My husband says I have a shoe problem and that the reason why my rolling suitcase is always bursting at the seams is because I pack too many shoes. Whether I’m leaving the house for a simple two day trip or heading out for a whole week of back-to-back flights, I always pack five pairs of shoes.
Each pair of shoes has a specific purpose and I haven’t found a way to eliminate packing any of them!
Shower Flip Flops: These I bring on the doctor’s orders! My podiatrist advises that anyone using a hotel shower should wear flip flops to avoid exposure to viruses and fungi that could cause warts or athlete’s foot.
Black Flats: These are my main layover shoes. They’re comfortable enough to wear for a long walk to the nearest IHOP for breakfast and cute enough to be used for a night on the town with my crew.
Tennis Shoes: I'll be honest. Sometimes these collect dust sitting in my suitcase, but I always bring them along with the good intention of hitting the hotel’s treadmill on my layover! If I don't bring them, there's NO chance of me working out, right?
Inflight / Work Shoes: Every airline has its own requirements on footwear. My company requires a heel. Many of my co-workers will wear 2-3 inch heels in the airport and then switch to “in-flight shoes” once we’re on the plane. The in-flight shoes are usually comfortable flats or ballerina-type shoes. I prefer to skip the “stewardess shoe dance” and just wear the same shoes the entire time.
These are the perfect combo in-flight / work shoes! I call them my baby heels. They are perfectly “in regulation” for my company, but comfortable enough to wear all day long. I put a new pair of Dr. Scholl’s inserts in them every few months. The shoes will last for about a year if I polish them occasionally. When they’re starting to look a little ragged, I buy a new pair from Payless. They’re not too expensive.
Beach Flip Flops: You never know when you’ll get diverted to Miami! This is the one shoe I could probably eliminate (especially in the winter), but I love having something cute to wear on the beach! Plus, having them encourages me to get a pretty pedicure!
Unfortunately, four pairs of shoes (assuming the fifth one is on my feet!) takes up a ton of space in my suitcase! If anyone has suggestions or ideas on how I could fix my shoe problem, please write me a comment below and I will sing your praises all day long!
Thanks and happy flying!