Walking shoes or boots?

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1. Posted by marcdude (Budding Member 14 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hey. I'm leaving for sydney in just under 2 weeks

But i was wondering what would be best to get shoe-wise. I'm planning on staying in sydney for a few months then head up the east coast etc (seems to be everyones plan..) and will be looking to do quite a bit of adventurous stuff like hiking / bushwalking etc..

So i was wondering if i should get a pair of walking shoes (like.. tough trainer style..) or walking boots?

You see, i dont want to be taking a load of different pairs of shoes with me so i think it would be ideal if i got just one pair that were like a general allrounder.. so i could wear them in the city but also in the outback or wherever. So it seems like these walking trainers type shoes im looking at would be a good idea as i dont want to be walking around cities in big heavy boots. But then.. im not sure if i should have a pair of actual walking boots for when i go hiking and stuff, or would the walking shoe / trainers be ok? I'm pretty sure the ones im looking at would be up to the job.. they're by salomon.

Any recommendations?

Thanks a bunch!

2. Posted by marcdude (Budding Member 14 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

by the way i dont mean recommendations of specific trainer / boots.. just whether i should go for an allrounder or 1 of each etc.. ;)

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I haven't been to Australia or out in the bush there, but unless the ground is exceedingly rocky and uneven, I haven't found many places where my day-hikers haven't been up to the task. They are great in that they are waterproof with ankle support for off-road walking, but also light and comfortable for city walking.

I'd go with just the day hikers (tough trainer style as you call them) and leave serious hiking boots at home.

4. Posted by jaffas (Budding Member 4 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I took hiking boots to the more touristy areas of Cairns (QLD) and found they were too heavy and annoying for general stuff, and wore my normal 'sneakers' / runners for everything instead.

With boots, if you have to take them off to cross water or anything, they're heavy and take a long time to take off and put back on again.

Next time, I'll go with a more tough shoe or sandal (they have nice ones with grip and stuff these days) rather than big heavy boots. Especially in the touristy kinda places, and not trecking mountains for days on end. :)

5. Posted by erino (Budding Member 23 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hey marc,

ha ha! I just finished trampling through asia with nothing but flipflops (or thongs as we call them in oz). I had a pair of hiking trainers (not boots) but only wore them on the plane!

Seriously, if you want to do a few day hikes (even though there will be a bit of uneven ground) a pair of sturdy hiking trainers will be fine - boots aren't needed much here. That is all I use and I do a fair bit of bush walking in QLD (and I also wear them on casual days at work!). salomon would be great...probably best to get them before you come here too as some of our imported gear ends up really expensive!! other than those you will need a pair of thongs (sorry, flipflops) but if you can wait grab those at a surf store when you get here..tonnes to choose from!

6. Posted by marcdude (Budding Member 14 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

awesome okay.. thanks everyone for your advice.. I will go for the hiking trainer type things.

7. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I went to Sydney and along the East Coast, a good pair of trainers would do, as long as the tread is ok. I am going to be looking out for a pair or a pair of light walking boots (if there is such a thing-i know what i mean!)

I damaged my foot and ended up cutting it and all sorts along my trip-my feet were perfecto when i went, lol! I ended up having to wear flip flops the whole way, even some of the walks-but i managed ok no probs!

8. Posted by vicky-jon (Budding Member 5 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

doc martins. then you can shine them up a bit for posh. we wore them in the outback and jon wore his for posh meals when we drove back in.