I will be going on an extensive 4 month trip in a couple months, and my father said for a christmas present he is going to buy my a pair of good boots. My question is, do I really need boots? I am a sneaker/tennis shoe kinda guy, and have only worn boots like twice in my life, so I am not sure about the neccesity of boots.
I will be in Australia, Indonesia, and SE Asia.
Do you guys think I will need boots specifically? Or will sneakers and a pair of sandals suffice?
Man, I'll tell you this, carrying boots can be a pain in the ass. That said, everytime I've gone away, I've brought boots with me. Just looking at where you're going though you could probably get by without. Ask yourself a couple questions:
Am I planning on doing any extensive treks?
Is there a chance I may be doing some sort of outdoor or farm work?
Can my shoes get me by for long, extensive periods of walking?
If need be, can I buy a pair of boots if the need arises?
I don't know, others might have some suggestions otherwise, but it looks to me like you can do without.
My hiking boots were one of the best things I brought with me to SEA. Then again, I went on a hike through some jungles/mountains in northern Thailand, sloshing through all sorts of mud and muck. I was really glad I had those things!
Good for slippery surfaces of step temple steps at Angkor, too. I'd be the dumb tourist who slipped and fell off the steps because I wore flip flops, had I not had the boots.
Hmm... Now i'm torn unfortunatley. I do plan on going on a few hikes through SE Asia, and anywhere else that a nature hike would be nice, but I still don't think that I would like to go to a club in Australia rocking my hiking boots.. How much of a pain in the ass would it be to bring boots, AND sneakers? I guess I will figure it out soon enough. Thanks again for the advice!
i climbed up two mountains alone in bar harbor, with super worn out sneakers hahaha im crazy though.
TK--I'm one of those girly girls who still manages to pack light. My motto: If you can't make a mad dash through an airport or hike 20 miles with it, don't pack it.
My hiking boots weren't a problem at all, partly because my backpack has an extra compartment on the bottom that zips all the way around. I put my boots in there, and it was fine.
So, be a girly girl and pack your boots.
In those areas, it will be hot, so think if you would actually wear boots. I tend to use walking shoes (kind of like trainers, but better made and with better support) which i swear by. Tehy are comfortable and adaptable for most things, and can easily strap to my backpack when i'm wearing sandals.
I'm considering buying some of the lightweight Cross Terrain Shoes which look ideal for a bit of trekking and general outdoor activity and are also lightweight (about 1kg per pair). They're like a cross between a trainer and a walking shoe.
Does anyone have any experience with this sort of thing?
absolutely! I brought myself a pair of Merrell Cameleon II trail shoes (a cross between boots and sneakers) for travel. They are awesome in their utility and are unbelievably comfortable. I'd say they are a great compromise since you can do both serious trekking and athletic activities in the same shoes.
My boots have been the best investment. They can be a little bit cumbersome, but I always wear them when Im moving from A to B and then when I get somewhere I leave them aside and wear my sandals. If you´re planning on any trekking or hiking they are definitely worth having.
I love mine because they are so comfortable, and Ive been very glad of their warmth from time to time.