I have reviewed four different women’s styles that I personally own and wear when I go to Disneyland. I have also included choices for children as well!
Certainly during cooler months, open-toed sandals aren’t the best option and instead I wear Keds with socks or my Ugg boots to keep my toes warm. However you’ll find that open-toed sandals are appropriate in California (and probably Florida, as well) for about 9 months out of the year.
I love open-toed sandals for several reasons:
- They allow for feet swelling; All that pavement stomping can cause feet to puff up and even just the tiniest bit of swelling can be uncomfortable. The last time I wore closed-toed shoes (a ballet-flat type) at Disneyland my feet had swelled so much by mid-afternoon I was developing blisters. My husband trekked back to the car to get me another pair of shoes.
- Sandals are cool and lightweight.
- They look cute! Sandals are much more flattering when wearing shorts or capri pants than socks and sneakers ever look! They also showcase pretty Disney-style painted toe nails so nicely!
Things to consider when choosing an open-toed style:
- Are these going to be appropriate for concrete walking? Flat beach-type plastic flip-flops aren’t going to offer the support you need for walking on concrete all day.
- What is the support they offer? I highly recommend shoes with cushioning and a bit of a lift in the back for a comfortable shoe that you can wear all day.
- Does the shoe have traction on the bottom? Especially when walking around puddled areas near water rides or after a Floridian downpour, you’d hate to slip and fall. Choose a shoe with traction (all of my choices have it).
For the ladies…
I not only wore these to Disneyland last year, I also took them with me on my European Adventure. They held up just as well on the pavement as they did on uneven cobblestones. The leather upper is soft and flexible and they feature Croslite™ material footbed cushions. The cork-wrapped wedge gives a little lift in the heel which makes being on my feet more comfortable.
And how can you resist the pretty floral accent? I have these in black but think I will have to pick up these lovely pink ones, just because!
This was my go-to shoe for the past few summers, including my European Adventure. They are flexible and feature a cushioned footbed and sculpted EVA midsole that absorbs impact. I appreciate the adjustable hook-and-loop straps so I can accommodate for any foot swelling at the end of the day.
The straps on these shoes have a soft lining that wicks away moisture and never rubbed or caused blisters. These shoes are also extremely light weight!
I’ve had a pair of FitFlops for the past 3 years and they are a summer staple. FitFlop doesn’t appear to carry the bejeweled black pair that I have anymore, but I was really drawn to the elegant etched and laser-cut details on this pair. The patent and leather are soft and comfortable for all-day walking. For sure you need to get your body used to FitFlop’s Microwobbleboard midsole before trying to walk in them all day or your thighs will be screaming by the afternoon!
Like walking on a cloud! I’ve had two pairs of the Nike Comfort flip-flops; one black like this pair and another in white and turquoise. They have a soft memory foam foot bed that simply hugs and comforts your feet while you walk.
I don’t have these sandals but have them on my radar to try as potential Disney Park shoes in the future!
For the kids…
My littlest had a pair of Pediped sandals similar to the Pediped Martin that is available now. I love Pediped for kids because they are lightweight, durable and very soft and flexible. This means there is no “breaking in” period and are comfy from the first wearing. Also a very nice feature is that many Pedipeds are machine washable.
Okay and I know these aren’t open toed but I have to share them! They are so sweet and pretty and much more comfortable on little feet than the plastic dress up shoes that I see some of the tiny princesses shuffling around the Parks in! Please, leave the plastic shoes at home and make sure your sweetie has a comfortable pair of shoes that she can wear all day. These Pediped Delaney and Pediped Liza are perfect because they are a rubber soled sport shoe disguised as sparkly Princess attire!
- Bring an alternate pair of socks & shoes and keep them in a backpack or rental locker. When your socks get soaked on Splash Mountain you’ll have a replacement and if your shoes are irritating you for any reason (like mine did), you’ll have a pair to switch into.
- “Break” your shoes in first and wear them several times before wearing them in the Park.
- Bring along items in your travel First Aid kit that can easy any foot issues. I have Nu-Skin that can be painted onto the skin and when it dries, leaves a waterproof “bandage” that eases friction.
- Beware of sandals with multiple straps that may potentially rub or pinch skin.
Thank you for joining Magical Blogorail Green this month. We will be back in next month with all new loops and themes. Keep checking in with our blogs in between loops to keep up to date with newest posts, photos and stories. If you are looking for more Disney magic, you can make your way over to The Magical Blogorail website to see all our members and their blogs, as well as all our previous loops.
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
1st Stop – Heidi’s Head – No-Nonsense Shoes for Disney Comfort
2nd Stop – Ashley Aspires – A pair of shoes can change a girl’s life.
3rd Stop – Disney Nouns – Best Shoes for the Disney Parks
4th Stop – Mommy 2 All Girls – Shoes & the Disney Parks
5th Stop – Saving Up for Disney – Best Shoes for the Disney Parks – Why I Love Open-toed Sandals!