Editor's Picks: The Best Travel Shoes

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How do you determine the best travel-friendly footwear out there? Well — you don't. Not exactly.

Choose the comfiest shoes and you'll leave the fashion-forward folks in the dust (not to mention be at fault for a whole new generation of American tourists trekking the globe in bright white, ultra-cushioned sneakers).

If testers' tastes run preppy, well, what good does that do the boho-chic travelers out there? Would a sneakerhead ever want to buy a ballet flat, no matter how walkable? Maybe not.

So rather than assembling a hit-or-miss list of all time greats, we settled on something simpler: Just a few of our favorite vacation-worthy pieces of the season. That's it. But we think they're pretty darn chic.

Check out the full line-up of 2017's Ultimate Travel Essentials.

01 of 09

Rosetta Getty Loafer Slides

Rosetta Getty Loafer Slides
Courtesy of Rosetta Getty

A square toe and gently curved upper give these metallic eel slides dramatic flair.

To buy (available in September): justoneeye.com, $795

02 of 09

Manolo Blahnik Maysale Mules

Manolo Blahnik Maysale Mules
Courtesy of Manolo Blahnik

A mid-height mule — especially one as iconic as the buckled Manolo Maysale — is made for versatile dressing. The crimson hue is playful by day, sultry by night.

To buy: manoloblahnik.com, $745

03 of 09

Nike Cortez Sneakers

Nike Cortez Sneakers
Courtesy of Nike

Nike's Cortez reboot manages to feel retro and modern all at once. We like the jaunty, all-American vibe of this color scheme, but you can also customize your own on Nike's site.

To buy: nike.com, $70

04 of 09

Alumnae Pointy Almond Mules

Alumnae Pointy Almond Mules
Courtesy of Alumnae

This New York City–born brand, launched in Spring 2016 by two Sigerson Morrison alumnae, has a reputation for making flats that are timeless and wearable, but never boring. The understated simplicity of this angular python mule will make weekend wear look sharp.

To buy: alumnae.nyc, $875

05 of 09

Newbark Melanie Loafers

NewbarK Melanie Loafers
Courtesy of NewbarK

Eel skin paneling keeps this wardrobe staple from feeling basic, and they've got a padded insole to make all-day wear a cinch.

To buy: newbark.com, $525

06 of 09

Toms Classic

Toms Classic
Courtesy of Toms

Toms is known for both its simple canvas slip-ons and its philanthropic One-for-One promise. With every pair of these casual mainstays sold, the brand donates one to a child in need.

To buy: toms.com, $50

07 of 09

Tod's Double T Loafers

Tod’s Double T Loafers
Courtesy of Farfetch

These steel blue suede driving mocs are dapper but not fussy. The pebbled rubber outsole pads each step, so your feet will feel like they're on vacation too.

To buy: farfetch.com, $476

08 of 09

Stubbs & Wootton Private Stock Slipper

Stubbs & Wootton Private Stock Slipper
Courtesy of Stubbs & Wootton

Turn to these meticulously crafted evening slippers for a look that says, "I have a fully stocked humidor and a library full of first editions." Stubbs & Wootton says their shoes are just as brilliant with short as they are with a tux, and in this deep peridot hue, we'd have to agree.

To buy: stubbsandwootton.com, $600

09 of 09

Hunter Original Lo Canvas Sneakers

Hunter Original Lo Canvas Sneakers
Courtesy of Zappos

Pair these crisp white kicks with denim, or even a suit. They're designed to stand up to a day of sightseeing — rain or shine.

To buy: zappos.com, $125

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