I'll be traveling through SE Asia this spring/summer for a few months and am trying to decide whether to bring waterproof shoes or not. I will usually be wearing sandals so rain will usually not be a problem for me. However, when I do more adventurous rural trekking, I will probably wear shoes to protect from mosquitoes, sprained ankles, etc. Non-goretex breathable mesh shoes would keep my feet cool but also wet if it rains. On the other hand, Waterproof/goretex shoes would get hot and stuffy, but would also keep my feet dry when it rains; but then again, if it rains, it's probably not so safe to go trekking as I could slip and crack my head open or something LOL. Do u guys tend to avoid trekking when it rains? But perhaps rain is unavoidable/unpredictable b/c I heard that it will suddenly rain cats and dogs without warning. Any thoughts? Thanks! (oh btw, I'm thinking about getting the Adidas Climacool Cardrona shoes - that 360 degree ventilation thing seems really cool and useful).
sandals are sufficient whatever condition are and wherever you are going. This time of year doesn't rain too much.
Sort out and wear in good quality hiking boots before you leave home. You need a frim grip on the ground / soil when trekking on slippery, hilly surfaces. This helps to prevent ankle (and other) injuries.
I have waterproof day hikers and hiking boots. Frankly, with a good pair of quick dry socks, I have never found a problem with them being too hot.
To be honest i have a pair of Brasher Trailmasters and a pair of Coleman Hiking boots. I've trekked, marshland, desert, rocks, snow, and everyday use in them. Also bottom to top of China. Just get a bloody good pair of walking boots and they'll do you for any situation.
I bought some Hi-Tec Alberes which are waterproof/breathable and provide good ankle surport.
Iam glad I took the advice from someone here to wearing them in because after a whole day of wearing them trecking round Newcastle, I was grateful the pain I got from them wasn't experienced in Asia but from wearing them for a week, they are very comfy.
Make sure you get some good trecking socks as well that allow your feet to breath.
I've been wearing my Brashers everyday for about 2 months now,
I wore a pair of trainers today and it felt like i'd put high heels on! I could'nt bloody walk!
and it felt like i'd put high heels on!
You want to expand on that comment a little more Matt???