It’s almost time for spring break again, and you know what that means. You’ll be among the 53% of millennials who jet off around the world for a week of fun and relaxation.
This year, though, you’re ditching the jet for a cruise ship. Whether you’re island hopping or touring the coastal cities of Europe, you’ll be sight-seeing in some pretty diverse climates. You know what that means — it’s going to be hard figuring out what to pack in your cruise wardrobe.
Since you’re a first-timer, we’re here to help you out. That’s why we created this guide to picking the perfect cruise shoes and sandals.
So, ready to find out which kicks are a must-have and what shoes to leave at home? Then keep reading for everything you need to know. Plus, stick around to find out where to pick up the most stylish flip flops and sandals for your upcoming vacation!
Cruise Wardrobe 101
When it comes to packing for a cruise, your best bet is creating a tiny capsule wardrobe for your vacation. You only have so much space for an entire week’s worth of outfits. Plus, with so many different destinations and unpredictable climates, you’ll want to bring a variety of layers.
The best way to figure out what to bring is to ask yourself what you’ll be doing on the trip.
For example, if you know you’ll be doing tons of sight-seeing in Europe, you may want to pack sturdier sandals and sneakers. Meanwhile, if you plan to spend your day at the beach, you can probably pack a couple of pairs of flip flops or water shoes and call it a day.
With that said, don’t forget to bring the shoes you might not think about. Your house slippers, for instance, will make you feel more at home. Similarly, pack a couple of pairs of warm or fuzzy socks to ward off the chill in your cabin at night.
Sandals to Pack for Days at Sea
On days when you aren’t docked, you’ll be sailing the crystal clear waters and basking in the sun on the deck. Most cruises have you spending at least a day at sea, if not more. While this isn’t the time to bring out your patent pumps, you aren’t basic, and your shoes shouldn’t be either.
Pack a pair of bright rubber flip flops to match your favorite neon swimsuit. Or choose a pair of leather sandals to go with your nautical-themed suit and matching hat. If you prefer to explore the ship instead of getting bronzed on deck, go for a pair with heel straps, too, so you won’t feel slowed down while adventuring.
In the old days, the Captain’s dinner meant a seriously formal affair. These days, though, formalwear isn’t required for evening meals. Yet, that doesn’t have to stop you from pulling out all the stops!
For a more casual evening outfit, choose a pair of embellished flats to go with your jeans and blouse. For a bit of height, you may prefer a platform sandal like the Flojo Jess that’s comfortable, casual, and stylish. Pair your platform sandals with an airy maxi dress for the finishing touch.
Casual is fine and all, but some prefer to dress it up. If that sounds like you, a pair of pumps or summer wedges will pair perfectly with your favorite summer cocktail dress. Choose a shoe that’s bejeweled for your fancier digs or pick up a pair of brightly-colored heels that are sure to make a statement.
Also, keep in mind that cruise ships are home to some of the best nightclubs around. You may not want to dress up for dinner. Still, you may find yourself wishing you’d brought a cocktail dress and platform sandals after experiencing the nightlife your ship has to offer.
Sandals to Pack for Days on Shore
When the ship comes to port and you head out for your exciting excursions, you’ll have quite a few options. The sandals you decide to bring should reflect the activity you plan to do. Yes, that means you might have to leave your embellished sandals behind if you’re going for a hike up to Machu Picchu.
For more adventurous excursions, choose a pair of shoes like the Flojo Breezy. With your feet securely strapped in, you’ll have the fit you need to call yourself Queen of the Mountain with confidence. Plus, the water-friendly soles mean you can stop to splash in every puddle and waterfall along the way.
Planning to your day on shore shopping obscure brands or testing out the local shots and cocktails? Choose a leather shoe that’ll stand up to a day of walking from shop to shop as well as it would dancing the day away to your favorite island tunes.
None of these sound like you? Then you’re probably the beach bum who didn’t get enough time in the sun on the boat, so you’re planning to spend the whole day on the beach. May we recommend a pair of neon sandals that are not only eye-catching but are also easy to spot on the beach if you lose them.
Where to Get Your Cruise Shoes
Now that you’re a cruise wardrobe packing pro, are you searching for that perfect pair? At Flojos, we’re in the business of making women’s sandals you’re guaranteed to love.
Browse our selection of women’s shoes today and start off your cruise wardrobe with a bang!