What's New, What's Hot is Travel Weekly's look at useful and fun travel gadgets, edited by Joe Rosen. Click on the image to open a slideshow of all of the featured products for October.
Travel attire for this month's trip: Spira Classic Leather Comfort/Cushion Walking Shoe:
Sightseeing can be tough on your feet, so any footwear that helps make light of cobblestone streets and the like is a welcome addition to any traveler's wardrobe. Take these shoes, for example. They feature patented stainless-steel coils in the heel and forefoot designed to provide unique cushioning and resiliency that, in the words of the manufacturer, enable wearers "to stand, walk, run and compete with less strain and fatigue than other shoes." Other attributes include an external shank for midfoot support and stability; a generous fit for use with orthotics; a removable, molded EVA foot-bed; an all-leather upper; and a slip-resistant rubber outsole. Available in black and white, in a range of sizes for women and men. $140; www.spira.com
. Pakems High-Top Portable Boots:
Designed for skiers looking for a bit of apres-ski comfort, but also a perfect solution for tourists with tired tootsies at the end of a day, Pakems boots weigh only about 15 ounces and can be compressed to a two-inch profile so they can be stashed inside a handy carry bag, which itself only weighs 3.4 ounces. The bag, which is bought separately, comes with a removable belt to attach to ski gear or baggage or can be used as a shoulder strap. The boots, lightweight, warm and water-resistant, sport a one-handed lacing system and come in a variety of colors and styles for women and men. $70; www.pakems.com
. Very Lovely Soles Shoes and Linge Ballet Flats:
Both products offer attractive, functional and convenient solutions for high-heeled females whose feet take a beating in airports and on the way to business meetings. The Very Lovely Soles Embellish-Slate model, one of many styles, features a leather upper, padded insole, leather and rubber outsole and half-inch heel. All leathers are imported from Italy. $170; www.verylovelysoles.com
. The Linge Ballet Flats are lightweight and compact, an easy fit in a carry-on or purse. A true ballet shoe that doubles as a travel flat, the Linges feature a soft leather outer, leather interior lining, an elastic ankle strap that can be worn inside or outside the foot and an elastic tie that can be tightened for a perfect fit. Eight models are offered. $59; www.lingeshoes.com
. Vionic Tahoe Sneakers:
This podiatrist-designed line of sneakers for women employs built-in orthotic technology to help alleviate pain in your feet, knees, lower legs and back, with the added benefit of improving posture and balance. By realigning your feet to their natural (neutral) position, so theory goes, the Vionic sneakers enable wearers to best negotiate hard and unnatural surfaces. A flexible and lightweight rubber outsole with patterned tread helps improve traction, while contrast laces and stitching complete the picture. This line is recommended by Dr. Andrew Weil, if that is important to you. $99.95; www.orthaheelusa.com
. Scottevest Travel Vest:
Once you wear it on a trip, you can't imagine going anyplace without it. This comfortable, lightweight and good-looking vest has 24 hidden pockets and compartments, boasts what Scottevest calls its Weight Management System to balance your carried items and "NoBulge" pockets to keep you looking trim while you are toting your safely stored valuables. It even has an iPad pocket (and not just for the Mini, either). Water-repellent as well as wrinkle- and stain-resistant, the vest has a breathable mesh lining. Machine-washable, the Travel Vest could be the only outerwear you will have need and could actually make your carry-on luggage all but irrelevant. Available in men's and women's sizes, in black, navy and khaki. $125; www.scottevest.com
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