Footwear for India

#1 Sep 19th, 2014, 13:51
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Hi All,
we have decided to travel with 45litre Rucksacks, and if we need anything buy it in India, and possibly bring two large bags of luggage back.
I have been looking at walking sandals such as Teva and Keen which cost £35 to £70 in the UK and it has struck me that I bet I will get a good pair of sandals in India for £5 or £10, so I was thinking of traveling in a very old pair of trainers, and at first opportunity buying some good sandals, and disposing of the trainers, so I do not have to lug them around. Is this a reasonable plan.
I assume someone will want the old trainers, would just leaving them in the hotel room be a good thing?
Cheers Beds
#2 Sep 19th, 2014, 14:10
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I am using more than a pair from http://www.decathlon.in/hiking/footwear/sandals. Works great for daily usage, brisk walking, biking, lowland hiking, etc. And these are available at a good discount in their Noida store (near New Delhi).
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Good plan. 250 Rs buys a great pair of sandals here.
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Are you just travelling India, or going elsewhere for a longer trip?

I took my Merrell sandals from the UK. I wore them nearly every single day for 6 months. I wouldn't skimp on the sandals because they will probable be your main footwear. If your only going for a few weeks then maybe buy in India, but if you're going on a longer trip then I would get them before you go. Never skimp on footwear - and never skimp on rucksacks - you'll be carrying them, and wearing them every single day - better to pay more money for these items to ensure good quality (my opinion anyway).

I didn't wear my trainers at all in India. I would do opposite way around - buy sandals in UK and if you need them, cheap trainers abroad.
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Thanks for the feedback. I am there for 2 weeks, but I do agree that footwear should not be skimped on. As to Rucksaks, I am sorted with those as my main sports are Rock Climbing, Mountaineering and Walking, so have lots of ruksacks of different sizes, a bit sad really.
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I wore my Chaco sandals everywhere for eleven months in India. They were resoled, and stitched, and nailed, and restitched so many times. They became part leather, and part inner tube, and when I finally exchanged them for an Indian sandal, they were less Chaco and more spare parts.
The Indian sandals are fine, but I always get a hot spot with a different pair. If that's likely to slow you down, you should buy ahead. After living in India, I personally cannot justify a $90 pair of sandals.
I'm in the same boat with the rucksacks, but on my second trip to India I opted for a duffel.
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Indian cobblers are second to none. I usually take shoes that British cobblers say are impossible to fix, but which the cobblers (specifically, the ones running Lidcap street stalls in Hyderabad) can give a new lease of life.
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Keen Newports have been my choice for the last two trips. Enough ventilation to keep feet a little cool, pretty good soles for grip, good tight/adjustable fit, and good toe protection. I also use them extensively back home, so the initial cost isn't that big of a hit. Crocs didn't work for me at all, my feet slipped to much inside the shoe, especially during my six months monsoon stay.
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Remember your flip flops/thongs for the shower.
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I agree with Fing Fang, I have just come back from a 19 day visit and all I need were my Merrell Chameleon II sandals and a pair of flip flops.

Just a little more info that may be of use

I bought a 35 ltr dry rucksack for £17 my 80 ltr was just too big. I had just about enough space. My items were.

35 ltr rucksack
small day sack
2 trousers ( 1 of which was worn ). 1 surplus
6 t shirts ( 1 of which was worn ). 2 - 3 surplus
1 shorts
1 lightweight waterproof jacket
3 underpants
3 socks 1 surplus
wash bag
sandals
flipflops
camera
ipad
iphone
spare glasses
wifi speaker surplus
headhones
charging leads

I did buy 1 pair shorts.

dry rucksack weighed in at 7.5Kg
day sack as hand luggage weighed in at 5Kg

I had a little room to buy stuff on the move, you can always buy a cheap larger bag for your return trip during the last few days as I did some shopping for stuff for my wife ( alone at home...)
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What shoes did you finally buy for your wife, "alone at home", to make up? Jimmy Choo?
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Originally Posted by ViShVa View Post What shoes did you finally buy for your wife, "alone at home", to make up? Jimmy Choo?
Good sense of humor as always...

Can't go spending that sort of money on the good lady, need to start saving for my next solo trip......
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Beg to differ about sandals. They do an astonishingly poor job of wading through a patty of fresh cow dung not to mention muddy lanes/puddles. Also, I see mosquitoes vociferously endorse them. Judge a prince by his ministers yada, yada..
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Showed up at my local REI store with my hiking boots and told the salesperson (Nepalese) that I was going to Rajasthan and Goa. He smiled and said that I definitely should not show up with hiking boots in the desert (or the shore) :-)

Long story short.. I walked out with a pair of Chacos and a pair of Keens... and have been trying them out for the past week or so. Problem with Keens is that even walking around here (NorCal) they feel a little hot on the sole.

The Chacos... I love the high arch.. and I am patiently trying the "toughen up" my feet to deal with the blisters I am getting from the Chaco. The first pair I got was immediately gave me a on the bottom right outside part of my foot. I traded them in for wide's ... and that problem has gone away. I am still dealing with blisters on the top front where the strap goes across near my pinky toe.

alas... I will also carry my beat up New Balance sneakers just in case. I also have some lightweight socks that I can use with the sandals (since I am bringing the sneakers anyway, I needed the socks.)
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Originally Posted by Mike Cork View Post Good sense of humor as always...

Can't go spending that sort of money on the good lady, need to start saving for my next solo trip......
If you're spending your good money on these travels then I hope your good lady is saving her money and buying some Jimmy Choos

I would be .... she'll need a Mulberry handbag to go with them...

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