These Shoes Were Made For Flying
You don't always have the opportunity to change into a new pair of shoes after your plane lands. When your client meeting takes place minutes after touchdown, rely on these footwear options.
1. Under Armour Street Encounter III
The Under Armour Street Encounter III for men and women is a slip-on shoe that comes off easily when you're going through airport security thanks to the stretch bungee laces. Unlike some slip-on shoes, the classic style will fit right into your business casual wardrobe. You don't need to change when you're on the way to a client meeting shortly after landing. Plus, they're comfortable to wear no matter what you need to do during your business trip. The EVA sockliner customizes itself to your foot, guaranteeing a perfect fit at $59.95.
2. Nike Free RN Flyknit 2017
Business travel can be uncomfortable enough, especially if you get stuck in economy. Your shoes shouldn't contribute to the problem on a long flight. The Nike Free RN Flyknit 2017 tackles this issue with a design that emulates a barefoot feeling without you needing to slide them off. Choose from several colors so you can match your company's branding or your outfit. The lightweight material is also perfect if you need to stow it away in your business travel luggage. Get them for $120 for men and women.
3. Allbirds Wool Loungers
Merino wool gets held up as an excellent material for business travel clothing due to its anti-microbial and quick-dry properties, but Allbirds has gone one step further and used it for a shoe line. The Allbirds Wool Loungers for men and women decrease foot odor, won't look out of place in a client meeting room and come in many classic colors. This option costs $95.
4. Soludos Taxis Embroidered Platform Espadrille
You can't go wrong with a pair of Soludos Taxi Embroidered Platform Espadrilles, whether you want something that's easy to take off in the airport security line or you need to go straight from your plane to a client meeting. The neutral color and travel-related embroidery make this an excellent choice for your business travel wardrobe. Get them for $74.95 at Nordstrom.com and use your Upside gift card to cover the cost.
5. Vans 'Classic' Sneaker
Classics get that status for a reason, and it's hard to beat Vans sneakers when you need a versatile pair of shoes for your business trip. This sporty skate sneaker is fashionable and appropriate for business casual wear, and the elastic goring makes it slip on and off. Redeem gift card credit from your Upside account and pick up these classics for $49.95 from Nordstrom.com.
6. Steve Madden Lancer Sneaker
Athleisure styles are trendy these days and they're business travel appropriate. Your client won't look at these Steve Madden Lancer Sneakers and think that you're phoning it in. Instead, they'll assume that you're staying on top of the latest fashion trends. Add this pair to your packing list for $69.95 from Nordstrom.com.
7. Vince Camuto Lorando Pointy Toe Bootie
The classic ankle boot dresses up and down nicely, and doesn't require a struggle to take them off. The Vince Camuto Lorando Pointy Toe Bootie gives you a neutral black to match with anything and a sturdy 4" heel that can handle a variety of ground conditions, such as escalators in an airport or sidewalks under construction at your hotel. Get a pair of your own for $129.95 from Nordstrom.com.
8. Lucky Brand Emmie Ballet Flat
Lucky Brand Emmie Ballet Flats are the perfect pair of business trip shoes to pull out when you need to rush through the security line and impress your clients upon landing. Lucky Brand took the typical, uncomfortable ballet flat and turned it into a comfortable, supportive and gorgeous shoe in many colors. Prices vary per style but start at $18 via Amazon.com.
Of course, you can avoid taking off your shoes if you get TSA PreCheck. If PreCheck isn't an option, you can add one of these comfortable and convenient shoes to your business travel wardrobe.
What go-to shoes always support you when you’re traveling for business? Let us know which shoes help you look (and feel) prepared for any aspect of your business trip.