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by Loren G. Edelstein | July 11, 2017

Loren Edelstein, editor in chief of Meetings & ConventionsI'm Loren, and I'm a shoe-aholic. I'm discerning about what I will buy: It has to be cute, and after a full day at my standing workstation, if I don't want to take them off when I get home, they pass the "Loren test." Recently I discovered JBU by Jambu; I now own the Wildflower Mary Jane Flat -- in 3 colors!

JBU Wildflower shoesBecause this is a topic so near and dear to our feet, M&C polled planners on their favorite shoes, among other preferences for taking good care of themselves on the road. Of the 117 respondents, just one (a male!) said he prefers to "suffer in silence," giving top priority to style. The rest -- 75 percent of whom were female -- aim to balance style and comfort (50 percent) or won't tolerate any shoe that leaves their feet aching at the end of the day (49 percent).

planners' favorite shoe brandsForty-four percent have favorite footwear brands that can weather a day of trade-show traipsing. In an open-ended comment box, the most nods went to Clarks, followed by Naturalizer. Other brands that got several mentions were Born, Sketchers, Anne Klein Sport, Munro and Dansko. Among men's shoes, Bostonian, Florsheim and New Balance were among favorites.

Comfy clothing is a priority, too -- 39 percent of you have favorite types or brands for meetings and travel. Lightweight, low-wrinkle items were the most frequently cited, with comfort and ease of movement a common priority. Among brands, Chico's was the most-mentioned by female respondents.

Among your comments: "I wear dark clothes (no meeting planner should stand out in a crowd) and usually knits or clothes with some elasticity. When you get dressed before 6 a.m. and you're going until nearly midnight, you need to be comfortable and unwrinkled."

What makes you comfortable on the go? Please share your preferences in the comments field below. After all, this is vitally important to everyone in our industry!