7 Best Shoes For Kings Island | Easily Explained

Wearing the wrong shoes at a theme park, and having foot pain throughout your day can negatively affect your entire experience, and even cut your day short.

We've been there, which is exactly why we've created a list of the best shoes for Kings Island, the pros and cons of each shoe, and what features to look for in a good shoe.

Table of Contents

  1. ON Men's Cloudflow Sneaker
  2. ON Women's Cloudflow Sneaker
  3. ASICS Men's Gel-Venture 7
  4. ASICS Women's Gel-Contend 7
  5. FRSHANIAH Men Athletic Shoes
  6. Adidas Women's Racer T-21
  7. Adidas Child Lite Racer Adapt 4.0

1. ON Men's Cloudflow Sneaker

Highest Quality

on mens cloudflow sneaker

The ON sneaker brand has exploded in popularity in recent years, so last year I decided to see what all of the hype was about and purchased an ON Men's Cloudflow sneaker.

It turns out, that the shoes are as good as advertised.

Over the last year I'd use these shoes daily to take my dog on long walks, go on runs, and even visit theme parks.

On mens cloudflow sneaker

The normal foot pain that I grew accustomed to from other shoes were gone, and these ON shoes allowed me to fully enjoy my day, without worrying when my feet would hurt next.

Something to keep in mind is that although you're almost guaranteed to walk a lot at a theme park, you'll also be standing a lot as well (in lines for rides).

These ultra comfortable shoes have proven to me to be amazing for standing, walking and running.

Pros

  • Extremely comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • Very durable
  • Great for both skinny and wide feet
  • Can serve as an All-purpose shoe
  • They feel like slippers
  • Great arch support

Cons

The price is on the higher side compared to the other shoes on this list, but in my experience they're absolutely worth it.

2. ON Women's Cloudflow Sneakers

Highest Quality

on womens cloudflow sneakers

Pros

  • Extremely comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • Very durable
  • Great for both skinny and wide feet
  • Can serve as an All-purpose shoe
  • They feel like slippers
  • Great arch support

After seeing how much I loved my ON sneakers, my wife decided to give the ON Women's Cloudflow sneakers a try too.

She came away with the same experience, and a year later has purchased multiple pairs to keep up with her daily activities.

on womens cloudflow sneakers

Her favorite feature of these shoes are that her knees don't bother her at all while walking or running several miles.

She has undergone multiple knee surgeries over the years, which makes her extremely picky over which shoes she can wear on a daily basis.

Cons

The price point for these shoes are on the high side, it's a worthwhile investment.

3. ASICS Men's Gel-Venture 7

Best Overall For Men

asics mens gel venture 7

Pros

The ASICS brand is one of the most reliable when it comes to having to walk or run long distances, while remaining comfortable.

The ASICS Men's Gel-Venture 7 is one of our favorites as it uses the Rearfoot GEL technology cushioning system to provide maximum comfortability.

This shoe also has great breathability and moisture management, which is the perfect combination of tools to deal with a long sweaty day at a theme park.

Underrated Perk

Due to this shoe having great breathability, whenever you're riding roller coasters, your feet will also receive a refreshing cool breeze throughout the ride.

Cons

The main con of this shoe is just the look in general. 

There are certainly better looking shoes out there, however if you can get past the looks, it's a fantastic shoe overall.

4. ASICS Women's Gel-Contend 7

Best Overall For Women

asics womens gel contend 7

Pros

The ASICS Women's Gel Contend 7 is our favorite choice due to their gel technology, that does a great job absorbing any type of impact due to the cushioning in the shoe.

Additionally, it has excellent airflow and moisture management, which helps prevent your feet from sweating profusely.

This is a feature that comes in extremely handy when walking (and standing) all day at a theme park.

Additionally, these are very lightweight, and in the event that they do get wet, they dry off very quickly.

Cons

There are certainly better looking shoes out there, however if you can get past the looks, it's a fantastic shoe overall.

5. FRSHANIAH Men Athletic Shoes

Best Mix of Style & Comfort

frshaniah men athletic shoes

Pros

Although the ASICS shoes may not have the best look, the FRSHANIAH Men Athletic shoes do.

These shoes are the perfect blend of style and comfort, they are very breathable for your feet, and you can easily slip them on your feet.

One of the underrated qualities of this shoe is that it's a non-slip shoe, which provides you with peace of mind on wet surfaces.

This shoe is perfect to alleviate any concerns regarding that.

Additionally, these shoes come with over a dozen different color options, giving great flexibility to your outfit choices.

Cons

Not as comfortable as the ASICS shoe.

6. Adidas Women's Racer T-21

Best Mix of Fashion & Comfort

adidas womens racer tr21

Pros

The Adidas Women's Racer T-21 is the perfect combination of a beautiful looking shoe, as well as being comfortable and reliable.

The feature that sticks out with this shoe is the Cloudfoam midsole, which provides fantastic cushioning for your feet, and shortens the break-in period for the shoe.

These shoes are stylish, have an affordable price-point, and also come in over a dozen different colors and patterns.

You'll want to go half a size down for these shoes as they run a little large.

Cons

Not as comfortable as the ASICS shoe.

7. Adidas Child Lite Racer Adapt 4.0

Best Overall For Kids of All Ages

Pros

The Adidas Child Lite Racer Adapt 4.0 shoes is hands down the best shoe for kids.

They are comfortable, easy to put on, durable, and best of all... Have no shoe laces to tie.

As great as the kiddos are at learning, waiting for them to tie their untied shoes a few times in a crowded theme park can add up quickly.

Additionally they're stylish for kids, it's a unisex shoe, and they offer sizes for infants (0-12 months old) to 'Big Kids' (8-12 years old).

Cons

The shoe can run a bit narrow in size, which will make it tougher for those with wide feet to fit in. 

    What Features Make Up a Good Shoe

    When you're visiting a theme park, you'll be doing miles and miles of walking throughout the day, especially at Kings Island.

    You'll want to have a shoe that has the following qualities:

    • Comfortable with good cushioning
    • Made for walking/running long distances
    • Has solid arch support
    • Durable

    kings island family walking through the park

    Another feature that isn't necessary but rather nice to have is the shoe being water resistant.

    Whether you're walking in the rain, walking through puddles after it rained, or even getting wet from water rides, you'd be surprised at how much this feature can help during your visit.

    What to Know Before Wearing Your Shoe to Kings Island

    Break In Your Shoe

    As tempting as it may be to not use your brand new shoes for Kings Island until the day of in order to prevent them from getting dirty....

    Break them in! 

    Every new pair of shoes requires a break-in period, where your feet are adjusting to the shoe, and it can be uncomfortable for a short period of time.

    Don't wait until the day that you're visiting Kings Island to break them in, as by then it's already too late.

    Benefits

    By breaking your brand-new shoes in, you'll save your feet from experiencing pain, and needing to find a place to take them off so that you can relax your feet for a few minutes.

    Bring an Extra Pair of Socks

    No, seriously.

    If your socks get soaked at any point during your visit, you'll wish you had, as you walk around the park with wet feet.

    Packing an extra pair of socks seems very weird at first, but in the event that you do need it, you'll be thanking yourself for bringing it.

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