Upgrade Your Travel Flip-Flops to Mox Flats

Mox flats

Shoes, shoes, shoes. For many women, they are a weakness because they can’t stop buying them, and they also can’t stop packing too many for their travels!

I’ve said it before: If I could design the ultimate convertible travel shoe, I would!

But, since that doesn’t yet exist, packing shoes remains a challenge of choosing the middle ground between functional and fashionable. It’s not easy.

Luckily, there are shoes on the market that can take the place of shoes that would normally serve a single purpose, and MOX are one of those shoes!

All the colors of Mox.
Mox come in a dozen different colors.

Mox flats are made by a Sydney-based small business who sent me a pair to try out just a couple of months ago. The goal was to investigate the shoes in relation to the traveling female, so I’ve done just that, wearing them around town and in different situations.

Before we get to the review part, let’s learn a little more about Mox. Mox are made completely of man-made rubber (meaning they can go from city to surf and back in a flash), come in a dozen different colors (so you can change them up with seasons and looks), and weigh very little (my pair of size 39’s is just 236g, or 8.3oz).

Brooke wearing her Mox
Brooke wearing her Mox

I received a pair of mint Mox back in September, and was floored to open up my package to see such a perfect spring color (I’m down under so the seasons are different) waiting to adorn my feet. Every time I wear them out, I get complimented on both the color and the style – the latter of which means they can be worn with anything from jeans to skirts without looking out of place.

I’m not going to lie. I was worried about the comfort level of a shoe with such a basic structure, but I was wrong. After wearing a few times, my feet were feeling right at home in Mox – at least for casual situations. They are not meant to take the place of your comfortable walking shoes.

They will, however, easily take the place of your travel flip-flops in all instances – to wear down to the beach, on a quick trip to the shops, or just in your hostel showers. Even better is the fact that Mox can also be paired with a cute skirt or dress and worn to dinner. No, they are no Tieks when it comes to fashion, but they do cost a fraction of the price at just $39.99 AUD.

Sherlock investigates the Mox shoes
Sherlock Bunz investigates my Mox shoes

Pros:

  • Simple, practical and fashionable shoes for the low-key female traveler.
  • Serves as both a travel flip-flop (great for hostel and campsite showers) and cute casual shoe in one.
  • The cost is not outrageous at just $39.99 AUD.
  • At only 236g for a pair (size 39), it adds very little weight to your backpack or suitcase.

Cons:

  • When I say it took a few wears before feeling at home, it was because my pinky toes developed blisters after my first wear. That said, my boyfriend tells me I have the softest feet on the planet and doesn’t believe I’ve ever gone a day barefoot in my life. Once I got a little wearing on my pinkies, all was perfect! So, wear them in gradually and before you leave on a trip!
  • Think about sizing carefully. While most people will go up if in-between sizes, I have very narrow feet and found that erring on the lower side worked best for me. The shoes, made of rubber, come with a more rigid shape than cloth shoes.
  • Mox are not big-day walking shoes. Do not make that mistake.
Sherlock Bunz approves these shoes.
Sherlock Bunz approves these shoes.

Like the sound of Mox?

If so, you can order on the Mox website. Remember, they are an Australian-based business, so shipping in Australia is just $10 for 1-2 pairs, and free for 3+. There is a $15 flat fee to the US and Canada for up to 6 pairs! That’s a deal!

UPDATE June 2016: I recently through my Mox out. They were perfect for several months, but over the first year, some tears started happening in the lattice part of the shoe. I thought at first that my rabbit had a nibble, but after storing on an upper level of the shoe rack, that is not the case. Summer season 1, I wore these all the time. Summer season 2, I pretty much only wore these when I was running out of the house quickly for a chore. Are they amazingly durable? No. Are they affordable? Yes. So, I still think they are a cool shoe, but just be aware that the longevity might not be the best.

Written by Brooke

Brooke Schoenman runs the show at Her Packing List. Inspired from years of travel experience, Brooke decided there needed to be a travel gear site focused on the needs of a wandering female.

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Gear We Use

Organization

Packing Cubes – Organize your luggage with the lightweight, durable and compressible Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Compression Cubes.


Backpacks + Daypacks

Pacsafe – Since they come with extra theft-resisting features, Pacsafe bags make you a more confident traveler. We especially love this bag.

Sea to Summit – Of all the Sea to Summit products, our most recommended is the fits-in-your-palm, super packable Ultra-Sil Daypack.


Personal Care

Nalgene Toiletry Bottles – These leak-free toiletry bottles and tubs come in all sizes – even super tiny, helping minimalists pack it all without bulk.

Turkish Towels – They’re thinner than most travel towels, and they actually cover your body! We can’t get enough of Turkish towels for travel.


Clothing

Speakeasy Supply Co. – They make the awesome hidden pocket infinity scarves that are perfect for stashing secret cash, lip balms, and passports.

Anatomie – Anatomie travel pants come with luxury prices, but they offer many benefits for travelers. See our review of the famous Skyler pants.

Travel Resources

Booking Airfare

Dollar Flight Club – Get flight deal alerts for your preferred departure airport. There is both a free and premium version (recommended for more sweet deals). Members save on average $500 USD per flight!

Skyscanner – Skyscanner is our preferred site for searching flights. They offer unbiased search results and are free from hidden fees. You can also book your hotels and rental cars.


Accommodation

Airbnb – Airbnb is the best place to book out apartments around the world. Sign up using this link to get $37 USD off your first stay booking + $14 USD towards an experience booking!

Booking.com – Search for hotels, hostels, and apartments using this one resource. Use it for flights, car rentals, and airport taxis as well.

Hostelworld – For hostels, Hostelworld remains our number one source for booking stays. Choose from straight up hostels, budget hotels and bed and breakfasts.

Trusted Housesitters – Save money on travel accommodation by becoming a housesitter. Housesitters often have extra duties, like caring for pets and gardens.

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Comments

  1. Renuka says

    Those are such pretty shoes! Perfect for walking! Yes, shoes are my weakness too. I can’t stop buying them, but when I travel I just stick to my crocs. They are so comfy.

  2. Amy says

    I have a pair of black Mox, that I absolutely LOVE!!
    I wear them to work, to the beach, and they are my first option when we go out for dinner.
    Easy to hose off when I walk through a pile of mud. Perfect easy shoes around the kids.
    And of course they are now the first pair of shoes to go in my bag when we go away.

  3. Sonja says

    These look cute, I would love them for the beach. Do you know where (if?) I can buy them in Europe?
    Thanks and greetings,
    Sonja

  4. Claudia says

    I have travelled with my Crocs (open toe) ballerina’s quite a bit now, and I must say that they are very comfortable – even for longer walks. Also, they are quite stylish with their slightly metallic panther print. I love them and they make for the perfect travel slipper (great to shower in, great if you have to slip out of them often, great for boat rides and slightly flooded areas). Also, they weigh next to nothing!

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