TSA Says These Are the Best Airport Sneakers

Sneakers at the airport



Anxious traveler or not, getting held up at the airport is the not the best way to kick off a vacation. Which is why mastering the ins and outs of TSA is crucial to easy, breezy air travel. While we've talked to former-agents about what to avoid wearing before, we thought it best to investigate a little further. With the popularity of sneakers at the airport, what are the best and worst styles to wear?

First things first, Lisa Farbstein, the TSA's spokesperson notes, "the best footwear is the kind you don't take off at all. Global entry and TSA pre-check are my recommendation if you find it burdensome." Signing up for the programs allows you to keep on your shoes and belt, along with eliminating the need to take your laptop out of your bag, but while ideal, the program isn't an option for all fliers.

With that in mind, Farbstein has some reccommendations. "As it relates to sneakers, some things are obvious," she says. "Styles you can slip on and off, and those with velcro straps don't take as long." Conversely, Farbstein notes that certain styles can be especially tricky, "high tops can take longer to unlace and relace," she adds that after her own experience navigating TSA in a pair of tricky-to-remove cowboy boots, she hasn't made the same mistake since, "I learned by experience."

Bottom line: "the ideal is a pair of shoes you don't have to take off, but otherwise a slip-on sneaker is the way to go (these are my go-to airport sneakers, BTW). So, with that expert advice in mind, we rounded up the best easy on-and-off sneakers to try for your next trip to the airport. 

These simple Vans are perfect to take the hassle out of that airport security line. 

Available in sizes 6 to 10. 

Nothing says easy more than no laces and no straps - these Nikes are perfect for those rushed airport days!

Available in sizes 6 to 10. 

Get colorful with these effortless pink slip-ons. No need for stress in security when slipping these off! 

Available in sizes 5 to 11. 

Stick to the basics with these sneakers that go with any airport outfit. 

Available in sizes IT 35 to 42.

Perfect for making it through the security line and running to your gate after, these Adidas sneakers do the trick. 

Available in sizes 6 to 10.5. 

Who says travel shoes need to be boring? Go bold and trendy with these easy slip-on sneakers. 

Available in sizes 5 to 11. 

These Rag & Bone sneakers will have your fellow travelers coveting your footwear. Plus, they're a breeze to get on and off!

Available in sizes 5 to 11. 

Let your inner fashionista out no matter where you're traveling - these Fendi sneakers epitomize 'traveling in style' while keeping the hassle of security at bay. 

Available in sizes 5 to 10.5. 

Feeling a cozy travel ensemble? These lounge shoes are perfect for getting through security quickly and keeping your feet comfy on that 8-hour flight. 

Available in sizes 5 to 10. 

Exude Italian elegance while keeping it easy and comfortable - these Via Spiga's will become your new go-to airport shoe. 

Available in sizes 5 to 9.5. 

For a fun yet comfortable travel shoe, opt for these cute EYTYS sneakers.

Available in sizes IT 35 to 41.

Nothing is easier for those pesky airport security lines than slides. Dress it up a bit with these flowery sneakers. 

Available in sizes 5 to 11. 

Futuristic and comfy, these Acne sneakers find that perfect balance between functional and fun for those long travel days. 

Available in sizes 5 to 10.

Can't bear to part with your favorite sneaker trend for those boring, no-hassle airport shoes you have? Well, with these Emilio Pucci sneakers, you can have the best of both worlds. 

Available in sizes 5 to 11.

Although airport security might think they're metal, these sparkly Miu Miu sneakers won't set off any alarms and are perfect for the chic traveler. 

Available in sizes 4 to 12. 

Perfect for traveling in comfort and ease, these summery mule sneakers will have you ready to step off in the French Riviera looking fresh and fashionable.  

Available in sizes 5 to 11.