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Journeys with Joe


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Ellen: Clark! Would you please slow down? The kids are exhausted!
Clark: Honey, the museum closes in 15 minutes and there are 100,000 works of art to see. Come on!
– From European Vacation (1985)


Chaco:; have mesh ones that are totally enclosed; so those pebbles don’t get in!

Keen:; Newport H2, or Venice H2; are great sandal-type, enclosed-toe footwear; both for approximately $90 each.

My Newporters were a God-send while climbing Mayan pyramids and trekking through jungles, when traveling throughout Yucatan, Mexico.

Also, carry a cheap pair of flops for public showers and elsewhere; to avoid athlete’s foot.

Hiking Boots

I recommend mid to high-length ones for the ankle support; and ones that are waterproof.

I found out the hard way on the Inca Trail for four days; that leather ones are NOT waterproof, even with special treatment.

Purchase ones that use Gore-Tex (GTX) or other waterproof technology.

The REI Co-Op:; has a great selection of all footwear, clothing and luggage; and their one-time membership is well worth it for the savings and service.


Are great for everyday wear when traveling; but since they’re not waterproof, I’ve found my pair of North Face:; XCR Gore-Tex-lined multi-use/ trail runners the best.

They have decent cushioning; with the added feature of being completely waterproof.

Salomon:; also has great waterproof trail shoes.


Rockport:; has the legendary World Tour Classic (@ $90) and newer versions, like the Global Voyager (in Black) and Global Encounter (in Brown and Black); both for approximately $100.

I highly recommend the waterproof ones; that use Hydro-Shield™ Waterproof construction.

While leading tours; I really appreciate mine.

Clarks:; since 1825, has a great selection of Gore-Tex and waterproof shoes.

Ecco:; has some excellent waterproof shoes. I have a pair of their “Dublins” that I need to break-in!

Mephisto:; pricy; but has a great line of walking shoes, usually priced around $400 per pair.


Sofft Shoe:; since 1927.

Softspots:; above and these, are two brands that focus on dressy travel shoes for women.

The Walking Company:; carries many of the brands mentioned above.

And don’t forget the waterproof ones for Seattle, Ireland and England!

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