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1. Posted by yo (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y

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).

2. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

sandals are sufficient whatever condition are and wherever you are going. This time of year doesn't rain too much.

3. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Yo AL
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.

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

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.

5. Posted by MattXIII (Full Member 272 posts) 11y

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.

6. Posted by yo (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y

Thanks for all the excellent advice!

7. Posted by JimRL (Full Member 38 posts) 11y

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.

8. Posted by MattXIII (Full Member 272 posts) 11y

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!

9. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Quoting MattXIII

and it felt like i'd put high heels on!

You want to expand on that comment a little more Matt???

10. Posted by MattXIII (Full Member 272 posts) 11y

It's not as though i've ever worn high heels though of course........ :(
Ok so i was very drunk, and i was badly proving the point that high heels weren't as uncomfortable as women make out.........
I did well though! I managed to walk all the way home in them whilst she was wearing my shoes. Man did my feet bleed