The summer sale season is in full swing, and Nordstrom is no exception. The 121-year-old retailer is currently in the midst of its Anniversary Sale, the “biggest and best” sale of the year, running through July 31. More than 100 new brands were added this year and one of the categories with the most thrilling deals is women’s shoes. That means now is the most strategic time of year to plot out essential footwear for trips you plan to take and stock up for those upcoming travels.
Of course, there are special considerations when it comes to travel shoes: they have to strike the balance of being comfortable and supportive enough to stay problem-free during long days on your feet, but also be lightweight and compact enough to not add extra bulk to your luggage.
Whether it’s casual sneakers for sightseeing, dress shoes for formal occasions, hiking boots for mountain trails, or beach sandals for walks along the sand, the Nordstrom Anniversary sale has women’s travel shoes that tick off all the right boxes—and there’s no other time of year your dollars will go as far.
No matter the purpose of your travels, some kind of sneaker will likely be on your packing list. If you’re zipping around sightseeing or need a bit of relief after a day of business travel, go for a simple sneaker with a low profile—say, a slip-on or a lace-up. If you’ll be on rugged or uneven terrain (like rocky trails or cobblestone streets), a studier sole will provide added support, whether it’s got a bit of a lift, like a platform sneaker, or more of an athletic build. For an extra dose of stability, a high-top can add built-in ankle support. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale includes popular sneaker picks of all varieties from AllSaints, Asics, Cole Haan, Converse, Ecco, Merrell, Nike, P448, Rag & Bone, and Vans, among others.
There’s no better way to get to know a destination than by exploring it on foot, from going for a run through the urban jungle or hiking the local trails. However you plan to break a sweat, the right kind of footwear is essential to avoid blisters and pains that will slow you down on the rest of your trip. Not all sneakers are meant to pound the pavement, though, so make sure to choose one that’s specifically designed for running (or trail running if you’ll be on dirt paths). If hiking is the name of the game, opt for a waterproof pair of sturdy boots that can handle inclement weather and muddy patches. For running shoes, look for deals from Adidas, Asics, Merrell, and Nike, and for hiking boots, check out Timberland and The North Face.
For those days of urban exploration when you’re on your feet hours longer than anticipated—running up and down metro station stairs and clocking mileage on hard concrete—shoes that toe the line between classy and comfortable are a winning combination. Chelsea boots, loafers, and even clogs can be helpful options, with Nordstrom offering slashed prices on shoes from AllSaints, Cole Haan, Dolce Vita, Hunter, Sarto By Franco Sarto, Ugg, Dansko, and Vionic, among others.
Sun, sand, and sandals are pretty much synonymous—and Nordstrom has an entire range of warm weather-friendly styles on its sale list. Choose an espadrille for a classic beach style, a wedge for added lift, or a strappy sandal for a versatile beach-to-beach-club look. For more active days, Merrell has mixed comfort with security thanks to a cushioned sole and adjustable straps on its sporty walking sandal, while Vionic boosts the flip-flop game with its trademark arch support.
From destination weddings and business meetings to a fancy night out on the town, dress shoes are a necessary part of many packing lists. The Anniversary Sale offers plenty of name brands where quality comes first, whether your dress style is more strappy sandals, classic pumps, or luxe loafers. Look for vacation-ready styles from Bruno Magli, Cole Haan, Draper James, Kenneth Cole, Munro, Stuart Weitzman, Ted Baker London, Vince, and Vince Camuto.