This is the third in my series of reviews of the Departure accessory bag collection — previously I’ve reviewed the Departure Backpack and Roller. I’m a big fan of the Departure line, and my enthusiasm continues here with this review of a fairly simple, yet elegantly-designed item, the Departure Shoe Tote which I purchased earlier this year.
What can be so special about a straightforward item like a shoe bag? Well, in the case of the Departure Shoe Tote, several things. Start with the heavy duty nylon that it’s constructed from, add a heavy-duty handle (the same handle design that matches the roller), and this tote has durability written all over it. The roomy main compartment is fleece-lined to protect the shoes inside, and a fleece-covered divider keeps them from rubbing against each other in transit.
The shoe compartment is vented on both sides with mesh, and on the back end by three grommets, which keeps my shoes fresh even in the hot summer months. The tote opens and closes from the top with a 3-sided flap (as opposed to a straight center zipper) that makes getting the shoes in and out very easy. The flap has a heavy-duty zipper with two tabs that matches the rest of the departure line.
The bag also has a zippered, fleece-lined valuables pocket where you can keep special items like a watch or jewelry safe and protected. There’s also dimensional swoosh on both sides on a small panel over the mesh side vents.
So this review is sweet and simple, just like the Departure Shoe Tote — a spacious, thoughtfully-designed shoe bag that gives my lunar controls the royal treatment. If you’re looking for a new shoe bag or, if you don’t have one, a great way to carry your shoes with you, check out the Departure Shoe Tote. It also makes a great gift, and it’s one of my top picks in our 2011 Nike Golf Holiday Gift Guide: Equipment Edition.
If you have the Departure Shoe Tote, let us know what you think of it in the comments below.
Editor’s note: The reviewer/author was not paid for this review, and the opinions expressed in the review are strictly those of the reviewer/author.