Best Shoes for Disney World Reviewed & Rated
The list we compiled consisted of a wide variety of shoes, so everyone can find a shoe to their personal liking. We included clogs, flip-flops, and athletic shoes to give a good assortment. Disney World is huge and you will be doing more walking and standing than you have ever done in your life, at any given time. Pair that with the heat and the crowds and it can be a bit overwhelming. Make sure you are taking the precautions for the best-fitting shoe; as well as, overall health. Take home good memories, not blisters and overly sore feet.
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3D Printed Overlay
DNA Loft Midsole
Top 10 Shoes for Disney World
1. Brooks Glycerin 17
3D Printed Overlay
DNA Loft Midsole
Brooks runners are synonymous with support, comfort and style. The quality of their construction is unmatched by even the biggest names in athletic footwear. The Brooks Glycerin 17 is a popular update to previous version, featuring unique technologies and features, such as a 3D printed overlay for a snug fit and a plush interior lining offering unparalleled comfort and durability.
The Glycerin 17 fits like a glove, thanks to the aforementioned 3D printed overlay, ensuring it conforms to the unique shape of your foot. A padded tongue and collar add comfort to a shoe whose midsole features DNA LOFT technology, further augmenting the support of the wearer. A durable, rubber outsole provides excellent traction to avoid nasty falls or twists.
What is so unique about the Glycerin 17 is Brooks’ IDEAL Pressure Zones, which systematically take shock and disperse it away from your body. This allows you to run farther and faster, without adding undue pressure on your feet. Transition Zone technology makes sure your foot is completely supported throughout the gait cycle. If you are serious about running or walking or anything in between, grab a pair of Glycerin 17s right away.
2. Mizuno Wave Rider 22
Engineered Mesh Upper
Narrow Toe Box
Although originally intended as a neutral road running shoe, the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 is an excellent choice for anyone looking for something utterly comfortable to wear on a long day of walking. Made with some of the best cushioning in the industry, it’ll keep fatigue at bay, your heels protected, and the entire foot securely locked in but comfortable thanks to the engineered mesh upper that’s highly breathable and does great with excess moisture.
An extremely lightweight material used in the midsole of this shoe gives you plenty of cushioning and impact protection without creating bulk or unnecessary weight that would make you stop early because you’re feeling tired. The heel portion is even softer, which is great for anyone who tends to land hard on this part of the foot.
The sole of the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 features a Cloudwave shock dispersion system that mimics the natural motions of waves and helps draw force away from your feet and legs while walking. What this will result in is less muscle fatigue and joint pain, and can even be a great option for those who experience back pain from lots of standing.
3. ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20
Arch Support System
GEL Cushion System
Asics are legendary for a supportive and comfortable walking shoe. The Gel Nimbus ranks high for both characteristics, as well as, for being durable. The shoe gives a responsive and flexible step each time, thanks to a FluidRide midsole that quickly absorbs impact and helps the feet from feeling the fatigue. This shoe will be perfect for walking the many miles at Disney World with its mesh upper. It will help your feet stay dry and comfortable.
Two strategic placements of a gel cushioning system in the rearfoot and forefoot mean this shoe is made to take the impacts. Those gel spots will absorb the force from your steps and prevent the energy from going into your legs, keeping your feet comfortable all day.
The arch of the foot must be properly supported, in order for the whole foot and step process to be correct. If the arch is not supported correctly, over time, the bones of the arch can break down and, eventually, collapse causing long-term problems. The arch of this shoe is reinforced in the midsole and shaft to ensure your arch is cradled nicely.
4. Crocs Classic Clog
Easy to Clean
Ventilated Pod Holes
The Classic Clog, by Crocs, offers a roomy interior with a massaging footbed. They are lightweight and offer many ventilation holes to keep the feet cool. They can, also, help to drain water away and the shoe dries quickly. The Crocs Clog style is odor resistant and buoyant in the water, meaning they float to the top of the water.
Sometimes, shoes that are clog style offer no support on the heel and your feet move around. The Croc Clog has a heel strap that helps securely hold the foot into place.
Patented foam design, by Crocs, is lightweight and durable. It feels great and supportive underfoot while being easy to clean and fast drying. It feels like walking on air and provides all-day support.
5. Skechers Go Walk 4
Flexible Fabric Material
Skechers has always made quality products that look great and are very comfortable. The Go Walk 4 Slip-On is lightweight and breathable, so perfect for all day long wear. Your feet are strongly supported with the Resalyte midsole that reinforces both the shaft and arch support. These shoes will be great for preventing leg and foot fatigue. The shoes, also, dry fast, as the upper is made of mesh.
This feature will prevent these from retaining odors and growing bacteria. That will help keep your feet protected against germs and harmful bacteria, such as athlete's feet. The quick-dry, antimicrobial insole means no time for moisture to stay trapped against the foot.
You will feel like you aren't even wearing them when you wear these Skechers. These are so soft and lightweight you will think you have only socks on. They can be worn with or without socks for personal choice comfort.
6. FitFlop Lulu
Reinforced Arch Support
Break In Period
The FitFlop is a nicely engineered flip-flop where nothing is unnoticed. The lining of the strap is leather for a soft feel against the skin. The sole is a sturdy, slip-resistant rubber that is, also, easy to clean. The shoe, itself, has been shown to promote optimal foot health by getting the APMA Seal of Acceptance. The midsoles have an anti-wobble technology to make anyone that wears the FitFlop feel secure while walking.
The seamless integration of the arch contour means the footbed of the shoe is going to cradle the foot and support the arch. Proper arch support is a must for overall good foot health and to prevent the arch from collapsing.
Some people worry about flip-flops as being slick. However, FitFlops are designed with that in mind, so they have a strong, slip-resistant traction outsole that helps prevent slips on wet surfaces or any other rough terrain.
7. Skechers Go Walk Pizazz
Fabric Comfort Strap
Resalyte Foam Construction
GOga Mat® technology
Skechers has put athletic walking flip-flops on the map with these shoes. They are so soft and comfortable while being responsive and cushioning. The flip-flops are lightweight, and dry quickly should they get wet. They are good for walking long distances and on wet floors. They are made with a strong midsole that cradles the foot and absorbs the impacts from walking.
Remain comfortable with this comfort and textured footbed. Your feet will feel relaxed and satisfied with each new step; not to mention, the footbed is GOga Mat® technology.
The soles of the shoe are made with multidirectional facets that help keep your foot stabilized, no matter what surface you are walking on. Feel confident in your steps if around water and preventing accidental falls and injury, due to slipping on the floor.
8. Grasshoppers Windham
A stylish and lightweight alternative to a walking shoe, the Grasshoppers Windham is a soft and flexible slip-on that is made of canvas. It provides ultimate breathability and coolness to the shoe. The inner sole is very padded and gives a responsive cushioning to the foot. A nice tread on the sole means you don't have to worry about slipping, as they are similar to boat shoes with their traction.
A shoe that promises to whisk away excess moisture is top notch; that is, it will help the foot feel dry, even if you are sweating. It, also, dries fast should the shoe get wet from the outside. This, also, helps cut down on the chance of bacteria growing inside the shoe.
Sometimes shoes that are canvas have the tendency to cut into the ankles. These are heavily padded around the collar and the tongue to prevent this from happening; as well as, it adds more support to the ankle and across the arch of the foot.
9. Vans Authentic
Durable Canvas Upper
The original skate shoe is always a good option to wear, but if you’re headed to the happiest place on Earth, then getting something special should go without question. Pairing up with Disney, Vans brings a range of footwear and clothing that shows off the most iconic cartoon character to date - Mickey Mouse. Choose between a white version that shows Mickey in various situations, or go with a red, black and yellow one that resembles his clothing - whichever you go with, you’ll fit right in!
Being a pair of sneakers made for skateboarding, the Vans Authentic brings plenty of performance features you’ll benefit from, including a vulcanized rubber waffle outsole that has some of the most durable traction you can get in any pair of footwear. It’s lightweight but protective, and offers just the right amount of bounce and cushioning. Want a bit more softness underfoot? Add a custom insole and you’ll be ready to go!
Sturdy canvas that allows your foot to move naturally, as well as to breathe is hard to find, especially in sneakers which are mostly made with flimsy mesh and knit. The Authentic has an abrasion resistant upper that’ll last for years, and that’ll be easy to keep clean whenever you feel like your footwear could do with a little bit of freshness.
10. Sanuk Yoga Sling 2
Yoga Mat Footbed
Happy U Rubber Sponge Outsole
Two-way Stretch Knit Upper
Sling Comfort Construction
Slippery When Wet
Your feet will thank you for the moment you slip into them, as they are super comfortable and amazingly supportive. The Sanuk Yoga Sling 2 is made of a yoga mat for the footbed and a soft cloth for the straps that are incredibly comfortable against the skin. Easy cleaning, by placing them in the washing machine, they adapt to your foot for a cloud-like support.
Unbelievably comfortable and soft, the footbed is made from the same material as yoga mats. It helps to relieve stress on the feet and joints, by absorbing the energy before it goes through your feet; nice spring back and supportive feel.
Making the straps out of a soft cloth material allows the feet and ankles to not be chaffed by a strap that could agitate the skin, such as vinyl. The straps have a bit of giving to them, so if your feet swell, the straps will stretch without feeling tight.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
When faced with the daunting task of being on your feet all day and walking many miles a day, the biggest priority is finding a shoe with the highest comfort level possible. Many people that go are not used to walking that far every day and it will wear your legs, feet, and entire body out. Picking a shoe that has a padded sole and extra cushioning is at the top of the list of desires.
You would not wear high heels or cowboy boots, as your feet would hurt within minutes of setting out on your adventure for the day. Some people prefer to wear flip-flops versus athletic shoes, and that is okay. Some people feel more uncomfortable in shoes that surround the feet, instead of letting the foot spread where it may. Also, some people have feet that sweat in sneakers, so they choose to wear something like Crocs instead. Whatever is going to make your feet the most comfortable is the shoe style that you should buy.
If you aren’t used to wearing sneakers and go purchase a pair just to wear at Disney World, then that will be a mistake. First, your feet might retaliate and just not feel good. It would be expensive to have to purchase a matching pair of your beloved flip-flops that you left at home because everyone said, “wear sneakers.” Secondly, purchasing any new pair of shoes the day before your journey starts, won’t give the shoe adequate time to break in, get acclimated to your foot, and your foot time to get acclimated to the new shoes, even if it is the same as a shoe you previously have purchased. Make sure to purchase shoes a few weeks in advance and give them time to see if they are comfortable on a daily basis before you plan to wear them for many miles a day during your vacation. Nothing will ruin a trip faster than blisters on your feet. You won’t be able to possibly even walk if you get blisters on your heel or toes the first day at the parks.
Supportive shoes, no matter the style, are the second highest priority to find when researching footwear for Disney World.
Overall, the type of shoe you should be looking for will have plenty of arch support to support the tendon at the bottom of your foot, preventing it from working overtime. A high heel cup can also be beneficial as it will properly align your feet, ankles, knees and hips, and won't result in joint pain. Look for footwear with a toe box wide enough to let your toes to naturally splay, as this will prevent rubbing or blisters between your toes, and will even make your steps more effective.
Some shoes don't come with enough support, and that's OK as well, as long as they can accommodate a custom insole or orthotic. If you suffer from known foot health problems, just use your own orthotics, and your foot will be in the correct position to prevent any unwanted pain. It's also a good idea to plan resting time on your visit to the resort, so that your feet don't suffer too much.
Certain individuals prefer to have flip-flops, as opposed to sneakers. As long as the flip-flop has a good sole and construction, it should be fine to wear flip-flops. Many brands of flip-flops, through the years, have observed consumer’s desire to have an everyday wearing flip-flop and have thoroughly redesigned them to not just be for the beach or pool.
Most flip-flops can be purchased in styles that have very thick, gel footbeds for support and comfort. Be careful to watch for blisters on the soles of your feet, as sometimes the friction of the foot sliding around on the sole will cause them. Again, nothing ruins a vacation to Disney World more than if you cannot walk, as a result of a blister forming on the foot. One other caution regarding flip-flops is: water being trapped between the skin and the sole of the flip-flop, especially if going on one of the many water features and attractions Disney World has. This can cause athlete's foot, as well as, blisters. Keep feet dry when not in a water area. Carry napkins in your pocket if you think getting to a bathroom is not going to be convenient to dry your feet at.
Disney World is hot, due to the location and the thousands of square feet of surface area that is concrete and asphalt, two massive heat conductors. Your feet will be standing on the pavement scrunched against thousands of people and their body heat. Your feet will get hot!! It is wise to find shoes that are made of a breathable material, such as mesh if you are looking for tennis shoes, per se.
Also, try to avoid leather, as it is, usually, not considered to be one of the more breathable materials. However, leather will keep your feet drier than a mesh shoe, if you are trying to avoid being in wet tennis shoes from a water attraction. Don’t let flip-flops fool you because they are open and you think they will let all of the heat out. Sometimes, flip-flops, because of the sole material, will be major heat retainers and they will burn your feet up.
Some of the models listed above are closed styles, but have moisture wicking linings which can do a great deal in helping prevent overheating, as well as odor build up. In addition to getting such a product, you should also consider the type of socks you wear. Investing in a pair of moisture wicking running socks can actually keep your feet cooler, and may even help prevent blisters.
Traction is important when selecting a shoe for most occasions. You will find yourself walking on many different surfaces, some could have water on them and some might not. Bathrooms, carpeting, concrete, etc. all have different textures and falling while at the Happiest Place on Earth, won’t make you a happy camper. You could end up in the hospital with a broken body part.
Some of the rides will have water aspects. Having a shoe with at least some traction pattern will possibly prevent a fall and injury. You do not need a high traction, as if you were going to be in the snow and ice, but it is best to find a shoe with a tread design that will not make the sole of the shoe slick. It is a good idea to test the shoe out on different surfaces and in different weather elements before going to Disney World. Make sure that you are confident in walking on slick floors and water before your trip.
Although you may not think much about the amount of cushioning needed for long days of walking and standing, it’s inevitable that a full day at the Florida entertainment complex will be a strain on your feet, even if you’re in top physical shape. Walking on hard surfaces can generate a lot of force, and when it all adds up, you may find yourself suffering from pain in your ankles, knees, hips or back. All of this is even worse if you already suffer from certain podiatric problems such as flat feet, plantar fasciitis or heel pain. To ensure your family adventure isn’t spoiled by pain and fatigue, a good choice of footwear is essential.
Some of the models on this list were chosen exactly because they offer generous amount of cushioning underneath the foot, protecting you from the force. With shock absorbing technologies located in the midsole and insole of shoes, you’ll easily choose the option that works best for you.
For the most basic amount of shock absorption, go with a simple sneaker with an EVA midsole, or one of the sandals listed above. If you want something more protective, opt for a running sneaker, as it’ll be more likely to keep your feet comfortable, but will still allow a good amount of breathability that won’t make you feel like you’ve put your feet in a pot of hot water. Finally, if you suffer from foot health issues, you may want to splurge on a maximalist model such as the Brooks Glycerin that’ll surely comfort you while walking long distances, and will even offer a good amount of support so that you are perfectly aligned and pressure is distributed evenly.
Do note, however, that foam materials will lose their cushioning abilities when wet, so we would advise that you let your shoes dry thoroughly at the end of each day. Remove the insoles and put them in a well ventilated place away from direct sources of heat. This way, you should have dry footwear in the morning, and it’ll do a good job at comforting and protecting your feet.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
You'll be spending loads of time on your feet around Disney, with walking around The Magic Kingdom and Epcot to the more adventurous rides of Hollywood Studios. And while your stay may be more than just a day, pacing your days is key.
Remember to take breaks after longer periods of walking about Disney, and take along a water bottle to hydrate frequently. Taking time after your day to unwind and relax your feet will help you feel rejuvenated for the next adventurous day!
As expected, the winter months of January through March are best to visit the renowned theme park, as crowds are less, and children in school. However, if you're planning a family vacation, August through October on weekdays are also prime spots, where many children are headed back to school, and the weather is a bit cooler than summer months.
Holiday season during Thanksgiving week (third week of November), Christmas week (December 25th) and New Years Week also require planning, as these are some of the most popular times to visit.
Other Factors to Consider
As mentioned numerous times, the material is important to whether it is suitable for vacation or not. The leather is going to be supportive of the foot and ankles but will retain heat. It will not get as wet as other materials. Mesh, while a midrange support shoe like mesh does have more flexibility, it will, also, be more breathable and keep your feet from feeling as hot. However, once they are wet, they will take a bit to dry. Flip-flops are made from many varying materials such as memory foam, gel, plastic, vinyl, etc. Further, they will possibly dry faster than other shoes, unless the sole is an absorbent material and it holds the water like a sponge.
If you plan on visiting any of the rides or areas, such as the overhead misters, make sure your shoes will not trap water. It will be very, uncomfortable to walk around all day in soaking wet shoes. Materials that are lightweight and made of mesh will dry the fastest, once wet. Leather might not get as wet as mesh but will be hotter on your feet, overall. Flip-flops are a good option for drying fast, depending on the sole material. Check to see if the flip-flop is made of high-density foam, which is great for arch support and comfort, but terrible once it gets wet. It could, also, make your shoes stick to the floor and could result in a fall, so be careful if you are wearing a padded flip-flop.
If you’re already going to be meeting your favorite cartoon characters, you might as well look your best. Sure, a regular pair of sneakers or clogs may work, but why not opt for something fun, that’ll let everyone know who the best princess really is?
Luckily, there are plenty of comfortable shoes that will allow you to do this. Now, it’s important that you keep in mind that function will be more important than looks on this occasion, so try not to sacrifice the wellbeing of your feet for a cute outfit.
Instead, go with something that makes you feel good, that’s cushioned, supportive and breathable. If you happen to find it in a Disney-inspired print, then that’s an added bonus, but should definitely not be a prerequisite.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: How much walking will I be doing?
It has been researched the average person could walk between 12 and 14 miles in one day at Disney World. Multiply that by the typical 5 to 7 days that a person visits Disney and that is a lot of steps. However, for a person that typically works a desk job and is not very physically active, Disney World is like a marathon. That is why supportive shoes are highly recommended.
q: How much standing will I be doing?
Some of the ride lines at Disney World can be up to a three-hour wait. There are no chairs to sit in while waiting. Even if you are lucky to spot a bench or wall around the parks, they are prime real estate and get taken as quickly as the last person gets up. In other words, plan on standing the majority of your day.
q: How supportive of a shoe do I need?
It is recommended to get supportive shoes, as your feet will take a workout while there. It is not a bad idea to even purchase extra inserts for your shoes that have massaging properties. That will really only work with sneakers though, so if you plan to wear flip-flops, get ones with gel or a squishy material that will absorb the stress the ground puts on your feet.
q: What are the best shoes for in the winter?
Disney World in the winter will be a bit colder than other times of the year. However, it is still going to not be snowing or really raining, as December is the drier part of the year there. Any of our recommendations for shoes will be perfect, as they all suit a varying degree of temperatures and weather conditions.
q: What shoes are the best in the summer?
Disney World in the summer will be very hot. You will want to select a shoe that is cool and breathable. You will probably get wet on the rides and the overhead misters, so it is advisable to pick a shoe that will not hold water and dries quickly.
q: How many pairs of shoes should I take?
We recommend taking at least two pairs of shoes for a week-long trip to Disney World. This gives you a chance to rotate shoes day by day, and should you not find a pair as comfortable, you will not be left without any other options for shoes. Also, if a pair gets wet at night, you won't have to put on damp footwear if they did not get dried overnight.
q: I want to wear dress shoes one day for a character dinner and look like a princess. Is this a good idea?
If you are bringing a backpack and can pack sneakers and a change of clothes, that is a fine idea. However, we do not recommend you wear high heels or uncomfortable dress shoes if you cannot change out of them. Character dinners are very fun but it is not advisable to dress like a princess for the sake of your feet.
q: Are flip-flop okay for shoes?
Many people find flip-flops very comfortable for daily wear. Some of the shoes on our list are flip-flops. We do not recommend you purchase cheap flip-flops and expect your feet to hold up while there. You will not have good support. The shoes we have selected will provide the best support for the many miles you will be walking.
q: Are sandals a good idea?
As with any other shoe, it is a personal preference. Sandals are a great idea for shoes to wear at Disney World, as they can be supportive, breathable, and dry fast. However, stay away from ones that are vinyl, as they tend to make the feet hot. Also, if your feet sweat easily or swell easily, we advise you to pick simple designs and not ones with many straps.
q: Should I buy leather tennis shoes?
Leather is a good choice if you need a very firm and supportive shoe. Leather will not be as breathable as a mesh material, but it will prevent your feet from getting soaked should you be near a water ride or cooling overhead mister. Leather has a tendency to make the feet hot, so we recommend a good moisture-wicking sock.
q: Will my shoes get wet?
It depends on what you are looking for, in terms of rides and attractions. There are, most definitely, rides that you will get wet on. Furthermore, there are overhead misters to keep you cool while walking around. If you do not want your feet to get wet, simply avoid these rides. However, the rain might be another factor to consider. Disney World, especially in the warmer months, is known for rain outbreaks.