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July 18th, 2009

These Shoes Were Made for [Pack]ing

AdaHave you ever stared, frustrated, at an open and overly-stuffed suitcase while holding a pair (or two) of shoes you’ve unsuccessfully fit inside? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve found myself in this very situation, outfits planned and packed, yet requiring more shoes than I can possibly take. Thankfully, after some thought and a little research, I learned a few things about packing shoes effectively.

The first lesson I learned was probably the most difficult: you simply can’t take everything. As such, plan your outfits around your shoes, not the other way around.

Next, I discovered a few helpful hints to maximize variety and versatility. Firstly, pack shoes that can serve more than one purpose (i.e. shoes that match multiple outfits, shoes that work in casual and professional settings, etc.). Second, plan on wearing your heaviest shoes while traveling. This will allow you to pack lighter shoes, which unfortunately means no wedges or wooden heels.

Finally, only pack shoes that you’re certain you’ll use (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve packed a pair of bulky workout sneakers only to unpack them later, unused).

If you’re in need of some light, versatile shoes, check out these styles from Shoefly:

Ada by Frye (pictured above). Need something that’s packable and professional? These peep-toe pumps are perfect for working away the day or dancing away the night.


Crosstoe by All Black. This shoe doubles as evening or business wear — and you’ll look great doing both.


Ginnie by Sam Edelman. A great vacation shoe — perfect for packing and stylin’ for summer.


Petticoat by Seychelles. One of our more versatile styles, these shoes do casual well, and they do it with flare.


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