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From brogues to boots, Watson has the most stylish kicks for fall travel.

Richelle Szypulski
September 22, 2017
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We’ll take style inspiration from Emma Watson any day, but particularly when it comes to what to wear on a plane.

As it turns out, the actress, UN Goodwill Ambassador, and professional hider of books is also a fall airport fashion extraordinaire. And she knows the value of a timeless investment piece.

If you follow Watson on her sustainable style­–driven Instagram account, @the_press_tour, you see her break down her bespoke looks from awards shows and appearances around the world: from Los Angeles to London to Shanghai. She details where the fabric is from and tells the stories of the designers and artisans behind what she chooses to wear, right down to her vegan, cruelty-free lip tint.

Merci beaucoup Paris for the wonderful start to the @beautyandthebeast tour! We felt like we were back in the heart of the film. Next stop - London. Did you know in the French version of the film, Cogsworth is called Big Ben? And Philippe is called Philbert?! 🇫🇷🌹 Body by @woronstore, a slow fashion brand that focuses on everyday essentials. Each underwear garment is made from Lenzing Modal® fabric, a fibre made from beech wood sourced from sustainable forestry plantations in Europe. Socks by @boodywear, a brand that produces underwear made with certified organic bamboo, produced using computerised 3D knitting, so no fabric is wasted. Its factories are zero-waste and have a closed loop system to stop any water being wasted. Faux leather jacket and dress by @stellamccartney Boots by @goodguysdontwearleather. The brand doesn't use any animal products in its collections, which are made in Porto, Portugal, helping preserve the traditional shoe making industry of the region. Jewellery by @allbluesofficial, who are based in Stockholm and handcraft every piece in their local, third-generation foundry. Fashion info verified by @ecoage #ecoloves Concealer by @rmsbeauty which is formulated with raw, food-grade and organic ingredients in their natural state. Red pomegranate cheek and lip stain by @thebodyshop, who campaign to 'Enrich Not Exploit’ by protecting endangered habitats from intensive farming expansion, bronzer by @vitaliberata who have developed a collection of tanning products free from parabens, alcohol and that spray tan smell. Powder by @iliabeauty which is made from organic powdered corn and minerals instead of loose talc. Brown eye pencil by @honest_beauty who champion fair labour and human rights with their Health & Sustainability Standards. Lip balm from @tataharper who formulate and manufacture their natural and organic products from their farm in Vermont. Eyebrow gel by @janeiredale which is certified cruelty-free and eyebrow pencil by @alimapure who make their products in a diverse range of colours to suit all skin tones and offset 100% of their corporate carbon emissions. Beauty product info verified by @contentbeauty

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On the account, Watson often endorses the specific brands she wears for their quality and value. In the post above, her simple black combat boots are made by Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather, a brand that, according to Watson, “doesn't use any animal products in its collections, which are made in Porto, Portugal, helping preserve the traditional shoemaking industry of the region.”

Seeing this post, we noticed Watson often travels in smart, versatile shoe styles, so we combed through her best looks of the past few years to source her mainstays for you to shop below.

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Dr. Martens Ankle Boots

Spotted in March 2017 at LAX airport, Watson pretty much ditched all typical airplane attire norms with her Edun minidress and laced-up Doc Martens 1460s (zappos.com, $140). While it is smart to wear your heaviest pair of shoes instead of packing them, we recommend accessorizing with TSA PreCheck so you don’t have to remove these behemoths in the security line.

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Patent Burgundy Brogues

In 2014, Watson grounded this demure look with a pair of wine-colored wingtip oxfords. There are similar styles available to shop this season by Aquatalia (gilt.com, $219) and at Asos (asos.com, $40), and they’d look just as chic with a pair of cuffed jeans.

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Leather Mule Loafers

Watson was way ahead of the mule slide trend when she sported these leather Tibi mules at LAX in October 2014. Pair a similar style — like these Marc Fisher mules (bloomingdales.com, $150) or Free People loafers (zappos.com, $98) — with monochromes and her go-to Ray-Ban Wayfarers.

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Cuffed Combat Boots

Watson opted for an all-black look arriving back home in L.A. in September 2015. This one follows our formula for the ideal comfy travel outfit with denim, a tee, a jacket, and these shined leather combat boots with ankle buckle detailing. We found similar pairs by Gianvito Rossi (mytheresa.com, $1,375) and Allsaints (nordstrom.com, $328) if you’re up for channeling her effortless L.A.–cool look on your next flight.

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Heeled Ankle Boots

Traveling in layers is always a good idea, and Watson polished off this look with a pair of pointed-toe ankle booties that buckle up the side. The buckles on this similar pair by Dolce Vita (amazon.com, from $170) are just for show, as there’s a zipper on the inner ankle for an easy on-and-off.

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