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post #1 of 45
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I gather that some folks on this forum go to obsessive lengths to protect shoes (at minimum not wearing their best shoes during inclement weather, etc.).

How about airports/flights? Do you avoid wearing your EGs, Lobbs, C&Js, Tramezzas, etc. while you fly? Especially those of you who fly long-haul flights?
post #2 of 45
I wear them, I pack them, I carry them on. I'm not going without just because I'm traveling. The one exception is when I head to Hawaii for vacation... then I wear a pair.. but only pack the necessary trees and bags... as I am mostly barefooted or in flip flops at the beach.
post #3 of 45
loafers for the shoe check.

everything else gets carried on with me. trees in the shoes, and the shoes in the bags.
post #4 of 45
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loafers for the shoe check.

everything else gets carried on with me. trees in the shoes, and the shoes in the bags.
How many pairs do you carry? And don't all of those things add quite a bit of weight?
post #5 of 45
My Tricker's country shoes weigh the most, so I'm more likely to wear them... unless, of course, I'm going to need boots on the trip. Then I wear them.

Weight limits really come into play with all gunboat shoes and extended foreign travel. Sadly, I find I'm always thinking of the pair(s) left behind. But my luggage has computer gear, as well as very heavy cameras and lenses, so clothing is but a small portion of my luggage.

As much of my travel includes extended periods off-road or in the bush in the tropics, the finest shoes stay behind. Much as I love the cordovan shoes, they're simply too hot.

Loafers are good for the airport, but of so little value in the field that I simply strap on the heaviest I'll need and give the extra few minutes at security to strap back in. A plastic shoe horn is with my passport.

All shoes come off on the long hauls, anyway. They give us such nice slippers...
post #6 of 45
I wear what I want to wear and refuse to be dictated by the gods of airport security... the only inconvenient part of wearing my travel shoe of choice is removing them and lacing it up again after getting through the fine ladies and gentlemen that keep our airports safe, but I don't think its a big deal to sit in a corner and lace it up after anyway.
post #7 of 45
I fly a lot of long haul, and I have to admit that I don't have this terribly well figured just yet.

But my best shot at it thus far is as follows:

I got a pair of Rider chukkas in shell cordovan. They're heavy, but they're refined enough looking that they can really be my workhorse shoes for a few weeks. I can wear them with jeans, or a suit, or casual pants, or dress slacks. They seem to run the gamut. Also good for rain or shine, and highly durable so I can not worry about beating them up as I trudge around airports, train stations, etc. As they only have a few eyelets, they are also quick to get on and off in the airport. So I wear them onto the plane.

Here's the key: buy a cheap pair of slippers for the flight. I got a nothing throwaway pair for less than $20 at the DSW shoe warehouse. In a better world, I'd have a pair of shearlings. But the point is that on a long-haul, you want something comfortable, easy, that's going to be able to deal with your foot swelling, but also be able to deal with the foulness of the bathroom. They'll be handy in your hotel later, too.

This has served me pretty well for trips of up to 3 weeks. I know it's not great to wear one pair of shoes for that long, but my Riders seem up to the task. In a pinch, I will pack one other pair of shoes, either sneakers or another set of dress shoes, depending on the trip. But having one pair of versatile, do-it-all shoes, and being prepared with slippers in the carry-on, is infinitely luxurious and practical.
post #8 of 45
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As much of my travel includes extended periods off-road or in the bush in the tropics, the finest shoes stay behind. Much as I love the cordovan shoes, they're simply too hot.
Don't you wear puttees or gaiters in the tropics?
post #9 of 45
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How many pairs do you carry? And don't all of those things add quite a bit of weight?

last time i flew, 2 pr in the bag + 1 set of trees. It was a bit overkill could have went with what i wore + 1 more pr.
post #10 of 45
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last time i flew, 2 pr in the bag + 1 set of trees. It was a bit overkill could have went with what i wore + 1 more pr.
That's what I do. I wear one nice, dressy pair of loafers and carry one pair of Oxfords -- for trips of 7 days or under. As others have pointed out, long haul flights and hotels provide nice enough slippers.

I like to travel very lightly, so I never take more than 1 pair worn plus 2 pairs in luggage even for longer trips (the third pair would be a good pair of boots if rough terrain is involved).

No trees -- too heavy. I just use newspaper.
post #11 of 45
I travel quite a bit (posting this from my blackberry in my hotel) and I have just now started to wear nicer shoes. I wear a decent pair of laceups on the plane and 1-2 pairs in the bag depending on space avail in my bag. I still like to hold myself to the "don't wear 2 days in a row rule." I also carry at least 1 pair of trees and use the tissue stuff they have in new shoes to cut down on weight.

I like wearing a decent pair in the airports... It sets you apart from the masses of drones wearing their kiltie tassel loafers
post #12 of 45
I wear my aldens everywhere. Have never had any issues (steel shank or not). And yes, I carry a spare plastic shoe horn in my carry-on luggage.
post #13 of 45
I wear (the much-hated, but occasionally loved) side-gusset oxfords: EG Kibworth in edwardian; and, EGxRLPL Edens in mink suede.
post #14 of 45
I resent being forced to remove my shoes at check-in. I am compelled to wear socks.
post #15 of 45
The last few business trips were 3-4 days that I could pull off with only a carry/roll-on if I wore only one pair of shoes. So, I wore a favorite pair. For longer trips I have been taking 2 pairs plus I wear a pair of driving mocks for travel. They are perfect for security lines and sitting in cross country flights. I stopped taking shoe trees years ago when I realized how much weight I was adding. Now, that weight is an issue with extra fees charged past a certain limit, I accomplish the same thing by simply rolling up socks and stuffing them in my shoes. It is lightweight, it economizes space and it works very well. An option to stuffing your shoes, is to use plastic shoe trees by Berlutti. They weigh nothing and work very well.
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