I Cringe Every Time I See These Shoes at the Airport
I don't know about you, but I tend to look at people's shoes a lot, especially when I travel. Over the course of the past year, there was a particular shoe style I kept seeing on people's feet. If you're thinking flip-flops, we're on the same page. What kills me is that there are so many shoe trends out there that are just as easy and comfortable as flip-flops but are significantly more protective of your feet.
I wanted to know how flip-flops rank on the airport practicality spectrum for travel shoes from the experts themselves, so I reached out to TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein and a flight attendant for a major airline. While you can certainly wear flip-flops to an airport, Farbstein pointed out that "they are thin-soled, [and] they still will need to be removed at the TSA checkpoint, which typically means bare feet on the floor." So making the security process easier certainly isn't a valid reason to wear them.
The flight attendant told me, "As flip-flops are great to slide on to head down to the pool, as a flight attendant, they are not my footwear of choice when exploring a new city. They offer no support, which is basically my worry." I asked what she thought of wearing them to the airport and flying in them, and she responded, "I mean, it's gross. There are so many bacteria. Wearing flip-flops, you can get blisters, and then bacteria can get into your feet." Yikes, right?
Instead of flip-flops, here are six shoe styles that are much better options for the airport. See which celebs travel in them and shop the styles below.
On Alessandra Ambrosio: Louis Vuitton bag; Common Projects Original Achilles Sneaker ($411)
If you really want to wear rubber sandals, go with slide sandals instead. Even better, wear them with socks. (It's okay—it's cool now.)
On Rihanna: Raf Simons jacket; Off-White sweatpants; Dior bag; Puma x Fenty shoes
Low Block Heels
Want a little height? Low block heels will do wonders for your outfit and comfort level.
On Alicia Vikander: Louis Vuitton bag; BY FAR shoes
Ankle boots are a great option for when you want something that has the sturdiness of sneakers but with a more polished look.
On Kate Bosworth: Miu Miu bag and shoes
Loafers are probably the shoes that I wear to the airport most often. I love how easily they slip on and off and that they perfectly complement jeans and leggings alike.
On Karlie Kloss: J Brand Maria High Rise Photo Ready Jeans ($189); Hanes x Karla The Crew Tee ($30); Christian Louboutin shoes
If you must wear sandals to the airport, do yourself a favor and choose something with more polish and structure than flip-flops.
On Jasmine Tookes: Louis Vuitton bag
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated. Next up, 30 Cute Bottoms That Were Made for Travel
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