There are so many different activities to do on your Northern Michigan vacation—from boating and hiking to shopping and dining—your day can take you from the beach to a nice restaurant in one fell swoop. Having the right shoe for every activity is critical (as you’ve probably realized after getting a blister wearing nice shoes on what you thought was a “light hike”). We’ve put together a guide of the best shoes to wear based on a quick scan of Traverse City shoe stores: check out these kicks during your next round of Traverse City shopping—your feet will thank you!

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← You’ll want a shoe that you can slip on and off easily, and that you won’t mind getting sandy and wet. This sandal is both sleek and practical. Instead of wearing the usual rubber flip flop, step up your game and wear this blue, denim-inspired sandal. And if your day ends with a nice dinner or drinks, you’ll still feel appropriate wearing these shoes. (Available at Cali’s, $140)


An Outdoor Adventure

Keen’s are the absolute best shoe for the outdoors. On a hike and end up on a rocky beach? Keep these shoes on and they’ll still dry out quickly. On the boat all day? These shoes have lots of traction so you won’t have to worry about sliding around. (Available at Plamondon Shoes, $99.95) →


 A Winery Tour

← These elevated sandals (we mean that both literally and figuratively) will add length to your legs and make your outfit look a bit more polished. These shoes will keep you sturdy once you’ve had a few tastings and they are also super comfy, perfect for walking around a hilly landscape. (Available at Robert Frost, $90)

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Shopping Day

If you’re taking a much deserved shopping day, try these slip-ons. They have lots of support and holes for breathability, so your feet won’t get too hot while you’re power shopping. (Available at Robert Frost, $120) →



 A Dinner Date

← While Northern Michigan is well-known for being very casual, it’s always nice to step up your look sometimes. These shoes do double duty—they’ll make every outfit look just a bit more polished and they’ll add some spice to a basic look, whether it’s jeans and a white t-shirt or a little black dress. (Available at Lola’s, $49)

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