From the latest trends to updated classics, here’s the lowdown on the most comfortable fall shoes for travel.
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 Elayna 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 suede leather. The slight heel, removable footbed, leather lining, and cushioned leather sock all combine into the ultimate comfortable fall walking shoe that looks just like a classic ballet flat.
Chinese Laundry Easy Does It D’Orsay Flat
D’Orsay flats are a hot trend this fall, and the Chinese Laundry’s Easy Does It is the best version of the style. It comes in a rainbow of colors 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.
Keds x Kate Spade New York Champion Satin Sneaker
Is there anything more fall fashion than a satin sneaker? This collaboration by Keds and Kate Spade has turned out the ultimate shoe for the fashion-conscious traveler. The Champion Satin Sneaker combines Keds’ signature comfortable flexible rubber outsole and cushioned insole with the fashion flair of Kate Spade, resulting in a sneaker that’s eye-catching and comfortable.
The Sockless Slip-On
Allbirds are another SmarterTravel favorite when it comes to comfortable travel shoes for fall, and the shoe brand recently launched a slip-on version of its famous merino-wool sneakers. 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.
Crocs Lina Ballet Flat
Be prepared for unexpected fall rain showers with Crocs’ Lina Ballet Flat, a sturdy shoe which is also waterproof. This lightweight shoe is just as comfortable as the original Crocs sandals, but in a style that’s slightly less divisive.
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.
What to Wear this Fall
Women’s Sweater Dress and Scarf Outfit with No Shoes
Women’s Fall Outfit with Red Jacket and No Shoes
Men’s Casual Travel Outfit for the Fall
Men’s Super Comfortable Fall Outfit
Women’s Casual Oversized Scarf Outfit to Wear in the Fall
Women’s Fall Dark Dress Outfit with Brown Bag
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- 8 Lightest Winter Shoes and Boots
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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.