On vacation, you can wear all the colourful and casual clothing that you like, but you must always be elegant.
– Christian Dior

You can bet that packing light to beat extortionate airline prices didn’t enter Monsieur Dior’s thought process. Being elegant is definitely easier when you have room to fit three Insta-worthy outfits per potential scenario. But what about when you’re cramming a week’s worth of essentials into a carry-on?

We have the top suitcase packing tips and tricks you need to know to pack shoes, which are typically your bulkiest items, like a pro. FitFlop styles have the added bonus of being incredibly lightweight; worries of overweight cases begone!

How to pack shoes in a suitcase and still have room for tacky-but-amazing souvenirs on the journey home

It might sound impossible, but try not to stuff your suitcase to bursting point. You want to leave space for those holiday impulse buys that will make you smile every time you see them (how could you not buy that baguette-shaped fridge magnet for your best friend?). Here’s how it’s done.

Step 1: Be organised and pack shoes first

Clear off the bed, it’s time to plan outfits by laying everything out together. Make sure you have the perfect pair of shoes to go with each one, but also that you don’t need 15 different pairs for one week. Once you’ve figured out what you need, pop these in your case first.

Step 2: Get into Tetris mode: flip shoes to fit together

How you place them makes all the difference. Pair shoes up, heel to toe, to maximise space. Take it a ‘packing pro’ step further by stuffing socks, underwear, and any other soft odds and ends into the toes. Saves space and also holds the shape, double win!

Step 1: Be organised and pack shoes first

Clear off the bed, it’s time to plan outfits by laying everything out together. Make sure you have the perfect pair of shoes to go with each one, but also that you don’t need 15 different pairs for one week. Once you’ve figured out what you need, pop these in your case first.

Step 2: Get into Tetris mode: flip shoes to fit together

How you place them makes all the difference. Pair shoes up, heel to toe, to maximise space. Take it a ‘packing pro’ step further by stuffing socks, underwear, and any other soft odds and ends into the toes. Saves space and also holds the shape, double win!

Step 3: Break out the tote bags to prevent damage and protect your items

Plastic bags are rubbish, literally. We recommend carrying one or two cloth tote bags with you at all times. They take up so little space in a handbag, plus they work doubly hard for your holiday. Place your sorted and stuffed shoes inside them in your luggage to stop any debris transferring to your clothes. Give them a shake out when you arrive and you have your eco-friendly shopping bags.

Step 4: Don’t forget your travel day outfit

Wearing your bulkiest pair of shoes on the day you’re travelling is the final step to packing glory. We recommend one of our excellent pairs of sneakers for this. Chic and comfortable is the name of the game when you team our Rally or Airmesh styles with anything from a midi dress to an athleisure-inspired hoody and leggings combo.

Step 3: Break out the tote bags to prevent damage and protect your items

Plastic bags are rubbish, literally. We recommend carrying one or two cloth tote bags with you at all times. They take up so little space in a handbag, plus they work doubly hard for your holiday. Place your sorted and stuffed shoes inside them in your luggage to stop any debris transferring to your clothes. Give them a shake out when you arrive and you have your eco-friendly shopping bags.

Step 4: Don’t forget your travel day outfit

Wearing your bulkiest pair of shoes on the day you’re travelling is the final step to packing glory. We recommend one of our excellent pairs of sneakers for this. Chic and comfortable is the name of the game when you team our Rally or Airmesh styles with anything from a midi dress to an athleisure-inspired hoody and leggings combo.

The stylish side of packing tips: what to bring?

Taking a city break

With three to four days to spend sightseeing and soaking up culture, all you need is one pair of sandals and one pair of sneakers. Embellished and colourful styles are your day-to-night heroes for all-day comfort and style appeal. Check out our dedicated Holiday Shop section for plenty more inspiration.

Hitting the beach

Flip-flops are essential, and our rainbow-like range includes a colour to match with pretty much any bikini. You can dream up. For evening you might want a dressier sandal that will go with a selection of looks. Once again, our Holiday Shop has you covered with plenty of suggestions for beach days and evenings out for dinner or drinks.

For the guys

All of the same packing tips apply for the boys of course. Check out our men’s Holiday Shop selection for the perfect pairs to accompany any destination.

Wherever you’re off to, we hope the weather plays along and the photos turn out flattering.

Bon voyage!