Listen, you’ll be doing a LOT of walking in Disney World.
There are so many parks to visit, attractions to ride, characters to meet, and everything in between, so some guests end up walking nearly 10 miles every day in the parks. That means you’ll want to have the best shoes possible for your trip, but what about the shoes to AVOID?
We asked our team about the shoes they REGRET wearing to Disney World, and we have their responses here for you today. Don’t worry, though; we’ve got some GREAT recommendations to wear instead!
High up on the list is Converse! While we love the classic style of Converse, the lack of cushioning is not ideal for a full park day.
Converse shoes are known for going with almost everything outfit-wise, but it’s not worth it to walk around the parks all day with no cushioning for the bottom of your feet. Trust us, you’ll be feeling it SOON and will be in pain for the rest of your trip.
Hey Dude Shoes
Now listen, we know that Hey Dude shoes are pretty popular, but you do NOT want to wear them in the rain.
We’ve noticed that the tread of these shoes wears off really quickly in the rain, so you’ll soon be slipping and sliding all over the place, which isn’t safe.
Flats and/or Heels
Some of you may be reading this and going, “Why would I wear flats or heels to Disney,” but we’ve seen it (and some of us have done it and learned our lesson).
Whether you’re dressing up for a Dapper Day or attending one of Disney’s after-hours events where you can dress up, trust us when we say wearing heels or flats with no cushioning is NOT WORTH IT! We know it’ll make your outfit cuter, but having comfortable feet is more worth it.
Super Absorbent Sneakers
Sneakers are usually a great option, but there’s one instance where super absorbent sneakers aren’t a great idea.
If you see rain on the forecast, either bring some extra socks to change into once your shoes dry or be ready to get under cover when the rain comes. Soggy wet shoes and socks do NOT feel great.
Doc Marten Sandals
One of our team members also said that Doc Marten Sandals are not a great option for the parks.
She said her reasoning is for the lack of comfort that these unfortunately provide. While they’re super stylish, they’re not a great selection for the parks.
There are also some other shoes we wouldn’t recommend in certain situations:
Birkenstocks, Crocs, Sandals, or Flip-Flops in the rain — you’ll slide EVERYWHERE
- NEVER wear New Shoes! Even if it’s from a brand you’ve worn before, the actual shoes themselves need to be broken in before you head to the parks
So what shoes should you wear instead? We’ve got a few recommendations, starting with Running Shoes like the Hoka Bondi 8 shoes available on Amazon.
It provides the perfect amount of cushioning for your long days in the parks!
If you’re someone who dislikes covered shoes and wants to allow your feet to breathe with sandals, we recommend Tevas.
Now, these shoes have less cushion on them, which some people enjoy, and while they may get slippery in the rain, your feet are well secured, and they’ll dry very quickly.
And while Crocs aren’t great in the rain when keeping your balance, they are a favorite of many for park days.
They’re lightweight, they dry quickly, and they keep your feet secure. It’s a win for many people!
And those are some of the WORST shoe options, followed by some favorites to make up for it! As always, stay tuned to AllEars for all the latest and greatest Disney news.
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What shoes do you regret wearing to Disney? Tell us in the comments!