4 Great Stylish Sneakers for Travel
Sneakers are back, in a serious way. For the last few fashion seasons, flats have been taking over from heels as being the footwear of choice of trendsetters. In particular sneakers. You know something is hot when they not only show up on the feet of fashion folks outside runway shows, but actually in those runway shows themselves. And couture at that! Everyone from Valentino to Louboutin are rockin’ runners.
So what does this mean for us travellers? We can be both fashion-forward and comfortable! Tired, aching feet rejoice!
When it comes to packing these shoes for your next trip, you really can’t lose so here are some of my favourites at prices that won’t break the bank.
Adidas Stan Smith
For the last year, the retro Adidas Stan Smith has been seen on the feet of almost every style star on the internet. Apparently, close to 1 in 5 people at Paris Fashion Week this past fall could be seen with a pair of Stan Smiths on their feet. You can wear these with shorts, jeans, or even dress them up with skirts and blazers. Their back to basics style is perfect for classy Paris or party Thailand. I love the versatility and how they polish up a casual outfit and tone down a dressy one.
This past weekend Nike relaunched their classic Cortez sneaker in the white, red, and blue colourway. A more muted black and white version will also be available. The retro look isn’t going away and you’re going to see a lot of 70s fashion in stores before too long so why not hit the ground running in a pair of Cortez? I believe they’re going to give Stan Smiths a run for their money. The navy/white version has already been showing up on the feet of fashionistas.
These slip-on style of sneakers have been popular for a few seasons now and you can get them at pretty much any price point from almost any brand, but they will always be Vans to me. This simple shoe is like a sportier version of a ballet flat and can give any outfit a new edge.
It really doesn’t get any more classic than a pair of white Converse All-Stars. They’re worn everywhere and by people of all ages and incomes levels. They’re sturdy, washable, and look great with almost anything. They were my sneaker of choice for my recent trip to Europe and didn’t let me down. These, combined with a pair of black flats and a pair of sandals had me covered for any occasion.
For travellers, the rise of the comfortable shoe – flats, Birkenstocks, sneakers – means we don’t have to sacrifice style whether we’re volcano boarding in Nicaragua, temple hopping in Cambodia, or strolling the Champs-Elysees in Paris.