Is there a secret to efficiently packing shoes in a carry-on bag?  If there is, I haven’t discovered it. 

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!

Packing Shoes
My five pairs of shoes! :-)
Best Inflight Flight Attendant ShoesBuying a new pair of the perfect work shoes at a Payless in New York City!
In order of appearance from left to right, my shoes are as follows:

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!

Now you’ve had a glimpse into the fabulous footwear of a flight attendant.  Don't you feel informed?  ;-)

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!
Jenn Grahams



M. Scandole
09/19/2015 07:07

I just discovered this online. I love it Jen! You are too cute!


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    Jenn Grahams

    is a flight attendant and an aspiring writer.  She lives in the Midwest with her husband, many pet fish, and two chinchillas named Kuzco and Pancho.

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