Before visiting Thailand for the first time, I was in a panic about footwear. I spent hours trying to research what type of footwear would be best for my needs. What would balance with the hot weather of Thailand and the colder weather of other destinations I would visit on the same trip. What would allow me to do water activities (that never ended up happening thanks to bronchitis.. aint no body got time for that -_-)
I felt pretty good about the Teva sandals I picked up. They were the lease obtrusive in the family of sport sandals that I saw, and I felt not horrible about wearing them at the beach as well as with nicer clothes, skirts, and so on. (There are more and more styles that are skillfully blending cuteness with awesome function)
I also picked up a pair ofSpenco Siesta Suedes in Black. Awesome shoe with orthotic arch support, which I mainly had purchased for using in Japan.
At the last minute, on an impulse, I ordered a pair ofSanuk shoes. Tailspin was the model - a super comfortable moccasin style shoe with studs down the back and an on-point coral color. At the time they ran me around $20 on sale and it was the best $20 I had spent. Seriously.
Why I picked Sanuk?
Really, it was a combination of factors. I had seen the brand displays in the past when traveling and always investigated them, but never purchased.
I searched so many flat, comfortable, travel-worthy shoes on Amazon at the time of my trip and had all sorts of things saved. By the end I had narrowed it down to Sperry's (which I would still ike to try at some point), Toms, and Sanuk.
The more I thought about it, Sanuk had to be the pick. At least to try .... The whole style was totally up my alley. Bright and colorful, and FUN. Yes, that's right FUN. Sanuk is actually a Thai word that means "fun". How much more appropriate could it get for a trip to Thailand?
สนุก - "fun" in Thai
Here's a little language breakdown:
ส - S
นุ - N and the little part below is the "oo" sound
ก - K
Soo.. S'NooK = Sanuuk.
Get it? Of course you do, You're so smart! Good job!
Thai Language Reference: Thai-language.com This is a great tool for anyone learning some Thai!
Sanuks saved me in Thailand!
I couldn't have been more happy with my choice while traveling in Asia. Turned out thatmy Tevas were not as broken in as I thought they were and quickly rendered me blister-ful as I traversed Bangkok. *eyeroll* Not convenient. More about that later... The Spenco shoes were too heavy and clunky for my light weight, summery attire. The tailspins, though, were perfectttt. They didn't rub at all, didn't hit my already blistered area on the back of my foot/ankle area. They looked cute and matched everything I had brought anyway. (Stick to a color palette people- you'll be glad you did!)
Through Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, I wore these babies every day. They are well traveled, well loved, and truly "never uncomfortable".
The Shoes I Brought To Thailand:
What footwear do you swear by for traveling?