Vacation Shoe Inspiration – Skip the Snow & Head Into Spring ’15

If a blast of old man winter has you planning your next warm weather getaway, start packing from the bottom up with footwear that’s fashionable and functional.

Instead of spending vacation dollars on checking an overweight bag, opt for lightweight looks that cover a day’s activities from a morning exercise session to an evening out. Whatever’s on the agenda, comfort should be a key part of the footwear equation, with shoes that are easy to slip on and off, while also offering a hint of cushioning.

If island breezes call, sandals are the answer. The ubiquitous flip-flop continues to dominate the category from affordable water-friendly versions in fun colors and prints to dressier street-friendly looks that peek out from under maxi dresses, a look still dominating the summer ready-to-wear story.

But don’t think vacation means a break from your daily workout routine. If you’re going to skip the gym, don’t lose the gear, as athletic sneakers show no sign in slowing down on and off the runway.

But if sightseeing is more your thing,  a colorful athleisure look can stand up to a day on-and-off a tour bus. Look for a neutral or multi-color version that works with a range of apparel options.

Keep your eveningwear just as relaxed. Here, a sexy high-heel slide is easy to wear and naturally shows off a tan. Click into our gallery above for more ideas of what to pack – now all you need is the ticket!