Looking to bring one pair of decent all around shoes like the "Merrell Chameleon" and one pair of sandals(covered) like the teva dozer for my 6 month trip.
Has anyone any suggestions on what make/brands to go for?
I know alot of them are expensive but if they are something thats comfortable and lasts for the 6 months then I'm fine with that.
Any help would be great
I don't know about the shoes, but sandals/flip flops are so cheap in Asia.
I spent 25 pounds on some Tevas in the UK, and could have bought the same in Thailand (or a good copy) for only 5 - 10 pounds.
#2 bedu has been a member since 27/1/2007. Posts: 58
Mine have lasted a lot longer though, and they're so cheap, you can just buy another pair when/if they break/wear out.
But 5acrefarmer has a point, best to buy quality, they do in general last longer and/or have a warranty.
#4 bedu has been a member since 27/1/2007. Posts: 58
When I went to SEA I bought a pair of trekking shoes and shipped them home after 3 weeks. The reason is they were too hot to walk around in most of the time & bulky to carry around. I only held onto some rubber flip flops bought in BKK and a pair of lightweight Converses. The latter were good for day-to-day travel, occasional nights out & short-term treks. They did fall apart after 3 months but they were infinitely cheaper & comfier than the big trekking shoes.
Unless you're planning on extensive trekking I'd recommend something very transpiring!
A cheap pair of sandals/flip-flops for lounging about and a good pair of hiking shoes that I'll usually clip to the outside of my backpack and use only once and a while - my last trip they worked nice for when I was on the motorbike as I don't want to tear my toenails off. I think you should always have a good pair of hiking shoes with closed toe - but they don't have to be heavy duty.
I have a pair like this:
Water shoes are great because they offer all the tred and protection of a regular hiking shoe but they let a lot of air in, so they stay cool. Comfortable with or without socks as you like - and if you end up hiking along a river gorge they're perfect.
A pair of running shoes worked fine for me. I also took along a pair of sandals and flipflops. I wore the running shoes when I was in transit because the sandals and flipflops took up less space in my pack.
Take the hiking shoes only if you plan to hike/trek.
For me, flip flops have been sufficient 90% of the time. They've slipped off a couple times when I really didn't want them to -- ex. on the back of an elephant, on a motorbike, getting onto a train in India -- so now Tevas (strappy velcro ones) are my travel sandals of choice. They're fine for light/medium trekking, too.
I went with a pair of these:
They are extremely comfortable and breathable.
I just need to get a pair of sandels and I'm set foot wise.
I travel with three pairs of shoes. Two of them are the Merrel Brand one is the: Gardena Thong and the other is the: Siren Sport, the third pair is just a cheap pair of flip flops that I bought while away. These are great for just down to the beach or to wear into public showers etc.
I find that I can't walk around in those all day because my feet/legs get too sore so that's why I have the other Merrell brand of sandals which have more support.
I have been away for over a year now and both those shoes are still in pretty good condition. A bit scuffed but otherwise great.