Whenever I go on a trip, I wear a pair of Keds then pack a back-up shoe. If I’m headed to California, I’ll need my sandals. Off to Chicago? I’ll grab my boots. But I guarantee my Keds will be coming with me.
It seems when all my peers realized Vans were cool, I decided Keds were cool. Then they moved to Rainbow sandals, and I slipped on my Keds. Now they’ll wear TOMS, and I’m still lacing my Keds.
Lightweight, low profile, stylish, durable, washable. Reasonably priced and easily accessible, why doesn’t your closet have a few pairs?
In October, I read Travel + Leisure‘s listicle on best walking shoes for tourists, and realized there’re people out there who aren’t buying Tory Burch sneakers for their next vacation. Last February, Fodor’s was dead-on when they gave TOMS a place on their list (have several pairs myself). After a little research myself, I was thrilled that The College Prepster has been advising her readers since 2012 to own looking like a tourists, and a few pairs of Keds while they’re at it.
I’ve been wearing Keds as a tourist for years, and find them as comfortable as the Nikes I used to wear. While I don’t suggest them for hiking (although I came out blister-less) or anything too crazy, they’re a fantastic walking shoe. The canvas is easy to clean and the break-in period is short. They’re lightweight and low profile as well, which is great for weighing in at the airport.
Summer or winter, long haul or weekend getaway, do yourself a favor and bring some Keds. Don’t underestimate their ability to take you along the boardwalk, climb the Spanish Steps, or slip on and off like lightning through your next security check point.