I think you could try going barefoot - it's very healthy plus your shoes-on, shoes-off problem disappears instantly.
Also, you should know that flip-flops, aside from being uncomfortable, are potentially dangerous, as they do not provide ankle support. Consult Wikipedia:
Thanks for a great blog, Paul
Get some Tevas for men, I don't mean the flip flops, I mean something like river sandals.
Better for you, look better than flip flops, won't break the hobo's bank.
Tevas.. hehehe, as best I can tell, overpriced smelly shoes. Here is a link where Craig has some REALLY stinky shoes in the Carribean.
Stinky Teva Sandals
I like Barefoot, try go to Barefoot a lot, this means I am at the beach. From a USA point of view, barefoot make a lot of sense. The country is clean, I find I wear my shoes a lot in dirty country. I never once wore my sandals in the Philippines, like walking in garbage.
I will stick with my 35 dollar Reeboks, tried and true, and I know they do not stink. Amazing how bad smelly shoes make travel life.
Have you considered Chaco's? They're sports sandals like Tevas, but waaay better in my opinion. I currently have 4 pairs and the first pair I wore almost every day for 2 years. When traveling to warm places they're the only shoes I bring. I wear them in the shower and then head on out. It doesn't take too long to dry.
Of course, they cost more than your Reeboks, but I think based on cost per wear they are reasonable.
I am not going to fix something that works. The Reeboks do not stink, and I know it.
The value of money, to pay 35 dollar here in Thailand is the same as going getting a room in the Holiday Inn for three nights in the USA. I can purchase the same as if you took that money and went to the mall.
Hi Mr. Andy,
I certainly concur with you when it comes to TLC of the feet. Since about forever there has been little nuisances like old fashioned trench foot to stop people in their tracks literally. Im curious about your system of storage in key locations. Is it informal agreement through locals?
Do they also act as something like FOB (Freight On Board) point to recieve shipping for you? The idea of have a type of LZ to store a cache of consumables seems to rank right up there with necessary survival behavior to me. If you find yourself stuck between a rock and a hard place, give me a call on skype. (norman.edwards50).
Be a learning experience for me if I can swing the shipping. Besides that, also been thinking about vacuum packing clothes somehow for such situations. I found a site where they use a hand pumped brake bleeder. Practicality of lugging it around though, unsure of.