What shoes do you bring when you travel? I used to get stumped, but over the past few years, I’ve thankfully come across five options that work really well.


For walking around big cities, like Paris, tan ballet flats are chic, comfy and won’t make you look like a tourist.

For swimming at the beach, red and white striped espadrilles are fresh and pretty (and more grown-up than rubber flip flops).

For canoeing, camping and drinking beers with friends, Bensimon sneakers are adorably tomboyish.

For exploring rainy towns and eating your weight in fish and chips, Hunter Boots are the obvious classic. Your jeans will stay clean, and you’ll look lanky and beautiful. Even the Queen wears them! These short boots are cute, too, and might be easier to pack.

For road trips with your crush, Minnetonka moccasins are my favorite. They’re effortlessly cool and sturdy enough for whatever the day brings—plus, you feel like you’re wearing bedroom slippers.

Which of these five shoes would you wear? What are your go-to travel shoes?

(Top photo by Real Simple, beer girls photo by Brian Ferry)