So, I do a fair bit of hoofing around usually while I travel. I was in Berlin with a buddy for near a week while he was working, so plenty of walking around for me to do during the day. Both times I’ve visited DC for fun, I’ve found even after day 1 that my feetsies were in pain. Certainly on the way to blisters if I kept pushing it. What to do? I poked around and found this combo to meet my needs – went through all of SE Asia with this combo and it felt great, no discomfort at all. Maybe the combo will work for you too.
- Shoes: I went to The Walking Company and got some ecco athletic style shoes designed for walking. The “Krypton” series pictured above.
- Insoles: they had some scanner thingy that recommended some for feet. I recall thinking they were more than I wanted to pay on top of the shoes, but hey, I want to feel comfy and it would be rough if my feet started hurting early on in a 3 week trip.
- Socks: WrightSock specifically makes anti-blister socks. They aren’t cheap but there are good ideas executed in them designed to reduce the reasons why blisters occur. My only real complaint is that I wear a size 13, and these seemed ever so slightly a little small. I wore them on my trip and since then as well and I generally forget about that not long after putting them on.
There you have it. Worked great for me and I hope this post can help others poking around for ideas too. Let me know what works for you!