You might be heading to Ibiza to have a party in the Mediterranean sea, but not before you’ve mastered the dreaded and somewhat tedious art of successful suitcase packing. Why? One word, two syllables, 9 letters – stressful. Whether you’re packing for your other half who seems to think one pair of swimmers, two tees and a pair of flip flops will suffice for two weeks, or you’re frantically running around trying to pack three separate suitcases for your children who are grizzling at the thought of a weak WiFi connection, we could all benefit from a little bit of direction when it comes to deciding what is worthy of jetting overseas with us. Whether you’re an over-packer or a less is more kind of person, stress levels can go into overdrive.
Considering all variables, the equation we’re left trying to figure out is what on earth to pack? While we won’t go over the basics, what we will do is provide a footwear tick-list to ensure all bases are covered. Practical, on-trend and occasion appropriate are the three golden rules you need to remember. Ladies and gentleman, here’s how to pack your summer suitcase like a pro. Let’s start with all you females out there who may be stressing about what shoes you’ll need. If you’re currently having flashbacks to when you were slumped up against your bedroom wall trying to cram those stilettos you never wore into your suitcase with a 15kg limit, stop worrying because here’s a guide to the bare minimum without sacrificing style.
The Practical Shoe: Trainers (Ladies)
Forget chunky trainers, say hello to a lightweight and wearable summer staple. The gorgeous monochrome tropical print provides a sleek twist on an adidas classic, with gold metallic branding for a perfectly polished finish. Light, bright and laid-back is the vibe which perfectly complements an airport run or a day of adventurous exploring to avoid any mishaps after one glass of Sangria too many. While there are so many adidas Gazelle variations, we particularly like this cool print which offers the best in style and comfort, all day long.
The Day Shoe: Sliders (Ladies)
The ideal holiday piece, this Lacoste summer slider has a fresh nautical feel. Ideal for popping on around the pool or for a leisurely stroll along the beach, this fuss-free and fashionable footwear is a luxe addition to any summer suitcase. The punched leather strap and metal croc branding scream premium, while offering optimum versatility to be mixed and matched with multiple holiday outfits. High quality and serious style is a combination not to be missed from this simple Lacoste slider, so what are you waiting for?
The Evening Shoe: Flatforms (Ladies)
No holiday suitcase would be complete without something a little special. These showstopper Paul Smith flatforms utterly embrace evening glam while maintaining a fresh and feminine feel. Nude leather combined with a partially white sole and a lime green colour pop offers the perfect unique colour block balance. Totally on-trend, incredibly comfortable and unimaginably secure with leather lining and a sturdy buckle that enables you to create ultimate holiday glam with ease. It’s as simple as that.
The Practical Shoe: Trainers (Men)
Nike have done it again with a unique twist on an Air Max classic. The Turbulence trainers showcase a perspex tube along the back of the sole for an even more quirky and urban update. The light, almost pastel grey, colour is the perfect palette to be included in your summer suitcase as it avoids any heavy or chunky hues. The woven design is in a breathable material which is perfect for a hotter climate. What’s more, if you wear them to the airport, you can avoid taking up masses of suitcase space. Win, win.
The Day Shoe: Sliders (Men)
When we’re on holiday we don’t like fuss, we don’t like complication and we certainly don’t like wasting time on selecting shoes when there’s sun to be soaked up and pools to be dipped in. Sliders are the perfect solution for simple and effective footwear, and Diesel are offering a sports luxe alternative. Just because you’re relaxing doesn’t mean you can’t be on-trend, does it? The jelly material erases any worry of them getting wet or ruined because they’re totally holiday-proof. What more could you want?
The Evening Shoe: Slip-On (Men)
This lightweight and perfectly packable modern slip is new for the summer season. Smart casual is usually the preferred evening attire and this navy knitted Lacoste number can simply be pulled on with ease in the evenings. The neutral navy and simple heel branding allows for endless outfit options which is more often than not a winner when it comes to male fashion. The Lacoste L.YDRO trainers are a breath of fresh air, ironically with breather holes to the sole – a unique design we’re proud to showcase this summer.
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