Having to bend over in front of the whole security line and untie your shoes is awkward and time-consuming. On your next trip, swap your regular footwear for these travel-friendly slip-on shoes (some which are light enough that you can leave them on if you’ve got TSA Pre-Check).
Wear the world on your feet with Bucketfeet shoes. Each style is designed by a different artist from around the world, and is available in limited quantities, so you’ll be sure to stand out wherever you go. My favorite, which are perfect for travelers, are these world map slip-on shoes.
Your feet will feel good thanks to the removable insole, 100 percent cotton lining, and cushioning. And your conscience will feel good, too, since a portion of every sale is donated to a non-profit organization.
Feel bad about your shoe habit? You shouldn’t if you’re buying a pair of Rothy’s. The tops of these shoes are made in a cool 3-D knitting process using 100 percent recycled water bottles. (It may not sound comfortable, but actually these woven uppers are incredibly soft—and seamless—so you won’t have any blister-causing rough spots.) The insoles are made from recycled materials, too.
The knitted material makes Rothy’s slip-on shoes lightweight and easy to pack, and the sturdy and padded sole makes them stand out from cheaper flats.
Earthies Tolo Flats
If regular flats leave your toes hurting after an hour, give Earthies’ Tolo flats a shot. These suede and leather shoes are uniquely contoured to keep pressure off of your toes. A cushioned heel cup and anatomically designed arch support will keep your whole foot happy, no matter how long you’ll be on your feet.
Crocs Duet Busy Day Flats
Crocs’ Duet Busy Day Flats are some of the easiest shoes to slip on thanks to their little pull tab in the back and the stretchy neoprene uppers. You might not want to take them off, though, as the (removable) foam footbed will just be that comfortable.
Sketchers Braver Randon Loafer
Loafers are great for business travel and leisure trips where you want to look nice, but they’re not always the best for walking. The Sketchers Braver Randon Loafers give you the best of both worlds: They have the loafer look (and come in multiple colors) but have a memory foam sole to support you.
Vans Classic Slip-on Shoes
These unisex slip-on shoes from Vans are a classic. They’re basic enough to go with any outfit, and are easy to take on and off. Their outsole has a good tread to help you keep your footing. A pair of Vans should last you for a while, and they’re easy to wipe clean.
Crocs Sienna Flat
If you love how Crocs feel, but want to wear something more stylish than clogs when you travel, the Sienna Flats are a great choice. These slim and sleek shoes are lightweight but still have plenty of foam cushioning. The heel cutouts will give you some ventilation when it’s hot, so you won’t get too sweaty even on long walks.
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- Foldable and Collapsible Shoes Perfect for Your Carry-On
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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2016. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.