Growing up in SoCal, I was lucky enough to have Disneyland act as my playground. Since moving to the East Coast a decade ago, I haven’t let time or distance keep us apart. For someone who has to commute there via plane, I still find myself going to the Disney Resort parks a lot. Accordingly, I’ve had plenty of time to figure out what merch is worth buying, which rides are worth the wait, and which shoes won’t result in bleeding and blistering feet by the time you’re sitting down to enjoy the fireworks.
When it comes to ideal footwear for getting around Disneyland, most of the advice out there parrots the line, “Comfort above all else.” The parks themselves aren’t so big, but don’t be surprised if you find yourself having walked more than eight miles by the time you reach the exit turnstiles. Comfort is definitely important, but it can come in more styles than just a pair of padded running shoes.
According to Instagram, Disneyland has been one of the app’s most geo-tagged locations over the last five years. It even nabbed the number one spot in 2014 and 2017. Gone are the days when simple cut-off shorts and workout tees ruled Main Street. People now, more than ever, are doing it for the ‘gram and expending more effort into what they’re wearing to the theme parks.
It’s still best to avoid overly trendy shoes (think toe loops, fussy straps, and stilettos as a whole), but feel free to keep the workout sneaks at home in favor of a pair that’ll look as good with a churro as they do with your dress. I can promise you’ll be blister-free with my six tried-and-true footwear picks ahead.