What Shoes??

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1. Posted by JAY_H (Full Member 69 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Sorry such a girly question but im having a nightmare.

Im going to S.E.A. and India

Ill take my trainers and a pair of flip flops. What do people wear for this kind of trip, im not doing any trecking (If i can help it) but hopping on and off tuk tuks and catching trains, what shoes would you take and where from in England?

What do most people take? Ive checked other peoples blogs and the girls just seem to be waring flip flops... is that what most people go travelling with?

Cheers for any info
Jan xx

2. Posted by Dezafinado (Full Member 177 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Lots of western tourists, especially backpackers, wear flip-flops. Personally I like sandals like Keen, Chaco or Teva with a softer, bio-centric mid-sole and stiff, long-lasting out-sole. You can walk for miles in these sandals. When the evening comes, I usually switch to regular shoes to keep the mozzies away.

3. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I wore my flip flops almost everywhere I went in Asia, I love them and can walk miles in them, but some people find them uncomfortable. However, I'd also recommend strong walking sandals like Dezafinado suggests, if you are on uneven ground, or in dirty streets like those in India, where you may want a bit more distance between yourself and the cow dung.

I had trainers too, which I wore for trekking in Chiang Mai, where you really needed covered shoes. Boots would have been better but I didn't do enough trekking to warrant them.

Carrying all three wasn't a problem. Flip-flops weigh almost nothing and take up so little space, so I would wear the trainers or sandals when travellling around with my pack.

Also- flip flops and rain are not a happy combination, as I found this summer constantly slipping over on wet cobbles in Europe!

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 30, 2006, at 7:34 AM by Clarabell ]

4. Posted by koalabear (Full Member 121 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

i got some cool sandals that i could take the strap of the ankle and they became mules/flip flops, they are very strong and sturdy but look good aswell. Also defo bring some trainers. Have fun

5. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I wear flip flops 95% of the time. They're cool & comfy and it doesn't matter if they get wet. And they take up no space in your pack when you are not wearing them. Personally, I have 2 pairs flip flops (good to have back up as I discovered after a pair went missing from outside my guesthouse!), a pair of light trainers (Golas) for short treks and if it's cold, and a pair of slightly heeling sandals for the odd nice evening out (but Ive only worn them twice in 4 months....). Unless you're doing long treks, trekking shoes are not probably necessary, are heavier to carry around and don't prevent leeches in the wet. You can buy really cheap flip flops (less than 1GBP) and light trainers in SE Asia (but not sure about India as not been there yet!) so you don't even need to buy before you come.

6. Posted by Kitschiguy (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I wear flip flops nearly all of the time, but I carry a pair of light weight goretex trainers (Merrell/Salomon/that kinda thing) They're light, waterproof and breathable and look ok. I used to wear reef flip flops but they don't make any I like anymore. Now wear Havaianas Brasils. They're a bit thinner, but are made from natural rubber, are very soft and extremely comfortable. Also very cheap!! :)

7. Posted by joey22 (Respected Member 561 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

i know im not a girl but whenever i travel i take my trusty brown leather reef flip flops (they are so loyal and hardwearing haha) and whatever trainers i have at the time that are comfy

if you aren't doing any serious trekking then trainers will do.... you can walk around cities in them, through national parks etc. sometimes flip flops won't be enough. plus trainers are lightweight and easily replaceable

i dunno where you are going but if it's hot then it's likely you will wear flip flops almost all the time


8. Posted by joey22 (Respected Member 561 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

sorry, i re-read your post and i guess you are going to india and se asia hehe

i wore flip flops for 6 months straight in se asia and my trainers maybe ten days, 7 of which were in hong kong in december... too cold for flip flops


9. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Take what you feel most comfortable in.

I always take my trainers, because that is what I feel comfortable in for walking around a lot. It might be good however to take your flip-flops as well, when you are visiting temples where you need to remove your footwear and leave it with the footwear keeper.

Anyway, it basically depends on you and what you feel most comfortable in for walking about a lot.

10. Posted by hawaiinate (Budding Member 33 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

well I'll admit I don't skimp on footwear for the most part I ear my Marine issue boots when I know I'll be walking for long distances,they'r super comfortable and are great at supporting your fet and ankles, and when it;s cold just throw on a pair of thermal socks and you're good to go. otherwie i have a pair of columbia sandals and a pair of flipflops.