This winter and spring, I have several city destinations on my travel list, plus outdoor adventures that won’t involve snow. I need shoes that can go from the plane to the city streets and the hotel to the trails. Two picks for two different environments below!
This casual yet active shoe has its roots in the boating world (Astral is known for their water and deck shoes). The Hemp Loyak is my lifestyle pick to go with skinny jeans, capri pants, skirts and travel dresses when I need something more substantial than sandals. These shoes came along for the ride when I was in Greece, working perfectly on uneven cobblestones and stairs. They’re lightweight and bendable, so you can stuff them easily into your luggage, and the rubber outsole is more than ready for moderate climbs and trails.
Pick up the Hemp Loyak in three understated colors that will go with just about anything: denim, desert khaki, and granite gray. I have the granite gray and there’s definitely a light blue undertone. Grab a pair in women’s 6-14 for $100 on the Astral site.
Need something a bit more substantial, that still won’t scream ‘hiking shoe’? The KEEN Explore sneaker doubles effortlessly as a hiker, while remaining lightweight (though not as packable as the Astral). It’s waterproof, however, and the performance mesh keeps your foot temperature regulated, whether you’re on the plane or on the trail. You get 4 mm multi-directional lugs for traction, the Konncetfit heel-capture system for a very secure step, and a notch in the back for Achilles comfort.
The Explore also comes in a high ankle version if you need the extra stability. You get your pick of six vibrant colors, including some neutrals, in sizes 5-12 in women’s for $130 on the KEEN site.