This post will be part of a future series on what to wear when trekking the world for 10 weeks out of a carry-on suitcase.
Yesterday Lady Tocqueville and I went shopping for some footwear for what to wear on our trip of a million lifetimes. I already have some OBOZ hiking boots I used in Alaska in 2011, that are worn in and comfortable. Lady Tocqueville, on the other hand, was still relying on some old school New Balance sneakers.
REI was our first and last stop. Their sales reps are excellent. Their customer service and return policy (a.k.a. no questions returns) are amazing. The only down side with buying it from the local brick and mortar REI is that we were on the hook for the extortionate 9% sales tax to pay for government buffoonery.
After looking at some hiking boots, Lady Tocqueville settled on some Keen Whisper Sandals.
These things are awesome! They have the bottom of a light hiking boot. Since we are not carrying packs on our trip, that is all we will need for cushioning. You can wear them with or without socks. They are breathable, and very water resistant and heat insulating. These are a great alternative to the full fledged hiking boot.
Lady Tocqueville will break them in over the next few weeks to make sure there are no hotspots or flare-ups.