The best way to explore an amazing new city or hotspot is on foot. And as this season’s fashion dictates, it’s all about a chic flat. From statement sneakers to the chic ballerina, classic loafers, and sexy sandals, here’s our curated guide to the best flats for travel.

The Shoe: Chic Ballerina

Shop: Ava Ballerina Flat by Nisolo

It was style icon Audrey Hepburn who gave the classic ballerina its status as an enduring must-have. Chic, comfortable and practical, the ballerina looks will pair perfectly with everything in your wardrobe. Look for them in timeless black, tan or leopard or in colors and prints to make your look pop. These tan pointed toe nubuck ballerinas, sustainably handmade in León, Mexico, are like a cushion for your foot. 

Style Tip: Accessorize with a flirty mid-length maxi-dress or your favorite jeans and a crisp button-down.

The Shoe: Classic Loafer 

Shop: La Sacca Donna by M. Gemi

All hail the classic Gucci horsebit loafer, a coveted fashion icon that simply never goes out of style (and is well worth the investment). Where Gucci leads, others follow, and right now with the loafer having a moment, there’s plenty of classic styles to add to your shoe arsenal.  Like this sweet blue suede shoe, or rather moccasin-inspired loafer, which also comes in snake print if you really want to go all in. 

Style Tip: Accessorise with a wide-leg cropped pant or jean, graphic tee, and blazer.   

The Shoe: Sporty Sneaker

Shop: The Court Sneaker by Everlane

The sporty-inspired sneaker trend, shows no signs of slowing down as the ultimate fashion staple that will work with everything in your wardrobe, while providing maximum comfort. There’s a legion of fans for Nike’s classic Air Force 1 ‘07 (which now comes in a lower style), but if you want to walk to your own beat (literally) these best-selling white leather Court Sneakers by the eco-conscious Everlane are top of our wish list.

Style Tip: Accessorise with anything, a classic white sneaker will give elevated skirts, dresses, and of course more casual pants and jeans a cool, sporty, street edge.

The Shoe: Statement Sandal

Shop: Parker Leather Sandals by Rag and Bone

The great news about the trailblazing trend for chunky, (bordering on ugly, which is what makes them fabulous) sandals is they make a fashion-forward style statement, while being so tough and comfortable you could hike in them. Even the humble Birkenstock has got a fashion makeover these days courtesy or Proenza Schouler. We love these by Rag and Bone (they come in black and tan) as they walk the fine line between chunky and elegant.  

Style Tip: Accessorize by letting your shoes to the taking (and walking).  They will give every outfit, major fashion kudos.