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1. Posted by mattwaddy (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi all, my first post on here, I'm sure there will be more to come also...

I'm going travelling in July for 3 months to Thailand>New Zealand>Canada

I'm putting together my kit now, and i'm trying to sort out footware. I will be doing a fare amount of walking especially in Canada and New Zealand, and am taking part in a Jungle Trek in Thailand...

The suggested footware of choice seems to be a sandal....Which im not the biggest fan of....

What footware would you suggest? I have come the Chameleon II Web Leather Sandal. Which I feel might be more suitable, but wonder if I should take a more robust trainer / walking boot also?

Any thoughts appreciated

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I bought a pair of Mephisto Allrounder Neros when I went to Italy last year. I did a lot of walking and they were very, very comfortable. They're open at the top like a summer shoe, but they're sturdy enough to climb in. They do get a little warm by the end of the day, though.

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I have found my hiking boots to be a bit cumbersome but very worth it. I only really use them for walking/hiking, but I'd have been lost without them so many times. :)

4. Posted by PeteMuzz (Budding Member 51 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


Personally I would be a bit worried doing a jungle trek in Thailand with just sandals on, even if they are the robust walking type.

There will be so many worrying and poisonous snakes and spiders in the Jungle that I would prefer to have a decent walking boot/trainer hybrid (like these which will protect your feet and you can also use them as general trainers. I have a pair and they are great.

But thats just my opinion as I'm not keen on the sandals.

5. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

those kinda sandals are great, they're so comfortable and really good for walking in. Although for rougher conditions I suppose fully closed in shoes might be more suitable, but I've never gone for full-on hiking boots - too heavy and big to carry. So strike the balance with a decent pair of trainers if need be

6. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I tend to travel with a pair of walking trainer type shoes (i'm on my second pair of identical Merrell's, and swear by them) and also have a pair of cheapish walking Sandals (by choice instead of flip flops, so that i do have a better sole etc for more serious trekking if i desire), and that combination has got me through most things [including reasonably serious trekking, and deep winter travelling]

7. Posted by huishan (Full Member 96 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


hmm, how about a pair of walking shoes? those types that can do a fair bit of trekking and hiking on tough terrains, preferably Vibram sole will be good. vibram soles shld be able to last you a few years before it wears out. that shld be good enough for what you seem to be doing.

sandals is an alternative to thongs, just in case you will br looking about the country, yet do not want shoes, but still do not want to compromise on the support. :)

i dont know, but thongs for me a must.

Montreal for shoes, Chacos for sandals. these 2 are the ones i swear by.

[ Edit: Edited on May 6, 2007, at 1:29 AM by huishan ]

8. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

For hiking over rough terrain (rocks etc) I really swear by my Teva Dozer's. As sturdy as hiking trainers but also as airy as a sandal.

9. Posted by PeteMuzz (Budding Member 51 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


I don't know if I made it clear in my last email so i shall agree with what other people have said.

I've got a pair of Merral Trainer/walking boots with Vibram soles which are fantastic... not to bulky and offer loads of support. I've already been using them to do some pretty extreme hiking in the Lake District and they are holding up pretty well.

Not too sure about the whole sandals thing... i've got some cool flip flops i'll be taking but if sandals look worth while i'm just gonna buy em while i'm out there.

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