Best Shoes For Universal Studios

Picking a comfortable pair of shoes is probably the most important part of your outfit decisions. There is nothing more imperative (other than getting tickets) to think about for a day at Universal Studios. That being said I have seen so many bad choices of footwear over the years so here are the best shoes for Universal Studios.

The biggest thing you want to remember is that you are going to be walking miles around the parks. It will be warm/hot (for the British anyway!) and you will want to be as comfortable as possible. Remember comfort is key!

What Qualities Should I Look For?

There are a couple of qualities I feel you should look for in the best shoes for Universal Studios. Knowing what to look for can really help you decide what is best for you and what you need along with seeing if that already exists within your wardrobe.

I wanted to point out these qualities so you can go through your own shoes first before heading out to buy a brand new pair.

  • Comfortable – Ask yourself are they comfortable for a full day?
  • Stability – Do they give my foot and leg the stability it needs?
  • Thick Sole – Does it have a thick sole and cushioning?
  • Lightweight – Are they fairly lightweight?
  • Do they dry easy? – This isn’t essential but something worth thinking about for rainy days and water rides.

Best Shoes For Universal Studios

I decided to break this up so you can see what shoes you want to be packing at a glance but also see why these are the best shoes for Universal Studios.

Remember that no if you are planning a trip to Universal Studios Orlando or Universal Studios Hollywood, you will still encounter similar weather conditions along with just as much walking and exercise.

Sports Shoes/ Trainers

Trainers are my number one choice when looking at the best shoes for Universal Studios. Trainers and sports style shoes are probably the easiest and comfiest of shoes to wear for long days around the parks.

Trainers are built to be supportive and work well on a field, court or while running. Tennis shoes/ trainers are probably the best style of shoe for Universal Studios as you will be doing a lot of walking.

Brands such as Nike, Adidas, Under Armour and more are all quality shoes used by professional athletes every day. If they are good enough for them then they are definitely good enough for you.

Another brand that is great is Sketchers, they aren’t as popular in the UK as they are in the USA but they are great! They are super lightweight and easy to put on and off which make them great for those who struggle with walking anyway.

Sandals For Women

Sandals may see a very loose and broad term but I wanted to go over this in detail. I once wore my flip flops for an evening (3-4 hours tops) at the park and I regretted it. My feet hurt, my toes were sore and it was painful.

When I say sandals I mean those that cover your feet, are built up around the foot for stability and are built to walk in. Some brands that are really good at this are Merrel and Birkenstock, there are other brands that also do quality sandals but these are the only ones I have used.

You want to look for a sandal that has a thicker base/sole, this will give your foot and leg better stability and a softer touch down while walking. If you can find a sandal that holds your foot in place over the toes along with your ankle this is great as you are giving your ankle and leg more stability over the day.

We recommend brands such as BirkenstocksMerrell and Sketchers which all have supportive soles, thick straps and moulded shapes to support the ankle.

Sandals For Men

Sandals for men can be a little trickier depending on your style, your foot shape and other preferences. There are a number of brands such as Birkenstocks and Sketchers which are a little more stylish along with being comfortable and practical.

Merrell is much more practical for hiking and walking so the foundation and style is quite different to the other styles. These are just some of the brands and styles we recommend but if you have a pair at home you pull out for holidays that are comfortable and work well pack those before buying another pair (unless you want to of course!)

Boots For Women

Boots are a just in case it is cold kind of shoe. Though not to diss Boots as they are highly practical and comfortable. I personally wouldn’t choose to wear boots around the parks but they are a good alternative.

They are especially good for people who tend to have weaker ankles, the taller style of boot will give the ankle more support throughout the day.

This is also great if you are looking to wear a shoe that is a little more coverage.

There are plenty of brands out there that are great quality for the best shoes for Universal Studios. Boots that are often used for hiking and walking are great as they have stability with the function of plenty of movement. Though these can be quite heavy for feet to carry around all day.

Boots For Men

Being from the UK I can’t believe anyone would want to wear boots in Florida but it happens, especially if you are used to warmer climates, you are local and the winter months are cold for you or you just like to wear boots over other style of footwear.

Though I don’t know the most suitable as I haven’t personally worn boots to Universal Studios, these are a couple of the most recommended styles and brands.

Slip On Trainers & Pumps For Women

Slip on shoes or pumps as some people call them are often bundled in with trainers. And it is easy to see why they are pretty similar and very much look the same though they aren’t. These styles of shoes are more glamourous and trendy looking shoe. They are often more fashion based and change styles and colours along with fashion trends.

Though these aren’t as high up on my best shoes for Universal Studios I would still recommend them. They can be great if you wear them right, pick a good brand and have worn them in before hand.

They can be great idea for older people who might only do a little walking whether they are on a scooter or in a wheelchair. And also for teens who are a little self conscious of going full geek on trainers.

You can find easy lightweight pumps like Sketchers Go Walks which are highly popular, easy to wear and easy to clean. Styles like these can be found in name brands which are great for walking around the parks.

Slip On Trainers & Pumps For Men

Slip on shoes or pumps as some people call them are often bundled in with trainers. And it is easy to see why they are pretty similar and very much look the same though they aren’t. These styles of shoes are more glamourous and trendy looking shoe. They are often more fashion based and change styles and colours along with fashion trends.

In my opinion there are just as many nice quality brands with nice trainers for men on the market, I often prefer the mens as they aren’t bright pink and purple but overall they have some good styles.

I would recommend taking a pair or even two of trainers you already own and are comfortable in and you like. That way you can be sure that your feet will survive walking around the parks.

Tips For Picking Shoes For Universal Studios

  • Pick shoes you already own and have worn in weeks/months prior to your trip.
  • Choose shoes you don’t mind getting a little damp from water rides.
  • Pick a shoe with a good fit around your feet – this will help you walk better and give you fewer aches and pains the next day.
  • Find a shoe that is flexible, this will make walking easier and so much more comfortable.
  • Remember to pick shoes that won’t fall off easy or that you can take off easy for rides that leave your feet dangling.

Best Shoes For Universal Studios For Children

Even though they are small and probably spend most of the time in the pushchair they will need to have good footwear. We all know that when children start walking that the right fitted footwear is highly important, well that doesn’t end just because you are at Universal Studios.

Picking footwear for children can be hard as many of the times they don’t actually want to wear what you chose (I know it can be frustrating). I decided to put together a little guide to help you pack the right kind of footwear to help your little ones have the best time on holiday.


There are some amazing water fountain areas within Universal Studios so having a pair of sandals on or in your bag for your children is super fun. You can let me run around free in the water without worrying about their feet getting rough or an accident happening.

Styles that cover the footwell and strap around the ankle are great choices. That gives them more stability and means they are less likely to lose a shoe or fall over. Brands such as Crocs, Merrell and Keen are great choices as they are quality made and can withstand the water and running around.


I swear by trainers for adults and children, they have to make my best shoes for Universal Studios as they have never let me down. I know trainers are also a good choice as you see so many people wearing them.

Trainers for children is important, they are probably the comfiest shoes they own and will be the best support throughout the day. Make sure you are packing a pair that are already worn in and shaped to your children’s foot. That way they will be comfortable for most of the day and won’t get too tired (fingers crossed).

There are a number of brands and styles to choose from but as parents, you will know what is best for your children. Pick some that they are already comfortable wearing and if you plan to buy new ones, get similar to their past shoes (if they liked them of course) and break them in well before you go.

That is everything you need to know about the best shoes for Universal Studios. If you have a favourite pair, brand or style let us know in the comments below. If you have any further questions let us know!

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