Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a first-timer, sometimes the question of wardrobe can be a daunting one when packing for a trip. There is only so much space available in a suitcase, and there’s no way to know for sure exactly how to prepare for every single contingency because sometimes life just happens.
That being said, there are things you can do to help cover your bases without taking up too much space in your luggage. Shoes are definitely an important accessory but they can also take up a significant amount of space, so it helps to plan wisely. There is a shoe for every occasion but some shoes can overlap to suit multiple needs.
Comfort is the first thing to consider. Picture all the times you will spend getting where you need to go, then imagine how you want your feet to feel. With all other shoes, you will need to consider how they fit into your wardrobe, but you most likely will be wearing your travel shoes whenever you carry luggage so this isn’t much of a concern.
Plan ahead of time what you’ll be wearing for each and every special event you’ll attend. If you can find one pair of shoes to match every fancy outfit, then aim for that. Nude or black heels will go with most outfits, for example, whereas red won’t work for everything. You should also make sure to pack them carefully so no weight is resting on the heels during travel. You can also save space by filling your shoes with socks or other small items of clothing. This also maintains the integrity of the shape of the shoe, killing two birds with one stone.
If you find yourself in a situation that requires bare feet, but you want to stay protected, flip-flops are an invaluable accessory. They don’t take up much space and they’re cheap and easy to find.
If you are a serious outdoorswoman and you plan on going on an adventure, by all means, pack your hiking boots. Just be prepared to dedicate space in your luggage as well as remember to wrap them in a plastic bag. You will be thankful later when repacking, post-hike. The same rule applies to sneakers and any other shoe you think might get dirty along the way, which could potentially be all of them.