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One of the biggest questions I see asked on Disney pages, forums, and groups is “what are the best shoes for Disneyland?” Well, everyone has their own opinion on which shoes are best, but I am here to tell you how to pick the best shoes and keep your feet happy in Disneyland.
Why It Is Important To Pick The Best Shoes For Disneyland
In order to understand why this question is asked so often, and why it is so important, we need to look at how much walking is done at Disneyland. After all, how much you walk will have a factor in the best shoes for Disneyland to keep your feet happy.
On a slow day at Disneyland or Disney California Adventure I can walk at least eight miles, if not more. Now at Disneyland Resort, attractions are a lot closer together than they are at Walt Disney World so you will get even more miles in there. It is not uncommon to get 15 or more miles of walking in one day at Disney. So these tips are even more important if heading to the Florida based park.
All of that walking can really do a number on your feet. If your feet hurt then you will not have a fun vacation. Picking the best shoes for Disneyland will save you a lot of pain in the…foot. So let’s figure out the best shoes to take with you and then I will give you more tips for keeping your feet from hurting at Disneyland.
So What Are The Best Shoes for Disneyland Vacations?
Now that you know why it is important to have good shoes, let’s answer the big question “What are the best shoes for a Disneyland vacation?”
When you throw this question out on a Disney forum, like Disneyland with Kids, you will get a lot of answers. I have my personal favorites, which I will get into in a minute, but here is the one thing I want you to remember:
Whatever shoe you wear, you must break it in for at least 2-4 weeks before your vacation or it won’t matter. You can have the most comfortable shoe in the world, but if you have not gotten your foot used to the shoe (not the shoe broken in, but your foot used to how it rubs, etc) you will still get blisters, sore feet, and more. So be sure that whatever shoe you are wearing is something you wear and walk around in regularly the weeks leading up to vacation.
My favorite shoes for Disneyland are my Chacos. I would live in my Chacos year round if Idaho weather would permit. But it doesn’t, sadly, so I stick to wearing them 8 months out of the year, and at Disneyland. I honestly won’t wear any other shoe at Disney. Ever. They are the best.
They have awesome arch support, are great for water rides, they are sandals so my feet stay cool, and the straps can be adjusted to fit your feet how you like. Still, even with these awesome shoes, I have to take a few weeks to break them in before I go if I haven’t been wearing them a lot at home.
|Relaxing with my Chacos on in Disneyland|
When we went to Disneyland in November 2013, I had been wearing these shoes all summer, and into the fall. It had only cooled down a week or two before we went. My feet were used to them. So I had no issues of blisters or sore feet, even with five days in Disneyland and two days at other *cough* theme parks.
However, in March, I had not been wearing them much. Then the unthinkable happened. As we were driving to Disneyland, about 10 hours into our trip we stopped for breakfast in Vegas. We realized our Chacos (both Mike and I wear them) had gotten left. OOPS! We were so adamant about wearing Chacos in the park, we looked up a Chaco retailer in Vegas and went and bought new Chacos. However, we chose ones with a slightly different sole and design.
After a few days in the park we felt the difference. We were using new skin to help combat blisters, but we still could tell our feet were not used to the shoes. By the last day, our feet were quite sore.
Tips To Relieve Sore Feet At Disneyland
If you do happen to end up with sore feet at Disneyland, here are some tips for you to try.
- New Skin/Liquid Bandage is great for covering blisters and hot spots. Unlike Mole Skin it will not come off on water rides, is easy to carry with you into the park, and lasts all day.
- If you choose to wear tennis shoes and socks, throw a pair of flip flops in your bag for the water rides. It is better to change into flip-flops and keep your other shoes dry then walk around in wet socks and tennis shoes.
- Rotate what shoes you wear. One day wear your sandals, the next wear tennis shoes. This seems to help if you start to have sore feet. Or even changing mid-day if you go back to your hotel for an afternoon break.
- Lotion your feet at night and drink plenty of water. It is easy to get dehydrated on vacation, and that makes it easier to get the awful cracked heels…which make your feet hurt a lot when you are standing or walking all day long.
- Peppermint foot lotion/rub is a life saver. Take some with you in the park, find an out of the way spot to sit, and apply it if you need to. It will give your feet a pick me up.
In the end, the best shoes are supportive shoes that you have been wearing. While Chacos are my ultimate brand, there are a few other brands out there that are good. You can go to a shoe store and get suggestions based on your personal feet- arch, etc- but whatever you go with, make sure it is good quality, and that you wear it for a few weeks before hand.
This was NOT a sponsored post. I just truly love my Chacos, and wanted to answer the big question- What are the best shoes for Disneyland?