Taking a break from the usual tech blog post...
Living in the Metro Manila presents a lot of challenges. You have over-population, vehicular traffic congestion, just to name a few. But there is another problem that one has to contend with because of the fact that we live in the tropics: it can rain anytime. And since this is Metro Manila we are talking about, a slight amount of rain can mean ankle-deep street flooding... At the least.
While living in the US, a pair of insulated boots became a very important piece of clothing accessory. When winter hits, you'll be screwed if you don't have a decent pair of warm pair of shoes. And thick socks, of course. In the Philippines however, where it rains a lot in any given year, you definitely need a pair of water resistant shoes.
Enter the Merrell Chameleon Storm II GTX.
This pair of shoes is very nice, design wise. It has a seamless construction and it feels as if there is no part that has no value. It has an aerodynamic feel and I feel that running water will just run around the shoes. Traction of the sole is good, especially while I walk the streets of the Metro. I feel that this pair of shoes will also hold itself up if used on rough roads and unpaved paths. I've used it for driving and, despite the odd two hour congestion on the nasty streets of Metro Manila, the shoes still felt comfortable.
The wife warned me that I might be weirded out by the Vibram undersole. Well, I was, at least at the start. But now I actually kind of dig it. I don't feel my feet getting strained by the shoes even if I wear it for, say, the whole day. It's comfortable to wear and I don't mind wearing it from morning til night.
Now, the only thing that is slightly not good is the fact that the shoes can make your feet hot if you do a lot of outdoor walking. Well, this is to be expected because of the water resistance offered by the shoes. Your feet can't breathe as much when you wear this pair.
Well, that is something that I can live with. I will not take the shoes jogging anyway, so I'd rather have dry feet than spend the whole day out-and-about with wet feet and shoes...
The Merrell Chameleon Storm II GTX is Highly Recommended!