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I'm currently travelling long term. Your priorities may differ from mine, I'm a male and care about the look of my footwear to the extent that they don't stand out or look obviously inappropriate for whatever I'm doing. I'll tell you what's worked really well for me. All-black running shoes. As in, specialist running shoes. personally I went for Brooks ...
Casual shoes to wear when you go out in the evening. Flip Flops Running/Walking shoes
When I travel I take a pair of (light) hiking boots and a pair of sandals or flip flops. While traveling, I might pick up an other pair, but most of the time those fall in the same category. I do not bother with dress up shoes, (but I do not go out when traveling alone either) and I never use shoes to run in, if you do use those take one pair instead of ...
Depending on duration and packing space, in order of importance: Comfortable shoes. Nice (dressup) shoes. Slippers. Sneakers (if the comfortable shoes are not already sneakers).
For a long term trip (12, 15 months), I would pack 4 pairs of shoes: Shoes you usually wear every day at home. trail/walking shoes (see CMaster's answer). flip flops (if you're already used to wearing them) it can be hot in these places. dress shoes, when going out in the evening; it is nice to dress up once in a while. 1 and 2 can/could be merged. I ...
I like to use trail/approach shoes as my all purpose shoe. They're flexible and soft enough to be comfortable long term, you can buy them to different levels of breathability/enclosed to cater to climates, and you can walk all day in them with their grippy, hiking boot like soles and air cushioning. You might have some difficulty getting in to nightclubs ...
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