How To Pack: Shoes For Sun & Ski

23rd January 2020

TEXT BY Florence Trott | PHOTs BY PUTTONEN RUSKA & Moeez Ali

The goal: Stress free travel and a suitcase smartly packed.

Despite the voices in your head, you don’t need all of these for your holiday.

When executed properly, packing is an art form. A critical part of the vacation process that involves getting everything you need for a week of sun or ski in one.tiny.bag. It’s this last packing pre-requisite that many of us stumble on. Sifting through your favourites, worrying about how your feathered Jimmy Choos will fare in the hold and dreading the impatient sighs of your fellow passengers as your overweight baggage holds up the luggage check. It’s something that many of us dread (hopefully with enough self-awareness to know that it’s a pretty privileged problem). We’re here to rescue the over-packers and serial procrastinators from their luggage-related troubles with our guide to packing efficiently and stylishly for ski and sun.

Think about the destination of your holiday, chances are you’ll spend majority of your time in bed.

PLAN AHEAD – The well-travelled and well-heeled know that it’s all in the planning. Plan a couple of outfits, and opt for pieces you know from experience work. If you’re not wearing them IRL, you’re unlikely to wear them on holiday. Pack what’s easy, reliable and feel-good. Don’t panic pack. It’ll only end in tears – with an over-stuffed suitcase, a room that resembles a sartorial war zone, and the realisation upon arrival that you have, in fact, forgotten one critical thing (invariably sunglasses). Write a list of essentials, and don’t forget your passport. 

ACCESSORIES – The best way to take your clothes from day to night on a trip and eliminating the need for hundreds of outfit options, is with good accessories. The shoe-obsessed should dress from the feet up, with versatile styles that can go from poolside cabana to candle-lit bar. Swap a pair of The Row’s platform flip flops for Bottega Veneta’s cult mules to take a pair of wide leg trousers from day to night, or slip out of Gabriela Hearst’s suede sandals and into Alighieri’s embellished heels to give your white mini legs. 

CARRY ON – Sometimes, less is more. Holidays are meant to be care-free, a time to unshackle yourself from the incessant notifications of an overflowing inbox and the consumerist temptations of modern life. Apply this outlook to your holiday wardrobe, and pack light. Don’t weigh yourself down (both literally and figuratively) with tons of stuff. You can feel smug as you proudly stroll past baggage claim, carry-on in-hand. 

SKI – We all know that a ski trip to Verbier or St Moritz is as much about slope-side style as skiing prowess. Opt for hardworking pieces that are stylish and durable – a pair of snow boots is the most practical option. Moon Boot, Sorel and Moncler are the tried-and-tested champions of the sport, whilst Prada and Fendi’s quilted styles will catch the eye of high-fashion ski aficionados. Head out for aprés in Gucci, Aquazzura or Gianvito Rossi hiking-inspired boots. And socks. Pack lots and lots of socks. 

SUN – Post-Christmas, when you’re nine parts brie and suffering from mince pie withdrawal, a week in the Med or some far-flung island is the perfect remedy to the January blues. Pack a pair of sandals that are versatile enough for market strolls and beachside bars, something for by the pool, and a pair of heeled evening sandals, plus a closed toe shoe for travelling and longer walks. Neutral shades will work with whatever else you’re taking and allow you to streamline. Surely the plan is to be barefoot on the beach most of the day, anyway? Now, stop procrastinating, switch your out of office on, and go pack. 

A kind reminder that on sunny holidays, you’ll mostly be barefoot.

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