Skip Navigation


Travel Forums General Talk Sandels


Last Post

11. Posted by SkacoreUK (Full Member 56 posts) 11y

Personally I wouldn't fancy hiking Machu Picchu in either flip flops, or big, hot hiking boots....dispite Machu Picchu being the hotbed of high fashion that it is, I can handle being comfortable in my teva's for a couple of days

Flip flops are great for the beach, and wandering bout town....but I wouldn't fancy doing any proper walking in them

12. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

i tried wearing flip flops before for proper hiking and damaged my ankles , so never again !!! My family still haven't gotton over my bimbo fashion victim moment (even though i've been wearing the proper hiking sandels for years now !!)

13. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

So, what about for hiking guys? I bought a new pair of hiking boots recently - they're well broken in at this stage - and I had fully intended bringing them round the world.

But they are so big and bulky .....are hiking shoes/sandels a better option? I'm planning to climb (at the very least) Machu Piccu and Muont Kinabalu - I assuming I'd need proper hiking boots for these - would I?

Thanks everyone,


14. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

I once climbed a mountain in Port Stephens barefoot and shirtless. It was Chrtistmas Day 1995 and I was drunk. Scared the daylights out of some Japanese tourists too!

15. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

hehehe James you're crazy !!! but thats why we all love you ! ;)

Ev - I would go with the hiking sandels, especially in warm climates, you can wear them all the time or even just clip them to the outside of your bag, no storage problems but if you can carry hiking boots for larger treks i would, i love my sandels and i know they have shock absorbers etc but for a major trek i need my boots (its for the clumsiness in me)

16. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Lol!! DId you run after them beating your hairy chest James, you brute you!

Nikki, thanks for the advice. I think you're prob right. I have two left feet as well, and have a tendency to twist ankles...might be wise to have the boots....pity they have to be so hot though.

On that note, does anyone know anything about good breathable thermo-whotsit socks?

17. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

No, I vomited my lunch up in the bushes, as it was as hot as buggery. A waste of prawns and beer it was.

18. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

In some Buddhist countries, it's necessary to take your shoes off a lot when entering temples, houses or whatever. Sandals, etc without straps at the back are most convenient

19. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

To be fair on me, matt never mentioned hiking, thats a whole other kettle of fish, I see some people are sore about their sandels huh? wear them with pride, with white socks and an aussie cork hat and a hawiaan shirt

20. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 11y

Quoting mim

wear them with pride, with white socks and an aussie cork hat and a hawiaan shirt

And why not accessorize with a pair of STUBBIES