How to Pack the Best Shoes for Any Trip
I always find packing to be the least fun part of going on vacation. I never know what to pack and always end up bringing too many things or forgetting the items that I really need for the trip. It gets better though, especially now that I travel more often.
Choosing the right shoes to bring on a trip is always the tricky bit, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. After making so many mistakes, I now have some basic rules I follow when it comes to packing the best shoes for my trips.
You definitely don’t want to make the same mistakes I made; forgetting your walking shoes and being forced to wear flats on a long urban adventure isn’t something you want to try. That is why we are going to take a look at the best tips I’ve learned from various sources over the years.
3 IS the Magic Number
Yes, packing three pairs of shoes will give you the best balance between convenience and comfort. I was as skeptical as you when I first learned about this tip, but I gave it a try and it worked brilliantly. If you are traveling for more than a couple of days, you want to have three pairs with you.
A pair of flats (or sandals) helps you stay comfortable when going to the beach or spending time in your hotel. A comfortable pair of walking shoes certainly makes exploring the destination city and visiting different attractions more fun. The extra pair is for the looks you want to pull off.
That extra pair can be flats, ankle boots, or even high heels depending on where you are going and the places you will visit. If you have a romantic evening planned for the trip, heels will work great with your little dress for sure.
Mix and Match
The 3-pair rule is even easier to follow when you know how to mix and match your shoes with different attires. The key here is bringing pairs that you can wear with different outfits easily. A stylish pair of Balenciaga sneakers, for instance, works well with different casual looks.
The Triple S in particular is very comfortable. You can find a pair of Triple S sneakers in SSENSE’s Balenciaga shoes for women catalog. SSENSE also offer other Balenciaga shoes, so you can even go one-branded on your next trip.
Speaking of SSENSE’s catalog, the online fashion retailer has great prices and deals. These special offers make shopping for the perfect shoes for your trips easier. Besides, who can resist the gorgeous Black Round Booths on a discount?
Mind the Destination
As mentioned before, you have to take the destination of the trip, the things you will try while on vacation, and the overall weather at the destination city into consideration when choosing which shoes to bring.
Traveling in the summer means bringing a pair of sandals or even flip flops for your summer look. In spring, ankle boots or the Balenciaga sneakers we talked about earlier are perfect for keeping you warm and comfortable while hopping from one museum to the next.
Avoid packing duplicates if you can. Instead of bringing two pairs of sneakers, find one that goes well with your outfits and pack an extra pair of a different style. You will have more flexibility during the trip; you can even deal with changes to your travel plan with ease when you have the right shoes.
Don’t Sacrifice Comfort
If there’s one occasion when comfort trumps style, it’s a vacation. The last thing you want is to bring three pairs of high heels to look fashionable throughout the trip, only to lose sleep over aching feet at the end of every day.
Comfort should be your priority, but that doesn’t mean you cannot look stylish too. High heels are now designed to be more comfortable. You can add insoles to your boots for better support. Sneakers and walking shoes are easier since they are designed to support your feet perfectly.
I usually go through reviews and recommendations before picking up a new pair for traveling. With more people traveling to destinations around the world, finding the recommended shoes for comfort is easier than ever.
Know How to Pack Your Shoes
One more thing you need to know about packing shoes for traveling is that how you pack them matters. Throwing them in your bag isn’t always the right way to go. Your shoes will take up more space than they should, plus they may get squished and ruined in transit.
Here’s a secret that I’ve been using for a while: fill the shoes with socks and undergarments. They will maintain the shape of the shoes inside your bag. Pick up a travel shoe case – which lets you pack two to three pairs of shoes – and pack the shoes first so it lays flat at the bottom of your bag.
That’s it! With these tips in mind, you will always have the perfect shoes no matter where you travel. If you want more travel tips – or if you have your own tips that you’d like to share – leave a reply down below!