Recommendations for Mens shoes?

Looking for a lightweight slip on men's shoe, as a 2nd pair for travel. Already have Tevas Omnimums and want something a bit dressier- loafer style.
Want good support cushioning, etc- for walking (although not necessarily all day walking).


Posted by Harold
New York, NY, USA
5756 posts

I don't wear loafers, but my favorite shoes are Rockports. My father's favorites were Eccos, but they were only "OK" for me. You have to try on shoes yourself, to see what works best for your individual feet. There's no one "best shoe" any more than there's one "best food."

Posted by fdr1031
1 posts

Agree with the above- Rockports are hard to beat. Another good brand is Sandro Moscoloni-great support and versatile. I like shoe that looks OK with Khaki pants, as well as with shorts, to cover more basis. The Rockport "perth" boat shoe may not be dressy enough for what you're looking for, but its my absolute favorite shoe for support (more than you would expect for a 2 eyelet shoe), comfort and versatility.

Posted by gone
2081 posts


if your hubby isnt going to be walking all over but " for walking (although not necessarily all day walking)." than anything in his wardrobe will do. just remember what YOU think what will happen may not be true when he gets there.

happy trails

Posted by Roy
East Alabama
1062 posts

Rockports are the most comfortable dress shoes I have found. Great for limited walking. But I have found New Balance, specifically NB's black 608s, to be best for a lot of walking. My feet tire less in those than any other shoes I have found, even the lighter Rockports, which don't give as much support. However, to each his own.
Adding: It was raining today, so I wore the walking shoes to work. That reminded me of another reason I leave the dress shoes at home when I travel. My Rockports are very slick on smooth surfaces when wet, and cobblestone streets can be pretty tricky to walk across even in good weather.

Posted by Allen
Lafayette, LA
210 posts

I used to swear by Rockport pro walkers, but something has changed in the design in the last few years resulting in, for myself at least, aching feet at the end of the day. On the last couple of trips, I've worn New Balance 608's (solid black) and had no aches.

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
14122 posts

Big, big fan of Ecco line. Use the city walker as both a dresser evening shoe and all day walker. The Ecco have interchangeable sole liners. By taking extra inserts, I can change daily keeping the shoe dry which eliminates the need for a second pair of shoes. A slip-on shoe for me doesn't the same degree of support that a laced shoe does.

Posted by monim
11 posts

I will go with Rockports and Eccos. These these two are best for mens. So you can try any of them. I hope you will like it.

Posted by mozart
3 posts

The most comfortable shoes I've ever purchased are Keens. I've tried Rockport and Ecco, but Keen beat them both. Only issue is they may appear more sporty than dressy.

Posted by Richard
Los Angeles
1000 posts

Sanuk. They look like shoes but are sold as sandals. Very comfortable lightweight and pack easily. I have several pairs and always travel with some. Cushioned so walking on cobblestones was no problem for me.

Posted by Cyn
Wheat Ridge, CO, USA
1491 posts

In addition to Ecco, also consider Born.

Posted by ChristineH
Gettysburg PA
333 posts

Thanks all
and thank you Barry - that Skechers Gains fits the bill. I have Skechers myself that I love- don't know why I did not think of men's Skechers!

Posted by David
Florence, AL, USA
3399 posts

The popular brands of shoes have already been covered. I wear boat shoes all the time--specifically Dockers brand--because they're 1/2 the cost of other brands when purchased online.

But I always have a great set of gel innersoles in my shoes. They're a must for a long trip.

We just returned from Europe, and I never even wore my dress shoes. One pair of good shoes is all that's really needed on such a trip.

Posted by Roy
East Alabama
1062 posts

Christine, Sketchers might be right for your husband -- or not. I have a pair of athletic shoes from Sketchers, for everyday wear with jeans. My experience with them has been similar to Rockports: Light and extremely comfortable for the first hour or so, but my feet tire if I do much walking, which is kind of the purpose of athletic shoes. Again, shoes that feel great in the store may not feel so good after extended use. Your husband's experience with a different style of Sketchers may be different from mine. Too bad he cannot test drive different pairs of shoes for a week at a time.

Posted by Brad
Gainesville, VA
8186 posts

A bit dressier slip on. I'd take a look at Clark's, Ecco's, or even Bostonian's flexlite shoes. I usually choose based on comfort, style, and lightest weight shoe.

Posted by Barry
San Diego, CA
625 posts

You're welcome Christine! I wear them everyday and they're very comfortable for the entire day!

Posted by ChristineH
Gettysburg PA
333 posts

I got him the Skechers- and he loves them. Comfy right out of the box. I can not believe how light they are.

Posted by twinsdad
2 posts

We walked through Europe for 2 weeks, (we figure about 80 miles on foot), with a good synthetic blend sock and Brooks Gore-Tex Athletic shoes. The best combination, with no more tired feet, and ready for any type of weather, with one pair of shoes.

Posted by Bob
Jericho, NY
55 posts

I get periodic flare-ups of "plantar fasciitis" which causes nasty pain in the heel. Before a recent trip to Europe I decided to try a pair of shoes marketed as being designed specifically for this problem. They are made by a company called KURU. They have several different styles. I found them to be very comfortable and would recommend them to anyone doing a lot of walking, whether they suffer from plantar fasciitis or not.

Posted by keith
Richmond, VA, USA
1 posts

Any suggestions for extensive daily walking for over a month in Europe, concern for comfort more than style....thanks

Posted by Joel
So. FL & Downeast ME
237 posts

I went with Clark's Wave shoes for a month-long trip to Europe earlier this summer, and they were wonderful. I walked 4-9 hours every day; my 60-year+ legs were screaming sometimes, but my feet were fine. These things look good too, I'm now going to wear them at work.

Posted by Kent
Pacific Northwest
9302 posts

I've been wrong in prior statements. Men are talking about shoes!
Although I'd still like to know what shoes Ed wears.