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Travel Shoe Review: Tieks by Gavrieli

Cute. Comfortable. Collapsible. Packable. What more can a traveler ask for in a shoe?

It’s strange how much I adore these shoes, simply because I’ve never been a ballet flat kind of girl. It’s not that I don’t like ballet flats, it’s just I don’t normally like the way they look on me. That is until now! Seriously how cool are these paradise blue snake print flats? Basic black or brown is the color I’d normally go for, but after having just read Patti Smith’s book, Just Kids, I felt like channeling my inner rock star. I’m so glad I did! The wild print adds a little kick when I pair them with jeans.

This is where I could show you a video of how they fold in half and fit inside a little black pouch, and how that little black pouch can be tossed into a cute little tote that can fold up into a tiny ball that fits perfectly inside its own pocket. The pouch and tote come with the shoes. And how the packaging is so cute, you won’t have to have the shoes gift wrapped if you decide to send them to me someone special as a birthday present. But if you’re at all like me, all you care about is how they look and feel. So great, in fact, I’ve worn them three days in a row! They’re made of quality leather and the cushiony blue bottoms provide added  comfort and support so you can go, go, go all day long.

The only downside is they are a bit expensive.  Tieks average about $200 a pair. Honestly if they hadn’t been sent to me as a “gift” after the New York Times quoted me in an article about shoes for travelers, I probably would have never thought to buy them.  Flight attendants are frugal. Only because we have to be! This explains why some of us might get a little too excited to learn there’s a TJ Maxx located within walking distance from our layover hotel, and why we might have to give up a couple of manicures and pedicures to be able to afford them.  But if the old adage is true, you get what you pay for, you won’t have to go to TJ Maxx every two months to buy a new work shoe.

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New York Times: Best shoes for Travel? Ask a Flight attendant

Kelly & Katie Whitney Flat (DSW)

A few days ago New York Times writer Stephanie Rosenbloom contacted me to discuss something very important: Flight attendant shoes. I wouldn’t joke about something as serious as this. The following quotes originally appeared in the article Best Shoes for Travel? Ask a flight attendant that came out today. For the record, my Aerosoles really are cute. I swear I get compliments on them all the time. Don’t believe me?  Check out the picture at the bottom of this post.

Heather Poole, who lives in Los Angeles and has been a flight attendant for more than 15 years, acknowledged that many female flight attendants put Dansko clogs on in the plane but described the shoes as “hideous.” Her favorite in-flight pair? Flats with a cushioned insole ($29.95) from Design Shoe Warehouse. In the terminal she wears shoes by Aerosoles.

“I actually get lots of compliments on those,” she said in an e-mail while her flight from New York to San Diego was delayed.

Like her colleagues, Ms. Poole, who blogs about her life at hpoole.wordpress.com, advises passengers to wear comfortable shoes because you never know when you will have to run for a plane in an airport, or get off a plane should there be an emergency. (This is also why she advises against wearing flip-flops.)

Her solution for tired feet? Upon arriving home after a long trip she uses a heated foot massager by HoMedics.

Here’s the link to my shoe review of the Kelly and Katie Whitney flat from DSW (pictured above).  And yes, I do know my Aerosoles are probably not “regulation,” even though my airline now allows flight attendant shoes to be adorned with staps and buckles.  Just not sure how many straps and buckles.  What I do know is they’re super cute and comfy, which is not an easy combination to find, so I bought a couple of pairs.

Aerosoles

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How many pairs of shoes can a flight attendant pack inside a crew bag for a six day trip?

Calvin Klein Lexa

The answer is six.  Six bendy ballet flats.  At least that’s what I was able to get inside my 22″ Travelpro, along with everything else I needed –  including my four year-old son’s clothing, when I flew from Dallas to Los Angeles last week. 

Normally when I travel I only pack  – at most- two pairs of shoes, but sometimes I somehow wind up acquiring things along the way.  Like three new pairs of shoes!  Hey, these things happen.  Luckily I didn’t have to leave anything behind this time.  That’s right, I was able to squish three new pairs of bendy flats inside my bag.  

The point I’m trying to make here is flats are your friend, especially when you’re on the road and trying to make the most of packing space.

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Flight Attendant In Flight Shoes: Me Too Sierra Button Wedge

Whenever I see a flight attendant wearing six-inch stilettos and walking through the terminal like Beyoncé, I can’t help but think she’s single and looking.  Not that that’s a bad thing!  I’m just saying.  I’m also saying it’s nearly impossible finding shoes that are comfortable and also fashionable, which is why the quest for the perfect flight attendant shoe just never ends.  On a layover last week I found myself at DSW on the hunt for a new pair of in flight shoes, something to change into right after take-off.  I was determined to find something that would not only look cute with a navy blue skirt, but also navy blue trousers.   Here’s what I found….    

 Me Too Sierra Button Wedge, DSW, $49.99

UPDATE:  While I loved the way these shoes looked and felt, the button fell off a month after purchasing them.

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Flight Attendant Shoes: Life Stride – Sindy Tailored Mary Jane

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$39.95 – DSW – Life Stride: Sindy Tailored Mary Jane

UPDATE:  I wound up leaving these behind in a hotel room.  They made my legs look fat.  The husband agreed, they looked a little matronly

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