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Traveling light may be the most convenient and practical way to go, but traveling or not, don't we all always want to put our best foot forward - literally? I think so!
The real question is, can we travel light and still look great? Of course! It’s all about selecting the right pieces to make the travel cut and, more precisely, about investing in the right pieces in the first place.
The first thing that comes to mind when traveling is comfort footwear. Athletic shoes, ballet flats and flip flops may be the first options that pop to mind. But let’s see why it’s okay or even preferable to ditch these options.
By definition, athletic shoes or sneakers are made for specific physical activities in mind. Running shoes with their additional sole support are made for strong ground impact, tennis shoes are made with flexibility in mind, and high tops for additional stability intended for basketball players. While on holiday, a good pair of workout or running shoes might make sense to have on hand for those who don’t intend to ditch a daily workout. But a great workout is always possible without the athletic shoes in activities such as Pilates and yoga. And even in more gym-style workouts, working out barefoot is actually recommended especially in activities such as strength training, jump-roping and Tabatha for example. Being barefoot forces the muscles and joints to work more, helping you to gain foot strength and improve your posture and balance. So, can we ditch the athletic shoes and make space for something better in our suitcase? Surely!
Let’s move on to the ballet flat, a shoe adopted from traditional lace-up ballet dancing shoes. These are a classic option in many shoe closets with variations such as the Mary Jane that include a strap across the top vamp (the top part of the shoe). They are simple, go well in moving from day to night, flat - so should be comfortable, and may seem like a good option to include in your traveling shoe selection. But in reality, they provide little support and have no arch system to absorb the pressure on the feet while walking which can lead to knee, hip and even back problems. So, are we are leaning towards ditching the ballet flat as well? I think so!
And flip flops, who wouldn’t pack a pair of flip flops while planning for a wonderful summer vacation? By the pool or for casual daily wear, what may seem like practical Y-shaped strap slippers, usually made of plastic or rubber, are actually just as bad for your feet as ballet flats. They lack the arch system and support needed for your feet and limit your feet from functioning optimally. Wearing flip-flops to go from the pool to your sun-bed or around the spa might be fine, but that’s about it!
So, what kind of shoes are the best shoes for travel?
Here are some options:
Now that you know what kind of shoes are best for travel, enjoy your trips while looking shoe-fabulous in a selection from the Rana Cheikha and Wander Collections. And always remember to use our guides that include Travel the World with Your Best Shoes and How to Keep Your Shoes Shinning to make sure they’re always looking great!
Signing-off: The Shoe Advisor
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Well, in a nutshell, shoes are an incredible product. They have history and function, they are a product of design with a need of technical know-how in construction and form. They art an art and a nod to objects of artisanal creation. Stereotypes may place women as being obsessive over shoes, but in reality, this obsession is just as present in men as it is in women. It has become quite obvious that men too can be just as passionate and enthusiastic about them.
You don’t need to have a plethora of clothes in your closet to feel like you have enough to create a wide range of outfits. A good selection of staple pieces can give you enough styling versatility and remain relevant over time. Shoes are a great accessory that you can use alongside a few classic clothing options to take you through the seasons in a stylish breeze. Although I would usually advocate to wear what you want to and feel good in at all times, there are a few Do’s and Don’ts that are quite helpful to consider while picking out shoes for your outfits. These can help make decisions faster and, to some extent, less painful too!