There once was a scribbler named Sooz
Who preferred wearing sandals to shoes
And when it was chilly
She donned socks, although silly
Unaffected by fashion hounds' views
Admittedly I am not a die-hard Birks girl that wears socks with sandals all winter but as soon as the temperatures rise, I am either in sandals or hiking boots. I especially love cork soled sandals like Birkinstocks or Mephistos because they actual mold themselves to your feet. And for watery areas, there are nothing like Tevas! I think they are worth the investment because both brands last for years. I still have my first pair of Tevas which I bought almost 10 years ago and wore almost every summer day for about 5 years.
But for hitting the trails, my hiking boots are a must because my toes are belligerently always hitting the rocks...the Tevas are ususally hanging from my backback just in case I need a change.
Sidenote: As you can see, the monkey (aka Rosie) copped a bit of an attitude during the photoshoot, but was much more cooperative than the cat.