Foot wear

Old Apr 17th, 2005, 06:50 AM
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Hi, Planning a trip of a life time exploring Australia in Jan 2006 for 3months. We'll need to be traveling light (rucksacks). What is the best form of footwear. We are aiming to see as much as we can staying in hostels, using internal flights,trains, buses, & of course on foot. Do we really need strong walking boots or will they be too hot?
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Old Apr 17th, 2005, 04:20 PM
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I wore my hiking boots most of my trip in January 2005 and din't find them too hot.

That said... I realized I should have brought some deodorizer with me when I had to take them off going though airport security leaving Uluru. (Stinky!)
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Old Apr 17th, 2005, 04:22 PM
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I has sneakers and it was fine for walking both in city and elsewhere in nature... Don't own a pair of hiking boots so i don't know which is best
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Old Apr 17th, 2005, 07:59 PM
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A pair of really comfortable walking sandals and a pair of really comfortable sturdy walking shoes would be a good idea. You shouldn't need walking boots as such. Sandals are easier to wear to the beach, the showers, on really hot days etc but you will need shoes if you are walking in the bush or doing some hiking. If you can afford it, look for brands that specialise in shoes made for walking that support your arches and won't make your life miserable with blisters and aching feet. And make sure they are worn in before you leave, don't bring brand new shoes with you.
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Old Apr 17th, 2005, 09:41 PM
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If they are good hiking shoes, they shouldn't be too hot... anything that isn't a leather upper will soon become your own personal swamp! Why not wait till you arrive and buy a pair here, so that you know they are right for local conditions?
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I wear a type of shoe called a "trail runner" which is lighter than a hiking boot but laces up so has arch support for walking all day. Unless you need ankle support, I wouldn't bring a full hiking boot. I pack a lightweight pair of sandals if its summer or rubbersoled house slippers if its cooler weather.
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Old Apr 18th, 2005, 05:33 PM
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I haven't been to Australia yet, but I would take a pair of light hiking boots and a pair of Chaco sandals. We wear our Chacos everywhere on vacation(except for when closed shoes are necessary). They can be worn swimming or in showers. Get the style with a strap around the back.
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