What better way to while the time in between making the decision to travel and actually setting off than to pack your bag full of technical gear? I spent a lot of my time back in ’06 and ’07 making sure I had the right electronics and especially the right shoes to make my travels the most productive they could be. I knew I would never have to worry about the comfort of my feet if I chose wisely, and that I did.
So, in 2007, I bought a pair of the butt ugly Chaco sandals and couldn’t have been more pleased. You hear people say that they can walk all day without any discomfort with these sandals, and those stories are beyond true. After just a few days in my strappy little things, I fully understood why Chacos can be seen on so many backpackers’ feet!
Better than that, these sandals are built to last.
I wore my Chacos for the better part of 2007 and 2008, and then I ended up storing them away a few months after arriving in Oz in 2009. But now that we are in the process of relocating our belongings back with Pat’s parents, I saw these guys again and had to put them on.
My feet were immediately in Heaven.
The story is, if you haven’t caught on in past posts, that a couple of months ago I woke up and decided that I wanted to be a runner — something I’ve never been no matter how hard I tried. I went out every day, and in really crappy shoes… but I was determined. After a couple of weeks, I was starting to feel like I could breathe easier, which was usually the reason why running killed me so much.
Unfortunately, it was at that time that I also noticed my ankles hurting. I immediately thought that I needed new shoes, so we did that, we bought the purple Pumas that rock my world, but it was too late. My feet and ankles were aching. More specifically, my Achilles tendons were aching and swollen.
So, for the past 6 weeks or so, I’ve been doing nothing except for wearing comfy shoes with heel inserts in them, stretching and sitting in order to heal the tendons (it’s been a success I think). Only, recently, my feet have been getting so extremely tired after a short period on them, which brings us to the new problem of arch support issues… perhaps something that was thrown off with my heel inserts. Feet, you’re so bloody complicated!
I tossed the inserts, and that helped a bit, but it wasn’t until I put on my Chacos yesterday that I felt like all was right in the world. These sandals are seriously comfortable.
There’s a good chance these butt ugly shoes are going to become a huge part of my wardrobe again, which is really awesome since we are heading to Malaysia in just 17 days! Hopefully my feet will get back on track with a bit of their help.
Do you have Chaco sandals, and do you love them as much as I do?!