The best footwear for a summer in Greece: Teva’s

The first time I traveled to Greece, I was a beach rooky. In my luggage, I took flip-flops and heels, and combined with the sneakers I was wearing, I thought I was set for the month to come. When I returned, however, my footwear collection tripled, and my feet blistered. The best footwear for a summer in Greece turned out to be more complicated to find than I had expected.

Summer adventures in Greece.

Now, if you’re planning on visiting Greece for a relaxing holiday at one of the paradise-like resorts, you can stop reading. Flip-flops or sandals are all you need. However, if your plan is a more adventurous summer, I want to save from the footwear search that took me years.

The ultimate Greek summer experience is a combination of many activities. Examples are idyllic villages, breathtaking landscapes, paradise-like beaches, and (of course) delicious food. All of these activities, however, require different footwear. Slippers, sandals, sneakers, hiking- and water shoes. Too much to fit in a suitcase.

The footwear you’re looking for

To save money on luggage, or have space in your suitcase for your favorite summer top, you want to combine the footwear for multiple activities. You want something airy due to the high temperatures of the Greek summer. However, your footwear should be comfortable for you as well, and waterproof.

My favorite off-the-beaten-path summer experience in Greece is visiting a secluded beach. To reach a beach like this, you have to drive and hike. To swim, you will have to conquer the pebble stones. But when you are there, the landscape is unbelievable, and the moment is priceless.

During my first summers in Greece, I would wear sneakers for the drive and hike. Change to water shoes for a swim. Use flip-flops to dry my feet on the beach, and switch to sneakers again for my way back. Luckily I discovered Teva’s.

Why Teva?

Teva sandals were invented in 1984, by a river guide in the Grand Canyon. The goal of the Teva was a lightweight and open shoe. Wearable in the water, as well as on a hike through the rough landscape surrounding it. The result does all that, and Teva became famous as a sandal for outdoor adventures. For me, they became my ultimate Greek summer footwear.

Going back to the secluded beach from earlier. I can wear my Teva sandals when I drive, as well as when I hike down to the hidden beach, I can walk into the sea wearing them and even swim without taking them off. I can get out, and hike back without the burden of wet stones trapped inside. And by the time I reach my car, they have dried up. Ready to drive me to my next adventure!

A pair of Teva’s should be in any luggage going to Greece.

Teva is not in any way sponsoring the article. However, if you travel to Greece this summer, choose a pair of Teva sandals as footwear! Don’t think you can conquer the pebble stone beaches barefoot if you are not used to walking this way. And don’t think you can hike wearing water shoes. I made these mistakes, and in the end, it cost me a lot of useless pairs of shoes I forgot when returning the rental car.

A simple pair of Teva sandals will cost you only 30 – 40 bucks but allows you to go on hundreds of adventures. Their footbed is good enough to walk on for hours, the straps will allow you to swim, and their material dries up quickly afterward. They do not take up a lot of space in your suitcase and you can easily fit them in a backpack or beach bag. Teva’s truly are best the footwear for a summer in Greece:

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Hiking

Greece is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world and is mountainous for over 80%. Hiking is a great way to explore the untouched nature, hidden in the rough landscape. From the mountains of Crete to, the rugged coastline of the Peloponnese, there are countless hiking trails to choose from. Some popular trails include the Samaria Gorge, the Meteora Monasteries, and, of course, Mount Olympus.

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Scuba Diving

Greece is home to some of the most beautiful waters in the Mediterranean, and scuba diving is a great way to explore them. The waters around the Greek islands are home to a wide variety of marine life, including colorful fish, octopuses, and sea turtles. 

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Surfing

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Mountain biking

Greece offers a great variety of options for mountain biking, from rocky trails to smooth dirt roads. Some popular spots for mountain biking include Parnitha, Pilio, and Pelion.

Kayaking and Canoeing

Greece has a diverse coastline with plenty of opportunities for kayaking and canoeing. Some popular spots include the rivers of Epirus, the Gulf of Corinth, and the beaches of Chania and Vassiliki.

Parasailing

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Canyoning

Greece has some great canyons, with crystal-clear waters and impressive rock formations. Some popular canyoning spots include the Vermion Mountains, the Pindus Mountains, and the Vikos-Aoos National Park.

Skiing

Greece has several ski resorts, mostly located in the mountains of northern Greece. Some popular ski resorts include 3-5 Pigadia, Elatochori, and Seli.

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I kept pushing through

I spent the last ten years of my life dedicated to becoming the best architect I could possibly be. Working at top firms in the Netherlands, a 12-hour day at the office was a normal part of my daily schedule. Even the weekends I spent at the job. I truly believed that my professional success was the most essential thing in life. I could not even imagine what I would do if I did not have my career.

But as my years as an architect passed, I became more aware of the fact that I was not really living my life. I was living my work, but not myself. Traveling rarely, never taking a day off, and pushing through if I was sick. I never allowed myself to stop to listen to what it was I needed or wanted. Then, my beloved grandfather died in 2019 and I was unable to permit myself to take a break to grieve. Pushing through the pain of the loss I had felt, I reached my limit. I needed a change in my life.

Dark times followed my success

The start of this change was marked by a difficult time. I had a complete breakdown. Struggling with extreme tiredness, anxiety, and sadness, unable to continue the life I used to live. Even not able to buy bread at the supermarket across the street, it was time for me to stop.

I grieved my grandfather, my career, and mostly myself in the following months. I cried 10 years’ worth of tears and slept the rest of my days. But no matter how down I was during these months, I always felt that what I was going through was a good thing. I never pitied myself, nor did I feel like things would never get better. I needed a reset, and the darkness was just part of the beginning of that

Childhood trauma made me loose myself

In the summer that followed these dark months, I visited Greece for the first time. Meeting my boyfriend’s loving family, living a slow life, and connection with nature, made me reflect on what I had missed out on the decade before. As a young kid, I had always liked to swim and hike, grow vegetables, paint, built furniture, read books, write, and allow myself to get carried away by the creativity that was within my own mind. I used to be chaotic, creative, impulsive, and full of energy. However, for some reason, I ended up being an adult who did not have any of these characteristics.

I lost myself, I had drifted far away from the person I genuinely was and instead lived pretending to be someone else. I can tell you numerous reasons that explain why this happened to me. Including always being the strange kid in school, physical abuse and rape. But these reasons don’t really matter. The important part was that I recognized the parts of myself that I had been missing. I finally knew what to look for.

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I learned to be me, and love myself for that. I stopped rushing through life but instead learned to enjoy the journey that is my life. However, I was, and unfortunately still am, an architect at a big firm in the Netherlands. I am still expected to pursue a successful career in architecture. I still have to work overtime without getting paid, and I am still bound to a minimum amount of free days a year. The only difference is that today I can say that I don’t want this life any longer. And this made me realize that going from a successful career to an uncertain life in Greece might not be such a bad option for me.

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