Any trip to Japan is likely to include a lot of walking, so comfortable shoes are certainly a priority when packing. However, just because you’re buying comfortable shoes that will support you through the day, doesn’t mean they can’t be stylish.
In this detailed guide, we’ll be going through our list of the very best shoes for both men and women traveling to Japan. We’ve offered a range of different styles, brands, and budgets so you can be sure to find the right shoes for your trip!
Best Shoes To Wear In Japan For Men
While I’ve specifically broken down this list of the best shoes to wear in Japan between men and women, the majority of the shoes are unisex and can be worn by both genders.
If you’re planning on hitting the mountains or trailing while in Japan then these North Face Storm Strike boots are perfect.
These mountain boots are everything you will need to ensure your stability, balance and great hiking experience.
The boots offer excellent grip on wet and slick facades and outstanding impermeability. They are strong, long-lasting and weather resistant.
The boots feature a hydroseal waterproof membrane which ensures both breathability and resistance to water.
Alongside this, there’s also the heat-seeker thermal insulation which ensures your feet will remain warm during colder climates.
|Lightweight||Only available in two colours|
|Hydroseal waterproof membrane||Only suitable for the winter season|
|High quality and durable synthetic leather|
Sketchers have come a long way in recent years, a great example of this is in the production of a range of highly stylish and award winningly comfortable shoes.
This includes the new Stamina Cutback trainers for men (and the Skechers Joy for women – as discussed below)
Available in a range of colours the Sketcher Stamina Cutbacks are made of a blend of mesh and leather which when combined a comfortable and breathable shoe.
|Lightweight||Doesn’t come in smaller sizes|
|Synthetic sole||Not waterproof|
|Available in different colours|
|Stylish and appealing|
Another fantastic hiking shoe if you’re planning on doing any hiking or trailing while in Japan are the Merrell Intercept Hiking shoes.
Unlike the other hiking shoes on this list, these are low cut and designed for all seasons.
This style allows them to be easily worn out and about without ‘really looking like’ a like a hiking shoe.
The EVA compressed composition of these shoes provides comfort and cushioning.
This is further enhanced by a rubber Vibram sole and the shoes shock-absorbing features.
|Outstanding traction thanks to the Vibram sole||Not waterproof|
|Quality leather material|
If you’re looking for a classic and stylish sneaker then the Vans low tops are a solid choice.
These trainers go perfectly with any outfit and are available to purchase in a range of different colours and styles.
The Vans Atwood canvas trainers are lightweight and the ankle area is well padded for additional comfort and support while walking.
|Affordable||The outsole wears easily|
|Number of colours available||They are not waterproof|
|Versatile and comfortable for everyday use|
Best Shoes To Wear In Japan For Women
As I mentioned back in the introduction while this post does have a split between the best shoes to wear in Japan for women and men.
The majority are unisex, so if you don’t find the right shoe here, don’t be afraid of looking back in the men’s section.
Skechers Go Walk Joy trainers are award winning and after just five minutes walking around in these shoes it’s easy to see why.
The slip-on feature of the shoe means you don’t have to waste time with shoelaces.
The shoes are made from soft, well-ventilated materials which allow your feet greater breathability, especially in hot climates that you’ll find in Japan in summer.
Simply slip them on and you’re ready to go!
|Flexible outer sole||Not heavy duty|
|Super lightweight.||The wide fit is not available in all colours|
If you’re looking for a stylish and comfortable pair of shoes when visiting Japan then the Adidas Gazelle Low Top sneakers are a solid choice.
Made from suede material that’s designed to expand and contract to the motions of your feet when walking these shoes are incredibly comfortable.
However, the material also means that they may not be most breathable shoes with little to no ventilation that allows for air to flow throughout the shoe.
While these may not be suitable for long walks, they are a solid casual trainer that you should certainly consider bringing with you on your upcoming trip to Japan.
|Stylish and goes with a wide range of outfits||Screechy outsole|
|Versatile and solid construction||Not waterproof and becomes heavy when soaked in water|
These Sorel women’s Out ‘n About shoes are my personal favourite on this list.
Ideal for those who plan to experience casual walking in multiple climates.
These comfortable and casual shoes are made from full-grain waterproof leather – which is sadly what adds to the cost.
Even the seam is fixed with a water-resistant design to ensure the interior of the shoes remain dry and warm.
|Full-Grain Leather material||Expensive|
|Detachable Molded EVA|
|Hardened Rubber Midsole|
Last on our list, but certainly not the least is the Columbia Newton Ridge walking boots.
Columbia is a well-known brand in the sportswear industry and as such they have crafted fantastic products from experience over time.
One great example of these is these hiking boots which have been ranked on a number of lists as one of the tip hiking boots of all time.
The shoes waterproof material ensures that your feet remain dry and protected in all weathers.
For style, the shoe comes in a number of colours so you can be sure to find the right pair for you.
|Waterproof||Some complained about the bad toe fit|