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Shoes can be an enemy of travelling light! You have to compromise on this issue. We have one pair of good hiking boots and one pair of flip flops – period. The hiking boots get worn through airports on buses trains and basically just all the time. The flip flops are packed in a ziplock plastic bag in the back- pack for use in showers, the beach, and anywhere that we are staying that gives a few days to rest our boots!
There is no weight or room available in 7 kgs of luggage for any extra shoes.
Choice of hiking boots is important as you will be wearing them most of your waking and walking life. After trying several brands, we have found the Australian brand “Snowgum” to be excellent as they look good as well as wearing well. Definitely choose a waterproof style. We also purchased lambswool inserts from the supermarket to make them even more comfortable.
Taking well worn in flip flops is a good idea as they will be slightly lighter than a brand new pair. A prettier pair of flip flops is a good idea for a female so they can be worn out of an evening.
Lastly, if you really need a better pair of shoes for some occasion buy the cheapest, wear them for the occasion then donate them to charity. We went on a 7 day cruise with Holland America from Alaska to Canada and the web site made quite a big deal of needing to dress for dinner. We bought some cheap dress shoes and better outfits before boarding only to find that it really wasn’t an issue. We could have actually managed quite well with our clothes and shoes and certainly some people didn’t dress formally for dinner.