Airline Friendly Footwear
When it comes to traveling through the airport, nothing is more annoying that having to remove your shoes, regardless of how they’re affixed to your foot. For this reason, I almost always wear a loafer or easily removable sneaker. Never a full lace-up boot, or stubborn oxford. My goal is to get through the process as quickly and in-evasively as possible.
As annoying as the whole process is, it’s not going away so you’re better off trying to make the experience relatively painless. This same footwear-logic can be applied to your time on the plane as well.
If you’re going to be sitting on a flight for four hours or less, just scroll down and skip what I’m about to say next. That being said, if you have a long haul in your plans, your inflight footwear preference can have the same impact as it does during security. Kicking off your shoes in this scenario is absolutely necessary, I don’t care what anyone tells you. It will not only make comfort exponentially better, it’s also why airlines give (or at least used to) each passenger a pair of extra stocking in their dopp kits. These are great and far better than standing in the head in your own socks, but barely do anything, especially in the case of a spill. This is where simple slippers come into play.
I wear a pair of Peal & Co. leather soled slippers from Brooks Brothers. Lightweight, insanely comfortable and not (that) ridiculous looking, they keep my feet covered and comfortable until just before touchdown. Whether it’s a pair of leather slippers or the two dollar jams from Pearl River, do yourself a favor and get something simple and clean.