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The 7 Most Packable Shoes for Travel

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Incredibly comfortable, lightweight, and ultra-packable—3D knitted shoes are the newest must-have for travel. In addition to comfort, these shoes are sustainable, machine-washable, and straight-up stylish. Here are our favorite pairs to pack for your next trip.

Rothy’s The Point

Rothy’s The Point flats are our go-to wear on the plane shoe. The point silhouette gives jeans (or let’s be honest, stretchy plane pants) a touch of sophistication, and also work for dressed-up dinners at our destination. Made from a recycled water bottle thread, these 3D knitted flats have just the right amount of stress to deal with swollen feet from flying.

Post-trip, Rothy’s can be simply tossed in the washing machine to come out looking clean and new. The Points come in a beautiful array of colors in prints, including our favorite neutral blush pink, a fresh new deep teal, or a rose and purple double stitch

Cole Haan 2.Zerogrand Stitchlite Oxford

Cole Haan’s 2.Zerogrand Stitchlite Oxford have a stylish Oxford wingtip design with brogue details that make them look dressier than your standard sneaker. Don’t be fooled by the design though, as these knit shoes are built atop a traditional sneaker sole that offers plenty of arch support and traction. 

Weighing around 6 ounces per shoe, the Stitchlite Oxfords fold down to be nearly flat, and will fit into even the smallest carry-on.

SKECHERS Ultra Flex Harmonious

With a slip-on design and a sporty vibe, SKECHERS’ Ultra Flex Harmonious are perfect for power-walking through the airport when trying to catch your flight. The stretchy knit mesh upper is designed to be worn without socks (one less thing to pack), and combined with an air-cooled memory foam, keeps your feet from getting sweaty.

Nike Low-Top Sneakers

Pack Nike’s Low-Top Sneakers for running and confidently wear them sightseeing too. The low-top design and wide range of cool colors mean the sneakers won’t look out of place with a nicer outfit, while the traction and support make these great for workouts. 

The top is constructed from a soft, breathable circular knit that makes these shoes easy to slip on or off. 

Hoka Clifton 5 Knit Road Running Shoes

Looking for an incredibly lightweight (but still cushioned) running shoe? Look no further than the Hoka One One Clifton 5 Knit Road Running Shoes. The all-knit upper is supportive, yet flexible, and molds to your foot for a custom fit.

The sole features foam to cushion your feet from road runs and other hard surfaces and helps to prevent foot fatigue even after a long day.

Adidas Stan Smith Primeknit

Adidas’ Stan Smiths are a classic style statement that will blend in anywhere you go. For a comfortable spin on the look, the Stan Smith Primeknits are a breathable and flexible update to the traditional leather construction.

Choose from a sleek solid color, or keep it as close to the original Stan Smith look with the white design and a pop of color on the heel.

Rothy’s The Lace Up 

For a stylish spin on the traditional sneaker, check out Rothy’s The Lace Up. These sustainable shoes have a knitted upper made from Rothy’s eco-friendly recycled yarn, as well as a footbed made from plant-based materials. A padded ankle collar helps cushion the back of your foot and prevent blisters (no break-in period is required for these shoes). 

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