Very few people here in Hawaii wear what would be considered regular footwear. Shoes, boots, and the like. Some do, out of necessity for work or other activities, but by far, the majority out here wear open style footwear, namely, as the title suggests, sandals, slippers, and flip flops.
When I arrived here I had my usual topsiders as always, and a nice pair of Merrell hiking shoes alone with socks. But I quickly found said shoes were way too heavy and cumbersome for these parts. They were hot, and you definitely did not want to walk in the sand with them.
Not being a flip flop type of person, I never had much luck with the damn things, I decided to try some sandals for walking around. I wanted something a bit more substantial for distance walking and actually found a decently priced pair at the local Kmart. They are comfortable, I can walk some distance in them, and they seem to be holding up well. They also come in handy on the beach as the sand will just flow through and not stick inside.
There is however, one minor downside to wearing said sandals all the time, especially in the sun.
I now have calico feet. A minor inconvenience but it looks weird when I am barefoot. But, I will continue to wear the sandals as opposed to regular shoes. They are very comfortable and more better in this climate. When they wear out I will seek out some more better styles like these Merrells, and see how well they hold up.
If you are coming out here, ditch the sneakers/dress shoes/boots and other heavy footwear and please leave the socks at home. You’ll appreciate the lighter feel of a sandal, slipper, or flip flop.