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When it comes to travel, comfort is pretty vital, especially with shoes. And this can become even more important when boarding an airplane. Whether you’re walking from gate to gate or up in the air, readers recommend the best airplane shoes for long haul flights!
Best Shoes for Airplane Travel
Written By: Michelle Nati
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Staying comfortable on long haul flights can be a concern for fliers who travel long distances, especially when it comes to footwear. Passengers are either in the air several hours or zipping from to gate in search of their connecting flight.
When in the air, some travelers can suffer from swollen feet and ankles or just want shoes that don’t feel restrictive when sitting for periods of time. We asked our readers what they consider the most comfortable shoes for a long airplane ride. Here’s what they recommended!
What Are the Most Comfortable Shoes for Airplane Travel?
Best Boots for Airplane Travel
Blondo Villa Boot
These waterproof, low, stacked boots come in supple leather or suede with a textured rubber sole. So many of our readers mention the Blondo Villa waterproof boot as one of their favorite comfortable shoes for a long airplane ride, and they’re practical and stylish, too. These boots fit the bill!
Check out our video review of the Blondo Villa Waterproof Boot!
Ugg Wilde Boot
Uggs are synonymous with comfort in any situation, so why should airline travel be any different? Our readers rave about the versatility of the Wilde boot and we can see why! They’re fashionable and pack a mean punch when it comes to durability.
Functionality aside, this boot has a sleek look that will beautifully complement the rest of your wardrobe. You can’t go wrong with this tried and true essential!
Watch this Travel Fashion Talk episode where the Editor-in-Chief reviews the Ugg Wilde boot!
Teva W De La Vina Dos Tall Boot
Are you traveling with tall boots that take up too much room in your suitcase? If so, look for a pair that is not only comfortable on long haul flights but also easy to get in and out of. The plush, all-leather Teva W De La Vina Dos tall boot hits all the marks when it comes to ease of wear and casual cool.
According to readers who count this boot as one of their favorites, your feet and ankles will have plenty of room to breathe no matter how you wear them on a plane, whether with thick socks or tucked into jeans.
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Teva De La Vina Dos Chelsea Boot
TFG readers tell us that Teva De La Vina Chelsea boots are the most comfortable boots they’ve worn in the air and on the ground. Their classic pull-on style is supple, lux leather and treat your feet well!
With a lining made from pigskin, they offer a soft feel against the skin and expand as your feet do in different climates, altitudes, and temperatures. For travel overall, readers say these shoes cannot be beaten.
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Merrell Moab 2 Waterproof Hiking Boot
The Merrell Moab is sturdy but surprisingly breathable. When considering what shoes to wear on an airplane, these comfortable boots—made with durable leathers, a supportive footbed, and Vibram traction—are a popular choice among TFG readers to wear during a long flight.
One reader says she wears her Moabs to make carrying her baggage easier. “These are definitely the heaviest shoes I’m taking and can’t easily replace if I check them and they get lost.” All the more reason to wear it!
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Best Sneakers for Airplane Travel
Skechers Go Walk
Whether you’re walking the concourse at JFK or flying the friendly skies, a good pair of comfy sneakers will get you where you want to go with little effort. Skechers Go Walk trainers are cute, cushioned, and easy to slip on and off during a flight.
One reader says, “I wear them, but take them off for the flight. I use those grip socks, and throw them away afterward.”
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Ecco Gillian Sneakers
Ecco Gillian sneakers are a favorite shoe of readers. These 100% leather slip-ons stretch, letting your feet breathe. They come in slick black, grey, or powder tones.
Wear with socks in colder temps or without when things get warmer. In one reader’s experience, there is no wrong way to wear them when flying. She says, “These are really comfy for me.”
Read the Ecco shoes review we compiled with love!
Roxy Bayshore Sneakers
Readers tell us they can wear Roxy Bayshore slip-ons all day, every day without any discomfort. This stylish footwear is perfect for withstanding days on your feet or hours on a flight. Plus, their design is absolutely adorable, available in multiple styles and colors. One reader says, “These sneakers just slip on and off. They’re very comfy!”
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Steve Madden Ecentrcq Sneaker
Admittedly, Steve Madden Ecentrcq sneakers do take a while to break-in, but when they do, readers say they’ll become one of your go-to choices for long haul footwear. Their quilted design gives them a casual elegance, while a cushioned inner sole makes them feel comfortable inflight.
A frequent traveler and TFG reader tells us she loves this simple shoe. “I wear these shoes because they’re something I can easily slip on and off for trips to the washroom.”
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PUMA Cali Sneakers
With jeans or with a casual dress, PUMAs are the perfect fit for your travel plans. These rubber-soled, leather sneakers feature a sharp, two-tone color palette and are an obvious winner when it comes to relaxing onboard.
One reader combatted in-flight foot swelling in a unique way while wearing hers. She says, “I just wore my PUMA sneakers with compression socks. I loosened the laces, eventually removing them, then put on some folding flats to go to the bathroom.”
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Best Flats for Airplane Travel
Yosi Samra Foldable Ballet Flats
Yosi Samra is known for its classic and timeless shoe styles. The partitioned leather and rubber outsole folds for easy tuck-away storage. Even though the soles are flexible, they’re still sturdy enough to keep you going during flight connections.
The Samara is considered by readers to be great flats for walking or wearing on long haul flights. One reader advises smart travelers to “wear tennis shoes and then change to these slippers on the plane!”
Get more insight on the Yosi Samra foldable ballet flats in our review!
How many foldable flats do you see in the style of Mary Janes? Readers say these cute Nufoot flats fit like a glove and highly recommend them.
Since these are mostly indoor slippers, they are perfect for air travel. They are made from neoprene with a four-way stretch to accommodate all foot shapes and sizes. One reader says, “These are great and washable. They come in lots of color choices!”
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Isotoner Ballerina Slipper
You don’t have to be a dancer to appreciate these cute Isotoner ballerina slippers. Their cotton-blend terry cushion provides breathability for a secure fit while relaxing 35,000 feet in the air. They wash well too.
One reader says they’re comfortable shoes to wear on an airplane for circulation. “I wear compression tights and a pair of ballet slippers on the plane.”
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Silky Toes Foldable Flats
A pair of shoes that are foldable but still cute are the Silky Toes flats which come in extremely handy when you want the comforts of being barefoot without having to place your feet on the floor of an airplane.
Many readers describe these as a “good” option for long haul flights. One says simply, “I travel with these.”
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Lucky Emmie Flats
Lucky Emmie Flats don’t offer arch support, but they do have a padded memory foam insole that provides a custom fit for light walking. They also take up little room in your carry-on.
One reader says they served her well on a trip to the UK. “The couple of times I flew overnight, I would wear my knee-high riding boots but also pack my Lucky flats in my under seat bag and switch to those when I got tired of wearing the boots.”
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Best Flip Flops for Airplane Travel
Teva Olowahu Flip-Flop
This flip flop by Teva gets top marks from our readers as wonderful for long haul flying. They’re lightweight, extremely long-lasting, and easy to toss in your bag to change your shoes when disembarking.
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You might be surprised to see that a brand like Crocs has shoes that…well, don’t look like “Crocs”. The Sexi Flip style has been around for some time but it continues to be a comfortable option and reader favorite.
One issue with Crocs sandals is that they don’t offer half sizes so it’s a bit more challenging to get the right fit. However, with so many positive reviews, it seems that most women don’t have this issue and enjoy wearing these on or off the plane!
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If you’re not a fan of a raised shoe, FitFlop also has a more traditional style with a thinner sole. Their iQushion style shown above has a jelly upper with a micro-bubble foam ergonomic footbed, making them comfy and cushoned for when you’re in the air.
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Ipanema Lenny Desire Flip-Flop
TFG Editor-in-Chief Alex has been obsessed with this brand for years and readers agree: Ipanema flip flops are amazing!
While you won’t get any arch support with Ipanemas, they’re comfortable for women who don’t have sensitive feet, plus they’re durable and stylish. The ankle strap helps them stay put when traversing over various terrains, which is why they work well for long flights.
Besides comfy flight shoes, Ipanemas can even be worn as regular sandals, especially if you choose one of their non-flip flop styles.
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Reef Cushion Luna Sandal
Similar to Teva, Reef flip flops have a flat sole with light support. However, what makes this one amazing for flying is the soft footbed. Plus, they have a wide array of styles including all of these. So comfy!
If you don’t need arch support and are looking for a cushioned footbed, try their ultra-thin flip flop instead. Both work well on flights or walking around the airport.
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Best Airplane Shoes Comparison Chart
|BRAND | MODEL||FEATURES | REVIEWS||RATING | PRICE|
|Best Boots for Airplane Travel|
|Blondo Villa Boot||These waterproof, low, stacked boots come in supple leather or suede with a textured rubber sole for enhanced traction.||Check Price|
|Ugg Wilde Waterproof Boot||They’re fashionable and pack a mean punch when it comes to warmth and durability.||Check Price|
|Teva W De La Vina Dos Tall Boot||According to readers who count this boot as one of their favorites, your feet and ankles will have plenty of room to breathe no matter how you wear them on a plane, whether with thick socks or tucked into jeans.||Check Price|
|Teva De La Vina Dos Chelsea Boot||With a lining made from pigskin, they offer a soft feel against the skin and expand as your feet do in different climates, altitudes, and temperatures.||Check Price|
|Merrell Moab 2 Waterproof Hiking Boot||“These are definitely the heaviest shoes I’m taking and can’t easily replace if I check them and they get lost.”||Check Price|
|Best Sneakers for Airplane Travel|
|Skechers Go Walk||“I wear them, but take them off for the flight. I use those grip socks, and throw them away afterward.”||Check Price|
|Ecco Gillian Slip On Sneakers||“These are really comfy for me.”||Check Price|
|Roxy Bayshore Slip-Ons||“These sneakers just slip on and off. They’re very comfy!”||Check Price|
|Steve Madden Ecentrcq Sneaker||“I wear these shoes with no laces because they’re something I can easily slip on and off for trips to the washroom.”||Check Price|
|PUMA Cali Sneakers||These rubber-soled, leather sneakers feature a sharp, two-tone color palette and are an obvious winner when it comes to destination relaxation.||Check Price|
|Best Flats for Airplane Travel|
|Yosi Samra Ballet Flats||The Samara are considered some of the best flats for walking or wearing on long haul flights.||Check Price|
|Nufoot Flats||“These are great and washable. They come in lots of color choices!”||Check Price|
|Isotoner Ballerina Slippers||“I wear compression tights and a pair of ballet slippers on the plane.”||Check Price|
|Silky Toes Foldable Flats||A pair of shoes that are foldable but still cute are the Silky Toes flats which come in extremely handy when you want the comforts of being barefoot without having to place your feet on the floor of an airplane.||Check Price|
|Lucky Emmie Flats||“The couple of times I flew overnight, I would wear my knee-high riding boots but also pack my Lucky flats in my under seat bag and switch to those when I got tired of wearing the boots.”||Check Price|
|Best Flip Flops for Airplane Travel|
|Teva Olowahu Flip-Flop||This flip flop by Teva gets top marks from our readers as wonderful for long haul flying.||Check Price|
|Crocs Sexi Flip Sandal||he Sexi Flip style has been around for some time but it continues to be a comfortable flip flop and reader favorite.||Check Price|
|iQushion Ergonomic Flip-Flop||Their iQushion style shown above has a jelly upper with a micro-bubble foam ergonomic footbed, making them super cute flip flops.||Check Price|
|Ipanema Lenny Desire Flip-Flop||The TFG Editor-in-Chief has been obsessed with this brand for years and readers agree: Ipanema flip flops are amazing!||` Check Price|
|Reef Cushion Luna Sandal||What makes this one amazing for flying is the soft footbed.||Check Price|
Ways to Change Into Plane Shoes According to Readers
After boarding your flight, if you wish to take off your shoes and really stretch out, you don’t have to go barefoot. TFG readers recommend being prepared, but keep practicality and comfort in mind.
One says she wears sneakers at first then slips into something more comfortable as soon as she can. “I put airline slippers on after we’ve reached cruising altitude.”
Other readers agree, with many bringing their own flip flops or slippers. One says, “I wear my heaviest shoes and bring washable slippers for my seat time.”
How to Pack Your Shoes
Maybe you want to pack your shoes after wearing them on the plane or choose to wear a different pair home, start by selecting a container such as a shoe bag or a packing cube, then pack according to your type of luggage. See more in the video below.
Watch this video to start learning how to organize with packing cubes!
Whether you have a front loading or top loading backpack, it’s crucial to put your shoes first, at the bottom. If you’re planning to pack shoes in a rolling carry-on, remember that it stands sideways, so it’s important to note how it functions when it is upright. Most often, your shoes will need to be packed close to the wheels, so that the luggage maintains its balance in transit.
What do you think are the best airplane shoes for long haul flights? Share and comment below!
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