9 Cute and Comfy Sneakers Perfect 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.
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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 Superstar
This classic Adidas style has gone from trendy to a total must-have for every du jour sneaker-lover. A 70’s 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: amazon.com, $80
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 Timeless Traveler: New Balance 501 Ballistic
Timeless is the best way to describe these women’s running shoes, which offer Ballistic mesh underlays and a rubber outsole. The suede overlays give this shoe some extra style—as does this gray on white color scheme that pairs best with trendy sweats or distressed jeans.
To buy: newbalance.com, $65
For the Leather Lover: Nike Beautiful X Air Huarache Ultra Premium
Shoes rarely look as powerful as these triple-black, premium leather Nikes from Joan Benoit Samuelson’s line. These sneakers slip on and off easily with a neoprene inner sleeve that ensures a sock-like fit—otherwise known as total in-flight comfort.
To buy: nike.com, $130
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 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 Originals Women’s NMD_R1
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: amazon.com, $95
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 96 Mash-Up
A perfect addition to your winter travel wardrobe, a pair of New Balance 96 in rich boysenberry 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: eastbay.com, $110