I suppose I'd say "nay" to the sandals, though. Reason: Small biting creatures, whether snakes or insects. I don't think you want to step on a very large centipede in sandals. They might be OK for around town, but I'd stick with trail runners and water shoes in the rainforest. Get shoes with as much synthetic material as possibleit'll dry faster and stand up better to the moisture. For a trail runner, if you haven't already got some, consider the Adidas Supernova Trail ($80), which has a synthetic leather and mesh upper and deep lugs. For a water shoe, I like the Adidas Hellbender ($90), an all-synthetic shoe that's really like a light trail runner, but has drain holes so water can escape. Good support and traction on wet surfaces, too.
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