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1. Posted by jax_07 (Full Member 76 posts) 11y

Hey Everyone

This might sound like a silly question but I keep getting conflicting advice.

My friend and I are going travelling (Hong Kong, Bali, Oz, NZ, Fiji & Vancouver) next year and we're not sure what to do in regards to footwear.

Some people have advised to just get a good trainer, others saying trekking sandals, others, proper walking shoes - which do you recommend? These can be very expensive so we don't want to buy something we won't use! We will, obviously, be doing a lot of walking but I wouldn't say we'll be trekking. Also the weather needs to be considered! Please help!

The next question is - where should we go to buy? Which are the best? Or, are they much the same where ever we go?

Please, please help!!!

Many Thanks


2. Posted by jackboy (Inactive 350 posts) 11y

Just have a reasonable pair of sandals that you have worn for a while and buy cheapies when you are on the road as and when you need them.
al de bes

3. Posted by Paul_H (Budding Member 29 posts) 11y


I'm on the road at the moment. I've got a pair of flip flops, sandals and trainers with me. I've hardly worn my trainers at all but flip flops are so easy to take on and off and keep your feet cool. I'd only take walking boots if you plan to do any trekking other than that flip flops and sandals are great, unless it's winter of course and then I would recommend trainers. If you do find that you need some footwear that you haven't got with you can always pick some up on route.

Hope this helps, Paul

4. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 11y

I would get a pair of those combo boots; 'ATX' or 'Phoenix' trainers. Something that is sturdy, lightweight and decent looking enough to wear into airplanes, hotels & restaurants. Add your sandals and you are set. If you need flip flops, they are about $1 in Asia.

5. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Are you doing any hiking or camping? If you are, then I would look at a pair of dayhikers with some good ankle support. Like Vegasmike suggested, a pair of combo boots are good. I am on the second pair I have, and don't think I'll ever wear regular runners again.

If you aren't doing any hiking, or just light walking, then a pair of runners should be fine.

Also, you mentioned that weather could be an issue, but didn't mention when you were going. I wouldn't want to be walking around British Columbia in January in flip-flops.

Personally, I travel with my day-hikers and a nice pair of leather sandals.

If you are looking for less conflicting advice, posting on an internet message board may not be your best way to go... ;)

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

Ah yes Greg but do the leather sandals match your man purse

7. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Of course, as black and brown go together... And the soles of the sandals are black too!

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

Your a lost cause Greg, I'm sure we have told you before that black & brown do not go together.. well not well anyway

9. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Then why do my brown shoes always have black soles?

10. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 11y

Quoting GregW

Then why do my brown shoes always have black soles?

I do not want to cast aspersions on your taste or the quality of your footwear Greg, but my brown shoes have brown soles. Perhaps you tried to save a few baht and purshased inferior quality footwear? Perhaps the leather was not 'real' leather, hence using old tires for the soles? Just thinking out loud here Greg.

By the way, it takes a very secure male to carry a man purse and not feel a bit like a katoey.