Shoes can make or break a trip.
They need to be comfortable so you can keep going all day, they need to pack easily and, of course, they need to look good.
Here are the best flats for travel. They may be the most appreciated gift you’ve ever given.
Affectionately called “shocks” because these shoes are as soft and light as socks, the LS is Arcopedico’s best seller. The knit material molds and move with your feet, and the twin-arch support provides all day comfort. They’re machine washable, smush into a carry-on and come in more than two dozen colors. You’ll want them all. Price: $105
If you can only bring one pair of shoes to cover both casual and dressy events, this is it. Made from recycled plastic water bottles, Rothy’s are comfortable, machine washable and take up practically no room in your bag. The Point is so simple and elegant, it works just as well with a dress as it does with jeans. Price: From $145
These form-fitting slides make getting through TSA a breeze and are perfect for slipping off and on while flying. The open, cane-style weaving is pretty in a variety of neutrals and pastels, and is light and airy for warm weather adventures. Price: $90
Like wrapping your feet in a blanket, these suede slipper-style boots are great for making you feel as though you’re still on your comfy couch while you’re running around outdoors. The rag wool exterior and cozy pile lining are all about pure indulgence while the durable, heavily-treaded sole does the work. Price: $59.95
These old-school sneakers are made following new-school ethics, and they’re destined to become classics. Handcrafted in Rio from fair-trade cotton, these Brazilian beauties are the new hot sneaker, thanks to painstaking attention to detail and super comfort. These are the kind of shoes you throw on every day and forget about until someone stops to compliment you on them. Price: $79
This simple yet elegant little leather flat is handmade, eco-friendly and perfect for travel. It can be dressed up or down, and comes in three neutral shades to go with anything. Plus, its minimalist silhouette belies its maximum comfort. Price: $89
This Hawaiian-inspired brand is all about living aloha, and this pretty in pink sneaker – named after a country town on Oahu often called the “Gateway to North Shore – will have you craving a hammock and some palm trees. It’s so versatile, you can lace up to look stylish in the city, then step on the Drop-In Heel for beach vibes – speaking of which, a portion of proceeds directly supports the Ama OluKai Foundation. Price: $100
Espadrilles are a warm weather staple, and these are the ones to get. Handcrafted in Barcelona, these authentic flats are made with soft cotton canvas and 100% natural jute, an eco-friendly material that breathes to keep your feet feeling fresh and looking great. They’re also lined with leather, and available in half a dozen colors. Price: $77.99
Everyone already knows how comfortable Allbirds are but did you know they make a shoe that laughs at the rain, as well? The Mizzle (short for misty drizzle) has all of the beloved brand’s signature features with the addition of their weather-repellent Puddle Guard™ to keep your feet dry and natural rubber treads for traction on slippery surfaces. As if you needed more reasons to love Allbirds. Price: $135
These unique slipper socks have a soft and durable rubber sole, making them slip-free multi-taskers. Warm and soft, they’re ideal for overnight flights so you can go to the restroom without worrying about getting the bottom of your socks wet. Or you can run down to the lobby of your hotel to pick up a snack while keeping your feet protected. Honestly, you can just wear them all day. Price: $29.95