Cute and Comfy Women’s Sneakers for Sprinting Through the Airport
If we’ve learned anything about wardrobe trends in recent years, it’s that stylish and versatile sneakers are a staple in the closet of any discerning traveler. The best part about this trend is how easy it is to travel in total comfort without sacrificing a polished look.
Let’s face it: Unless you’re Chrissy Teigen, traipsing through the airport in high heels and stiff boots can be an added stress (and discomfort) that no one has time for.
Our answer to making a comfy outfit effortlessly cool? A really good pair of kicks that ties the outfit together and still gets you from the security line to Terminal B feeling trendy—and blister-free.
We’ve seen tons of celebrities coming in and out of airports sporting sneakers paired with everything from a bomber jacket and baseball cap to mixed prints and big sunnies. These sneakers can be worn with jeans and a slouchy sweater, a simple sundress, high-fashion joggers—you name it, and it probably works.
From simple, clean lines and soft colors to statement shoes with state-of-the-art support, this lineup of sneakers is guaranteed to get you through the gate and onto the airplane with all the ease and good taste you could hope for.
For the All-star: Adidas Originals Superstar
This classic Adidas style has gone from trendy to a total must-have for every du jour sneaker-lover. A '70s basketball aesthetic sets this sneaker apart from others, and it makes any outfit fun and sporty without compromising comfort. Plus, they’re super easy to slip on and off.
To buy: zappos.com, $80
For the Trend Setter: Ariat Fusion
Suede and printed leather merge with a massaged insole to create one of our most eye-catching kicks on the list. Your feet will feel well rested even after wearing Ariat’s Fusion sneaker all day at the airport—and you certainly won’t have to compromise style. We especially love the brown leather accents.
To buy: amazon.com, $140
For an Updated Classic: Nike Cortez
Nike originally designed this leather tennis shoe to be lighter than anything else on the market. Four decades later, it's a fashion icon. The Cortez looks just as chic with a pair of slouched boyfriend jeans as it does a floral maxi dress and suede bomber jacket.
To buy: amazon.com, from $82
For the Simple Shoe Lover: Superga ‘Cotu’ Sneaker
These shoes are straight-forward, comfortable, well-made, and easy to slip on and off. A sleek, youthful design is all you could ever want from a basic white sneaker that looks great in the summer with a flouncy skirt or with a leather jacket and oversized scarf come autumn.
To buy: zappos.com, $65
For a Pop of Color: New Balance 574 Sneakers
A perfect addition to your winter travel wardrobe, a pair of New Balance 574s in velvety peach leather will brighten even the most bundled-up travel looks and dreary cold days. Inside the shoe, you’ll find all the cushion and support you could hope for while trekking to your final destination.
To buy: amazon.com, from $81
For a Secret Slip-on: Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Shoreline Sneaker
An elasticized topline gives this casual, cool-kid sneaker a convenient upgrade. And the soft Ortholite footbed doesn't hurt either.
To buy: amazon.com, from $32
For the Eco-Conscientious: Allbirds Wool Runners
Comfort is the signature of this revolutionary shoe. Allbirds are lightweight and breathable, but the all-wool construction makes the soles to-die-for soft (you don’t even have to wear socks!), easy to slip on and off without unlacing, and temperature controlled (cool when it’s hot and warm when it’s cold on the plane). Wool easily wicks moisture away from your feet, and you can toss these sneakers in the wash when they’ve been well worn. This is a great choice for the earth-conscious sneaker lover.
To buy: allbirds.com, $95
For the Leather Lover: Keds x Kate Spade New York Champion Leather Sneaker
With gold detailing and grosgrain ribbon laces, these sleek tennies can even pass for a dressier pair of kicks. The insole is cushioned and they've got a soft, breathable lining, keeping them comfy all day long.
To buy: keds.com, $60 (originally $90)
For the Retro Jane: Brooks Women Vanguard Heritage
Another shoe paying homage to the sneakers of the 1970s, Brooks Heritage has created a wearable, stylish everyday sneaker in the women’s Vanguard Heritage. Clean lines and soft colors make this sneaker particularly attractive and easy to pair with any travel uniform.
To buy: amazon.com, $75
For the Street Smart: Adidas NMD R2 Knit Lace Up Sneakers
Easily transition from snoozing on the plane to walking the streets of your final destination in total comfort (and style), without switching your shoes, thanks to these street-ready Adidas with a sock-like fit and wide laces.
To buy: bloomingdales.com, $102 (originally $170)