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When preparing for a trip, no matter the destination or length, selecting the perfect shoe is a daunting task. Packing uncomfortable or inappropriate footwear can really put a damper on your travels. Here are a few ideas to help you select the most versatile shoes for travel to mix and match with virtually every outfit.


Versatile Shoes For Travel


As you start to narrow down your extensive shoe collection or online shopping cart into feasible options, it’s always important to take into consideration factors like activities, your destination, and the location’s weather. However, what many travelers fail to consider is color choice.

When faced with countless color options, you may automatically default to typical black or brown. While functionally these shoes get the job done, you may be missing out on a great opportunity to select one of the most versatile shoes for travel that would work with anything you pack.


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Animal Print

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 Leopard Slip-on Sneakers / Snakeskin Sandals


Since I prefer to travel with solid clothing, adding colorful or pattered accessories and shoes helps to infuse some of my personal style into my travel wardrobe. Subtle animal prints are the easiest way to incorporate a fun element, and will coordinate with just about any color. They are the perfect patterned neutral.

These leopard print slip-ons are my favorite pair for trips to a larger city. Leopard print is usually comprised of black, brown, and camel tones making them a great choice to combine with any color outfit.

Snakeskin works is a similar way, and both can elevate your jeans and t-shirt or simple black dress like the sandals above, a pair of heels, or sneakers, too.


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Ballet Flats / Sandals


Another versatile travel shoe choice is metallic. Metallic footwear come in a wide range of colors, but pewter, bronze, gold, and silver are smart options to coordinate with most colors.

The ballet flats and sandals shown above easily span seasons, and can add shine to an otherwise unremarkable outfit. They can also add femininity and even glam to otherwise boring footwear.



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Nude Flats / Taupe Wedges


If your travel wardrobe already includes mostly patterned and bright colored clothes, opting for a neutral solid may be a good decision. Grey, nude, and taupe are natural and safe choices, and will compliment any color.

Choose materials that are easy to clean like patent leather or leather. Baby wipes will easily give them a nice clean and you can use a dab off nail polish remover on an ear bud to remove scuff marks.



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Olive green sneakers / Chambray Flats


Similarly if you prefer a little more color in your footwear, navy, olive green, and chambray all pair well with a range of tones. Chambray is a perfect choice, because it acts like denim and will coordinate with all colors.


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Shoes take up valuable real estate in your luggage or backpack, and you shouldn’t limit yourself to basic colors or styles. When planning your travel wardrobe, any item that goes into your pack should be able earn its keep and shoes are no exception. There are so many options and patterns that will not only allow you flexibility, but also add interest to your outfits. You can’t go wrong – they’re the most versatile shoes for travel!

What are your most versatile shoes for travel? Share in the comments!


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