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Being English, I never really wore flip-flops that much. I had a pair by the back door at home for going out into the garden but I’d usually just use a pair of trainers instead. Having said that, my Keen Cabo Flip-Flops have seen a good amount of use on this trip. I’ve only got three pairs of footwear with me, my Shimano SH-SD66 cycling sandals, a pair of Vibrams and my flip-flops. My sandals are fine to walk around in during the day when I hop off my bike briefly, but if I’m going to be off the bike for any extended amount of time, my flip-flops come out.

I bought them from Zappos at the beginning of the trip. For anyone who hasn’t used Zappos and is in the US, they have wonderful customer service. I wasn’t sure if I was a size 11 or 12 so ordered them both, found out I was a size 12 and sent the size 11 back using their free return label. Then when I was in Eureka, CA I was walking round and they came apart. I contacted Zappos, explained the situation and they immediately sent out a new pair. Zappos are a wonderful company who definitely deserve your business if you’re in need of some footwear.

As far as the flip-flops go, the footbed is much more comfortable than the majority of others that I’ve tried. They don’t have that plasticky feel that you get from cheap ones and yet they still dry quickly. I’ve used them for walking around and, while they don’t compare with my Vibrams for anything strenuous like hiking, they are perfect for pottering around when the sun comes out or taking a shower in at a campground.

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