The following is a guest post by November’s featured guest blogger, Kristin Repsher.
I probably shouldn’t admit it, but even though I own a website called “A Pair of Boots and a Backpack,” I don’t always take a pair of boots with me when I travel. In fact, on my recent trip to Europe, I didn’t even pack a pair of tennis shoes. Instead, I took my pair of Teva Tirra sandals, knowing that they would work for nearly every situation I found myself in.
I’ve been a Teva fan since I bought my first pair of Mush flip flops, but until a few years ago, I never felt like I could justify buying a pair of their sandals. I didn’t really like their look, plus I figured the shoes I had covered everything I needed. It wasn’t until I found myself fording rivers in New Zealand that I really wished I had a pair. Other hikers just switched to their sandals and hiked on; I had to choose between waterlogging my boots or wearing flip flops. Either way, I’d probably end up with blisters on my feet, either from wet shoes and socks or from dragging ill-fitting flip flops through the current.
Originally, I invested in a pair of Teva Karnali Wraptors.I’m sorry, but they were the ugliest shoes I have ever owned. I don’t know if the other colours were the same, but the yellow version was so hideous that I just wouldn’t wear them — and I’m a person that doesn’t care about fashion when it comes to good outdoor gear.
Late last year, I replaced them with a pair of Tirras, which I liked as soon as they arrived from Amazon. I ordered them just at the right time too, since I broke my leg shortly after; this meant they got a solid six months of use while I needed supportive shoes that were easy to take on and off. Ever since, they’ve been my go-to shoe for many outdoor activities — they’re great for clambering over rocks at the beach — and for many everyday activities as well.
5 Reasons Why You’ll Love Them Too:
- They’re incredibly comfortable. I love the feel of these sandals. Even though they are strappier than the standard sandal, none of those straps rub on my feet. I’ve only gotten one blister from wearing them, and that was when they got wet and I kept wearing them tight rather than loosening them up slightly. They’re also very supportive — I’d say they have just as much support as my tennis shoes do.
- They’re pretty much destruction-proof. It’s hard to find a pair of Tevas that aren’t built to last, and the Tirras are the same. From slogging through mud to going for runs on concrete, these shoes will do anything and they’ll hardly show any wear and tear. The soles are thick and durable so I don’t anticipate having to replace mine for years to come, which makes the $80 investment seem very worth it.
- They’re so easy to put on and adjust for any situation. Forget having to tie shoes or deal with annoying straps or buckles. It’s so much easier just to slip your foot in, velcro up, and go. I find it especially handy on planes that I can easily adjust the fit as well, since my feet often swell on long haul flights.
- They’re not just for tramping through water. While the Tirras are great for doing day walks and for going wading through rivers, they’re equally at home walking around town or on a casual night out. I wouldn’t wear them with a dress, but they go well with jeans or even skirts.
- They save precious packing space. If I’m going somewhere with a warmer climate (and I’m not doing a lot of hiking), I’d be happy taking just these, a pair of flip flops, and some flats for nights out. Since I’d wear the Tirras for travel, they’d hardly ever take up room in the bag; even if I did have to carry them, they can be clipped onto the back of your bag rather than put into the bag itself.
One word of advice though: if you do buy a pair of Tirras for your next trip — and I highly recommend you do — make sure you take some sunscreen too, otherwise you’ll end up with funny triangular patterns all over your feet like me!