I see so many people on Hawaii’s trails and adventures wearing new-looking, white sneakers. I just don’t have the heart to tell them that their shoes will never look the same. They’re blissfully unaware that they’re going to have to stamp through unavoidable mud or cross the trail in a stream.
To hike to waterfalls and traipse through a rainforest, you really need to be wearing shoes that you won’t mind getting wet and dirty. Ideally, you should bring hiking shoes or sandals that are designed for quick drying. I always bring my water sandals to Hawaii. They’re perfect for Hawaii adventures. They work really well for hiking, biking and kayaking. Several activities like ATV riding, zipling, and horseback riding require you to wear closed toe shoes and these water sandals fit the bill.
If you don’t have quick-drying water sandals, I recommend you bring your old, beat up sneakers on your Hawaii vacation. On my first trip to Kauai, I brought an old pair of sneakers knowing I would be hiking the Kalalau Trail. I knew the trail would be muddy, but I had no idea I’d have to cross some streams. At the end of the hike, I had to throw those old sneakers away.
Land’s End and REI are good online sources for hiking sandals. I purchased mine from my local REI on sale for about $40. They’ve been well worth the investment.