Did you know that Walt Disney World is about 43 square miles in size? That’s crazy to think about! It goes without saying that before people head off to the most magical place on Earth that they want to know what are the best shoes for Disney World. If you aren’t wondering this then you may want to think about it because a trip to Disney World typically means lots of parks, tons of shopping, walking to and from hotels, and pretty much just walking EVERYWHERE! If you don’t have the right shoes on your trip, you could be in for a real uncomfortable time to say the least.
To Say The Least Be Ready To Walk A Lot At Disney
To give you an idea of just how much walking you can expect to do at Disney, on my last trip with my husband, we kept track of the miles we walked every day using our Fitbits (which I know aren’t always accurate, but our counts were definitely in the ballpark). We averaged about 10 miles of walking per day. PER DAY! Good thing we were in decent shape, but our feet needed a rest every day after all of the walking we did.
Since I have been going to Disney World for many years, I was well aware of the mileage I would put on my feet on each trip. Knowing this, I was prepared by wearing the correct shoes. It is so important to wear supportive and comfortable shoes during your time in the parks. The last thing you want to do is have to leave early because of very sore feet, blisters, or even an injury because of improper footwear.
What to Look for in The Best Shoes For Disney World?
For shoes that you wear at Disney World, you want to think about comfort, stability, and durability. A cushy sole in the shoe is always a good idea, like memory foam. Skechers carries an entire line of shoes with memory foam, so they are a great brand to look into. If you are interested in this line of shoes you can check them out here.
Some things we recommend in looking for the best shoes for Disney World are:
Break them in – Regardless of what shoes you choose to pack for Disney World, they should not be brand new. A stiff walking shoe will get you in trouble on day one and cause problems for the rest of your trip. You really need to break your shoes in by wearing them at least a handful of times before packing. Once the shoes have broken into the shape and stride of your foot, they are ready.
No Cheap Flip Flops – You’ll notice I included the word “cheap” because I understand that there are flip flops that are constructed with more cushion and support. I am not referring to these. The kind that you shouldn’t wear at Disney World are the $1-$5 flip flops that you can buy at Old Navy or Target. I cringe when I see kids and teens wearing these shoes in the parks. These flip flops over almost zero support, no traction, and cause soreness between the big toe and index toe. Sure, they are handy to wear briefly while at your hotel pool or one of the water parks, but they absolutely should be avoided while in the 4 main Disney theme parks and Disney Springs. I guarantee that you will have a very whiney child or moody adult after they have worn flip flops for a few hours.
Socks are Optional – Not all shoes require socks, so only wear them if they are uncomfortable without them. I do want to stress the importance of wearing socks that don’t slip inside your shoes. You’ll constantly be pulling your socks back up and walking funny all day.
Look for Arch Support – The perfect foot is out there, but most people don’t have it, unfortunately. In fact, most adults suffer from overpronation, or flat feet/falling arches. I am an overpronator myself, so I can tell you from experience that the arches in my feet ache so bad
after only an hour or so of walking around without arch support. If you need this type of support, look into shoes that have a raised type of bump where the arch would sit. Asics is the go-to shoe brand for overpronators, at least for me since I have this issue.
Another option is to purchase removable orthotic inserts for your shoes. These inserts can be worn with most closed-toed and closed-heeled shoes, and you can take them in and out as needed. I have a pair that I do this with and it comes in very handy. Click here to see a selection of the best orthotic inserts for your shoes.
Not too tight, not too loose – This really goes with “Trying on Shoes 101,” but be sure to pick a pair that are comfortable around the toes, ankle, top of the foot, heel, and balls of the feet. Your toes should not be touching the end of the shoe, the heel shouldn’t slip in and out of the shoe as you walk, and the sole should be soft enough to cushion your foot.
Stay Away from Crocs – Why Crocs became so popular, I’ll never understand. Sure, they are easy to put on,
lightweight, easy to clean, and let your feet breath with the poked holes, but they are not a good idea at Disney World.
First of all, because of their synthetic fiber material, you wouldn’t want to get caught in the rain. The water just sits on the shoe and makes the soles very slippery, creating a great environment for pruned feet and blistery toes.
Secondly, while they might feel comfortable initially, the actual support they provide is temporary. Over extended use, the material breaks down and you’d have to buy a new pair. Lastly, prolonged exposure to heat causes the fiber to warp and lose its shape. So with the hot Florida temperatures and daily rain showers, Crocs quickly lose their appeal.
Go with Sneakers – This is just my opinion, of course, but regular tennis shoes are just fine for Disney walking. You could go with cross trainers, high tops, running shoes, etc. Shoes like these are constructed to withstand many miles of use so they shouldn’t wear out or breakdown on your trip (unless they are many years old by that point). Amazon has thousands of different sneakers you can choose from! I am partial to Asics for numerous reasons, as they are comfortable, soft, good support, and isn’t terribly expensive either!
Here again are our recommendations for the top shoes for Disney World:
Whatever pair of shoes you decide to wear to Disney World, I hope that the above suggestion helped you in making your decision. So much planning and preparation goes into a Disney vacation, and worrying about what shoes to pack is not ideal. I encourage you to do your own research, try on many different pairs, and don’t spend too much money!
By Jamie Lee
Jamie is a lifelong Disney fanatic that has been going to Disney parks since she was a child. She is the head writer here at Capture The Magic & co-host of the Capture The Magic Podcast. When she isn't planning her next Disney vacation, she can be found helping people plan their own Disney vacations and enjoying quality time with her family.
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