You’re undoubtedly familiar with the hassles of airport security or what it’s like to sprint from one terminal to another, so we don’t have to tell you that comfortable, throw-on-and-go footwear is essential to your summer travel attire. What we do want to tell you, though, is that that your shoes can still be a very chic and on-trend part of your en-route ensemble. In other words: there’s more to great airport shoes than flip-flops and running sneakers, and these nine celebs are proof of that.
A mix of neutrals is begging for some excitement in the footwear department, which is why we recommend taking a page from seasoned traveller (see every single one of our airport stories) Huntington-Whiteley’s stylebook and grabbing a pair of snakeskin boots (note: she is wearing the Python Rock Ankle Boots ($1795) by Saint Laurent). The rock ’n’ roll element adds instant cool to your look.
You can never go wrong with a pair of ballet flats, especially for long hauls across the airport. For a more stylish impact, skip black and try a pair in a bright hue or print. As seen on Anne Hathaway, wearing Repetto cobalt suede flats with Elizabeth and James pants, the results are definitely noteworthy.
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Metallic shoes are all the rage; take one look at Kendall Jenner’s travel outfit, which includes Barbara Bui’s Mirror Leather Derby Shoes ($710), and it’s easy to see why. The shiny material makes for a serious style statement.
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You might be thinking: “heels, really?” But Beckham is onto something, seen here in nude pumps with a skirt from her own collection. For those business trips that have you going straight from the plane into meetings, a polished heel is a chic and versatile choice. Plus, going through security is a breeze!
When opting for ankle boots, like Emma Stone’s Isabel Marant Dicker Boots ($767), look for a low heel and fuss-free design—no buckles or laces—for easy on and off access.
If classic comfort is your jam, you can’t go wrong with a pair of sneakers, like model Jourdan Dunn’s Adidas Superstar 2.0 Shoes ($75). The ‘90s throwback brilliantly mimics the relaxed vibe of her Zoe Karssen pineapple-print sweatshirt and matching Paradise Jogging Pants ($178).
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Don’t want sneakers, but love a lace-up style? Oxfords are your best bet. This borrowed-from-the-boy staple looks coolest with unexpected textures and details—as evidenced by Watts in Matt Bernson’s Gimlet Perforated Oxfords ($75).
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If you’re a heels-only kind of gal, we commend your ability to navigate the terminal at such great heights! Since it’s warm out, follow Ora’s lead, who was recently spotted at Heathrow Airport wearing Jimmy Choo’s Thistle Sandals ($398), and wear a white sandal.
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As the model can attest, the great thing about slip-on espadrilles (her pair is by Schutz) is how easily they go from the plane to seaside cocktails or an afternoon of sightseeing. Maximum comfort, and maximum style—yes, please!
Rebecca Minkoff Gavin Too Captoe Espadrilles ($175)
Chiara Ferragni Embroidered Ants Satin Loafers ($147)