The Best and Worst Shoes for Travel (Says a Flight Attendant)

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It's arguable that no one logs as many miles crisscrossing the world as a flight attendant. Which means the rest of us can learn a thing or two from these experts about making travel as painless as possible. At the top of our list is comfortable travel shoes. Since we've lived through the hassles of security check in and the pains of swollen, cramped feet mid-flight, we're all ears when it comes to anything that might take the pain out of our travel.

To help ease things a bit, we tapped flight attendant Danny Lam to share the tips he's picked up along the way. So what does a flight attendant wear to travel off-duty? "When I'm off-duty and travelling for leisure, comfort is key. For shorter, domestic flights, I'll usually wear my Nike trainers. The Roshe Two, in particular, are super comfortable," he notes. "For longer, international flights, I'll also pack a pair of slides to change into because it's nice for some wiggle room for your toes."

And as for the shoes, Lam says, "Anything that is constricting is a no-go for me. Because of the altitude change, lots of swelling can occur in your ankle and feet, so you want to have something on the looser side," he says. "I would avoid anything with lots of laces or [that] takes a small army to put on/off." So whether you'll soon find yourself on a long-haul flight or a short and sweet flight home, make sure you're armed with the right footwear.

Read on to shop shoes to help you survive travel comfortably and in style!

Wear: Roomy Sneakers

Avoid: Constricting Shoes

Wear: Simple Slides

Avoid: Anything too Complicated

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