Madagascar destroyed my sole
Tags: broken, Land Adventure, Madagascar
I bought these Chacos about two weeks before leaving for a 4-month semester abroad in Madagascar. I wore them every single day I was there- on the beach, hiking mountains, walking in the spiny thickets, interviewing villagers, traveling around the entire country. For the last month of my stay I was doing research on chameleons in Ankarana National Park, working with a local guide to characterize habitat use of panther chameleons throughout the entire eastern portion of the park, and my poor Chacos decided they'd finally had enough. The soles of both of them completely detached, and I had to walk in them sole-less since the sand was too hot to walk on barefoot. I was pretty remote so there was no way I could get new shoes, and anyway, I was kinda attached to these at this point. I tried so many times to repair them- I duct taped them every few days and tried sewing them back together with orange plastic twine I had with me. Sadly, though, the soles kept flopping off. When I got back to the states, I had to retire my poor 4-month-old sandals, but I haven't quite been able to make myself trash them just yet; they're still sitting in a corner of my room. I'm still in the market for a new pair.