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Timberlands for RTW trip?

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1. Posted by BigHec (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 28 Dec '11 13:12

Hi all, just a quick footwear question!

I'm going RTW in March (India-Nepal-Thailand-Vietnam-Oz-Chile-Bolivia-Peru-California USA) and I'm going quite light (40l bag + 15l daypack). Thus I will probably just be taking a pair of jandals and a pair of shoes, so I want to buy a pair that would do me for 6 months, lots of walking but outside of Nepal there will be minimal trekking. I want them to look decent and not too hiker-ish.

I've been looking at a pair of Timberlands in particular but I'm not sure if they, or indeed any other Timberlands, would be appropriate for a round the world trip spanning various diff. climates.

Here's a link:

http://www.timberlandonline.co.uk/on/demandware.store/Sites-TBLGB-Site/default/Search-Show?cgid=men_footwear&start=40&sz=20&pid=74131&start=44&source=search&color=230

What do you think of these? Are they style over substance? I'm looking for a mix of style and rugged function, so I know there will be better ones purely for hiking, walking etc.

Thoughts?

Much appreciated.

H

[ Edit: Edited on 28-Dec-2011, at 13:12 by BigHec ]

2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru, 1940 posts) 28 Dec '11 18:20

Seems to me much depends on you, and not the shoe or sandal. I travel about the same way with a smaller pack + shoulder bag. Actually, I wore Timberland sandals last year in Vietnam, and I also walk constantly, and I'm on the large size. When I got home, my feet were killing me! I think I just expected too much from sandals - quick to put on, but very little support or padding. Now I only bring my New Balance hikers that I've reinforced with "work" quality gel insoles. Yes, I had other shoes with me in Vietnam, but sandals are too easy to wear, and that's how I almost became a cripple!

They're probably just fine if you're young and of average weight and size, and you switch off shoes to sandals on a regular basis.

[ Edit: Edited on 28-Dec-2011, at 18:23 by Daawgon ]