I live at a northern latitude and typically wear out a pair of sandals in a single warm season. By contrast, sneakers with apparently much thicker soles last for much longer. This makes me wonder - are people living in southern latitudes where sandals might make sense for a longer segment of the year (essentially limited only by rain and not by temperature) able to buy more durable, thicker sole sandals nowadays? Or is everybody stuck with these fall-apart-in-6-month ones?
An alternate version of the same question would be, do I end up wearing low quality sandals because I shop in the wrong place, or because better sandals are not stocked in America, or because these better sandals are simply not produced at all and hence are unavailable to anybody, even though presumably there ought to be a lot of demand for them at least in some areas?