70 Dollars for Travel Shoes

70 Dollars for Travel Shoes
30 dollars to buy the Reeboks, 40 dollars to have them sent by normal post to the Philippines, a wait of 16 days for delivery, I have new shoes, I am happy.

Bauang - Paringao - San Fernando, Philippines
La Union Province
Southeast Asia
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Buy the Same Gear as Andy uses


My old and new Reebok Travel Shoes, one pair will last about one year. I have gone through about 10 pairs of the exact same style of shoes in my 11 years of travel. I was home one time to visit, purchased about four pairs and had them ready to use or be sent to me, It is time to buy some more, I am thinking about 10 pairs this time.

I paid 40 dollars to have a pair of 30 dollars Reebok shoes sent to me, I guess I paid 70 dollars for one pair of shoes. I think this is the most I ever paid for a pair of shoes. My Mother put the underwear on top of the shoes, so in the event someone opened, they would maybe pause before they went farther.

These are secret pockets; I will have two pockets sown into a new pair of shorts here in the Philippines. The little plastic bags have one-cup water heaters, they break easy, and I need about five to last one year. I sometimes use them to heat water for dip showers.

Buy these Reebok Shoes on Amazon.com

When I typed in this comment, I took a pause and thought about it.
“I paid 70 dollars for one pair of shoes. I think this is the most I ever paid for a pair of shoes.”

I almost left this out, but this was my true thought, unedited, not attempt to glamorize me. I know this comment makes me a target for criticism. Generally, people will berate and belittle people they consider cheap. There is stupid cheap, there is frugal or wise cheap. However, the way this plays out, I know the average person is not cheap, frugal or even wise about their purchases. They buy items spontaneously providing they have the money in their pocket. And credit cards are amazingly leading the world to economic devastation.

I will have people say something is a good value, normally when I hear this comment, I believe the person does not consider price a variable to consider. Normally their math skills are bad, they cannot do the math in their head, and they cannot remember the prices and generally the person just to justify their temptation purchases.

I want a pair of quality shoes, I do not believe I can guarantee the quality of shoes in the Philippines; therefore I paid 40 dollars to get a 30 dollar pair of shoes sent to me. I want my standard of quality, not your standard.

This all seems like noise to you, but think about this, I have came through this economic situation unscathed. It almost did not change my life, a little, but not really. The primary reason for the economic situation is because the world buys 150-dollar shoes instead of 30 dollars shoes. They purchased a house that cost too much, paid too much, they were greedy, they wanted something that was stupid, and they were slaves to their temptations.

Anybody can be self-employed, anybody can travel the world, however if they are a slave to consumerism, it is hopeless. I do not earn my way to travel; I have saved my way to travel. I am frugal with my money, I am shamelessly cheap, I just refuse to care about my neighbor’s needs, wants or dreams. I dream my own dreams.

By the way, a huge factor in buying these shoes is I know they do not stink when they get wet. I live in one room; the last thing I want to live with is a pair of stinky shoes.

Read about some really crap and stinking Teva Sandals I encountered in the Caribbean and not a good value, and stupid comments and justificaitons, truly readers being anal.

Stinky Teva Sandals in Caribbean

Craig admitting his sandals stinks.
Stinky Teva Sandals

The travel missive here is this, a person must continually, consistently optimize their decisions, if you feel I am cheap, and cannot see the plot, better to stay home, spend your money and bring us out of a recession. I am here enjoying myself, you are there working for a reason, it just makes sense.

70 Dollars for Travel Shoes


Good quality shoes are available in SM and other shops but the best shoes are NOT cheap with the ones Iike costing over U$100. The most expensive shoes I ever bought in the Philippines were 50 discounted and cost P2400 ( U$50 ). On our recent trip to Hawaii for our daughter's graduation I was lucky to find several pairs of shoes I ilked at Ross Dress for Less so splurged and bought 4 pair. I was abloe to find good shoes at Fort Bonifacio's aka Global City's Market Market on the 2nd floor filled with small kiosk vendor locations and on the side was a shoe shop. If I remember right they were about U$35. If you have size 91/2 or under there are 10+ times the number of shoes as there is in size 10, 101/2 and 11. Occasionally size 12 can be found at great discounts here in the Philippines.

I have had MANY varieties of "stinky shoes" and use various foot powders and sprays to defend myself and wife from them.


Shoes stink in my opinion because of the type of Rubber used on the bottoms, I purcahsed Reeboks made in Thailand and they stunk. The ones above are made in Indonesia and do not stink.

I do not wear smelly or stinky shoes for any reason, life is too short. And the reason I will may soon buy about 5-10 pairs of these shoes.


I stopped using flipflops because of my back problem, normaly shoes like these are inconvenient in Asia.

I can buy the shoes in the USA and keep in storage there.


Good Choice. I love Reebok shoes. My problem is, here they cost about $80, UK rip-off prices. So I can't justify the cost. Here, though, most of the $30 shoes really are crap. The mission is on.

Maybe i should order them in the USA and get shipped to me, would still save $10!


Secret pockets photo here:

I will never in this life time be able to file away or classify the information on my site. I have written about 5000 post or newsletters, put up about 15,000 photos.

Google.com search used to be the solution, however it refuses to index the whole site. It does not matter if the page is good or bad, google just makes the decision because of age, modification or signature.


Not all styles are sold everywhere, I have went as far as looking around in Indonesia where these shoes were made, trying to find them.

I have never seen this model outside the USA.

The model you want Ash could cost more in the USA.

This is all marketing, I am trying to bypass the Marketing problem and purchase a good shoes, for a good value, and seal in my desire for good value for years to come. If a product proves itself reliable, I will buy many when the price is right.

My mother does this, she had five children, worked in a factory and was not slave to consumer temptations. She tried to get the most for her money.

Sometimes people say about countries like the Philippines,
"Life is cheap."

In the USA,
"Money is cheap."

The world lives a splurge mentality, somehow we deserve to spend money we do not have and if I am the CEO of a corporation, I deserve the money, even if we are not profitable. I am fortunate, I earn my own money, for myself.


I use the 'workout plus' range. I got used to wearing them at school, because the uniform rules said we were only allowed trainers if everything on them was black. I'm also an awkeward size, around UK 12 but varies.

I love the secret pockets. I may have told you before, i viewed that page before going to india/nepal and copied your secret pockets design. Either noone tried to rob me, or they work, or both. :o)

Great travel tip, very useful.