Brands such as Mephisto and Teva are familiar stomping grounds for comfort-driven travelers. And hiking boots are a special breed. (Asolo-usa.com comes recommended). But for women who want function and fashion, foldable Tieks by Gavrieli ballet flats ($165-$295; exclusively at tieks.com) are a favorite of Abercrombie & Kent travel clients, and they could pass for Lanvin. Best-selling novelist Jodi Picoult calls them "perfect for an author who has to live out of a suitcase for a month at a time while on book tour."For men, the stigma against the white-tennis-shoed-American-tourist has lifted (with some terms and conditions). Brian Bolke, owner of the Dallas designer boutiques Forty Five Ten and Five & Ten, travels at home and abroad in his simply sophisticated Common Projects white Achilles Low sneakers ($398 at fortyfiveten.com). "They go anywhere, day or night, and are easy to clean," he assured. Nordstrom just added the brand to its men's assortment.
Bill Hogan, Chicago Tribune
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