From the latest trends to updated classics, here’s the lowdown on the most comfortable fall shoes for travel.
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Nisolo Diego Low Top Sneaker
Nisolo’s Diego Low Top Sneaker is the dream fall shoe. Not only does it have a Vibram sole to keep you steady and a soft leather upper for ultimate comfort, but it’s also handmade under ethical standards. The versatile, clean, and unbranded style can be dressed up or down, so if you’re just packing one pair of shoes on your next fall trip, make it the Diego. For a similar women’s style, check out Nisolo’s Everyday Sneaker.
Most ballet flats aren’t made for walking, or if they are, they look bulky and orthopedic. Not so with Born’s Adour flat, which is beautifully designed out of a full-grain, buttery-soft leather. The slight heel, padded footbed, fabric lining, and high-traction outsole all combine into the ultimate comfortable fall walking shoe that looks just like a classic ballet flat.
Banana Republic Modern D’Orsay Flat
D’Orsay flats are a hot trend for fall, and the Banana Republic’s Modern D’Orsay Flat is the best version of the style. It comes in two trendy neutrals to match any outfit, and slips on and off easily. These will work with jeans or tights to take you all the way through fall and into winter.
Suavs Zilker shoes, available in men’s and women’s styles, are some of the most comfortable shoes for fall. These sneakers have a light knit upper for maximum airflow, plus a terrycloth insole—which is also washable. Suavs sneakers come in a variety of colors and collapse down for easy packing.
Cariuma The OCA
Sustainability, style, and comfort come together in The OCA, a classic canvas shoe made from organic cotton, recycled plastics, and ethically-collected natural rubber. The vegan foam insole provides all-day comfort and arch support. It comes in sixteen colors, including neutrals like sand and autumn tones like tangerine.
Allbirds Wool Loungers
Allbirds are another SmarterTravel favorite when it comes to comfortable travel shoes for fall, and the slip-on version of its famous merino-wool sneakers adds an extra level of convenience. The Wool Loungers, available in men’s and women’s styles, feature a wool upper, padded insoles, and a lightweight rubber sole. Like their sneaker counterpart, the wool insoles are moisture-wicking and removable for washing.
Oka-B Taylor Matte Ballet Flats
Be prepared for unexpected fall rain showers with Oka-B’s Taylor Matte Ballet Flats, a sturdy shoe which is also waterproof. This lightweight shoe is made from a BPA-free bio-based material, is machine washable, and comes in nine colors.
SODA Perforated Slip-On Sneakers
Refresh your wardrobe without spending all of your fall budget with these affordable slip-on sneakers by SODA. The easy slip-on design makes these great for travel days, especially ones involving airport security. Plus, the perforated top looks cool and will keep your feet from overheating.
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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2017. It has been updated to reflect the most current information. Caroline Morse Teel and Ashley Rossi contributed to this story.
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