Celebrities have very different airport experiences than the rest of us. They often have a VIP escort through the terminals (who also helps with their luggage), get to skip the lines, and are usually nestled comfortably in first class once they reach the plane.
So it's understandable that they don't always follow the same set of travel "rules" as we do. One of those rules is traveling in appropriate footwear, but there are a number of airport shoe "mistakes" that celebrities repeatedly make, and their luxurious travel experiences actually kind of allow for it. Sadly, these mistakes should probably be avoided by the rest of us non-celeb travelers.
There are seven airport shoe mistakes (for one reason or another) we constantly see celebrities make. While we'd like to just copy their outfits sans worries, practicality and functionality are key at the airport, when standing in long security lines and running to your gate is the norm. So in case you're curious, keep scrolling to see what those mistakes are and shop airport-friendly shoes to wear instead for your next flight.
Airport Shoe Mistake: High-Heel Mules
They may look chic, but backless heels aren't exactly conducive to a lot of walking. Instead, wear backless flats, which are both easy to walk in and easy to slip on and off.
On Priyanka Chopra: Illesteva Isabella Sunglasses ($230); Alexander Wang top; Acler pants; Tod's bag; Kurt Geiger shoes
Shop Flat Mules Instead
Schutz Tracy Embossed Mules ($112)
Isabel Marant Mirvin Suede Flats ($462)
Airport Shoe Mistake: Flip-Flops
Flip-flops were a late-summer-2018 shoe trend that bubbled up, but they offer little support and don't do much to protect your feet in busy airports. Opt for sturdier sandals instead.
On Heidi Klum: Celine bag
Shop Sturdy Sandals Instead
Stuart Weitzman Shalene Sandals ($175)
Teva Midform Universal Geometric Sandals ($60)
Airport Shoe Mistake: Clunky, Heavy Shoes
Dr. Martens and the like certainly look cool and are trendier than ever right now, but you may regret choosing them when you're walking (or running) a mile through the airport. Go with lightweight flats instead.
On Bella Hadid: Givenchy jacket; Louis Vuitton bag; Dr. Martens shoes
Shop Lightweight Flats Instead
Gucci Jordaan Leather Loafers ($730)
Everlane Ballet Flats ($115)
Airport Shoe Mistake: High Boots
Tall boots certainly go a long way in making an outfit look chic, but taking them off to go through security isn't our idea of fun. Go with ankle boots instead, which can look just as chic.
WHO: Victoria Beckham
Shop Ankle Boots Instead
Paige Willa Booties ($350)
Airport Shoe Mistake: Complicated Sneakers
Sneakers are a great choice for the airport, but sneakers with a lot of straps and laces will definitely leave you tied up at security (no pun intended). Slip-on sneakers, on the other hand, are a no-fail choice.
On Naomi Campbell: Burberry Logo Cashmere Scarf ($550)
Shop Slip-On Sneakers Instead
Vans Classic Slip-On Sneakers ($50)
Adidas by Stella McCartney UltraBOOST X 3D Sneakers ($230)
Airport Shoe Mistake: Stilettos
Celebrities in stilettos at the airport are a dime a dozen, but we're willing to bet that many of them change their shoes once they arrive at their gate. If you want to wear heels, go with a low block heel instead, which is significantly more walkable.
On Miranda Kerr: Louis Vuitton bag
Shop Low Block Heels Instead
Mango Geometric Heeled Leather Shoes ($120)
Miista Taissa Block Heel Pumps ($265)
Airport Shoe Mistake: Boots With a Lot of Laces
Combat boots are the easiest way to make your outfit look cooler, but they're not the easiest shoes to get on and off. Do yourself a favor and wear Chelsea boots instead, which can easily be slipped on and off.
On Lily Collins: Burberry bag
Acne Studios Jensen Leather Ankle Boots ($336)
Freda Salvador Joan Pointed Toe Chelsea Boots ($297)
This story was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated.
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