While the debate over airport leggings rages on, travel shoes that are both comfy and chic will always have universal appeal—just ask the world’s best-dressed women. This summer, the best footwear in the departure lounge went way beyond the standard travel sneaker, with a myriad of styles and silhouettes that give new meaning to a first-class finish.
Take Alicia Vikander, for example. When the actress turned up as Los Angeles International Airport this week, she wore an optic-white ankle boot that toed the line between form and function. Not long before that, Rihanna elevated her powder-blue velour tracksuit with a pair of slick white boots of her own, only hers came with a spiked stiletto primed for a bad gal stance. Others, including Victoria Beckham, continued to raise the bar with their airport shoe motto, one that reads “the higher the better” (see the strappy sandals she wore earlier this season). Even passengers who prefer a more traditional option took the tennis shoe to cool new heights, like Rita Ora with her vintage-inspired kicks or Bella Hadid in those streetwise creepers.
The most avid and well-accessorized travelers of all were Kate Middleton and her daughter Princess Charlotte. They have a practical approach to travel style, with shoes (suede pumps for the Duchess, buckled slip-ons for the little Princess) that work in multiple time zones and for multiple royal engagements.
Above, see these and more of the best celebrity airport shoes of the summer.[“Source-vogue”]