Once upon a time, I went to Walt Disney World with one of my best friends. I read all about how I should increase my walks the closer I get to my trip, and how I should wear good socks and good shoes. And if I happen to get a blister (or feel one coming), I should use moleskin to keep the area from getting worse. I was pretty obsessed with preventing sore feet and blisters.
My friend wore flip flops the entire trip.
Do you know what happened? Neither of us had foot problems. Neither of us got blisters. Neither of us had sore feet from being on them all day. I wore socks and athletic shoes. She wore flip flops. And nothing happened.
The moral of this story? You might have feet like my friend: no matter what shoes you wear, nothing bad will happen to your feet. On the other hand, you might be like me, and your feet requires the utmost care.
If you are like me, this article is for you.
Spending a vacation at the Disney Parks is incredibly different from most other vacations. Unlike road trips, beach vacations, and cabins up north, a Disney trip involves a lot of walking. And standing. And walking. (Did I mention that?) Your feet will be dealing with more than they ever have before (depending on the job you have or the recreation you enjoy).
I still abide by the rule of increasing my walks as I get closer to my Disney vacation. Not only is it healthy, it also will train your body to adjust to the increased strain on your feet.
But selecting the right socks and shoes is also important. 100% cotton socks soak up sweat and increase the chance of blisters. Shoes without the proper arch support (high arches or no arches) can really mess up your feet. I’m going to give you suggestions that worked for me, but keep in mind you should look into your own feet and see how it works for you. Because for you, flip flops might be ideal!
Ever since I started walking regularly (and now running), I am obsessed with good socks. I don’t just pick a bag of socks from the shelf at Target. I have three brands that I really enjoy in particular.
I have the most Nike socks of all. They are a cotton/polyester/spandex/nylon blend with arch support and moisture-wicking technology. They are also higher on the ankle, so my shoes don’t cut in.
When I ran a 5K way back when, there was a pair of SmartWool running socks in my goodie bag at the race, which are pretty tight on my feet but do the job. They’re also a blended fabric, but have mesh venting that helps the feet breathe and not soak up the sweat.
My third brand was purchased when I started running, but I would gladly wear them to the parks. They are the Balega Hidden Comfort socks. I think the thing I love the most about them is the heel tab, which means they won’t sink down inside your shoe.
My go-to pair of shoes on three of my Disney trips was a pair of Avia cross-trainer shoes that I can’t remember purchasing. However, they worked great on my feet, and I wore the rubber right off the bottom of the shoes.
A pair that I will probably wear once I’ve finished running my race in January is my Brooks Addiction shoes. I have insanely high arches, so these shoes provide me ample arch support. These are expensive shoes, so be sure to check the sales! (I purchased mine when the new model was coming in, and the old ones were half off!)
If you are someone that can’t stand the thought of wearing socks in Florida on vacation (I had this problem once, so I get it), I would look into a pair of hiking sandals. They have them everywhere once spring rolls around. This summer I purchased a pair of Northside sandals. Unlike normal sandals, these provide great support for your feet and provide air flow.
Everyone’s feet are different. Some people can get by on flip flops and have the time of their life. Others need a little more support. Hopefully you know your type of feet, and will have them prepared and ready for your next Disney trip!
Do you have any socks or shoes that you will always purchase? Have you ever had bad feet experiences at the Disney parks? Do you despise wearing socks in Florida? Comment below!