Here Are The Shoes R29 Readers Trek Through TSA In

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In reality, a trip through TSA is less Love Actually set to Mariah Carey and more Tom Hanks' The Terminal set to Yakety Sax. If we've learned one thing from each of these chaotic airport scramblings, it's that a solid pair of shoes will make the entire experience that much smoother. So, we tapped the IRL traveling pros for their top-recommended styles to hoof it in.

After disclosing their go-to travel outfits, Refinery29 readers dished on their favorite sneakers to slip-on boots and business-casual flats. The ahead pairs are vetted to do everything from support arches during long hours in transit to improve agility when pivoting from terminal A to B and sometimes C — or, at the least, provide something nice to look down at during those inevitable delays.

Scroll ahead to get the traveling-shoe scoop that will help keep you from getting tripped up in TSA (again).

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<h3><a href="https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/shop/vans-classic-slip-on-sneaker-004" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Vans Classic Slip-On Sneaker" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Vans Classic Slip-On Sneaker</a></h3><br>"My slip on vans: comfy, easy to take off, and adds a lil' something to my look." <em>– Jo, travels a few times a year</em><br><br><strong>Vans</strong> Classic Slip-On Sneaker, $, available at <a href="https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/shop/vans-classic-slip-on-sneaker-004" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Urban Outfitters" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Urban Outfitters</a>

Vans Classic Slip-On Sneaker


"My slip on vans: comfy, easy to take off, and adds a lil' something to my look." – Jo, travels a few times a year

Vans Classic Slip-On Sneaker, $, available at Urban Outfitters
<h3><a href="https://amzn.to/2vdysAY" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Adidas Ultraboost" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Adidas Ultraboost</a></h3><br>“Black or white adidas Ultraboosts because they cool as streetwear but also good for working out.” <em>– Melissa, travels monthly</em><br><br><strong>Adidas</strong> Women's Ultraboost 19 Running Shoe, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/2vLr3cx" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Adidas Ultraboost


“Black or white adidas Ultraboosts because they cool as streetwear but also good for working out.” – Melissa, travels monthly

Adidas Women's Ultraboost 19 Running Shoe, $, available at Amazon
<h3><a href="https://www.shopbop.com/sidewalk-slip-sneaker-tie-dye/vp/v=1/1527521539.htm" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Madewell Sidewalk Slip On Tie Dye Sneakers" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Madewell Sidewalk Slip On Tie Dye Sneakers</a></h3><br>“I swear by slip-on shoes! The security line is a laces-free zone for this traveler.” <em>– Emily, travels every other month</em><br><br><strong>Madewell</strong> Sidewalk Slip On Tie Dye Sneakers, $, available at <a href="https://www.shopbop.com/sidewalk-slip-sneaker-tie-dye/vp/v=1/1527521539.htm" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shopbop" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shopbop</a>

Madewell Sidewalk Slip On Tie Dye Sneakers


“I swear by slip-on shoes! The security line is a laces-free zone for this traveler.” – Emily, travels every other month

Madewell Sidewalk Slip On Tie Dye Sneakers, $, available at Shopbop
<h3><a href="https://www.madewell.com/new-balancereg%3B-696-runner-sneakers-99105309232.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:New Balance 696 Runner Sneakers" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">New Balance 696 Runner Sneakers</a></h3><br>"New balance 696 suede sneakers because they’re SUPER comfy but still very nice shoes that can match a lot of outfits."<em> – Fernanda, travels a few times per year</em><br><br><strong>New Balance</strong> 696 Runner Sneakers, $, available at <a href="https://www.madewell.com/new-balancereg%3B-696-runner-sneakers-99105309232.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Madewell" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Madewell</a>

New Balance 696 Runner Sneakers


"New balance 696 suede sneakers because they’re SUPER comfy but still very nice shoes that can match a lot of outfits." – Fernanda, travels a few times per year

New Balance 696 Runner Sneakers, $, available at Madewell
<h3><a href="https://www.everlane.com/products/womens-new-chelsea-boot-black" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Everlane The New Modern Chelsea Boot" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Everlane The New Modern Chelsea Boot</a></h3><br>"Flat Chelsea boots that can easily be slipped on and off going through security." <em>– Erin, travels a few times a year</em><br><br><strong>Everlane</strong> The New Modern Chelsea Boot - Black, $, available at <a href="https://www.everlane.com/products/womens-new-chelsea-boot-black" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Everlane" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Everlane</a>

Everlane The New Modern Chelsea Boot


"Flat Chelsea boots that can easily be slipped on and off going through security." – Erin, travels a few times a year

Everlane The New Modern Chelsea Boot - Black, $, available at Everlane
<h3><a href="https://www.freepeople.com/shop/arizona-platform-birkenstock3/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Birkenstock Arizona Platform" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Birkenstock Arizona Platform</a></h3><br>"Birkenstocks with socks — easy to wear and comfortable." <em>– Amanda, travels a few times a year</em><br><br><strong>Birkenstock</strong> Arizona Platform, $, available at <a href="https://www.freepeople.com/shop/arizona-platform-birkenstock3/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Free People" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Free People</a>

Birkenstock Arizona Platform


"Birkenstocks with socks — easy to wear and comfortable." – Amanda, travels a few times a year

Birkenstock Arizona Platform, $, available at Free People
<h3><a href="https://www.toms.com/women/black-heritage-canvas-platform-womens-boardwalk-classics-venice-collection" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Toms Heritage Canvas Platform" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Toms Heritage Canvas Platform</a><br></h3><br>“Toms. Easy to get on and off, and they’re cozy!” – <em>Kia, travels monthly</em><br><br><strong>TOMS</strong> Black Heritage Canvas Platform Women's Boardwalk Classics Venice Collection, $, available at <a href="https://www.toms.com/women/black-heritage-canvas-platform-womens-boardwalk-classics-venice-collection" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:TOMS Shoes" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">TOMS Shoes</a>

Toms Heritage Canvas Platform


“Toms. Easy to get on and off, and they’re cozy!” – Kia, travels monthly

TOMS Black Heritage Canvas Platform Women's Boardwalk Classics Venice Collection, $, available at TOMS Shoes
<h3><a href="https://www.shopbop.com/steffey-nubuk-sneaker-acne-studios/vp/v=1/1596264328.htm" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Acne Studios Steffey Nubuck Sneakers" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Acne Studios Steffey Nubuck Sneakers</a></h3><br>"Trainers, for sure! I really like ones with velcro, for easy on and off — mine are Acne Studios!" <em>– Sissi, travels a few times per year</em><br><br><strong>Acne Studios</strong> Steffey Nubuck Sneakers, $, available at <a href="https://www.shopbop.com/steffey-nubuk-sneaker-acne-studios/vp/v=1/1596264328.htm" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shopbop" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shopbop</a>

Acne Studios Steffey Nubuck Sneakers


"Trainers, for sure! I really like ones with velcro, for easy on and off — mine are Acne Studios!" – Sissi, travels a few times per year

Acne Studios Steffey Nubuck Sneakers, $, available at Shopbop
<h3><a href="https://amzn.to/2Q3ufH3" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Clarks Juliet Willow Mule" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Clarks Juliet Willow Mule</a></h3><br>"Clarks' mules — they provide good arch support and are comfortable to walk in." <em>– Kristen, travels a few times per month</em><br><br><strong>Clarks</strong> Women's Juliet Willow Mule, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/2Q3ufH3" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Clarks Juliet Willow Mule


"Clarks' mules — they provide good arch support and are comfortable to walk in." – Kristen, travels a few times per month

Clarks Women's Juliet Willow Mule, $, available at Amazon
<h3><a href="https://www.skechers.com/en-us/style/74247/b-rad-the-biz/SIL" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Skechers B-Rad The Biz Sneakers" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Skechers B-Rad The Biz Sneakers</a></h3><br>“I have an old pair of Skechers that can get me through any airport dash and then later jogging on the beach.” <em>– Rebecca, travels 6-7 times per year</em>"<br><br><strong>Skechers</strong> B-Rad - The Biz, $, available at <a href="https://www.skechers.com/en-us/style/74247/b-rad-the-biz/SIL" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Skechers" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Skechers</a>

Skechers B-Rad The Biz Sneakers


“I have an old pair of Skechers that can get me through any airport dash and then later jogging on the beach.” – Rebecca, travels 6-7 times per year"

Skechers B-Rad - The Biz, $, available at Skechers
<h3><a href="https://rothys.com/products/the-point-flame" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Rothy's The Point Flame" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Rothy's The Point Flame</a></h3><br>"I love my <a href="https://rothys.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Rothy flats" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Rothy flats</a> — they're super comfy and they slip on and off easily for security or for going to and from the bathroom on the plane (but keep a pair of socks in your bag!)”<em> – Paige, travels every 4-6 weeks</em>"<br><br><strong>Rothy's</strong> Flame Flats, $, available at <a href="https://rothys.com/products/the-point-flame" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Rothy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Rothy's</a>

Rothy's The Point Flame


"I love my Rothy flats — they're super comfy and they slip on and off easily for security or for going to and from the bathroom on the plane (but keep a pair of socks in your bag!)” – Paige, travels every 4-6 weeks"

Rothy's Flame Flats, $, available at Rothy's
<h3><a href="https://www.merrell.com/US/en/range-laceless-ac/36384W.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Merrell Range Laceless AC+" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Merrell Range Laceless AC+</a></h3><br>"Merrell makes super comfortable sneakers and shoes for those days that one might need to change planes — you never know when you might need to hustle to get to your connecting flight. I once ran across an airport in 4-inch heels. Those are now kept packed for a night out at my destination."<em> – Marcy-Sue, travels a few times a year</em><br><br><strong>Merrell</strong> Range Laceless AC+, $, available at <a href="https://www.merrell.com/US/en/range-laceless-ac/36384W.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Merrell" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Merrell</a>

Merrell Range Laceless AC+


"Merrell makes super comfortable sneakers and shoes for those days that one might need to change planes — you never know when you might need to hustle to get to your connecting flight. I once ran across an airport in 4-inch heels. Those are now kept packed for a night out at my destination." – Marcy-Sue, travels a few times a year

Merrell Range Laceless AC+, $, available at Merrell
<h3><a href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/eileen-fisher-pep-sneaker-women/5411162/full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Eileen Fisher Pep Sneaker" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Eileen Fisher Pep Sneaker</a></h3><br>“<a href="https://www.zappos.com/p/fly-london-salv-black-rug/product/8803645/color/660979" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Fly London" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Fly London</a> or Eileen Fisher shoes for comfort.” <em>– Paula, travels frequently</em><br><br><strong>Eileen Fisher</strong> Pep Sneaker, $, available at <a href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/eileen-fisher-pep-sneaker-women/5411162/full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom</a>

Eileen Fisher Pep Sneaker


Fly London or Eileen Fisher shoes for comfort.” – Paula, travels frequently

Eileen Fisher Pep Sneaker, $, available at Nordstrom
<h3><a href="https://www.nordstromrack.com/shop/product/2740259/cole-haan-piper-mule" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cole Haan Piper Mule" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Cole Haan Piper Mule</a></h3><br>"A good low-heeled slide — like an open-back mule — is so easy to travel in. Makes on and off a breeze, and they’re super comfortable for what can seem like an eternity walking through an airport terminal." <em>– Lori, travels a few times per year</em><br><br><strong>Cole Haan</strong> Piper Mule, $, available at <a href="https://www.nordstromrack.com/shop/product/2740259/cole-haan-piper-mule" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom Rack" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom Rack</a>

Cole Haan Piper Mule


"A good low-heeled slide — like an open-back mule — is so easy to travel in. Makes on and off a breeze, and they’re super comfortable for what can seem like an eternity walking through an airport terminal." – Lori, travels a few times per year

Cole Haan Piper Mule, $, available at Nordstrom Rack
<h3><a href="https://www.louandgrey.com/gola-classics-women's-eclipse-trident-trainer/539472" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Gola Classics Eclipse Trident Trainer" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Gola Classics Eclipse Trident Trainer</a></h3><br>"I refuse to subscribe to the whole thing of wearing your bulkiest shoe because that's always a heeled bootie and I'm not trying to do that on a 7 a.m. flight. ALWAYS cute comfy sneakers or flat boots with a backup pair of long socks to cover my ankles that get super cold.”<em> – Sloan, travels 4-5 times per year</em>"<br><br><strong>Gola</strong> Women's Eclipse Trident Trainer, $, available at <a href="https://www.louandgrey.com/gola-classics-women's-eclipse-trident-trainer/539472" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Lou & Grey" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Lou & Grey</a>

Gola Classics Eclipse Trident Trainer


"I refuse to subscribe to the whole thing of wearing your bulkiest shoe because that's always a heeled bootie and I'm not trying to do that on a 7 a.m. flight. ALWAYS cute comfy sneakers or flat boots with a backup pair of long socks to cover my ankles that get super cold.” – Sloan, travels 4-5 times per year"

Gola Women's Eclipse Trident Trainer, $, available at Lou & Grey
<h3><a href="https://www.ghbass.com/product/patricia+driver.do" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:G.H. Bass Patricia Driver" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">G.H. Bass Patricia Driver</a></h3><br>“Bass suede penny loafer driving shoes. They’re fashionable, classy, and super comfortable. I have TSA PreCheck so even though I could take them off, I don’t have to.”<em> – Jennifer, travels weekly </em><br><br><strong>Bass</strong> Patricia Driver, $, available at

G.H. Bass Patricia Driver


“Bass suede penny loafer driving shoes. They’re fashionable, classy, and super comfortable. I have TSA PreCheck so even though I could take them off, I don’t have to.” – Jennifer, travels weekly

Bass Patricia Driver, $, available at
<h3><a href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ecco-soft-7-sneaker-women/4012442/full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ecco Soft 7 Sneaker" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ecco Soft 7 Sneaker</a></h3><br>“Ecco sneakers.” <em>– Lolo, travels monthly</em><br><br><strong>Ecco</strong> Soft 7 Sneaker, $, available at <a href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ecco-soft-7-sneaker-women/4012442/full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom</a>

Ecco Soft 7 Sneaker


“Ecco sneakers.” – Lolo, travels monthly

Ecco Soft 7 Sneaker, $, available at Nordstrom

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