We Solved a Major Travel Dilemma: 7 Pairs of Shoes That Are Cute AND Comfy

Shoes have a way of filling up your suitcase when you travel. After all, you need to plan for a nice night out, walking around for a full day of sightseeing and even for adventure excursions. But, don’t worry — you can still pack light and keep the area south of your ankles comfortable and fashionable (for all of those photo opps, of course). Before your next trip, pick up one of these pairs of multitasking shoes that work whether you’re admiring art at the Louvre by day or sipping champagne at a chic Parisian bistro by night.

J.Crew Cece Metallic Ballet Flats 

Check out J.Crew for a packable ballet shoe that is different from any other flat you’ve tried. The lightweight Cece Metallic Ballet Flats (pictured above) are cushioned and have dense-rubber traction on the bottom — ideal for miles of comfortable walking and sightseeing. The shiny and stunning material makes this shoe stand out and the silver or platinum colors match numerous outfits. Plus, if you’re worried about bunched up toe cleavage that other ballet flats can produce, then the Cece is your winner. J.Crew, $135

Frye Harness 8R

This is a go-to boot for good reason. The Harness 8R is super comfortable, can withstand a full day of walking and it looks great with a variety of outfits — skinny jeans, leggings and even dresses and skirts. This high-quality made-in-the-USA boot looks better with age and the low heel will give you some height without compromising your comfort. Frye, $270


Teva Omnium

If your vacation includes a lot of adventure sports, or time around water, check out Teva’s Omnium in slate. This shoe provides great ankle support and traction for hiking, it’s durable and comfortable for boating, and perfect for the beach because its fast-drying material can go in and out of water. Teva, $85


Anthropologie All Black Couture Kitten Heels

Anthropologie has a chic and conservative low-heel shoe that fits easily in your suitcase. The All Black Couture Kitten Heels are sweet and simple — perfect for pairing with a range of outfits. Wear these heels with jeans or black leggings for a casual look, and then slip into to a knee-length dress for dinner. Anthropologie, $145


Frye Marlene Twisted Sandal

For a comfy, flat and wickedly cool shoe that allows your manicured toes to peek out set your sights on the Marlene Twisted Sandal, which comes in black, camel or dark brown. Expertly designed with hand-burnished braided leather straps, this shoe works with many outfits and fits easily in your suitcase. Frye, $328


Sundance Tuck N Roll Flats

Robert Redford’s (yes, the actor) website, appropriately named Sundance, has several really great shoes that are perfect for travel. The Tuck N Roll Flats, which come in six different colors (red is our fave), are made out of soft sheepskin leather and they are easy to slide in a suitcase. Wear this red shoe for a pop of color with a floral dress or a crisp, white button-down and jeans. Sundance, $115


Christian Louboutin Tribuli Espadrille Red Sole Wedge Sandal

This wedge with a ribbon that can be wrapped around your ankle will give you height and lengthen your legs, while providing stability and panache at the same time. You’ll be able to stroll through an art museum or brunch alfresco with the locals wearing this versatile shoe that matches everything. Wear the wedge with shorts, dresses, skirts or jeans and feel confident that you’re stepping out with smart bravura. Neiman Marcus, $795


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