Hi! My husband and I are planning our honeymoon for May (we got married in October) and we would like to do a little hiking in Kauai. I think the most adventurous hike we might attempt would be the 4 miles up to Hanakapi'ai Falls.
I really like the idea of hiking sandals (especially since on that particular hike you have to cross creeks and walk through mud and it seems hiking sandals would be easy to rinse the red clay off of - also, I like the idea of a go anywhere on Kauai shoe) and I've seen a lot of people on here post that they hike in Tevas or Chacos but most people don't say which particular model they wear.
These are the Teva shoes that are listed as "Women's Hiking Sandals" on the Teva website:
I must admit, I'm the most drawn to the one that looks the least substantial and the least like a hiking sandal, the Zirra (can't help it, I'm a girl). I think it's a newer model because I can't find any reviews of it anywhere. I did find some reviews of the Teva Tirra (which would be my second choice) by people who wore it hiking and said that it performed well.
Of the Tirra, one person said: "These sandals exceeded my expectations. Planned to go to the beach, but ended up hiking up Diamondhead on Oahu with a steep, muddy trail & spiral staircase. These Tevas were awesome, providing sure footing."
I've also read that hikers have seen people on the trail doing that hike in flip flops (which I'm not going to attempt) but it makes me think I might be okay in the Zirra or at least the Tirra. So - from the hikers who wear sandals do you think I would be okay in either of these? I don't hike a lot (and when we do it's usually in the Los Angeles canyons) but I would defintely try whatever shoes I get out a few times here before our trip to break them in and make sure they work for me.
If not either of these, what Teva would you choose (I don't want the sandals that look like open running shoes - I want sandal sandals even if it's the more rugged looking ones)?
From Chaco lovers which Chacos are good for hiking or which do you use? The Chaco site doesn't seem to give any help in suggesting which shoes are better for what activity or the differences between the sandals. They seem to be differentiated by their different soles but I couldn't find an explanation of what soles are good for what.