Versatile Shoes for the Jet-setting Fashionista

by Kirsten on August 22, 2012

When I’m traveling, choosing which shoes I bring along is always tricky business due to the limited suitcase space. In fact, I happen to have an international trip right around the corner and finding the right shoes for my various activities is no small feat! It’s extremely important to pack shoes that will function well in a variety of scenarios, so I’ve compiled a list of options that are great for the gal who wants to be prepared, stylish, and make the most of her limited luggage space. If you’re planning to spend your time hiking, dining, and/or dancing, we’ve got you covered!

Jessica Simpson

These shoes have received rave reviews based on style, comfort, and fit. With a global brand now worth $1 billion, Jessica Simpson has developed comfortable walking and dress shoes for each occasion. Among the most notable are the flats, each named for a woman that exudes type of style. Jessica Simpson’s famous Calie, Camille, and Adalia flats complement a variety of outfits and vacation environments. Jessica Simpson’s designs combine her experiences in Texas, Los Angeles, and around the world for great travel shoes.

Jessica Simpson Emmly Flats


Stylish Bandolino shoes set the standard for well-made sandals. Most items are hand-made rather than machine-built, so one can choose from among a variety of personalized footwear. Styles such as the Xarby, Aquaria, and Happy Me are among the most popular choices.

Anne Klein

With a wide selection of slip-on shoes, Anne Klein is a popular brand for travel. Known for upscale style at affordable prices, the brand has something for everyone. Most of the shoes are flats, so any globetrotter can have both suitcase space and comfortable, stylish shoes.

Sperry Top-Siders

A well-recognized brand, Sperry Topsiders has been developing outdoor shoes since 1935. The shoemaker is a popular choice for casual wear, sports gear, and activities shoes such as hiking, boating, and athletics. For those in need of active wear, Sperry Topsiders fit the bill.

Sperry Top-Sider Cameron Sneakers

Steve Madden

Inspired by New York and London fashion, Steve Madden footwear is a great travel choice for fashion-forward individuals. Style-conscious women can choose from among affordable shoes, sandals, and flats. Steve Madden is a great choice for trendy women who wish to look their best no matter the travel destination.

Steve Madden Women's Shoes Olympiaa Sneakers

Nine West

Nile West offers some of the most intricate and fashionable travel shoes around. Great for style-conscious women, these shoes are designed to customize a variety of outfits, from bohemian to working professional. For those looking for a more personalized approach to their travel style, Nine West offers a great fit.


With its name recognition and reputation for quality, Nike is one of the top choices for athletic wear in the world. Travelers can choose anything from high impact running shoes to slip-on athletic shoes to accommodate suitcase space and activity demands. Nike is one of my all-time favorite brands and I’ll be bringing a pair with me on my trip – they are just amazing!

Easy Spirit

As a specialty shoe shop, Easy Spirit offers a prime selection of narrow and wide width shoes, plus size shoes, and sandals. Choose from a large offering of personalized shoes for every travel experience.

What are you favorite brands for travel? I find it increasingly difficult to find stylish shoes that are both comfortable for many hours of walking and fashionable. The above choices should give you quite a range to choose from, but I would love to hear about your advice and great finds!

xoxo, K.

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Bethany Miller September 7, 2012 at 6:55 am

Hi Kirsten, great post, thanks for all the suggestions. We do a lot of walking when we travel and shoes are always a challenge. Love the blog, keep it up!

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