As we get further along in our travels, we will be posting reviews of some of the gear that we brought with us. Since putting together our packing list was one of my main obsessions before we left, I hope that these reviews will prove interesting and helpful to any future wanderers, or even to any other gear-heads out there like me!
These Holey Soles are one of the two pairs of footwear that I brought with me. They are the Canadian version of the more well-known brand Crocs. The differences between the two brands are very slight. Holey Soles seem to use a very slightly softer and more flexible foam/rubber material than Crocs, and the shoe is slightly narrower. Other than that, they are almost identical in terms of design and look. In fact, I almost always refer to them as Crocs anyways, even though that’s a disservice to the Canadian company. It’s just easier to say, and then people know what you’re talking about.
Why I brought them: I opted to bring the Holey Soles instead of flip-flops or sandals because of their versatility. They are very lightweight, they don’t absorb water, and they stay on my feet much better than flip-flops. While I realize that I don’t get any points for style while wearing them, they seem like they will be appropriate for wear almost anywhere, from the beach to the city to campsites to sailboats.
- great for wearing in the water or shower
- stay on my feet if I’m running after a bus or train
- very, very comfortable
- good arch support
- not the most stylish footwear (although it depends who you ask!)
- poor grip on wet, smooth sidewalks (the kind they have all over the UK)
- have a tendency to cause very painful toe stubbings
The last point there may seem counter-intuitive. In fact, I often used to insist that they were great for toe protection while canoeing etc., but this is not true of all situations. Because they fit quite loosely on my feet, and the soles are slightly soft, they have a tendency to catch on raised edges and curbs. Unfortunately, the sidewalks that we’ve encountered over here in the UK are absolutely full of uneven, raised edges. When the sole catches, it tends to stop the shoe dead in its tracks, and my big toes ram painfully into the end of the shoe.
I should mention that ever since I started climbing a few years ago, my big toes have been extremely damaged as a result of cramming them into a pair of climbing shoes that I bought one size too small. Now any toe stub feels like a broken toe. The average person may not find this to be a problem with the Holey Soles at all.
Overall: Highly Recommended
I am very happy that I brought these along. They are great for throwing on quickly, for hot weather, and even as slippers around hostels or houses. I guess I just have to learn to pick up my feet as I walk, and all will be well!
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