with every outfit and is easy to maintain. Kuru has a nice treatment I like to keep on hand as well!"

-- KansasCarol

FAQS

Answers to the most frequently asked questions are just a click away.

What shoes do I pack for Europe?

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This will depend on the activities you’re planning to participate in. Also, it’s good to research the places you’ve included in your itinerary. In Europe, where the temperature is cooler, it’s advisable to pack some sneakers or boots. These will protect your feet from the changing weather conditions and various outdoor elements.

KURU offers shoes that can protect your feet at all times. Travel light with our KURUCLOUD technology.

What are the best walking shoes for Europe?

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The best walking shoes for Europe are sneakers. The streets of Europe consist of different surface textures such as cobblestones, asphalt, and concrete. If you’re planning to walk around and see beautiful scenery all day, get yourself a trustworthy pair of sneakers and get ready for a walking marathon!

KURU’s footwear is designed to help your feet last through a day of walking around the most beautiful cities in the world.

How is the arch support of KURU shoes?

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KURU shoes deliver excellent arch support without the need for thick inserts or expensive, custom orthotics.

Superior arch support starts with our patented KURUSOLE technology, which delivers natural cushioning and dynamically hugs your heel with every step. Every foot is unique, and our ULTIMATE INSOLES adapt to fit your needs by using your own body heat to custom-mold to the shape of your feet over time.

The corrective nature of our superior arch support is designed to neutralize your weight distribution and place your foot in the best anatomical position. This support can take some getting used to. We suggest slowly breaking in your new shoes over the course of 2–3 weeks.

CAN I USE CUSTOM ORTHOTICS WITH KURU SHOES?

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Due to the anatomical shape of the KURUSOLE, custom orthotics with a rounded heel fit best inside our shoes. If the underside of the custom orthotic (the part that sits on the footbed) is squared off, then it may not fit into our deep heel cup—which is rounded like your foot.

That said, many of our customers tell us theKURUSOLE technology offers better support and stability than they expected, and that they don't need to wear their custom orthotics with KURU shoes.

I just received a pair of your shoes and my feet are sore/hurt after wearing them. Why is that?

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Some customers experience tenderness when they first start wearing a new pair of KURUs. That’s ok! Your body may need time to adjust to the new levels of anatomical support you experience with our patented KURUSOLE technology. Our shoes are also designed to mold to your unique foot shape, which takes a bit of a break-in period.

To help mitigate this, we suggest you follow our break-in procedure, including wearing your KURUs for a couple hours per day around the house in the first couple of weeks as they break in and form to your foot.

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