For recent ten-day European travel packed two carry-on size bags only. Checked one, carried one, both together with a handbag were easy to deal with. Fashion minded and as she says packing challenged colleague has asked what was inside those two bags, that will have to be another post, for the record there was only one pair of heels, and that pair was only a mid-height.
The single pair that made the packing edit was the Valentino Rockstud. Some may say they’ve had their moment but when shoes are a little sexy, super comfortable, have a bit of an edge and you can walk for miles in them, that kind of style will always have a spot in the carry-on. These packed up small, left room for boots, and if truth be told by packing only one pair with a heel there was room for new friends.
One day or ten, the carry-on is the way to go. For long trips pack two and stack them.