You won’t believe what I took with me to South America…
These bad boys from FitFlop. They’re rather suitably called Hyka’s. I don’t think they’re available at the moment as their summer stock is on shelves, but they’ll be back for winter.
Now let me tell you a little bit about my history with FitFlops (similar to that with Crocs, but with more blood). I got asked to test the flip flop ones years ago, and finally gave in when I found out I was going to Zambia on a press trip. I thought it would be ok to try them out in a country where nobody knows me, and it was going to be warm, so it seemed like a great idea.
It would have been had I not been wearing them on what I thought was a location scouting trip in the car with our photographer, whose name is actually Johan, but I call Oom (he hates it). Anyway, turns out our intrepid driver, Mac, was slightly less sure of his Mondeo’s abilities than he thought, and managed to get it stuck between the two sides of a dry river bed. Smart. This resulted in the 3 of us having to hike back to the hotel. This took 3 hours, in the middle of the day, in deepest darkest Africa, in FitFlops. I bled between my toes, and couldn’t wear shoes for days afterwards. Needless to say, they never got a review off me.
So as you can imagine, when the current PR peep asked me if I wanted to take a pair to South America with me, I wasn’t super excited. But I like her, and I had time to walk them in here before I left. Turns out the boots are light years away from the flip flop ones in the comfort stakes. I wore them nearly everyday for a fortnight before I left, and at least every second day while I was away.
They were amazing for walking around cities. Uber comfortable, hard-wearing (they’re leather), and not sweaty. The only time I didn’t wear them was when we were doing serious hiking (up volcanoes and the like), as they don’t have enough grip. Also when you’re climbing vertically on your hands and knees, you really don’t need extra ‘micro wobble board’ technology giving your legs a workout.
So 4 countries later they still look as good as new. I’m almost little upset that it’s too hot to wear them now. I can’t really tell you how much toning they do, as I was literally walking all day, every day. But they were incredibly comfortable and are super stylish. For shoes – what more can you ask for?