stemcellular wrote:RichFrye wrote:Well , I can tell you that your rubber boots , off the shelf, are by far the first rubbers I've heard of which are better forming, have better traction, and mobility (including fairly important climbing) than shoes and boots made for such things. Rubber protects from water sometimes (they don't breath) and snake bites, sometimes. I never understood the want to remain dry all day, in the jungle...because you won't, usually.
In rain and wet clay, they are the only thing that hold up; no matter the quality of boots, and I had great boots, if you are doing wet weather work, climbing, hiking, you will end up in gum boots, or with rotted feet.
...which explains why the governments with jungle training/environments for their military give them cheap rubber boots...
Anyway, bring both, or bring the shoes you are already comfortable with and if they suck buy cheap rubber booties down there. I'm not sure what properties there are that make good quality boots or shoes "not hold up". I have the same exact shoes I've worn in wet, wet, clay , rock, hills, rivers, streams, bullet ants piles, mudslides, etc.
I do know of a buddy who likes the booties as they are easy on and off and water proof for quick looks around. He also labels a waterfall on his property as "unpassable". I easily climb it/'pass it' almost every time I visit, in sneakers.
I doubt any casual frogger is sleeping out directly in the jungle for days on end with wet feet. Feet dry out just fine (like from a day at the beach) when the day's over.
But again, the easy answer is bring a good pair of hiking boots or sneakers with and if they don't cut it buy cheap rubber boots.