Sneakers can be clunky, hard to smoosh and add unwanted pounds to your carry-on, right? Not anymore.

Athletic-wear brands are stepping up their footwear game, designing lightweight and fashionable options ideal for fit traveling.

So, whether you plan to run 10 miles or are just hoping to explore a foreign city by foot, check out our top picks for utterly packable shoes—no baggage fee required.

Nike Free 4.0 FlyKnit
Nike’s Flyknit model was inspired by a runner’s desire for a shoe that fits like a sock—lightweight, flexible and breathable. The upper part of the sneaker is a virtually seamless covering made of polyester yarn for maximum stretch, while the durable sole contains grooves to help absorb surface impact. And with colors ranging from electric green to pure platinum, you’re sure to find a shade that fits the look of your destination.

Packing tip: Not a centimeter of space left in your suitcase? Tie FlyKnit’s lightweight laces around the handles of your bag.


Adidas Adizero Primeknit Boost Shoes
Light as a feather and durable as a Maytag dishwasher, these kicks are the ultimate travel companion. A mesh upper, foam midsole and sturdy rubber bottom offer optimum support and stability. Weighing in at a little over half a pound, these sneakers are feather light. And with Adidas’s signature tri-stripe detail, they look as good as they feel.

Packing tip: Make sure your clothes stay fresh by washing the soles of your sneakers before your trip.


Moc3 RunAmoc
Running shoe expert Mike Friton designed the Moc3 for the ultimate “barefoot” sneaker experience. Handcrafted in Oregon out of perforated leather, these slip-on sneaks are the answer to our packing prayers. Their lightweight material and thin soles – 2mm to be exact – allow for each shoe to be rolled up into a ball. Throw them in your suitcase, carry-on, briefcase or purse for any workout on vacation away from home.

Packing tip: Want to stay comfy and save suitcase space? Wear this pair on the plane to overcome the perils of packing.


Author: Catie Horseman