A pair of black flats is always great to have in a suitcase. They’re stylish comfortable, and they take up minimal space in your luggage. My tip, stay away from heels as many destinations around the world have uneven streets, and you don’t want to break an ankle trying to look good.
Flats or loafers are a great option for a dress shoe that eats little room in your luggage unlike a pair of heels. With flats, you can find a pair of shoes that look stylish, allow you to blend in with stylish locals, and are comfortable enough to wear all day.
Most Comfortable Flats For Travel
Hush Puppies Chaste Ballett Flat
This is a super cute and comfortable flat. These flats are made with soft suede leather. I’ve tried out a lot of flats, but these were some of my favorites in terms of comfort.
They’re great as they pack down easy and can easily be held inside a purse or handbag. I find what makes these shoes stand out for comfort is the soft suede leather that stretches and some arch support in the footbed.
Cole Haan Tali Bow Ballet
Cole Haan’s ballet flats are small, comfortable, and easy to pack up, so they make for a fabulous comfortable flat for travel. What’s surprising about these flats are how comfy they are for such a simple shoe. They’re formal enough to that you could get away wearing them to a wedding, opera, or any formal event. With supple leather, they form to a wide variety of feet, ensuring comfort.
As a short person, I also appreciate the very subtle wedge heel. These are made with leather and provide a synthetic sole and are great for a night out on the town in a new city. These flats are excellent quality, have great sizing and beautiful shoes. I love the bow they make for super cute walking shoes!
Tory Burch Travel Flats
Tory Burch is well known for her line that is more affordable than most high-end fashion brands. The flats are comfortable and cute perfect for a driving shoe, comfortable travel day, or casual wear.
A wide toe box means that those with wide feet should give these a try as it can be difficult to find untroubled flats. These flats run true to size and only take a day or two to form to the foot.
I like the classic round toe with the Tory Burch symbol on the top. Heel beds are slip-resistant and split in half so they can fold. The fold allows for them to slip in luggage or a bag easily great for travel and last-minute occasions.
Massimo Matteo Penny Keeper
A good pair of loafers/moccasins are great for comfort and a more casual formal shoe. These affordable women’s loafers come in a plethora of color choices that I love. The leather is soft right out of the box and they take minimal time to break in so you’re safe to buy right before your next trip. You can wear them right out of the box without any socks or slips without risk of a blister.
The Massimo Matteo Penny Keepers are leather with leather lining and footbeds that are slightly cushioned. They are very comfortable, but if you’re the slight cushion is not quite good enough to stand in all day. They work better as a nice evening shoe or perhaps an easy travel day in which you’d like to look cute.
Finding a comfortable pair of flats can seem like a mission sometimes. I’ve always had a problem with flats since I have a bunion, but then I found these shoes. They’re super comfortable and I would feel comfortable in them for hours of standing. They’re great flats for women with plantar fasciitis due to their excellent arch support.
These have comfort in their name and they really are a great pair of stylish and comfortable flats. These flats are made with a firm leather on the exterior and a rounded toe. A removable footbed that is lined with fabric makes for a comfortable footbed that can also be combined with a custom insole for arch support.
On the sole is a tough rubber that makes them slip-resistant and quiet. Altogether, these may be the most comfortable flats for women on this list, with a lot of strong contenders.
Sam Edelman Loraine
The Loraine is a classic loafer that looks sharp, and the soft leather conforms well to your feet. They have a slight heel that I always appreciate in a dress shoe. With an excellent selection of colors, you can mix-match with several outfit choices and seasons.
I went with a half size smaller than I usually do, but everyone’s feet are different. What surprises me the most about these loafers is just how casual they can look since it’s a soft leather with lovely pastel colors and a wide range of fabric choices.
Vionic Minna Flat
These flats are super cute, and my favorite fashionable shoes in my travel wardrobe. What’s most important about these shoes and why their so great for travel is the tremendous amount of support they offer for your feet. They’re a beautiful looking shoe, and for the price, it’s tough to find anything similar. The only complaint I have is they’re a little narrow, so if you have a bunion or wide feet they might be a little tight.
They’re made from leather or suede and feature a bow that holds up well over time. With a firm back, they still slip on and off pretty easy, which is a helpful feature. I like the light colors, but they don’t hold up as well against dirt and grime.
Naturalizer’s Brittany flat is similar in style to the SoftWalks listed above. However, they’re about half the price. These flats are made with a firm leather on the exterior and a rounded toe. We want to note that these shoes tend to run a little narrow so those with wide feet should look elsewhere. On the sole is a tough rubber that makes them slip-resistant and quiet. The Brittany flat offers a medium amount of support.
UGG Lena Flat
These are a great casual flat this is super comfy for women to wear all day. They come with good arch support and soft lamb wool on the inside. A wide toe box accommodates almost all women’s feet and they slip on and off with ease. A thick sole on the bottom provides good support and traction so they feel like normal shoes.
Nine West Starship D’Orsay Flat
These super cute flats are made with a firm or suede leather on the exterior and a pointed toe. We want to note that these shoes tend to run a little narrow so those with wide feet should look elsewhere. On the sole is a tough rubber that makes them slip-resistant and quiet. They’re a stylish flat that offers a decent amount of comfort, but far from the best on this list.
Sketchers Cleo Flats
Sketchers may not be not for their style and these flats live up to that name. Cleos are still not a bad looking pair of flats and like many Sketchers shoe, they are extremely comfortable. A wide toe box and good arch support make them a tremendous flat for women who have wide feet. They slip on pretty easy and the small heel gives just enough support. Oh and the breathable fabric allows for them to keep you cool in the summer.
Lucky Brand Emmie
If you’re in the market for a comfortable pair of flats are affordable and can be stashed away in your purse than the Emmie is a winner. With supple leather, they form to a wide variety of feet, ensuring comfort. The wide elastic top band keeps the flats secure on your feet.
Steve Madden Feather Loafer Flat
These super cute flats from Steve Madden are made with a firm or suede leather on the exterior and a pointed toe. We want to note that these shoes tend to run a little narrow so those with wide feet should look elsewhere. On the sole is a tough rubber that makes them slip-resistant and quiet. They’re a stylish flat that offers a decent amount of comfort, but far from the best on this list.
Clarks Ayla Low
Clarks makes a decent looking flat for very casual occasions that is very comfortable with a large sole and great support. A wide toe box and good arch support make them a tremendous flat for women who have wide feet.
If you need a robust flat that you can walk around in every day than the Ayla low is a great choice. The stand out feature for me is the outer soles that offer a lot more protection and support than any other flat on this list. If you have events outside these would be a good call.
Women’s Insoles For Travel
If you have weak arches or problematic feet a pair of insoles can help make any pair of shoes work for you. I have a bunion and have found that in my athletic shoes insoles make all the difference for comfort.
Insoles may not work for all of these flats, but it’s possible with the right insole you can have a very comfortable flat. My recommendation is to try out a custom insole in sneakers and boots and see if they can slip into your flats.
Wiivv uses images of your feet to custom map your feet and then ship you specialty insoles to your home. We love our insoles and use them in our hiking boots as we cover a lot of miles in them. Of course, you can pull them out of shoes and swap them around as you need them.
This is a great affordable option for insoles if you have mild foot pain. I don’t know if I’d recommend them for someone with plantar fasciitis. They don’t operate like those cheap gel insets you find at the drug store but focus on distributing your weight across your feet properly. The result is better comfort, foot health, and even back health in the long run. The Superfeet Green is by far the most popular option. The only negative of Superfeet is. They may not be robust enough as they do not custom mold to your feet like Sole or Wiivv.v.
Soles are a cross between Superfeet and Wiivv as they are affordable and custom mold to your feet. Instead of a custom mapping, they are heat molded which you do at home. We’ve used their sandals, and they are some of the most comfortable sandals we’ve ever worn.
How to Travel With Your Shoes?
I always travel with shoes in a separate part of my luggage. I don’t want the dust and dirt from the street to get on my clothes. If I’m traveling with a suitcase, I will place my shoes in either a reusable bag or a packing cube and place them sole up at the bottom of my bag.
My travel shoes never go next to my best outfits, just in case they do happen to get dirt everywhere. See more of our packing hacks here.
If I am on an adventure, I will wrap my shoes in a reusable bag and place them at the bottom of the backpack or duffel bag. If they are travel flip-flops or rugged tennis shoes, I will either wrap them by their shoelaces on the outside of the bag or place them in the side holds. Just watch out for theft if you leave your suitcase unattended.
What Shoes Do I pack For Travel?
There are always at least three pairs of shoes in my bag, but sometimes more depending on where I am traveling and the season.
- Athletic Shoes: For working out, hiking, and walking around all day. That may be a pair of running shoes or a pair of hiking boots, but I always like to be prepared to get active. It all depends on the destination.
- Sandals: There is almost always a pair of sandals in my bag. For dirty showers, walking outside your room for just five minutes, or beach time sandals are key.
- Cute Black Flats or Loafers: This is key as I can always look appropriate for any last minute formal plans. Surprise event or romantic dinner? Not a problem!
What to look for in a pair of comfortable flats?
There are thousands of shoes, sandals, and boots out there that can cover the three points described below. But the very best travel shoes can accomplish that goal and more by presenting them in a stylish and attractive manner. The style is one of the most important things I look for while in a pair of women’s travel shoes. Style varies so much between the different flats, but my one tip is to look for versatility and opt for prints or colors that work with a multitude of outfits. You won’t be able to take a whole closet of shoes with you when you travel.
A sad reality of traveling is that you won’t have room to bring several different pairs of flats to fit every occasion. Whatever pair of shoes or boots you settle on, you’re bound to spend a lot of time in them and cover a fair number of miles. So, as you may have guessed, it’s absolutely crucial that those flats be comfortable and supportive! Pay special attention to the outsole and footbed material to gauge its comfort and durability.
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