Looking for the best shoes for Disney parks to be comfortable and cute during those long days of fun? Look no further: this is out list of tried and tested best shoes for Disney theme parks around the world.
A trip to Disney makes for very long hours on your feet, no matter where in the world you are.
Whether you are going to Disney as a day trip from Paris or have a full vacation planned in Orlando, with multi day fun, you know walking will be a large part of your day and having footwear that is up for the job will be paramount.
Blisters are one of the quickest ways to kill family fun and considering how much tickets to Disney cost and the anticipation your kids (and yourself) have built over the day, you really don’t want to these nasty sores to ruin your day!
What to look for when choosing the best shoes for a Disney park visit
Depending on the trip you have planned and your personal style, you may or may not need to buy shoes for Disney parks.
The best shoes for Disney all have some characteristics in common. Here are the things to look for when packing shoes for Disney theme parks.
Broken in – this is the first rule for all shoes for travel: never ever buy a pair of shoes and set off for long hours of walking without breaking them in fist.
Depending on the style, some need more time to settle around your feet while others can be worn straight away. In doubt, always buy new shoes a good bit before your Disney trip and wear them around the house and outside for short times until you are sure they are comfortable
With foot/ankle support – walking long hours can get very painful and even cause long term damage if you don’t choose shoes that offer some plantar and ankle support.
This does not mean you need to style! Many good quality shoes now and even sandals offer well made soles that support the arch of your foot and make walking less hard on your joints. Our list below has some good brands, it is one of the criteria we used for this selection
Breathable – breathable shoes are essential when walking long hours especially if you find yourself in a hot climate, which may well be the case when visiting Disney.
Whether you are visiting in winter of summer, choose shoes that allow your foot to stay healthy and pick breathable and/or natural materials that will prevent unpleasant overheating and sweating
With ankle strap – you can wear flip flops at Disney but we highly recommend you choose models with an ankle strap rather than the traditional backless ones.
These type of sandals usually offer better support to your feet and also come in handy on those rides that see your feet dangling: on these, traditional flip flops are not allowed and while you can take them off when needed, having strappy sandals will make everything just easier.
Cute and/or themed – so that we can all love those Disney family photos even more!
The best shoes for Disney – babies and pre-walkers
Baby shoes are among the cutest family paraphrenalia and a trip to Disney is a perfect opportunity to to theme up your little explored with cute pre-walker shoes.
Here are some super cute ones we love, chosen for softness and cuteness factor. With several options to choose from in terms of colors and character, we are sure you little Disney fan will find the perfect pair!
Best shoes for a day at Disney – toddlers and older kids
For toddlers and older kids, we recommend:
New Balance Kids
New balance is a great brand for walking and fashionable shoes for both adults and kids.
You can choose between a variety of materials (summer /winter), colours and they tend to be lightweight which is important on long days out.
A pair we love is this one Minnie Mouse inspired one, which hit the perfect balance between cute and fashionable with the subtle Minnie silhouette and the black and red motive.
Vans kids – Micky’s classic slip on
For children who prefer a slip on model, consider a classic Vans with a Disney theme. These Mickey Mouse ones are perfect to look the part at Disney and they offer good foot protection, without the hassle of worrying endlessly about laces coming undone
Vans makes slip on Disney shoes for kids with several characters, some of the other options available are Toy Story and Alice!
Superga Kids Unisex
If you like the classic looks of Superga, you will be delighted to know they make adorable kids shoes with handy velcro straps. For a day at Disney, we love these cute black, white and fuchsia ones for toddlers and little kids.
Toms Disney Cinderella slip on shoes
For cool princesses, we like these Toms slip on with a Cinderella theme. They look cute and stylish at the same time, they are themed but not overly so and have a rubber sole that provides excellent traction
Kids’ Crocs – best shoes for Disney water rides and adventures
Most children find Crocs exceptionally comfortable and for Disney, they are an excellent choice. While they may not be to everyone taste, they come in so many colors and themes, so many shapes and so perfect when water is involved, we just have to recommend them!
The images below are only some of the many options available: click for more!
The best shoes for Disney parks for mum and dad
Once you have geared up your children with Disney shoes, we recommend you do the same for yourself and invest in some good walking shoes that can accompany you at the Disney Park and city adventures.
Some of the best sandals for a day at Disney are:
Teva Walking sandals
Teva are an excellent brand for walking sandals and they are the perfect companion for a hot day at Disney.
They are among those rare shoes that you can buy and wear straight away: we prefer those with ankle strap and textile material for water games!
New balance sneakers for women and men
If season or style make you prefer trainers to sandals, consider a pair of fashion sneakers from New Balance. They come in a huge variety of colours and styles.
The ones we recommend for a day at Disney are those made for walking rather than running: they have a slightly lower heel than running shoes and help having a good walking posture
Sketchers walking shoes for men and women
Another reliable brand for comfort and style is Sketchers and for a day (or several!) at Disney you can choose between many models, laced or slip on
Other Disney shoes accessories you will love
Other cute accessories we recommend for a Disney visit are
We hope you enjoyed our selection of the best shoes for Disney! Don’t forget to also check our full packing lists for several Disney cities in our family packing lists section
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