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What type of shoes to bring for SE Asia trip

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1. Posted by travelbug_ (Respected Member 110 posts) 8y

Will be going for 10 weeks in mid Nov (Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos)

Not sure which types of shoes to bring.

We like to hike and stuff so not sure whether to bring hiking boots (will it be too hot with them? )

Thanks :-)

2. Posted by LadyCroft (Budding Member 41 posts) 8y

I havn't been over there yet, but i'm going Oct-Dec. I'm planning on bringing Keens. They're semi-aquatic shoes that are a little tougher than sandles but more open than boots/shoes. Check out the Keen online.

I'm not bring boots because I've heard they are too hot and heavy. So there.

Best of luck!

3. Posted by travelbug_ (Respected Member 110 posts) 8y

Thanks for that. Thing is I live in Austria so not sure if can get the Keens here. I had a look at heir webpage but didn't seem to have anything to buy online - also would prefer to try them on.

I will just have a look and see if I can get a similar type.

4. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

Depends on how sweaty your feet get

I never leave my trekking boots. Some Obscure Italian brand, I had Mendel but then split in two on me after only a few months.

I always where seriously good socks with my boots. Thick ones no matter the temp. I use tea tree oil on my sweaty feet and never a smell shall be had

Have always avoided open shoes due to Mosquitos, and other blood suckers and generally just about every thing that likes to bite you. Not to mention on the buses when a lady decides to plonk her bad of rice down over your feet. Not to mention the mud effect and general dirt factor.

I do carry a light weight pair of flipflops/thongs for bathrooms. They are a very girly shade of pink and as a guy I do get looks. But they weigh nothing which is important to me.

I see the benefit in open shoes and the like. Just not for me.

If buying trekking boots for a humid place like SEA just make sure they are not those totally sealed nubuck things on the market. REally they do not breath and I have seen someone pour sweat out of them. Gortex can only do so much. Something with rubber up to the top of your toes and the rest super breathable.