I need some advice please... I bought 2 pairs of shoes with the intention of trying them both at home and bringing one pair back to the store but I can't decide which as they're both pretty comfortable.
I have to decide between Salomon Puntera II and Asolo Lunar. I don't plan on doing any hardcore trekking, going to India and SEA.
The Salomon's are probably slightly more breathable and feel more like a regular trainer than a walking shoe.
The Asolo's have better soles (vibram) and are water-resistant (not goretex though- I couldn't bear the heat!).
Which would you go for?
You could take one of each?
I bought the Salomon Puntera for a trip to Egypt - biggest mistake ever. I ended wearing my Greek leather sandals almost all the time, unless I really did not want to carry the shoes in my backpack because of weight and volume.
The shoes might feel lightweight and breathable now, but once you are in tropical heat you'll curse them.
I would recommend getting some sturdy hiking sandals instead. I have Ecco's (Ecco Yucatan and Ecco Maya) for a bit of city chique and Teva Dozer for rougher terrain.
The hiking sandals might only be uncomfortable if you go through wet areas for a longer period of time so that the wet sandals start to rub at your skin. But the padding on the Yucatan sandals is really very good, I doubt they would be much of a bother. Also the amount of cloth that can rub is smaller than on a sandal than on a regular shoe.
Also check this thread:
[ Edit: Edited on Feb 23, 2007, at 11:08 AM by t_maia ]
If India and SE Asia are your only destinations, then sandals are more comfortable. I wear my 2yr old Keen Newport H20 most of the time in SE Asia. They can handle a pack of moderate weight (20-25 pounds) on top of my body weight of 155.
Remember to bring a pair of wool socks if you find yourself in mosquito territory.
Oh no! I'm leaving monday so going to get more sandals is not an option I thought I'd need closed shoes to protect from leeches and other nasties. Bah humbug.
Think I'm going to go with the Salomon's anyway... they're a bit lighter than the Asolo's. I'm taking a pair of Birkenstocks and a pair of Havainas too so the trainers aren't going to be my main shoes.
Hopefully I'll survive...