Never wear fluffy slippers on a cruise, experts say – Best Life

Cruise enthusiasts know that each line has its own reputation and specific set of guidelines. But there are rules that apply everywhere, especially when it comes to what to wear. As with any getaway, you want to make sure you’re packing your suitcase with the items you’ll actually need, and of course, that means shoes. Not only do you want to feel (and look) your best while enjoying the cooling sea breeze, but it doesn’t make sense to load up on shoes that will end up being a fashion faux pas. Read on to find out which shoes you should never wear on a cruise.

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Of course, some resorts won’t just allow, but encourage guests to ditch their wardrobe and vacation in a comfy, fluffy bathrobe and fluffy slippers. On a cruise, this is generally frowned upon. Again, each particular cruise line has certain guidelines when it comes to dress code, but slippers are never high on the list of suggestions. If there’s still an urge to pack some fluffy slippers, wear them only in the comfort of your own stateroom, says Cruise Critic. You want to make sure you’re comfortable, but not also relaxed. Save the slippers for when you need to recover from your vacation.

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Picking a few sturdy slip-on shoe options can save valuable and much-needed luggage space because they’re easy to dress up or dress down. Whether you’re wearing formal evening wear or poolside swimwear, you can find a versatile pair. It is then possible to get by even without packing flip flops, which can be uncomfortable anyway. Plus, cheap flip flops can break easily, leaving travelers struggling. Life Well Cruised recommends braided sandals in black or nude to dress up or down. You won’t feel uncomfortable or out of place with these.

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Flat, but whimsical options will come in handy. Choose cute shoes that are so comfortable, so that when you walk for hours, you forget about your feet. Life Well Cruised recommends stylish flat sandals like these KOLILI Women’s Flat Sandals which come in black and tan. Inexpensive and multi-faceted, they pair easily with rolled-up jeans, a stylish swimsuit and a pretty black blanket, or even with a little black dress for an aperitif or dinner.

When preparing for a cruise, you may also consider comfortable closed toe walking shoes, according to Fabulous After 40. Sneakers, especially sleek ones, are an amazing option; but don’t sleep on boat shoes. They can be dressed up a bit, while still protecting your feet and providing comfortable walking support.

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Before leaving for the cruise, be sure to take the time to carefully review what is expected of the ship in regards to etiquette and dress code. Each cruise line will provide an overview of what guests should pack for their sea adventure and the excursions they have selected. For example, on Regent Cruises, they require “Country Club Casual” during the day and “Elegant Casual” after 6 p.m., with formal evenings as well. Their dress code guidelines also depend on the length of the cruise. In short, do your homework to ensure you have the best experience possible.

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