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open toe sandals recommendations? - backpacking in southeast asia

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My first time backpacking, and I'll be in relatively hot/humid countries in southeast asia. I thought I'd go for some close or open toed sandals to keep cool. These will probably be the only pair of footwear that I bring. I have heard that Teva's are popular, but the quality is going south. I want something that will take a beating and last.

 

  • Any thoughts on Clarks? or other brands? Thanks. 

 

  • Open toe vs. closed toe sandals? I'll probably be going to a lot of beaches and on sandy trails. Not sure if the closed toe helps or just collects sand. 

 

  • Leather or fabric?

 

 

Not exactly going for style points here, but practicality and durability ;) 


Edited by lespauldude - 6/30/13 at 7:31pm
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Having lived in Southeast Asia for a year, I found it best to just buy a cheap pair of sandals there -- they are sold everywhere.  If they wear out or break, buy a new pair.  I preferred the simplest models (which were also the cheapest) because they let my foot breathe the most.

 

Closed toed sandals will probably become very gross very quickly.

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Good idea. I'm guessing they're super cheap. Can you get Teva style sandals too? 

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In the local street markets Tevas might be hard to find, but there are big shopping malls all over Southeast Asia -- every major city will have a few huge ones -- and you will find anything you find in the US/west there.  I was living in Indonesia (and traveled around Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Myanmar) and I was surprised at how plentiful big shopping malls were (and replete with western stores to boot).  The exception being Myanmar, but I think that is changing swiftly post-reforms.

 

And, yes, they will generally be cheaper -- in local markets much cheaper to the extreme.

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having lived in se asia all my life, I couldn't bear the thought of wearing open sandals, flip flops and the likes the whole time here. specially during monsoon season. its just gross.
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Originally Posted by acidboy View Post

having lived in se asia all my life, I couldn't bear the thought of wearing open sandals, flip flops and the likes the whole time here. specially during monsoon season. its just gross.

I'd have to disagree with that. I wore only flip flops in Taiwan for a summer, during one of the worst monsoons. Despite all the rain, and the flip flops being wet all the time, I much preferred their freedom of not having to carefully watch where I stepped compared to shoes. Also, the relief from the heat and not having soggy shoes from sweaty feet was...just great. 

 

However, I didn't like how my toe straps took forever to dry off. The leather material wasn't good for that, whereas the rubber soles of the sandals dried off quickly. I would guess fabric would be a better choice for the toe straps and hard(er) rubber probably the best for the soles. 


Edited by lespauldude - 7/12/13 at 9:56pm
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