Best Easy-To-Pack Lightweight Shoes For Summer Travel

Native Shoes Apollo Sneaker
Native Shoes Apollo sneaker.
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Just about everyone is thinking light these days — particularly when it comes to travel. While most have become accustomed to packing light in order to avoid additional baggage charges, there are times when we simply can’t bear to leave that last pair of shoes behind.

Help is here. The footwear industry has come to the rescue with super-lightweight looks  — some weighing in at six ounces a shoe — that allows for multiple pairs to be carried along without having to pay a penalty at the check-in counter.

Nike Free 3.0 Flyknit Nike Free 3.0 Flyknit sneaker. Courtesy of Nike.

With summer vacations being planned, there are lots of fashionable options when it comes to light-as-a-feather footwear. While you may think a pair of flip-flops couldn’t add much at the scale, many are made of rubber that can tip the scale.

Crocs has led the way in the category with its proprietary Croslite closed cell resin material that creates a feather-like feel on the foot, while Telic does its signature thong-style sandal for men and women down in Novalaon, a feather-light material with a cushioned bounce-back effect.

Crocs CitiLane Roka slip-on shoe Crocs CitiLane Roka slip-on shoe. Courtesy of brand.

Cole Haan does its take on the lightweight trend with its popular ZeroGrand collection featuring its proprietary Grand.OS technology. Styles run the gamut from dress-casual wingtip for men in suede that weighs in at about 10.2 ounces per shoe.

Cole Haan ZeroGrand Wing Oxford Cole Haan ZerøGrand Wing Oxford shoe. Courtesy of brand.

The athletic and athleisure markets offer their own takes on feather light footwear from BZees that typically weigh in at under six ounces to performance running styles from Nike.

So, the next time you start packing, don’t be afraid to fill your suitcase with your favorite footnotes.

BZees Shoes BZees Serenity mule sneaker. Courtesy of brand.