After 23 months of either wearing my sandals or boots, both were starting to fall apart, Liz has even banned my shoes from the tent because of the smell. I have not even found an insect that’s been willing to crawl inside my boots for months.
I sent an email to Bramwell International the UK importer and distribution company that deals with Source sandals. Source sandals have green dot on the sole that means if it’s still there then the sandals are in guarantee. Although the sandals are falling apart a bit, they have been through a lot and I had not really cleaned them that often, not mention, they had been chewed to within an inch of their lives for an hour by a dog in Thailand while I was having dinner. You tend to leave shoes outside the house in Thailand. I wore them just about every day through Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand and only swapped them for my boots in November when we got to China and the weather started to get a bit chilly. Whilst the green dot guarantees sensible use, it would not cover dog chew and blatant sandal mis-management.
Having explained the ordeals my sandals have been through and the lack of care I have given them, I really didn’t think a new pair would be forth coming….. however…. our trip, and the journey my Source sandals have taken so far, fired some imaginations at Bramwell International and we have been asked to become ‘Ambassadors’ for some of their products, Meindl Boots as well as Source sandals.
This involves using their products, giving feedback and suggestions as well as promoting their products and showing the adventures these products can take a person on. So we have a new sponsor!
Liz, who obviously glides over the earth rather than walking, does not need any new sandals or boots, she somehow seems to keep things looking new. Her front panniers look like they only came out the box the other day. I on the other hand seem to put something on and make it look 100 years old within a few weeks.
So I looked online and in a few shops in Ulaanbatar and chose some new boots and sandals to replace the smelly broken ones. I have chosen the Meindl Maine Men Mid GTX boots and the Gobi sandals. They should be making their way to Asia in a few weeks and I shall have shiny new kit that I promise to clean more than once a year.
So thanks so much to Bramwell International for choosing us to be ‘Ambassadors’ for your kit, it will certainly go on some exciting adventures with us and will definitely see some stunning parts of the world. We look forward to working with you during our Bikeabout trip and perhaps for our future adventures as well. Have a look at their products and see if there is anything you fancy. You have a big choice, Meindl Boots, Source sandals and hydration systems and Gregory backpacks. You can also find out more about Bramwell International on Twitter, Facebook and Flickr.