My Ugly-Ass Travel Sandals

Like any girl, I love fashion and when it comes to my shoes, it’s all about cute and comfort.  Even if they’re 5 inch heels, my rule is I have to be able to run or fight in them.  LOL

Prior to leaving for Thailand in 2006 I decided I needed some comfy walking sandals that could also get wet.  Our departure date was creeping closer and closer and I still hadn’t found anything cute that I really liked.  While going through Nordstrom’s for the umpteenth time, I came across a pair of leather Tevas.  They weren’t cute, but when I tried them on; oh-my-gaaawd, they were the most comfortable sandals everrrrr!!  So even though they were $86, which is way too much to pay for an ugly shoe, I took them.  That was almost 6 years ago!!

These shoes go with me everywhere, I never leave home without them.

What is your one “must go with you everywhere” item?

My Ugly Sandals in Lisbon, Portugal 2009

My Ugly Sandals Going the Movies with my Mom in Bangkok 2006

My Ugly Sandals on Margarita Island 2007

My Ugly Sandals in St Vincent 2007

My Ugly Sandals - Today



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About Terri Lundberg

Terri Lundberg is an American expat currently residing with her husband in Saudi Arabia, but she calls Seattle and San Diego home. She’s a travel writer, an avid photographer and is a resource and cross cultural trainer to expats relocating to Saudi Arabia. She's been to 100 destinations, 30 countries, and counting.


  1. They look really comfy! I adore my Havaianas for the same reason – they are just sooo comfortable. My original pair got stolen in Vietnam and I was gutted so I ordered more from Brazil 🙂

    My red sarong has now travelled with me since 2006 too, I can’t bear to part with it!!

    • OMG I don’t what I will do if I lost my sandals. I guess I’d cry like a baby and then get over myself. LOL I’ve since purchased another pair of Tevas with the thinking that I should have another pair to give these a break. Well, I hardly wear those and they’re not nearly as comfortable.

  2. Mephistos have been my ‘ugly sandals’ for many years and I have since learned of similar brands at cheaper prices. There’s one thing that persistently rings through — if your feet hurts your are miserable! Thanks for bringing it home.

    • You’re right, your feet have to be comfortable when you’re touring a city. A few years back while in Barcelona, I decided to leave my Tevas in the hotel room for a cuter, flat strappy sandal. OMG. Major mistake. By the end of the day, I was limping back to the hotel, and by that night my ankle had swollen and hurt so bad. Never again.

  3. Nothing ruins your vacation experience more than achy feet from bad shoes…

  4. Hello black chick I have become such a fan I watched all your videos about saudi and cant wait to see more of yoir travels I do have a questipn though I have friends who tell me that the sauds really hate black people is this true?

    • I can’t speak for Saudi’s. However, I can say I’ve never felt it, but then again I don’t interact with a lot of Saudi’s.

  5. You’ve really gotten your money’s worth out of you “ugly sandals”. I literally go through a pair every 3 months it seems. It doesn’t matter how cheap or inexpensive, cute or ugly, they don’t freaking last. 🙁 Maybe I need to Thailand and cop me a pair! 🙂

    • Hi April,

      I didn’t get them in Thailand, I got them for my trip to Thailand. I got them at Nordstroms. They’ve turned out to be totally worth the money. They’re so comfy, that I can not leave home without them. But, hey, even though I didn’t get my sandals in Thailand, don’t let that stop you from going. 🙂


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