Clearing airport security is tedious enough without having to fumble with removing your shoes. A smart pair of slip-ons can spare you the headache of crouching to tie your shoe in a mob of anxious flyers, not to mention, save you a few precious seconds on your way to the gate.
The Best Slip-On Shoes for Traveling
Put some spring in your step with a pair of floral canvas slip-ons from Keds. The Dream Foam footbed and breathable twill interior make it an excellent choice for long walks across town. If floral isn’t your bag, Keds has plenty of other styles and colors to choose from, and all of them versatile enough to be your go-to travel shoe.
It’s business in the front and party in the back with these lace-up canvas mules from Italian sneaker maker Superga. When you're too lazy to bother with actually lacing, or having to wedge your foot into a shoe, a comfy tennis mule is the way to go.
For most trips, this classic Californian slip-on is all the shoe you really need. Toss them together with shorts or smart slacks for a casual vibe. Basic canvas Vans can be easily cleaned in the washer, but don’t go overboard. Remember, the dirtier and more beat-up they get, the cooler they look. If a beat-up canvas shoe isn’t your style, grab a pair in suede.
If you prefer the look of laces but hate actually tying them, Converse has the perfect faux lace-up canvas shoe. An elasticized ankle means it slips on with minimal effort, making it ideal for sprinting through airport security.
Offset your fast-fashion wardrobe with a pair of Rothy’s. Each is made from recycled water bottles by way of a futuristic 3-D knitting process. The end product is sleek, lightweight, and perfectly suited for travel. If flat and uncomfortable soles are your chief complaint about other canvas slip-ons, it’s worth noting that Rothy's sneakers have a thicker, more padded sole.
That’s Brigitte as in Bardot. The French actress was known to prefer ballet flats over heels, and these by Repetto were her favorite. Other famous fans included singers Amy Winehouse and Serge Gainsbourg, who was often seen in the men’s version. Nowadays you can find them in every style and color. They certainly aren’t cheap and offer little in the way of arch support but, gosh, aren't they lovely?
If it’s been a few years since you’ve paid any attention to Crocs, you may be surprised to learn that they’ve evolved from Keebler clogs to something unironically cute. The Kadee Flat has more in common with a ballet shoe, only it’s made of Croslite resin, which means it’s great for trips to the beach or splashing around at the pool.
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