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Packing for a summer holiday? Follow the ‘3 shoe rule'

Many of us do well with packing the right clothing for a vacation but struggle with what shoes to pack. Whittling down your choices to just a few pairs can be tough, so we’re sharing a favourite travel tip: the '3 shoe rule.'

3 shoe rule packing for summer

Yes, you guessed it – the '3 shoe rule' is only pack THREE pairs of shoesFor a summer vacation, this typically means a pair of sneakers and two pairs of sandals – one dressy and one casual.  It’s simple really. You may want to swap a pair of sandals for a ballet flat or swap the sneakers for hiking sandals, but try to stick to just three pairs that will work for the activities you’re planning.

Chances are you’ll be doing more walking and sightseeing on holiday, so there should be more emphasis on shoes that are comfortable, lightweight, durable and versatile. With this in mind, we’ve taken the 3-shoe rule and put together our own trios for typical summer vacations to show how it works.


Footwear for a beach getaway should be casual and fun.

1. Casual sandal Choose a pair that you can wear on the sand but also to lunch or drinks like these Ivy Lee Sandals that take up almost no space in your luggage!
2. Sneaker  For exploring beyond the beach, try the P448 Audrey sneaker with a cute dress, shorts or pants to support your feet wherever your wanderings take you.

3. Dressy sandal  Slip on a pair of designer slides to polish off your evening look. These Pons Quintana Buckle Slides look effortlessly elegant with a long dress once the sun goes down.

Shoes for a Beach Getaway


1. Casual sandal  It’s hard to beat a pair of flat black and white slides for a go-everywhere, do-everything shoe. Arche's Makhao slides look smart with skirts, dresses, pants and shorts, making them an all round winner.
2. Sneaker Always pick a versatile sneaker that looks gorgeous but can also be used for light running and gym activities.  L’Ecologica's sparkly sneakers are a great lightweight option and can also be dressed up with silver jewellery.
3. Dressy sandal  For evening, choose a block or wedge heel that goes with classic tailored outfits through to cocktail dresses. These on-trend periwinkle Unisa block sandals will add personality to any neutral or blue outfit and look great with flowing pants, dresses and natural linen clothing.

Shoes for a Resort Holiday or Conference


A wardrobe for a weekend in the city should always include versatile classics and comfortable sneakers.

1. Casual sandal  Swap in a classic balllet flat - these pair perfectly with any urban outfit and suit any weather. Arche's chic ballet flats feature a latex sole and soft uppers making them super-comfortable walking shoes for seeing the city sights in style.
2. Sneaker  L'Ecologica's lavender sneakers are a great way to add a pop of very 'now' colour to your neutral outfits. They'll take you all the way from your morning walk through to dinner.
3. Dressy sandal  Arche's supremely comfortable Grinidi sandal with its black and white spots is a stylish option for dressier dinners or the theatre. It will easily coordinate with almost any colour outfit.

    Shoes for a City Break


    Casual Sandal The M Jus studded slide provides an understated edge with its metallic paisley pin studs. Dressed up or down, they’re perfect for visiting wineries and historic towns.
    Sneaker When it comes to long country walks, comfort is king. That’s why you’ll love these Hoff Sneakers in beautiful warm pastel tones featuring a memory foam insole and a serrated rubber sole.
    Dressy sandal Swap in a classic loafer which pairs well with slim ankle-skimming pants, flowing floral dresses and even shorts. Throw on a lightweight blazer with these classy L’Ecologica nude loafers and you’re all set for a cool country night!

    Women's shoes for a Country Weekend

    Following the '3 shoe rule' will help to keep your suitcase light and your feet happy. It should work for most typical sightseeing holidays. The only time you might want to relent is to throw in a pair of thongs for around the pool or hotel. Just make sure you wear in your shoes before taking them away. There’s nothing worse than sore feet on holiday!

    Have a trip coming up that would challenge the 3 shoe rule?  Come in to Booty Shoes Potts Point and we’ll see how we can help. We still have plenty of gorgeous summer styles instore and there’s lots of amazing reductions now too.

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