With the thrill of summer travel, comes the anxiety associated with packing.
5 days, 1 carry-on and only 3 pairs of Shoes? It doesn’t seem possible… and given my penchant for overpacking - it almost isn't!
For years I've been trying my best to travel with only hand luggage. It saves so much time both checking in and exiting airports. It also means your valuables are never out of eye sight or arms reach.Lost luggage and overweight baggage fees are just some of the stressors that come with the jet-set life. Shoes are KEY to completing your look, but it can be so tricky narrowing down exactly what you'll need.
If you're anything like me [over 6' tall, and with feet that aren't sample size;)] shoes are probably one of the biggest and heaviest things you’ll be packing. In the interest of saving you valuable luggage space (for that third white dress shirt! ) I’ve compiled three essential shoes to get you through your next summer city break. I'm calling it the Travel Trifecta. But you can call it the Holy Grail ... you're welcome!
The first is the luxe low-top trainer. I've been waxing poetic about designer trainers (hello Lanvin!) forever. But I'll continue to do so until patent cap toe trainers are the new "black dress shoes".
Comfortable enough to pair with your favourite trackies for your next layover, but cool enough to make the switch to denim shorts once you’ve reached your destination. Look for styles in neutral colours, with elevated details like mesh and contrast panels in leather and suede. On my last trip I wore these Nike trainers throughout and you'd be surprised how dramatically the look changes when worn sockless or with black ankle socks. Check out Mr. Porter's edit of trainers here for your next trip ...
Perfect for scoping out new sights in the day and al fresco dinners at sunset. The derby style is equally at home with broken-in denim or tailored suiting. Another interesting fact is that despite their formal look they were originally designed for the country.
Gripped rubber soles make them ideal for traversing new terrain, and polished uppers make them a sophisticated option for evening. Just don’t forget shoe polish - should you find yourself offroad in the day! I love the contrasting sole on these contemporary brogues from Grenson as well the mix of trainer detailing and classic brogues as seen at Dries Van Noten. Check out Mr. Porter's full range of brogues here ...
The Leather Sandal
-Sometimes our feet need a vacation of their own. Free your toes from the city’s confines (socks!) by slipping into a leather sandal. Vacation's are probably the only time I find acceptable to show a little toe - even in summer. Wear these to the beach or when the evening’s dress code is a little less formal. From sleek and minimal at Marni to sturdy and a little louder from off-the moment brand Gucci, there's a sandal to suit your style! Shop Mr. P's edit of Leather sandals with sturdy soles here …
Product Shots via Mr. Porter , Streetstyle photos via Jennifer Lafer