Thursday, April 7, 2011

Traveling Footwear

When I traveled, I walked 5 to 6 hours per day and I could be walking on cobbled streets, uneven paths paved with stones, up a hill or down into the gorge. Take a look at the pictures below and you would agree with me that a good pair of shoes is the most essential gear when traveling. Last autumn 2010, we trekked in the desert, climbed the dunes of Sahara, hiked in Cinque Terre and walked on the wet ground of Westonbirt Arboretum. Halfway through the journey some shoes in our group failed the test of durability.

Gladly my Skechers has been kind to me on several occasions and it never bites even on the first day I wore it. I usually have to settle with just one pair when I traveled and I carry a flip flop all the time. Here are a few things you need to consider about your traveling shoes:

1.   Choose one that is most suitable with your activities.
2.  Black is good as it hides the dirt.
3.  Light, comfortable and easy to dry
4.  Water proof shoes would be ideal
5.  Get used to walking in it before you actually travel
6.  Roomy enough to fit in the socks
7.  Make sure the sole is comfortable enough to support your weight
8.  Carry a pair of light weight flip flop all the time
9.  Take with you superglue just in case you need it
10. Bring with you plaster, foot powder, cream or ointment for blisters

After we exited from Sahara, the fine sand must had gotten  into some air holes  and thus loosening the base  of the shoes. They tried tying it with rubber bands and strings, and these shoes survived until Marrakech.
In Marrakech, the shoes weren't getting any better and there wasn't much time to shop for shoes.  Morover looking for a pair of shoes that fits their taste will take time.  The slippers were the only alternative to roam around Marrakech in search for super glue. 
At night, while waiting for the super glue to do some magic, the shoes were tightly fastened to make them stick  together.  In fact the super glue was magical and the shoes survived until Cinque Terre but the tide and water level in Venice had been unkind!  

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