While Minnie Mouse, Tink, and all of the Princesses all wear some amazing shoes they are still practical in their selection. Even Gaston knows what’s up when it comes to being prepared for a day of walking around Disneyland. We were asked what shoes you should wear when you go to Disneyland. It’s something we did actually put a lot of thought into before going. Shoes are important!
We were walking on average 18K steps a day. This is with taking breaks! Our first trip to Disneyland my husband and I both had to buy new shoes afterwards because our runners were toast after. You want your feet to be comfortable because you are going to be covering some serious ground while in the parks.
What type of shoes should you wear? Comfortable ones! You know what works best for your feet and any needs you might have. Do you need arch supports or ankle brace? Do your shoes fit these well? I was shocked to see some entering the park wearing sky-high heels at the start of the day. When we were leaving the park I noticed several different people had their poor shoe choice tucked away in a bag. Six-inch heels are not a practical choice of footwear in Disneyland! Sure they might look great, but you will be taking them off in no time.
My husband and I both have like to wear running shoes for things like this. Walking around Disneyland can feel like you are doing a mini marathon. Several weeks before our trip we bought new runners and started to break them in a bit at home to ensure we would not get blisters and that they were comfortable to be in for long periods of time.We have different needs for our feet. Mine are wide. His feet are narrow. Arches. No arches. We both had to find shoes that met our needs. I also had arch supports for added comfort in my shoes.
If you are thinking about getting new shoes I highly recommend going to a shoe specialist and talking to them about your needs. Some places even do video analysis of how you walk in order to help you get the best possible shoe for your needs. Just do not go to Disneyland with brand new shoes that have not been broken in, that not help ensure you have happy feet! I also brought a second pair of shoes so that I had the option to change it up if I became uncomfortable in one pair.
We have different needs for our feet. Mine are wide. His feet are narrow. Arches. No arches. We both had to find shoes that met our needs. I also had arch supports for added comfort in my shoes. If you are thinking about getting new shoes I highly recommend going to a shoe specialist and talking to them about your needs. Some places even do video analysis of how you walk in order to help you get the best possible shoe for your needs.
Don’t forget about socks! You are going to want cozy socks hat are also moisture-wicking. Since I started running I have been wearing socks like this and I could not believe the difference. Less friction and moisture means less irritation and risk for blisters. I also packed my little container of body glide. Their product is great for any spots where friction occurs. Feet, shoes, bras, etc… they made a product that works. I had this as an emergency backup, plus blister bandaids just in case. The bandaids were never needed.
Some asked about little kids and what they should be wearing on their feet when in Disneyland. Kids feet are incredibly important to take care of. Children are growing daily, their feet need proper care and support. Kids need to be comfortable in Disneyland too!
A blog reader was quick to notice in the photos shared on social media that our oldest daughter went back and forth from runners to Native Shoes. She likes to change her shoes up as often as she changes her outfits. Ultimately though she did end up wearing her Native Shoes more. We were there during a heat wave so she preferred the breathability of her Native Shoes. I was a bit fearful of her being at risk of getting a blister but it never happened. Thankfully she was able to wear her little socks in her Native Shoes or go barefoot in them.
Our youngest was rarely wearing shoes. There were moments though where she had to have shoes on her feet. While meeting characters, especially if you are outside. Shoes must be on their feet. Cast members will politely ask you to put shoes on their feet if they notice they do not have any on. If your child is playing in the splash pads that in California Adventure they must have shoes on in order to play there. Again, there is a cast member there to ensure this rule is being followed. We brought moccasins for our youngest to wear. They were perfect because they are easy to put on and take off. It only took seconds to follow the rules or have her be happy barefoot. Plus they are just so cute on little feet!
Ultimately you need to make sure you take good care of your feet while there. Pay attention to any soreness, pain, and injuries. Take breaks if you need to, there are plenty of places to sit and relax throughout the park. Pack baggies to fill with ice at your hotel, put your feet up and ice them at the end of the day. Go with what feels best for you and your kids when walking for long periods of time. Will you be fine in flip flops or will you be happier in runners? Your feet are what are taking you throughout Disneyland, take good care of them by making sure you have comfortable footwear for yourself and your children.
Tamara: Asic Runners
Jason: Nike Runners
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