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The best shoes for travel

This review covers two brands of shoes that I have been wearing for a couple of years now and can recommend.

One is great for comfort and even my plantar fasciitis feet feel better for wearing the Omegawalk shoe with its cushioned insoles.

The second, Tropicfeel, is an outstanding shoe made from recycled plastic.

Recycled shoes made from plastic waste are an incredible invention, but I’ve been wary about them that they might be uncomfortable more hype and virtue than something I would want in my wardrobe.

Tropicfeel actually broke all sorts of records having started with a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, and then launched a second one, which broke records again.

Right now, NZ is in Level 1 so we’re only travelling domestically. I wear these shoes with my every day get up, but they are super versatile as they can be worn hiking, through water, on the beach or boat or just with your clothes.

But it’s the recycled plastic material that really impresses me.

The Tropicfeel shoe is made from recycled materials – read on…

If you’re looking for an authentic OmegaWalk review, I originally saw the shoes advertised on Facebook, and it claimed they are great for walking if you suffer from plantar fasciitis – which I did a few years ago.

So I bought a pair and they duly arrived (allow for courier delays at the moment), they fit like a glove (they’re kinda stretchy) and are so comfortable I bought another pair for my mum.

Then I contacted the company to ask if they had an affiliate program so I could let you, dear reader, know about them.

Omega Walk review

So here it is: from Omega Walk, the Superflex 2 shoe with it’s cushioned insert making it probably the most comfy shoe I own. It is also extremely light weight for travelling, and looks cute!

BUT WAIT, because I am now so impressed by the cushioned insole, I sell these separately through my Travel Store – which you can read below.

Check out the current price on the Omega Walk Superflex 2 AND if you decide to purchase from this link you will receive an extra 10% off with my code (or just use code MEGANSINGLETON)

*Disclaimer they will pay me a small commission from your purchase. They are also advertised in US dollars but ship for free world-wide, so just allow a bit of time for that.

Tip: I erred on the side of going half a size larger to account for the cushioned insole and they fit perfectly.

Buy the insoles separately

Great news : you can now get the 3D cushioned plantar insoles to put in any shoe or boot from my Travel Store (shipping NZ-only).

Check out the new Sole Purpose range of cushioned inserts here. They will work best in a shoe/boot/gumboot that has a little wriggle room.


Tropicfeel review

Here’s another shoe I also like which can handle getting wet on river walks, on boats, etc.

I was originally contacted by Tropicfeel as they are making shoes from recycled plastic bottles, so for that reason alone I was keen to try it.

This brand new shoe went gang busters as a kick starter campaign and I, along with a bunch of global “influencers”, was asked if I’d like a pair sent out from Spain. Sure! I said. Nothing to lose, but potentially something new to gain. And now I want to tell you about it as I have worn them so often and can honestly recommend them.

The Tropicfeel is a very clever shoe.

The new Tropicfeel versatile shoe

It is super lightweight and can be worn in water and as a trainer all day long. It dries quickly and honestly and truly my feet do not stink when I take them off even with no socks!

Update: after a year of wearing without socks they may offer just a little “scent”!

This shoe would be ideal for people who enjoy the outdoors in a leisure capacity. Things like boating and walking through bush, on the beach, at a lake. The rubber sole traction is also great (I have a slippy slidey phobia so traction is important to me!)

I just wear them with my 3/4 pants and they look really cool.

They come in a few colours but I have these ones: black and teal. The laces are also stretchy so you just slip them on.

Jump onto Tropicfeel to get more details or buy a pair*. They are shipped from Barcelona, so expect to wait a couple weeks depending on where you live. Free shipping to NZ (and most of the world actually).

* I have decided to become an affiliate of Tropicfeel so if you buy a pair of shoes I will get a small commission.


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Monday 25th of February 2019

I totally recommend crocs slides and sandals for summer travel. Thick bouncy soles so you never ever feel stones, all waterproof and non slip so they double as shower shoes and for swimming, and wash up quickly, never smell, styles that go from all day to dressed up night out (that's the one pair). Just fabulous and cheap as chips if you buy last years style at an outlet! Just remember not to leave any crocs in the sun for long as they shrink!


Monday 25th of February 2019

I did not know they shrank in the sun! Mine became brittle and broke apart ;)


Sunday 24th of February 2019

Ecco shoes while expensive are absolutely superb and last forever .They do a classic leather sneaker type in a range of colours which doesn't look like a running shoe and feels like a cushion around your feet .You can wear all day without feet hurting and walk miles.And wear them out to a restaurant in the evening.I wear mine ( classic black with white soles) with dresses and skirts as well as pants.


Sunday 24th of February 2019

Oh I had a fab pair of Ecco hiking boots. Red suede. Wore them for about 10 years then the sole busted. Can't find any as comfy or as cute now :(


Saturday 23rd of February 2019

I definitely agree with you re the jandals from Ziera! I live in these through the summer as I have quite a problem with my feet and it's the only comfy thing I can wear and have gone through 6 pairs over the years. I'm very upset with them though as they didn't bring them out this summer and my last pair won't do another summer ?


Saturday 23rd of February 2019

Yes! I was looking for a new pair of jandals this summer too but didn't find any. Perhaps we can urge them to run them again!!


Saturday 23rd of February 2019

NZ merino Allbirds are wonderful too. They are really light, machine washable, designed to be worn without socks, and even when wet, keep your feet warm. I’ve worn them all day and every day when travelling for six or eight weeks at a time, and at the end of the holiday, no smell. After wearing out my first pair, I’ve bought more and now own five airs, including a pair of their tree runners. A really ethically run company too, in how they are made. When you buy online you can return them if wrong size or you don’t like them for some reason and if they are in good condition they are donated to people in need.


Saturday 23rd of February 2019

Hi Janet, yes I own a pair of All Birds too. I don't wear mine as often as I'm sure my big toe is going to come through the top of the wool - is that what you mean when you say you wore yours out? I wish they'd put a little piece of leather on the inside toe!


Saturday 23rd of February 2019

Love the look of the Tropicfeel shoe (and I see free posting to NZ with a free bag atm)! I'm wondering how true the fit is - eg what NZ do you take and what size is the fit? Thanks


Saturday 23rd of February 2019

Great question! I just pulled a few shoes out of my wardrobe to check their sizes and it turns out I am a 40 in Nike (but that's because I added an insert), I'm a 37 in Ziera and an 8 in All Birds. I went for an 8 in the Tropicfeel. I could have done 8.5 too. Hope that helps!

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