Camp shoes?

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Camp shoes?

Postby katherineaw » Sat 16 Mar, 2019 11:23 am

Hi All

I'm just curious what people are using for camp shoes?

I think ideally, I need something fully enclosed (bug/ant bite minimisation is a key priority), somewhat cheap and not too heavy.

Any advice based on what you use, have used, like, dislike would be very welcome!
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Re: Camp shoes?

Postby slparker » Sat 16 Mar, 2019 12:11 pm

I just use trail runners and air my feet after setting up camp and then put them back on. I don't have any other footwear that is more comfortable than my trail runners to bring as spares except.. more trail runners.

I do often take waterproof socks to change into if my shoes are wet, though. As i hate sitting around in wet feet and it macerates the skin.
If I am in tne snow ditto with my goretex boots and tbe WP socks are very warm to sleep in.

A few of the people in my bushwalking club take crocs or thongs as a change of footwear as they are very light. Not antproof though unless you sock up. Crocks and socks wont win any fashion prizes but would probably achieve your aim.
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Re: Camp shoes?

Postby Warin » Sat 16 Mar, 2019 12:25 pm

Aqua shoes - light - cheap - packable. Just bits of neoprene.
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Re: Camp shoes?

Postby bobcrusader » Sat 16 Mar, 2019 1:19 pm

Crocs.
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Re: Camp shoes?

Postby Moondog55 » Sat 16 Mar, 2019 1:54 pm

bobcrusader wrote:Crocs.

Yep Crocs
[color=#00FF00]Flourescent Lime Green Hi-Viz [/color]ones so I don't lose them. Next ones will be Hot Pink
Ve are too soon old und too late schmart
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Re: Camp shoes?

Postby Ms_Mudd » Sat 16 Mar, 2019 2:37 pm

In Winter I would normally wear traditional crocs with socks, sounds like a Dr Seuss rhyme. A clean dry pair of socks, not the sweaty gross ones I walked in for the day.
I will need to buy some more as this Summer on a 49C day, I accidentally left them at my back door and they warped and shrunk inwards. :-( Perhaps I shall take a leaf from Moondog's book and go super lairy coloured! My 'Love Your Sister' super giant socks are pretty bright already to match in.

In Summer I wear my Crocs swiftwater sandals, I pretty much wear those same sandals anytime I am not at work - in the house included. I may have even worn them under a long dress to a farm wedding last weekend...

Plenty of people use disposable type footwear or hotel slippers to save weight. I have plantar fasciitis so can't get away with anything else, Crocs are lightweight enough, durable (when not cooked in the sun) and give me just the right amount of arch support and heel cushioning.

Don't ask me why I have Crocs pics, but anyway.... Winter Croc'ing with two pairs of socks on Barrington Tops Plateau, Summer Croc'ing Six Foot Track last week.
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Re: Camp shoes?

Postby Huntsman247 » Sat 16 Mar, 2019 3:36 pm

Cheapest sandals from rivers for the warmer months. The cheap ones are out of a lightweight plastic. Paired with socks. Socks get a chance to dry out too.
Then in winter I've got macpacs down booties. Super comfy.
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Re: Camp shoes?

Postby emma_melbourne » Wed 20 Mar, 2019 5:55 pm

ULTRALIGHT
For gram counting and weighing only 50 grams for the pair, these disposable hotel slippers, which I wear with an extra pair of hiking socks:
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Men-Tra ... 25805.html?

WATER SHOES
If I want water shoes, then these Vibram Furoshiki, which are quite a bit heavier however at 312 grams for the pair. You will want to order a size BIGGER than your normal shoe size. (As they're sized a bit small for size. So I got a size bigger in the Furoshiki on advice - a size 41, and they fit perfectly, but I'm normally 40.) They are good though and I recommend them.

LIGHTWEIGHT & IN-BETWEEN WEIGHT
I have these Vibram Five Finger shoes, which are more comfortable than they look. However they'd been advertised at 100 grams for the pair on Massdrop, so I was disappointed when they arrived and it turns out that should have been per shoe and not for the pair. They weigh 195 grams for the pair. They're about true-to-size. And they're more comfortable than I would have thought.

I've heard Crocs are really good, but a bit heavy and bulky for a pair of camp shoes is the only negative.
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Re: Camp shoes?

Postby andrewa » Wed 20 Mar, 2019 7:57 pm

Yep, whilst I love my Crocs, and bought them many years ago for camp shoes (?2005), they are too bulky for me for bushwalking.

I use either Croc thongs, or Kmart aquasocks( or similar) for bushwalking.

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Re: Camp shoes?

Postby dagsands » Wed 20 Mar, 2019 9:24 pm

Mine are Aussie soles 'starfish' thongs. They weigh only 180 Gm for a pair of size 45/46. They are one piece so the bit that goes between your toes doesn't pop out from the sole... which is the failure point that turned many a good Aussie thong into a mere frisbee.
If I wear socks I wear injinji toe socks with them so the thong style isn't an issue.
At other times my camp shoes are my weighty but awesome tevas - 630gm per pair, but I can cross rivers and swim oceans and climb mountains in those - so are they really camp shoes? Hehe
A couple of dags and their pooch who live by the beach in their home named 'Dag Sands', of course.
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Re: Camp shoes?

Postby katherineaw » Thu 21 Mar, 2019 8:36 am

Thanks everyone = some good suggestions. Very keen on fully enclosed, as my blood seems to be the elixir of life for the bugs up here! Might investigate those Vibram's and the aqua socks in the first instance - I wear trail runners during the day, so not worried about getting them wet (would be a nice cool change, in fact).

Thanks!
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