What are the Best Shoes to Wear on a Disney World Vacation? We Asked the Fans…

best shoes to wear on a Disney vacationUpdated for 2015!

Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans are an inquisitive bunch. One of the best questions we’ve had lately was “What is the best shoe to wear at Disney World?” It’s no secret that you will walk miles and miles each day of your vacation, so we put that question to our fans to see what they wear on their vacations. We’ve got our Top Five answers from popular to most popular shoes.

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5. Varied Answers

This group of shoes didn’t seem to receive enough votes to be in a category of its own, which shows that not every “type” shoe works for everyone.

Thomas, “My wife and kids swear by the Crocs. I’m not partial to them. I went with Vans slip-ons last time we went, I couldn’t have been more comfortable.”

Blanche, “The most comfy shoe ever…..Clarks Privo Vapor Mist Leather Adj. Fisherman Sport Sandals! I can walk forever in these!!”

Noreen, “The past few trips I’ve packed a few pair of my TOMS shoes. I have very flat feet and surprisingly, the TOMS are actually really comfortable to walk around the parks in all day. I have found out over the years to change up my shoes every day. I never wear the same pair of any shoe two days in a row. I make sure I stop my very first day at First Aid in whatever park I visit first and get a few bandages. They have ones that are perfect for blisters. If I think I’m getting the start of a blister I put one on immediately. It seems that no matter what shoe I wear, I will always get a blister the first day. Better to stop and visit first aid as soon as you get to a park than to have to walk all the way back at the start of a blister.

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Michelle, “I love my Merrell’s sandals. My kids wore their Crocs last month on our visit and they had horrible blisters, no more Crocs at Disney for my two.”

Tracy, “We wear Chaco’s sandals. The footbed is ergonomically designed to make every footstep more efficient. They are very comfortable, waterproof and not to mention stylish. We have even seen CM’s wearing them as well!

Myria, “Hemp sandals from Nomadic State of Mind. They are like walking on air; so light and comfy. I have walked Disney Parks on both coasts in them. One of the best things about them is they can be thrown in the washing machine.

Chauna, “I bought Teva sandals with the Shoc Pad. Best investment ever! They were extremely comfortable, durable and water proof!!! I still wear them and its 3 years later.”

Tracy, “Sketchers Shape Ups- bought an extra pair before the lawsuits came in and were yanked from the shelves. LOVE them! And they really tone your legs too!”

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4. Flip Flops

Pam, “I wear Yellow Box brand flip-flops. They have thick soft bottoms. I wear either those or my Disney Crocs every time I visit. I am NOT a sneakers person.”

Brandi, “Yellow box flip-flops for me! Our first trip my husband told me I needed to wear tennis shoes because we would be walking so much. My feet are not used to tennis shoes…I’m actually still wearing the same ones I wore that trip in 09. By the third day my feet were killing me…now it’s yellow box. It’s what my feet are used to!”

Tammy, “I got a terrible blister from my Crocs. I swear by Teva sandals. They have never failed me. I just can’t wear tennis shoes!”

Veronica, “I live in Florida and wear flip-flops year round even 10+ hours in the parks!”

Leigh Ann, “I wore my Nike shocks on our 1st full day in the park but it rained so much that my shoes were soaked through so I switched to my yellow box flip-flops for the rest of the trip. they were actually really comfortable and didn’t cause any blisters like I thought they would.”

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Yellow Box flip flops

3. Keens

Teryl, “Keens! they do well in heat, water, all surfaces. Teryl even gave us directions to the Keens website: use this link. 

Chelsea, “My keen sandals. I have three different kinds and they’re all super comfy!

Melissa, “Keen leather waterproof sandals. Extremely comfy and supportive. The waterproof neoprene keeps your feet dry after a summer soaker or a ride on Kali! Only downside is weird tan lines on your feet!

Chris, “Keen sandals were great for me!

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2. Running Shoes

Christy, “A pair of well broken in tennis shoes! No blisters, feet stayed comfy and warm (it was Nov/Dec, so yep, warm feet were necessary) and was able to hit the parks in comfort for our 8 day vacation!”

Janet, “Sturdy running shoes with wicking socks. Always taking two pair and alternating each day.

Melissa, “Broken in sneakers, I prefer my running sneakers, WITH socks

Sarah, “Love love love my dual fushions from Nike.

Rachael, “I wear regular tennis shoes with good support with white socks – no blisters, fungus, or back pain. I usually end up with Reebok or New Balance because they’re the only ones that tend to come in all white without colors that would clash with my wardrobe. Make sure they’re broken in BEFORE going to Disney!

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1. Crocks

Melanie, “Croc flip-flops, I’ve worn them on 2 trips with no blisters, soreness, or aching feet, compared to tennis shoes that make my feet feel tired.

Cynthia, “Original Crocs like above. not the knockoffs. We arrived on a Sunday Dec 2009. Went to the VMMCP that night. Walked all day Monday and evening, hotel hopped on Tues, played miniature golf. By dinner time at Cat’s I couldn’t walk anymore. My daughter had heard about Croc’s and said let’s go look. I said I had them before and didn’t like them. (What I had was knock-offs) We found a pair with the Mickey ears and it was like sliding my feet into slippers. Crocs literally saved our trip. We were there for a week. I have worn nothing else ever since.

Kathy, “I have worn nothing but CROCS in the parks for the last 10 years, many days walking 15+ miles. Have never had a blister or problems with my feet. I wear the original ones and also the flip-flop style but always CROCS.

Amy, “I wear Crocs because I have problems sith my feet swelling and they have a lot of give. The other bonus is that they dry quick when you ride on one of the water rides.

Melanie, “Disney Birkenstocks! :0). I also love Disney Crocs as well! ;0)

Sarah, “Crocs! I wore them our entire 9 day vacation and my feet were never sore! Plus, if it rains they are waterproof! Well sorta, your feet will get wet, but that’s ok. I also have lots of Disney jibbitz in mine and get lots of compliments on the kibbutz!”

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No one was more surprised by the outcome of the vote than me, but I must admit, all my Crocs have been the cheap knockoffs. Had this article been about just one person, that being me, I would have said running shoes with wicking socks. But it seems I have been outvoted! We always appreciate our Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans for their diverse experiences and knowledgable opinions. 

Now that you know what shoes to buy, are you ready to start planning your vacation?

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you searching the gift shops for those adult-sized Mickey Mouse Crocs…


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  1. Heather Love says:

    I am a tennis shoe fan myself. Take two well worn pair and use powder inside my socks too! Makes my feet feel cool while I walk or stand. Plus they are always bright am colorful so I am easy to spot (I have a habit of wandering there as I get caught up in the magic). This trip they are bright pink because I could not find purple ones on sale 🙂

  2. Mek says:

    I saw this shoe cheaper on amazing-one.com

  3. ashley says:

    I’ve never liked the way crocs looked therefore I’ve never actually given them a chance. My ex had my kids wear theirs last year when we went to disney and they didn’t seem to complain much about their feet at all-was mostly being tired.
    I’ve seen tons of other ppl wearing them in the park and I’ve seen tons of ppl wear them to six flags so maybe after seeing this I might give them a chance after all for when i go in feb…..but only if i can score some disney ones first 😉

  4. Erica says:

    When I was 9 I went with my parents to disney for the first time and all I wore were Crocs. We were out from 9am-3am every day because we only went for 3 days and wanted to cram in as much as we could. My parents wore their sandals and running shoes and complained all the time, My feet were 100% fine and I didn’t have any pain and they were so amazing! We ended up all picking up a pair of Disney crocs so we could be more comfortable and my parents felt great after too 🙂 Don’t diss them! There’s a reason why they’re still around, people wear them, and you see them a lot at Disney haha.

    • Amanda says:

      After hearing from all the Croc wearers, and staying soaked last June, I am giving Crocs a second look. Thanks for reading! ~A.

  5. Tory says:

    Where do you get Disney Birkenstocks? I’ve only seen them on eBay. Anybody buy some somewhere else?

  6. Valerie says:

    We have wore Crocs, Keens, Sanuks, Fit Flops, Yellow Box and Sneakers. Never had a problem with any of them as long as they are broken in. My favorite is the Keens for my family. We all have a few pairs and never get blisters or tired feet. Plus you can go on water rides or get caught in a down pour and no worries. Crocs have been great for my young son but last October we bought a pair of the Blue/Green light up Mickey ones on the Disney Cruise and he got a few sores on the sides of his feet when he tired to wear them in the parks. We are not buying him Crocs again. My husband and I love the Croc flip Flops and they are always comfy. This year, we all have the Sanuk flip flop and loved them – until they get wet and then your foot slides around. My Fit Flops are always comfy as well as the Yellow Box thick soled flip flop. We all have a good pair of running shoes (New Balance, Asics, etc.) and we also take those. We take about 4 pair of shoes each and rotate them and I think this is the key to avoiding feet issues at Disney. Every ones foot is different but I agree with the above posts – if must be broken in before your trip.

  7. Amy says:

    The last few trips I have only been wearing my Yellow Box flip flops and have been very satisfied. I have several pairs and switch them up every day and have no complaints.

  8. Tammy B says:

    I brought Nike sneakers, Colombia water sandals, Keens, and my Teva Mush flip flops. All of them worked great, but my beloved Mushies were the BEST, hands down.

  9. Connie says:

    Teva mush flip flops!

  10. Erin S says:

    I wore crocs and tennis shoes this year (both hurt because I got a blister with my croc flip flops even though I had worn them for walking for 3 weeks prior).

    Hubby wore tennis shoes and got sore heels (like I did), one kid wore crocs and the other wore cushioned flip flops.

    We walked
    Day 1 = 9.62 miles
    Day 2 = 9.82 miles
    Day 3 = 8.78 miles
    Day 4 = 8.50 (but my fit bit ran out of juice by 10pm)
    Day 5 = estimate 8.50-9.0 miles)
    Day 6 (leaving day) = estimate 3-4 miles at DT Disney before leaving

  11. Cline says:

    I am not a tennis shoes person either, I wore my croc flip flop and and they were nice.

  12. Kindra says:

    I have worn my Teva Original Mush flip flops for two Disney vacations and am about to do it again. They are AMAZING!!!!! Never get a blister with these and they are so mushy, comfy, and surprisingly very supportive for a flip flop. Jus be sure to get the “original mush”.. …The “Teva mush II” do not have as thick of soles, I find the original the most comfortable!!!

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