Packing a good set of walking shoes for Greece is imperative. With so many incredible wonders, towns, villages and sites to explore you can easily clock up thousands of steps a day and on lots of cobblestones and uneven surfaces too. These are our pick of the best walking shoes for Greece for both men and women.
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Walking shoes for Greece
– Women’s Sandals
Choose wisely and you may be able to pack a single pair of sandals for your trip to Greece that can see you right through the day and into the night.
Something with comfort and support but in a fashion colour and maybe with a bit of bling is often all you need.
I’ve worn Fitflops all over the world and they have never let me down but all of these sandals are great choices.
Chaco Wayfarer Loop Sandal
Chaco’s are a very popular choice with discerning ladies looking for both style and comfort.
These tan Wayfarer loop sandals are great for this summer with natural materials and colours back on-trend, no more than tan, which goes with absolutely everything.
The Wayfarer has Chaco’s famous LUVSEAT PU midsole, a side footbed and a supportive heel strap.
They also come in Black, Grey and Apricot.
Chaco Women’s Z1 Classic Sandal
Chaco’s Women’s Z1 Classic Sandals are a firm favourite and another popular choice in Summer in Greece.
With comfortable double-strapped polyester jacquard webbing, upper wraps around the foot and through the midsole for a customized fit with a toe loop for guard fit. There are adjustable and durable high-tensile webbing heel risers, a Luvseat dual-density midsole and a non-marking Chaco grip rubber compound.
Super comfortable and now available in 20 colours including this season’s pinks and pastels .
Oncai Flat Slides
Oncai Flat slides are similar in style to Birkenstocks but are cheaper and come in a big range of fashion colours.
Featuring a typical open heel and Cork sole the shoes also have adjustable metal buckles, and flexible suede leather straps with a handy adjustable button providing sufficient support and leaving no chafes against your feet.
There is also arch support padding and a soft foot-bed is supportive, with ergonomic arch support and heel cup design as well as non-skid rubber soles.
Birkenstock Women’s Arizona Birko-Flor
Birkenstock has been making feet happy for over two hundred years. With the Arizona Birko-Flor Mules, this classic style never goes out of fashion.
Featuring the legendary two-strap design from the Arizona Birko-Flor has the signature comfort of the Birkenstock footbed. A colour-coordinated microfiber footbed liner rounds off the shoe’s look of sophistication. The upper is made from skin-friendly, hard-wearing synthetic material.
Available in 15 colours.
Teva Original Universal Sandal
Always comfortable but traditionally not the most attractive shoe the Teva Original Universal Sandal is firmly on-trend with 20 different colour combinations now available,
Made in the USA these quick-drying, sandals are great for hiking and water activities with a rugged Spider rubber outsole for great traction. There is also Quick-dry webbing made from recycled plastic using traceable, verifiable REPREVE polyester yarn by Unifi and bungee cord lace to help hold the foot in.
To top it off there is an EVA-foam midsole for lightweight cushioning and comfort.
Fit-Flops are said to tone your thighs as you walk. While that may or may not be true I can confirm these are supremely comfortable and stylish too.
Biomechanically engineered and made with rubber soles and microfiber-lined uppers with a slip-resistant rubber outsole and pressure-diffusing midsole with 3 levels of targeted cushioning.
They also come in 6 sparkly fashion colours and can take you right through from day to night.
FitFlop Mina Glitz
More FitFlops but this time with a heel strap. Your Podiatrist will approve and your cracked heels will be considerably reduced!
Again, these rubber soles are great for traction, water and are slip-resistant making them perfect for pebbles beaches, rocky outcrops and uneven cobblestones.
Built with the patent-pending, triple-density Microwobbleboard midsole these sandals are great economically while not compromising on style and fashion.
Also available in Gold and Black,
Skechers Brie-Lo’profile Vamp Sling
These sandals are elegant and simple (and can often be out of stock).
Made with a suede sole, smooth textured microfiber stretch fabric upper and a low wedge heel that results in a classic style with supportive comfort.
The Brie-Lo profile Vamp Sling has a slight rise in the heel and great arch support too.
We also love their BOBs Desert Kiss Golden Flower Sandal. Bright and cheerful, just like the Greek Islands!
Clarks Breeze Sea
The aptly named Breeze Sea is a great choice for the Greek Islands.
Sold in 20 fashion colours including the Rose Gold pictured these shoes are easy to pack, lightweight and affordable.
They have soft cushioning technology to take on the hardest surfaces and a synthetic water-proof sole.
There is also an adjustable velcro strap which is great for wider feet.
Plaka Relief Flip Flops
Plaka means ‘plate’ or ‘tablet’ in Greek which is why the popular, slightly raised suburb at the foot of the Acropolis is so named.
These shoes use the same premise with arch support in the medium EVA sole and striking adjustable straps.
The Plaka Relief is a very versatile shoe that can take you from the beach out to dinner and beyond.
It also comes in 8 great colours.
Vionic Rest Bella
These stylish, supportive orthotic flipflops include Vionic’s famous three-zone comfort with arch support.
Made with a rubber sole and leather or patent upper, the innovative biomechanics of the design and the deep heel cup, superior foreshoot cushioning and arch support ensure essential contact points across the shoe.
The Rest Bella comes in 20 fashion colours and designs and are great for ladies with high arches, wide feet and lower back issues.
Haviana have dominated the flip flop/thongs market for over a decade and it’s no surprise given their comfort and affordability.
The Slingback is the most supportive Haviana with the ergonomic strap giving extra support to the wearer and reduced risk of slips or trips.
Made in Brazil these shoes are rubber, water proof and easy to wash off.
They also come in 5 fashion colours including metallic bronze as shown.
WOMENS SNEAKERS FOR GREECE
I live in sneakers and have about 8 pairs although my favourites are white. They go with everything, dresses included, and are so good for your feet, back and body.
Some people may find them too hot in summer but your heels will thank you, and if you choose a good lightweight pair that are nice and breathable you really shouldn’t be uncomfortable.
VANS WARD DELUXE TRAINERS
Classic Vans with extra comfort these Ward Deluxe Trainers feature the signature Vans side stripe, a round toe, padded collar for extra comfort, a smooth lining and moulded dual-density Ortholite removable sock liner.
With lace up Old Skool style these Vans go with any outfit including skirts and dresses and protect your feet from dust, dirt and sun.
You don’t have to compromise comfort for style!
VIONIC AGILE SHAY SNEAKERS
Smart, comfortable sneakers for women that can take you from the gym or yoga mat out exploring an entire island.
Made from soft yet durable material including a flexible, removable, textile covered EVA orthotic insole. A podiatrist designed footbed delivers unique three-zone comfort and helps relieve many common foot ailments.
Lightweight, flexible and stable the Vionic Agile Shay are very versatile and a great allrounder.
Available in 5 colours.
SKECHERS LOW-TOP TRAINERS
Skechers have offered supportive yet stylish footwear solutions for women for many years and their low-top trainers have been best sellers.
Designed with their iconic lightweight Ultra-Go cushioning and Air Cooled Goga Mat insole these shoes are effortless to wear and allow your feet to breathe easily too.
No laces, yet supportive. Just slip on and go, all day!
Allbirds are a relatively new footwear and apparel company focused on sustainability and environmentally friendly materials.
The Tree Skippers are lightweight and made from breathable eucalyptus fabric ideal for hot days.
Machine washable, flexible and breathable these shoes are also easy to put on, a dream to wear and come in 3 classic colours and well as 5 limited edition colourways.
BEST WALKING SHOES FOR MEN
I’ve included fewer choices for men because, well they generally are happy with less.
John usually packs a lightweight pair or sneakers that are good for exploring but also for a night out as well as a supportive pair of thongs(flip flops) and sometimes a pair of water shoes( although sometimes we buy these in Greece). That’s it!
Of course, if you are keen to exercise on vacation you may also pack your favourite trainers but really there’s no need for much more. Even a Greek wedding in Summer will see many men wearing fashionable sneakers.
ADIDAS ORIGINAL STAN SMITH SNEAKER
The timeless Stan Smith original sneaker is a crowd favourite with men everywhere.
The iconic silhouette made white sneakers on trend with all the cool kids and has endured for over forty years.
Made of leather and synthetic, recyclable materials with a rubber sole this shoe is supportive, strong, comfortable and looks great with any outfit.
And it is incredibly available in 67 colour combinations!
TIOSEBON WALKING SHOE
Tiosebon shoes are inspired by travel and aim to combine stylish apparel with form and comfort.
These breathable knit sneakers are great for hot weather. They have an elastic MD sole – great on hard surfaces, and the slip-on design is quick and easy to put on and pack.
These shoes are so lightweight many people liken them to being barefoot. Great for everyday walking and exploring.
Available in a dozen colours.
OLUKAI NOHEA MOKU SNEAKERS
These great all-day Nohea Moku sneakers are the ultimate adventure shoe.
Styled like a boat-shoe with a patented Drop-In heel design for slide functionality the shoe also has no ties or laces.
The dual-density anatomical PU foot bed with gel inserts sustain all day comfort while the soft, quick drying jersey foot bed is washable and removable.
There are also all-weather rubber cup soles for added traction and the shoes come with a one-year warranty as well.
Available in 11 colours and patterns.
LUKAI OHANA FLIP-FLOP
Olukai means ‘ comfort ocean’ in Hawaiian which is the perfect combination for the Greek Islands!
These thongs/flipflops are wildly popular with men worldwide and are consistently the best reviewed on Amazon.
Lightweight and water resistant these shoes are perfect for the beach or exploring.
The compression-molded EVA midsole with smooth drop-in ICEVA footbed ensures all-day comfort, and a non-marking rubber outsole enhances traction on wet surfaces for shoes with non-slip safety.
They also come with a one-year warranty and are available in 19 colours.