There are two types of packers in the world: those that throw everything they own into a suitcase, and those that carefully stuff each packing cube with the order demanded by a drill sergeant. And let’s be honest, the art of perfect packing involves planning, especially when you’re trying to pack light. In the winter this can be slightly tricky, but in the summer, it’s more than doable.
One of the stickiest aspects of packing light is the question of “How do I leave enough room to pack an extra pair of sneakers so I can keep training and working out while I’m traveling?” Luckily, the fitness industry has come a long way from the bulky, over-supportive styles of running shoes past. Now it’s easy to find sneakers that look good, feel great and keep your feet happy all day long. Whether you’re running around Lady Bird Lake or walking around the Louvre, these ten styles bring performance and style to the table.
Nike Epic React Flyknit 2
These lightweight, yet plush Nike running sneakers are a smart choice for runners looking to log up to 10 miles. They work double duty when you’re flying out to a race and need a pair of shoes that will keep your legs feeling good before your shakeout run — and all day at the expo.
Hoka One One Hupana Wool
From the first time we laid eyes on the Hoka One One Hupana Wool runners we couldn’t help but think of the Allbirds Wool Runners, which are great weekend sneakers; we don’t want to run in them for fear of ruining the exterior, plus there’s no support in the sidewalls — but they can handle full days on your feet. The Hupana is a great sneaker for someone looking for a bit of support and they are easy to scrunch down so there’s plenty of added space for the extra wine bottle or rolled up map you’re bringing home in your suitcase.
New Balance Fresh Foam Lazr V2 HypoKnit
At just $100, the second version of the Fresh Foam Lazr is a steal. These shoes are under 10-ounces, and the sleek upper, made from Hydroknit, is tighter around certain parts of your feet where you might need added support (like under the toes and along the interior and exterior of the shoe for over- or under-pronators). A pillow-like tongue ties it all together.
Under Armour SpeedForm Slingshot 2
The Under Armour SpeedForm is another pair of runners that are affordable and good-looking. Offered in grey or black, these minimalist sneakers are ideal for a Cherry Blossom 5K and the whirlwind city tour that happens after the run. The knit fabric will stretch if your feet swell, so you don’t have to worry about all the time you spend standing.
APL TechLoom Pro
These single-color sneakers work for shorter distances, yet are also simple enough to match every outfit you pack — there are 27 different colors. And did I mention they’re lightweight? We also love these low profile sneakers for gym days as well.
Adidas Pureboost Go Shoes
It’s hard to find all black sneakers with a matching black sole, but these Adidas Pureboost Go shoes fit the bill. With Boost foam underfoot and a stretchy upper, these sneakers can handle anything city exploring throws at you. At 10.3 ounces, these are a bit heavier than others on this list, but there’s a reason the Adidas Ultraboost style sells out so quickly — the responsive and soft foam helps return energy to your body so your feet won’t be as tired at the end of the day as opposed to a day spent in flip flops or boots.
Puma Hybrid NX Shoes
The breathable sock-like upper in Puma’s Hybrid sneakers features plenty of support thanks to an external heel cup (labeled with Puma) and two types of foam underfoot. The blended shoe comes in five different colors. While the heel cup won’t fold down, the rest of the sneaker will collapse and squish together so a pair could fit in your briefcase, if needed.
Reebok Fast Flexweave
Imagine all the technology in the Reebok Floatride run, just at a lower price, with a denser (read: more comfortable and firm) midsole. At only $100 (or less) this gym and running shoe is the ideal blend of performance and stretch that’s built to last, no matter how many gyms you visit.
These Asics sneakers have no laces, but don’t let that dissuade you from taking them out for a quick jaunt. The sock-like construction is tight around your feet, so buy half a size up so there’s some space for your toes to breathe.
Nike Free RN 5.0 2019
The minimalist look and feel of the Nike Free is a cornerstone of what makes these lightweight sneakers instantly recognizable. The updated 2019 version is 26 percent more flexible than previous versions, and the upper is 100 percent different. We like to imagine what shoes would look like if we were going to space — this would be it.