Deciding which shoes to take when you go travelling is a challenge.
Where you are travelling is important. And, what you plan to do when you get there makes a difference in your decision on which shoes to take travelling.
You also need to think about the amount of space shoes take up in your baggage. I like to travel light and try to take a bag which is no more than 40 litres. That means I have to think hard about which shoes I take. In addition, I have big feet (size 13) which means my shoes take up more space in a bag then most people.
That's why having multi-purpose travelling shoes is important. The less shoes I can take, the better.
Sandals are a good option for travelling. They might be as fashionable as a Tweed suit in the Sahara, but they are good for travelling.
Firstly, sandals are cool in hot weather (as long as you don't wear socks with them - and they look bad). You can walk about in hot weather without getting too sweaty. If you wear them without socks (please do!) that means you need fewer socks.
Then, there's the beach or water. Having a pair of travelling sandals you can swim in is ideal. They will save you from standing on sharp rocks or sea urchins. It's good to have travelling sandals which dry out quickly too. That means not using sandals made from leather, for example. It takes ages to dry out.
If you don't have any flip flops with you, sandals are good to use in the shower too. They will keep your feet away from infections like verrucas.
Walking sandals for travel
Another aspect of buying the right travelling sandals is their comfort. It's no good having travel sandals which give you blisters. You need to be able to walk for miles in them in comfort. That's why leather sandals can be a bad choice.
The list of features in the ideal pair of travelling sandals is the following:
Oboz Campster sandals
I've had a pair of Oboz Campster sandals for a few months and I'm impressed with them. I've worn them on campsites, I've walked around Athens in them in the heat and heavy rain. I've used while sailing. I've clambered over stones and along rocky paths. And, I've swum in them and climbed over rocks to get ashore.
The Oboz Campsters dried out quickly after immersion in the Aegean and rain storms in Athens. They protect your toes with rubber toe caps, unlike open-toed sandals, which is essential on a boat.
These sandals are more comfortable than any others I've worn before. I walked around Athens in the summer heat for two days and I had no blisters (but did have a couple of small rubs, which went after a day when my feet healed). The soles are thick enough to be able to walk over rough tracks with ease.
The Oboz Campsters have 'pivoting heel strap' so you can use them like slippers (perfect for using in the shower).
Overall, the Campsters are ideal travelling sandals. Tough, comfortable, quick drying, and compact and light enough to pack into a backpack with ease.
And, the price? The retail price is £75.
I've found them online for these prices:
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