24 Pairs of Shoes That'll Get You Through TSA Fashionably and Fuss-Free

Updated 05/09/19
Best Shoes for Travel
Bon Traveler

There are a lot of things to resent about going through the TSA line at the airport. Yes, taking liquids and laptops out of your bag is a pain, but the most stressful and unhygienic step is having to take off your shoes and walk around barefoot. But as solution-oriented people, we're not here to complain. To find out about the best shoes for travel days, we turned to chic celebrity stylist Caley Rinker.

Since you'll need to wear something comfortable but chic so that you can reach your destination in style, finding the best travel shoes is somewhat of an art form. Read through Rinker's expert advice below and shop the best shoes for travel days—whether you'll be traveling by plane, train, automobile, or all three.

Best Travel Shoes
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Sneakers

The holy grail of travel shoes is a pair of chic and comfortable sneakers. "I usually opt for a sneaker when traveling—especially for the plane—so you have socks on in case you have to take your shoes off. It's always a good idea to have for those last-minute adventures," says Rinker. "You really can't go wrong with a great sneaker. Pair them with jeans and a T-shirt or a cute day dress, and you're set to go out and explore all day," she says. Sneakers are so versatile that you don't even need to change when you get to your destination.

Veja Wata Canvas Sneakers
Veja Wata Canvas Sneakers $90
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Available in sizes 39 to 41. 

Acne Studios Manhattan Leather
Acne Studios Manhattan Leather $470
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Available in sizes 36 to 41. 

Adidas Originals NMD R2 Primeknit Sneakers
Adidas Originals NMD R2 Primeknit Sneakers $170
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Available in sizes 5 to 11. 

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star '70 High Top Sneaker
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star '70 High Top Sneaker $85
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Available in sizes 5 to 10. 

Flat Mules

Flat mules are easily some of the best shoes to add to your wardrobe, travel days or not. As Rinker explains, they're "very versatile and on trend," which is all you can ask of in a pair of shoes. They "go with everything, and you can easily go day to night with them," according to Rinker. Plus, they're comfortable and easy to slip in and out of while going through TSA.

St. Agni Paris Leather Slippers
St. Agni Paris Leather Slippers $210
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Available in sizes 36 to 42. 

Gucci Princetown Leather Horsebit Mule Slipper Flat
Gucci Princetown Leather Horsebit Mule Slipper Flat $695
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Available in sizes 5 to 10.

Jeffrey Campbell Atrata Woven Mule
Jeffrey Campbell Atrata Woven Mule $110
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Available in sizes 6 to 10. 

Mansur Gavriel Suede Slippers
Mansur Gavriel Suede Slippers $395
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Available in sizes 35 to 41. 

Sandal Slides

If you like the slip-on style of flat mules but are headed to a beach and need something with an open toe, then here's your pick. Slip-on sandals mean you'll be "sticking to something that's comfortable, easy, and breathable so you don't get blisters," says Rinker. However, she advises to "be sure to wear them a few times to break them in a little before a long travel day."

Rebecca Minkoff Kade Color-Block Suede Slide Sandals
Rebecca Minkoff Kade Color-Block Suede Slide Sandals $135
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Available in sizes 5 to 11.

Jil Sander Embellished Leather Sandals
Jil Sander Embellished Leather Sandals $485
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Available in sizes 35 to 40. 

Ganni Olive Suede Mules
Ganni Olive Suede Mules $235
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Available in sizes 36 to 41. 

Diane von Furstenberg Brittany Leather Sandals
Diane von Furstenberg Brittany Leather Sandals $200
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Available in sizes 5 to 11. 

Low Heels

"I refuse to wear a high heel when traveling! There is just no need and it seems silly and forced," Rinker tells us. However, shoes with a low block heel or kitten heel (that are also broken in and comfortable) can be acceptable for travel. "Since I find it hard to wear high heels these days, kitten heels are a great option when you feel like dressing up a little but still want to be comfortable," she says.

Yuul Yie Two-Tone Leather Slingback Pumps
Yuul Yie Two-Tone Leather Slingback Pumps $305
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Available in sizes 35 to 40. 

Maryam Nassir Zadeh Palo Knotted Leather Mules
Maryam Nassir Zadeh Palo Knotted Leather Mules $445
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Available in sizes 35 to 42.

Tibi Frank Kitten-Heel Metallic Leather Mule
Tibi Frank Kitten-Heel Metallic Leather Mule $475
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Available in sizes 5.5 to 10. 

Topshop Juniper Ball Heel Mule
Topshop Juniper Ball Heel Mule $110
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Available in sizes 5.5 to 9.5.

Ankle Boots

If you're traveling during the cooler months, chances are you'll want to wear some closed-toe shoes. Booties are a great option because they're easy to slip in and out of. You'll also free up some room in your suitcase by wearing these while traveling since boots tend to be bulkier and take up more space.

Stuart Weitzman Axiom
Stuart Weitzman Axiom $498
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Available in sizes 4 to 10.5. 

Acne Studios Jensen Booties
Acne Studios Jensen Booties $580
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Available in sizes 35 to 39. 

Dolce Vita Dee Leather Kitten Heel Booties
Dolce Vita Dee Leather Kitten Heel Booties $150
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Available in sizes 6 to 7.5.

Matisse Caty Western Pointy Toe Bootie
Matisse Caty Western Pointy Toe Bootie $199
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Available in sizes 6 to 10.

Classic Flats

Last but not least, consider wearing a pair of flats. When you don't want to wear slides but you want an easy and flexible option, flats will be your best friend. You can easily fold them up in your carry-on if you want to change into something more formal when you arrive, too.

Topshop Soft Ballerina Pumps
Topshop Soft Ballerina Pumps $48
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Available in sizes 4.5 to 11.5. 

The Ava Slingback Flat
Madewell The Ava Slingback Flat $98
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Available in sizes 5.5 to 10.

Loeffler Randall Eve Metallic Leather Slingback Flats
Loeffler Randall Eve Metallic Leather Slingback Flats $325
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Available in sizes 5 to 11. 

Lorelle Leather Ballet FlaVince Lorelle Leather Ballet Flatsts
Vince Lorelle Leather Ballet Flats $295
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Available in sizes 5 to 11. 

And now, plan the rest of your travel outfit with these editor-approved looks in mind. 

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