Worth the investment
I bought these for a five week trip to West Africa. They did take some time breaking in -- the first time I walked in them for a couple of miles, I developed raging blisters between my first and second toes. Even though I've worn thongs before, the thong potion of these shoes is thicker than most, which really took systematic getting used to (i.e. blistering over). But it was hands-down worth it. This was the only pair of sandals I took on my five week trip, and I never once had a problem on the trip (having already broken them in). Could not be happier. They are so much more attractive than the average "sport" sandal (especially in the rust color). I did not use these in wet weather, but I would disagree with the earlier poster and say that these are appropriate for "hard core traveling" (as much any sandal could be).