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5 Comfortable and Packable Dress Shoes You Can Actually Walk In


Whether you’re traveling for a destination wedding or for work, some trips require packing fancy footwear. The problem: most dress shoes are painful to walk in for long periods, and take up way too much space in your suitcase. Fortunately, we’ve found five great pairs of shoes that will look and feel even better on your next trip.

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F. Major The Pump

Two views of the F. Major The Pump

What hurts more than the price tag on luxury heels? The pain after wearing them for more than an hour. A new female-founded shoe brand is hoping to change this, with the launch of F. Major. The brand offers just one simple style, a 3-inch pump that comes in black patent or napa leather.

However, the classic design hides a comfortable secret—a paper-thin, foam-infused insole that makes these stilettos walkable (without pain). 

Beckett Simonon Prieto Sneakers

Two views of the Beckett Simonon Prieto Sneakers
Beckett Simonon

A good pair of travel dress shoes should work for every occasion on your itinerary—from a meeting to sightseeing. Beckett Simonon takes the standard comfortable sneaker and dresses it up in a full-grain leather that will work with jeans or a casually cool suit.

The Prieto sneakers are made from soft and supple Italian leather that’s hand-cut and hand-finished for extra comfort. A Vachetta leather-lined interior regulates temperature and absorbs moisture, while sturdy rubber shoes provide support and shock absorption. 

M.Gemi The Esatto

Two views of the M.Gemi The Esatto

The lightweight and sleek Esatto heels from M. Gemi won’t take up a lot of space in your suitcase—and the timeless design will work with any outfit you pack. Handmade by experts in Italy, these pumps are designed for comfort (despite the 3.5” heel). 

The seamless construction prevents blisters, and the soft leather lining allows you to wear these with or without tights. 

Nisolo Lightweight Flex Derby

Two views of the Nisolo Lightweight Flex Derby

Three times lighter than the average shoe, folds down flat for packing, and has a fancy derby design—Nisolo’s Lightweight Flex Derby is pretty much the perfect men’s dress shoe for travel. 

Despite the travel-friendly design, the Derby still packs in plenty of comfort features, including cushioned insoles, a waterproof upper, and antimicrobial insoles and outsoles. 

Nato Pixie Wedge Sandal

Two views of the Nato Pixie Wedge Sandal

Nato’s Pixie Wedge Sandals are perfect for a beach or outdoor destination wedding. Available in a wide range of colors (including dressier silver and gold versions), these sandals can be taken out anywhere. 

The low wedge heels and secure ankle strap gives you a sturdy base for beach or sand settings, while the anatomic cork and latex footbed mold to your foot for extra comfort. 

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