The Best Shoe Pouches for Travel

Keep sneakers, heels, hiking boots and more organized with these top-rated packing cubes and bags.

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July 11, 2022

Our Top Shoe Packing Picks:

Even the most seasoned packing pros struggle with shoes. They're just so awkward to pack, especially big, clunky hiking boots that take up a lot of space. Or nice dress shoes that you don't want to scuff or crush in checked luggage. Cue the shoe cubes, pouches, bags and covers. We've rounded up the best organizers to keep your shoes protected in suitcases, compressed in a camp pack and we even found the best shoe bag for the chronic overpacker who needs all. the. shoes. Take a look at these top-rated picks below — most under $20! — and find the best shoe organizer for your next trip.

Best Shoe Cube

We already awarded Away's Shoe Cube as the best packing cube for shoes and for good reason: It's the G.O.A.T. of shoe bags. The cube is sturdy to protect dress shoes, and it comes with a removable divider, which is handy for separating pairs or individual shoes so they don't scuff. Plus, it comes in two different sizes and multiple colors. The top mesh sleeve is also handy for packing thin flip flops or dress socks.

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Best Shoe Cube Set

While we love Away's cube, it's not as practical if you're traveling with multiple pairs of shoes. It's also not as budget-friendly. For the price of one large Away shoe cube, you can snag two shoe cubes from Calpak. These cubes are more like traditional packing cubes and less sturdy, meaning it's easier to squish into a carry-on. And we love that, like Calpak's other packing cube sets, the shoe cubes come in trendy colors and prints such as this limited-time daisy.

Best Shoe Bag

At under $15, these zipper shoe bags from Pack All are a great budget alternative to fancy shoe cubes. And they're almost entirely waterproof — except for the zipper piece — giving you peace of mind that should your toiletries spill, your shoes will be protected from stains. The same goes for protecting your clothes and souvenirs from soggy wet boots.

Best Compression Shoe Cube

If you're packing sneakers or flats than can be squished without getting damaged, a compression cube is a great way to shore up some extra space for souvenirs — or more shoes. This compression shoe bag from Knack comes in handy for backpacking or traveling with just a carry-on. The side straps cinch the cube down evenly, and each bag features an interior nylon divider to ensure shoes don't scuff against each other when compressed. Genius.

Best Multi-Pair Shoe Cube

Overpackers, this one's for you! If your priority is more space for more shoes over cool features and dividers, say hello to the Full View Cube Duo from Paravel. Not only can you fit multiple pairs of sneakers, heels and boots into these cubes, but the top is see-through which makes it so easy to plan outfits on the go. This set also makes a great gift because like other Paravel pieces, you can add a monogram on each cube.

Best Budget Shoe Bag

On a budget? No problem. This pack of clear shoe bags from The Container Store is under $10, and the material is made from 100% recyclable polypropylene. At just over $3 a bag, these are a steal. With a price that low, you could buy two packs for under $20 to have enough single sleeves for three pairs of shoes.

Best Budget Shoe Cover

On a super strict budget? Snag that shower cap from your hotel bathroom! Shower caps make the perfect shoe covers, especially for covering the bottoms of sneakers or hiking boots. Free hotel shower caps are pretty flimsy and usually tear after one use. For sustainable shoe covers on a budget, these reusable shower caps from Amazon are a steal at just $1.66 each. If you're planning a road trip, stock up on a pack of these to cover muddy shoes.

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