Be forewarned-- if you buy hiking sandals that cover most of your feet and you wear them everyday for three months in Malawi, you may end up with bizarre tan lines. I call them my "tiger stripe feet".
Surprisingly, nobody has commented to me about this, even though I think it looks really funny.
Luckily, that photo was taken back in August, after I had been wearing my sandals everyday. Now that I am teaching I wear different shoes so the tan lines have faded a bit. Which is good.
Side note-- I love the shoes in the photo. I got them here in Malawi at a shoe store called Bata that is part of a chain found throughout Malawi. My feet get filthy in them from walking in the dirt to school, but they are cute and comfortable and cheap so I don't mind. They remind me of the plastic "jelly shoes" I used to wear when I was a little girl. Now if I could find clear plastic ones with sparkles like I had when I was 5, I would really be in business!