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Are you headed to South America or Europe and wondering how to explore in comfort and style while packing carry-on only? Figuring out which tops and bottoms to bring is hard enough, but then you start thinking about shoes.
Shoes! Shoes are the fun cherry on top (at the bottom?) of an outfit, and this shouldn’t change just because you’re globetrotting.
THE CASUAL SNEAKER
Find out why fashion sneakers for women make cute comfortable shoes for travel!
Travel Fashion Sneakers for Women
Written by: Claire Gros
The great minds of the fashion industry have come together and gifted us with comfortable fashion sneakers that are actually adorable.
These are a great fit for so many occasions: walking around an urban city, visiting a winery in a summer dress, climbing to the top of a cathedral, taking a promenade on dirt paths…you get the idea!
Here are 5 reasons why you should never pack for a trip without them:
They look good with literally any outfit
Casual fashion sneakers like these are sleek enough to wear with a dress without destroying its elegance. It’s a perfect complement to a boyfriend jean, and looks great slipped on over tights and a skirt.
No matter where your travels lead you, sneakers for women are your best fashion accessory.
They come in a multitude of styles to fit your look
Are you more of a girly girl? A tomboy? Do you like bright pops of color? Or more-so neutral tones?
There is a plethora of brands and styles out there for your sneaker to feel like it was made just for you. We love versatile snake prints!
They are mixed weather friendly
No matter if you’re travel to cold or warm climates, casual fashion sneakers will do you justice. You can heat up your sneakers with a thicker sock to keep your feet snuggled under the warmth of your pants.
Or if you’re headed to a sunny tropical climate, you can opt for discrete sneaker socks that are just thin enough to keep your foot from rubbing against the shoe while remaining breezy.
They are easy to clean
So you wore your sneakers through the park and they got a little dirty? No problem. Use a soft cloth to wipe away any surface dirt, gently rub them with warm water and soap, rinse, and voila! Throw them in a sunny spot while you do your other can-never-be-as-great-as-your- sneaker shoes and they’ll dry in no time.
If you are reading this far enough in advance, you can even take preventative measures to keep your fashion sneakers looking fly. Before your trip, treat them with a stain and water repellent to protect them from the adventures ahead.
They will not take up half of your carry-on
Although it’s likely you’ll want to have these cute and comfortable fashion sneakers on your feet 24/7… in the rare case that you want to pack them into your luggage, they will take up almost no space.
Smush them one on top of the other so the heels are touching to ensure a tight squeeze while protecting the rest of your clothes from street dirt. You can also use shoe bags like these to keep your belongings clean.
When Comfort Meets Style: 11 Travel Fashion Sneakers For Women
It’s no surprise that sneakers are thought of as more of a functional item when it comes to travel, worn more often for comfort and walking purposes rather than for making any sort of fashion statement.
But luckily for style conscious travelers, there are a number of sneakers out there that won’t make one sacrifice a fashionable outfit for a pair of happy feet (something that we here at Travel Fashion Girl are definitely all about!)
Appearance aside, sneakers also tend to be packable and work well while walking around most popular destinations – especially Europe! The key to wearing sneakers (of any type) for sightseeing is to choose clothing that’s polished as opposed to running shorts or patterned leggings that belong in a gym.
Listed below is our list of eleven fashion sneakers sure to keep you stylish all throughout your travels this season – perfect for the light and fashionable packer!
This California classic is an easy staple for your next getaway. With a padded collar and hassle-free, slip-on design, these Vans sneakers are perfect for travel and versatile enough to be thrown into a wide array of casual outfits.
One easy look? Pair with fitted boyfriend jeans and a crisp v-neck for a simple yet put together daytime ensemble.
The Shoreline Slip by Converse gives you the appearance of the classic sneaker while providing the comfort and ease of a slip-on shoe. Our readers also love them, finding the Shoreline to be both lightweight and packable!
Pair with a casual sundress the next time you find yourself out exploring a new city or want to have an easygoing, feminine getup.
Alternatively, the classic Chuck Taylor in leather is timeless and weatherproof!
The simple yet classic silhouette of the Superga sneaker makes it a versatile option for female travelers. With it may not be ideal for more rigorous, all-day walking, it’s a stylish choice for casual day wear out and about.
The Cotu canvas trainer comes in a wide variety of shades and prints – even a cute snakeskin option – love it! That’s one of the great things about sneakers in general. With a wide variety of prints and colors to choose from, it’s easy to find the pair that matches your personality and style the best. The options are endless.
For this specific style, we recommend pairing it with a simple, solid-toned shirtdress so that the bold print of the shoes can really pop out. We love this piece from Express!
It’s hard to go wrong with a classic pair of Adidas. These name brand sneakers are ultra versatile and will add a stylish hint of athleisure to any look they’re paired with.
For updated city style, pair with a structured coat in the cold weather or ankle jeans when it’s warm.
Not only is Geox popular amongst Europeans, but it’s also adored by our readers as well! These sneakers are light, comfortable enough for daily use and could even be worn on casual hikes.
Pair with cropped black skinny jeans, a leather bomber and a white t-shirt for a daytime Euro-chic vibe.
The classic appearance of the 06/67 Monterey Standard fashion sneaker makes it a fantastic staple for casual wear, working well with garments such as jeans, shorts and sun dresses. Pair with cropped black jeans and a striped black & white shirt to make the red shade of these sneakers pop.
Our readers find that they’re more suited for a relaxed day walking around town as opposed to lengthy excursions.
These sporty chic sneakers are stylish enough to work in both active and casual outfits alike, meaning more luggage space if you’re planning on doing some light hiking or exercise during your travels. The Mexico 66 fashion sneaker by Onitsuka is lightweight, easy to pack and great for plenty of sightseeing!
For a casual day look, pair with denim shorts, a loose knit sweater tucked in and some cute sunglasses. For a look that can take you straight from the hotel gym to lunch, pair with black leggings, a stylish active top that’s longer in the back (we love this piece from Zella) and a lightweight leather jacket to layer with.
Similar to the Vans slip-on, the Superga Cotu fashion sneaker is a classic and hassle-free option to flaunt this season. These are once again more suited for casual walks out and about rather than all-day sightseeing, so make sure to keep their usage on the relaxed side.
For an ultra feminine daytime look, pair with a pretty chiffon midi skirt and a breezy knit tank tucked in. For something a bit more casual, wear with a denim mini skirt, a solid toned t-shirt and a crossbody purse.
And if you’re looking to add some extra comfort to these shoes, gel insoles and no-show socks can be a huge help!
A pair of Keds is a perfect staple for daily casual wear, with a breathable canvas upper and a classic silhouette that’ll always stay in style.
Pair with some ankle jeans, a loose t-shirt and a navy green utility jacket for a stylishly undone appearance on your travels.
The Sky Tie lace-up flat is a lightweight fashion sneaker that’s both comfortable and durable. A breathable lining keeps the shoe cool and ventilated while stylish lace-ups and a sleek silhouette makes them an easy, versatile option for the style conscious traveler.
We could see these going perfectly with a casual jersey dress and a cute crossbody bag! If you wear them with jeans, make sure they’re hemmed to fit to avoid a slouchy appearance.
These shoes from reader-approved brand TOMS bring together the classic look of its traditional slip on style with the functional elements of a sneaker. The final result is stylish, comfortable and lightweight – elements that make this shoe very travel friendly!
The Del Rey casual sneaker is available in a wide variety of colors and prints, with one of our favorites being this bright orange and multi stripe shade.
Pair with chambray ankle pants, a casual white blouse and a cognac crossbody purse for your next sunny outing in style.
Travel Outfit Ideas
If you need arch support, these travel shoes may not work for you. However, if your feet are comfortable wearing flat shoes, they are the perfect shoe option for travel!
What are your favorite fashion sneakers for women? Share in the comments!
For cute comfortable shoes for travel, please read:
- Stylish Women’s Espadrilles for Summer Travel
- What Travel Shoes should I pack for a Round-the-World Trip?
- 10 Cute and Comfortable Ballets Flats for Travel
- 20 Comfortable and Cute Walking Shoes for Travel
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Author Bio: After three exciting years in New York, Claire Gros left the big city in pursuit of the alluring unfamiliar. She now finds inspiration in the traveling summer solstice and the affordable flights that keep the sun in her sky. Follow her journey on instagram: clurrgros.