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Hello there,

Allow me to tell you a cautionary tale; A tale of 3 different pairs of sneakers on vacation and an unlikely winner in the versatility category.

Going on vacation and trying to pack for a trip can be very, very frustrating. Why? Well, it’s always a challenge to pack the appropriate footwear whenever you go. It’s very challenging to decide which pair of sneakers you should take with you.

I’m a firm believer in wearing the right sneaker for the occasion.  That decision becomes even more difficult when you start thinking about where you are going and how you’re actually going to transport them. If you’re traveling places with crazy terrain, like a concrete jungle, the redwood forest and all points in between…it can get tricky.

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Our footwear discussion

Now, I know what you’re thinking (& to quote my husband): “Just bring one pair of good comfortable sneakers that are already broken in!!”  Time was running out, and desperate times call for desperate measures.  I narrowed it down to 3 pairs of sneakers and that’s what I went with.

What I came back with… was a better understanding of what worked for me and what didn’t. Allow me to share how I kept my feet happy, comfy and blister free on vacation.

#3:  Keds 

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Sorry, Keds.  You didn’t win.  Don’t fret, I still love you.  Broken in and soft, you are perfect for grocery shopping, schlepping mall bags and running errands around town. You are not supportive enough for long treks across the crazy terrains of central California.  I wore you the least, my arches thank you.

#2:  Under Armour Venoms

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No blisters, just tired.

Number 2 for a reason.  I wore you more than my Keds.  My bright rockin’ UA Venoms never let me down during a training session or workout.  But they are a running shoe and true to a running shoe they held my foot in place.  Turns out, not the best option on vacation. When the shoe’s better at motion control, there is a trade-off in shock absorption. At the end of the day, my feet felt trapped and hot. Wearing these, my feet were physically tired after of day of concrete jungle sightseeing.

#1:  Nike Alvord Trail Runner/Hiker

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Winner, winner!

Numero Uno!  Nike Alvord Trail Running/Hiking Sneakers. (it makes sense if you think about it)  It’s a Cross Trainer, (I was in every possible terrain). Hiking in the Redwood Forest, touring wine country in Napa and the concrete jungle of all the Rte 1 coastal cities in between.   Get past their clunky/chunky look, this sneaker handled every terrain perfectly. Sturdy, grippy and lightweight.  When I had these sneakers on, I completely forgot about how my feet felt.  Ahhhhh, heaven…check out that view.

  If you’re traveling on various crazy terrain, wear sturdy Cross-Trainers.

To be honest, 3 pairs of sneakers is not “ALL” that I brought.  Truthfully, I packed a total of 7 pairs of shoes.  3 pairs of sneakers, 3 pairs of sandals and 1 pair of 4″ heels.  4″ Heels!?  Long story…don’t ask.

So there you have it.

What shoes do you bring to travel?

Have you ever brought the wrong pair?

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***Disclaimer: Always check with your doctor first before starting new fitness routines to ensure that they’re right for you.***All opinions expressed are 100% my own.  Not an advertisement for any brand of sneaker.