As you know, fall is here and winter is coming, which means gone (for now) are the days of throwing your little summer sandals in your suitcase and being on your merry way. Your footwear will soon be competing with bulky sweaters and coats for space, and cold-weather shoes are typically much bulkier than their spring and summer counterparts. Packing for fall and winter trips is honestly such a predicament, but the least I can do to help is to tackle the shoe component.
It really doesn't help that bulky shoes have been trending since last fall, and while you may want to bring your chunky lug-sole Chelsea boots, they might take up half of your suitcase. (For this reason, I advise wearing those on the plane.) Instead, you're going to want to pack shoes made of flexible materials that can be folded or smooshed a bit if needed, with thin(ish) soles.
I did lots of searching and found 29 pairs of packable, stylish shoes that fit the bill. They may not take up as little room as your summer shoes, but we're doing the best we can.
Staud Gina Shearling Mules ($395)
The ultimate cozy flats, and they have a slim profile.
BY FAR Este Leather Ankle Boots ($475)
I own these and often pack them for trips. They're so lightweight and comfortable, and you can even fold the shaft without messing them up.
Hunter Original Roll Top Sherpa Snow Boots ($145)
Be prepared for inclement weather with these flexible boots.
Reformation Paola Ballet Flats ($178)
These adorable flats are obviously better for fall than winter.
Mango Leather Pointed Ankle Boots ($100)
The low heel and slim and sleek shape make these great for travel (plus the price is right).
New Balance 574 Classic Sneakers ($80)
You're going to need sneakers, and New Balance's are always nice and lightweight.
Birkenstock Arizona Shearling-Lined Suede Sandals ($130)
Give me all the shearling-lined shoes.
Loeffler Randall Dakota Black Ankle Bootie ($395)
The sole on these lug-sole boots is far slimmer than most, and the shaft is slim and flexible.
Madewell The Layne Clog Mules in Shearling ($138)
Like I said about shearling…
Who What Wear Collection Kayla Mules ($109)
If you want to pack a pair of heels, you can't go wrong with these.
Rothy's The Driver Loafers ($185)
These popular loafers will take up very minimal space, and they're wildly comfortable.
Staud Lars Boots ($450)
The 2021 version of sock boots.
Mango Leather Penny Loafers ($130)
You can't go wrong with a pair of penny loafers.
Sam Edelman Lydell Boots ($180)
The knit makes these a little lighter (and more squishable) than an all-leather pair.
Charles & Keith Penny Loafers ($56)
Loafers are so versatile, which is why I included so many in this roundup.
Everlane The Scrunch Flat ($125)
These bendy, squishable shoes are the only flats you'll need to pack.
Franco Sarto Boca Mules ($99)
Mules take up less space than loafers, and they're just as on-trend.
Zara Cowboy Split Leather Ankle Boots ($80)
These may have a bulkier block heel, but the thin upper material makes up for it.
Mango Heel Leather Shoes ($150)
These walkable heels are such a vibe.
Reformation Agathea Chunky Loafer ($248)
They're chunky, but you'll wear them so much they may be the only shoes you'll need to pack.
Neous Ran 80mm Boots ($675)
A great option for nights out during your travels.
Rothy's The Merino Ankle Boots ($245)
These newly released boots are probably going to sell out fast.
Allbirds Wool Lounger Fluffs ($98)
This is as wintry as sneakers get.
Tamara Mellon Stow Flats ($595)
Very cozy, minus the bulk.
Paris Texas Velour Slouchy Boots ($860)
Scrunchy boots are great for packing.
Ugg Ultra Mini Classic Boot ($140)
These iconic boots are extremely light and much smaller than most Ugg boots.
Zara Leather Slingback Heels ($119)
Just for fun.
Malone Souliers Lia Shearling Flat Loafers ($595)
As chic as they are warm.
Veja V-10 Flannel Sneakers ($130)
Like I said, you're going to need sneakers on your trip, so they might as well be cute (and not too bulky).
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