5 Shoes to Pack for Your Next FAM Trip

Packing for familiarization trips can be challenging—particularly with footwear as FAMs mix business with pleasure and a ton of walking to boot (pun intended). To make it easier, we’ve compiled five pairs of shoes to add to your packing list the next time you’re headed on a multiday site visit. Tieks_21. Your Go-To Shoe When it comes to travel footgear, the versatile Tieks by Gavrieli are a planner’s dream. Not only can these ballet flats be dressed up or down, their split-sole design allows them to fold in half, making them easy to throw into a purse or carry-on without sacrificing space. Made with Italian leather, hand-stitched insoles and nonskid rubber soles, Tieks come in so many hues they could make up the color spectrum. $175+ Nike2. Walk the Walk You can’t go on a site visit without a good pair of walking shoes. Our faves right now are Nike’s Free RN Flyknit, which come in a variety of colors including pink, orange, violet and blue. (You can also design your own custom pair online.) Constructed to stretch in all directions upon impact, this shoe gives flexibility for your feet to act naturally. Don’t bother throwing these kicks in your suitcase—they’re so comfy, you’ll want to sport them at the airport too. $130
petra_black_MainProduct3. Business as Usual When it’s time to take care of business, all you need is a classic pair of Mary Janes. Trotters, a brand that prides itself on fashion-forward comfort, makes a kitten heel you could walk in all day: The Petra comes in several colors including red suede, black leather and patent nude. The heel is only 2 inches tall and has Trotters’ Comfort Cup built in to the insole to reduce stress upon impact. $115   Naturalizer4. A Night on the Town You don’t have to pack extra outfits when you have the right accessories. Play up your daytime outfit with Naturalizer’s flirty Danya sandals. No work and all play, the sandals won’t kill your feet during late-night outings. Crafted with lightweight materials and extra cushioning, the 3.5-inch platform heels come in floral, taupe, silver, pewter and black. $80  
Chooka5. Right as Rain It’s all fun and games until you ruin your favorite pair of shoes during an outdoor FAM activity that happens rain or shine. Enter Chooka’s packable rain boots. Unlike regular rain boots warranting enough space to fill an entire suitcase, Chooka’s packable rainwear is made from a lightweight, flexible rubber and can fold down to the size of a flip-flop. They also come in three different styles: black, navy and polka dot. $70