If you’ve got a huge airport to navigate and security checks to contend with, having the right shoes will start your travel experience on the right foot.
Airport security is stressful enough, especially when you’re running late to catch your flight. When every second counts, you don’t want to be donning the wrong kind of footwear that will only slow you down. While you might want to opt for a celebrity-airport style, certain shoes are just wrong for the occasion.
Here’s the lowdown on the type of shoes you should, and should not, wear at the airport to avoid potential run-ins with airport security staff. Btw, choosing comfort doesn’t mean you’ll have to sacrifice style.
DO: Low top sneakers, DON’T: Shoes with complicated laces
A wise choice to go for would be low top sneakers, as they are comfortable and practical. Besides, they are easy to slip off if airport staff require you to take your shoes off. Avoid chunky high-top sneakers or shoes with complicated shoelaces like combat boots — you don’t want your fellow travellers to shoot daggers at you as you struggle to untie them and pull them off your feet. Opt for sneakers made of breathable material, like canvas or perforated pieces, because they’ll promote air circulation and prevent the dreaded stinky feet syndrome.
White sneakers are our favourite because they easily go with every attire. Get one that has perforated detail like this pair — it makes things a bit more interesting.
These Superga shoes come with velcro fastening, which means it’s super easy to get them off during crunch time. Best of all? They’re really comfortable and come in a cute pink shade.
DO: Ballerina flats, DON’T: Anything above 3-inches
Flat shoes are always the safest bet when it comes to long-haul flights as they provide comfort and facilitate easier movement. Avoid wearing anything that comes with towering heels — they are impractical, your feet and ankles will eventually start to hurt, and in the case of an emergency evacuation, you’d have to leave your precious stilettos behind.
Don’t keep your footwear safe by choosing a pair of black flats. Go for a pair that’s more interesting, like this Zara piece that comes in monochromatic tweed.
A pair of suede ballerina pumps will bring comfort to your feet as they’re much softer than those that are made out of cowhide.
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DO: Flat mules, DON’T: Flats with exposed toes
Convenient and versatile, we might go so far to say that mules are the best footwear for the occasion. After all, they embody the best of both worlds: Cool style and practicality. Easily slip them on and off for a hassle-free security clearance. But make sure you opt for those that are closed-toed. In the close confines of an air plane, there’s a high possibility that someone might stumble and squash your toes.
Go for a pair that sports ruffle details. They add a touch of femininity to a generally tough-looking pair of loafers.
These backless loafers scream elegance.
DO: Boots with zippers, DON’T: Thigh- or knee-high boots
If you must wear boots on board because you wanted to save some space in your luggage, stick with a pair that is equipped with a low, thick heel and zippers for swift removal during security checks. Thigh- or knee-high boots are a no-no for obvious reasons — you’re going to look really silly as you struggle to pull them off. Not the cool fashionista you were going for.
Pair this with black jeans and an oversized pullover.
What should you get if you want to purchase something that encompasses comfort, style and current trends? This pair of Zara python booties.
(Also read: 8 Things You Should Not Wear on a Plane)