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Camp Shoes - Yes or No?

Postby cloudlesssky » Sun Jul 26, 2015 9:03 am

I didn't see a recent specific thread on this.

Do you take "camp shoes" or "water shoes" (for crossings) and if you do what are they?

I normally don't take "camp shoes" or "water shoes" but decided to on my most recent outing. I was very glad I did, mostly because I ended up ended with blisters and couldn't wait to get the boots off at night, but also I was trying to stay strongly hydrated and ended up getting up 4x each night as a result and pulling on camp shoes was easier, faster, more comfortable.

I have some Vivobarefoot Ultra Pure's that are good for water too. Croc-like material, but much thinner and as a result lighter. Something like 6oz for the pair. They have a heel cup and cinch down which is and advantage in the water over flipflops. Got them on sale a year or so ago for about 1/3 the MSRP.



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Re: Camp Shoes - Yes or No?

Postby AlmostThere » Sun Jul 26, 2015 9:14 am

Crocs. Big enough that the thick socks or down socks fit in them for walking around camp. Waterproof and stable enough for the easier wading. Glue felt on the soles and you have fishing shoes that stick to wet slick rock. Mud washes off 'em and they dry quickly. The bunions thank me when I wear them at the end of a long day.
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Re: Camp Shoes - Yes or No?

Postby Jimr » Sun Jul 26, 2015 9:34 am

I just got back from a week up the Kern, hiking in my Teva sandals and Injinji toe socks. I carried my boots the whole time except for the first day. My feet feel awesome except the heels get a bit dry. I'll need to bring a bit of lotion next time. I had no problem with the numerous stream crossings. Occasionally, I'd take my socks off and wade through the water, but most times, rock hopping and log walking. I even went down Shepherd pass in sandals and they were fine.
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Re: Camp Shoes - Yes or No?

Postby rlown » Sun Jul 26, 2015 11:28 am

There was this thread: viewtopic.php?f=15&t=4458&p=26736&hilit=teva#p26736

It was more about creek crossings, but I like general purpose equipment.

I like my Tevas still. They work as camp shoes with the thick woollies on to prevent skeeter attacks, but they also work as wading/crossing/fishing shoes. Crocs look fine as well, I just haven't tried them. I've also carried basic tennis shoes as well, but they don't work for wading, unless you dispose of them after one trip.

I like to get out of the boots at the end of the day. My feet need a breather.
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Re: Camp Shoes - Yes or No?

Postby ERIC » Sun Jul 26, 2015 12:54 pm

Same - Crocs (w/ camp/sleeping bag socks). Mine are fakes from WalMart but weigh in lighter than the real deal. Ugly, but remarkably comfortable.
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Re: Camp Shoes - Yes or No?

Postby The Other Tom » Sun Jul 26, 2015 1:08 pm

Another Croc user here. I like sandals better, but they are way heavier.
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Re: Camp Shoes - Yes or No?

Postby Brien » Sun Jul 26, 2015 3:55 pm

Even though they're heavy and bulky, I still take my Tevas.
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Re: Camp Shoes - Yes or No?

Postby MountainMinstrel » Sun Jul 26, 2015 5:57 pm

Brien wrote:Even though they're heavy and bulky, I still take my Tevas.


X2 they are comfortable, don't slip on wet rocks, and I have proven that I can hike in them should my boots go toes up.
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Re: Camp Shoes - Yes or No?

Postby maverick » Sun Jul 26, 2015 9:17 pm

No need, my trail runners are light enough to serve as hiking shoes and camp shoes in one. :)
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Re: Camp Shoes - Yes or No?

Postby larroyo33 » Mon Jul 27, 2015 7:56 am

Yep, Vivobarefoot Ultras. I used to use Crocs for camp/water shoes, but the Ultras are way better (unfortunately, they are also more expensive).
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Re: Camp Shoes - Yes or No?

Postby becomingamountainman » Mon Jul 27, 2015 6:41 pm

Glad to hear... I am bringing my keen sandals. Didnt think about potential toe injuries in crossings though, but I figured they could double as camp shoes

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Re: Camp Shoes - Yes or No?

Postby Jimr » Mon Jul 27, 2015 7:21 pm

I forgot about the toe injury. I kicked a stick under the ferns with my baby toe and it hurt, but no damage. I also stabbed my other baby toe with a trekking pole.
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