"Shoes - a debatable issue" Taman Negara Kinabalu Packing List Tip by skyangel_k1
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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Someone recommended wearing simple canvas shoes rather than fancy expensive sports shoes to climb the mountain. Some would say Trekking boots rather than runners or tennis shoes. Whatever the brand of shoes, it must have the following attributes: good fit, flexible, protects the ankles, protects the toes (especially on the downhill journey).
The porter wore simple light rubber shoes. She reckons they move with your feet and are very comfortable. The soles had small round bumps on them for friction and grip. I believe that these are sufficient for the first part of the climb, but the second part of the climb requires better grip.
I saw one trekker coming down with his shoes tied round and round with rafia string as the soles had opened up (jaws open like a croc). Do look out for stitched soles as this would help. Also, waterproofing your shoes will aid with moisture problems (my next tip).
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