Nov 052016
 

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.

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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.

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There is however, one minor downside to wearing said sandals all the time, especially in the sun.

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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.

Capt. Fritter

  3 Responses to “Sandals, Slippers, & Flip Flops…”

  1. I upgraded to a set of Keens the first of this year and they are great! Breathable, comfortable, waterproof, breathable, and they don’t leave black marks on the boat—icing on the cake! If you can afford them, their awesome. It took me a while to actually break down and purchase them, but I am so glad I did. I wore them everywhere this sailing season and plan on doing the same in 2017.

  2. Keen brand are very popular with RVers. You can wear them into the water and out again so they are good for playing with the tide when you want to cool your feet even more.

  3. I wear sandals almost year round even here. and I have a favorite pair of blue op flip flops. they feel coolest of all!
    if it’s finally chilly out I wear the sandals and match my socks to the dark blue of my pants and it works.
    on really cold days I have suede sketchers that look a little nicer than regular sneakers.
    three pairs of shoes. love it!
    and to think I used to always spend the whole day in high heels. wow. so glad to be retired!