When it comes to holiday travel -- and other fall and winter getaways -- nobody wants to schlep, pay for, and wait on a checked bag. Carry-ons are the name of the game. Unfortunately, that usually means leaving your favorite cool-weather footwear, including boots, behind. But we’re here to prove that you can wear weather-appropriate kicks on vacation, yet still travel light. Forget stiff, thick, and clunky styles that eat up your entire bag. These six boot styles are flexible and fold into your suitcase much more easily than most. So, whether you’re headed back home to reconnect with family, taking off for a brisk long weekend, or hitting the road for an outdoor adventure, get ready to strut in style while lightening your load.
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features OOfoam technology and a patented footbed design to reduce pressure on ankles and lower backs — the parts that always seem to take a beating while traveling. The boot is lightweight, with a shaft that can be rolled down, making it a easy to toss into your bag. The minimalist design of the shaft is also a plus versatility-wise: easily wear it all the way up, rolled part way, or scrunched down entirely.
Collapsible and packable, these boots are more than chic; they’re built to last. The flexible rubber sole — and waterproof Italian calf suede — just won’t quit. One frequent flier we know has been transporting this exact pair for a decade, and they’re still kickin’ it.
Moms and dads know that boots for little feet don’t necessarily take up little space. However, these are super-sleek and weigh practically nothing. The top part of this boot is neoprene, meaning it’s easy to manipulate for packing. Whether your kiddo is splashing in a puddle in grandma’s driveway, or stomping through snow at a mountain resort, these will keep his or her tootsies toasty.
The goes-with-anything can also go anywhere conveniently in your suitcase. The slouchy vamp adds oomph while subtracting heft. Simply unzip the side zipper, and these block heel beauties nest together and tuck into your bag nicely and tidily.
Handmade in Portugal, these Amy Johnson were originally made for flight attendants, but are now being snapped up by comfort-seeking globetrotters who don’t like being weighed down. The butter-soft leather is so pliable that it’s easy to fold these shoes down to take up no more room in your bag than a pair of jeans — which, by the way, these will look great with.
In addition to being lightweight, waterproof, and bright, these boots have a heavy-duty, yet foldable, fabric that makes them easy to fold and pack. A microfleece lining and gusseted tongue will keep your feet warm and dry, whether your winter travels take you hiking or exploring slick city streets.
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