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open toe sandals recommendations? - backpacking in southeast asia

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by lespauldude, Jun 25, 2013.

  1. lespauldude

    lespauldude Member

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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 ;)
     
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  2. Nabad

    Nabad New Member

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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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  3. lespauldude

    lespauldude Member

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

    Nabad New Member

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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.
     
  7. lespauldude

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    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.
     
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