Could mademoiselle chanel have known, somewhere deep in her desperately chic bones, what travails the 21st-century traveler would face?Exactly 50 years ago, Coco launched her famous two-tone spectator pump: a sleek beige chassis with a jaunty black toe-cap, borrowed, like so many of the designer's innovations, from men's sportswear. Now, a half-century later, when even the most glamorous globe-trotter must contend with cramming her wardrobe into a minuscule carry-on, what could be better than Chanel's bicolored ballet slippers, equally at home with frothy frocks and well-worn jeans, happy to attend midnight suppers, then get up early the next morning for a multi-arrondissement trek exploring ancient alleyways, and practically (thanks to those black toes) scuff-proof. It is difficult to imagine any other single shoe that so seamlessly takes the place of both sneakers and evening sandals, while managing to look effortless and fabulous to boot.
Cole Haan The solution when all of your travel ensembles are black and beige?Gold python, $495.
Delman These patent–studded flannel square-toes are anything but square, $275.
Prada Ombré patent leather adds polish to your travel uniform, $475.
Yves Saint Laurent Go bold with calf-hair flats from the venerable French fashion house, $430.