The Best Travel Shoes to Wear on Your Next Flight

ECP ​​ ​ Tuesday, 12 October 2021
Podiatric advice

With more countries opening their borders for quarantine-free travel with Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL), going overseas for the holidays doesn’t seem like such a far stretch anymore. However, getting back into the groove of travelling can be a bit of a hassle and may need some getting used to especially if you’ve been stuck in one place for the past two years.

Not only does your attire need to be versatile and airport-suitable, but your shoes also need to be comfortable enough to walk long distances between terminals, help you stay cosy on the flight, and be easy enough to slip on and off while going through security.

Here’s what you should look for in a good airport shoe:

  • Comfort
  • Good condition
  • Well-broken in
  • Easy to remove
  • Fitting
  • Lightweight

Here’s what you should avoid wearing to the airport:

  • High heels: These are unstable, uncomfortable, and can be inconvenient and dangerous to move around in if an emergency occurs.
  • Slippers: These offer little to no arch support and leave your toes at risk of injuries if a piece of heavy luggage falls on your feet. Depending on the weather of the place you’re travelling to and from, slippers provide insufficient warmth, and your feet may get cold.
  • A brand-new pair of shoes: Unworn shoes can be uncomfortable and cause blisters especially if they are made of synthetic materials.

These are some of our recommendations for the best types of shoes to wear on your next flight:

Sports shoes

This is one of the best shoe types that offer arch support while commuting in and around the airport or between terminals. In addition, sports shoes are perfect for sightseeing and do not have to be changed out of upon arrival at your destination, allowing you to begin your holiday as soon as you step off the plane.


Choose low-top sneaker styles without complicated laces or straps that you can slip on and off easily when going through security. Not only are sneakers stylish and easy to wear, but they are also cosy and comfortable if your feet get cold on the flight.

Clogs or ballet flats

These types of shoes are breathable, lightweight, and easy to slip on and off when going through security. However, even though these are the most convenient shoe types on this list, they don’t offer the most support when walking long distances. Do make sure to switch them out for another pair of shoes before you go exploring!

Travelling is stressful enough already when you need to ensure your rigorously planned schedule is adhered to, all your belongings are packed, and everyone is present and accounted for. Injured or blistered feet even before you begin your holiday can severely impact how much you see or enjoy on your trip. Don’t neglect your feet, choose the best travel shoes for your pre-vacation flight, and start your journey off on the right foot.

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