Backpacking camp shoes/sandals?

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  1. curtiseddie

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    To those of you who bring along footwear to use around camp, what is your choice? I tried Crocs once, which are effective for water crossings and pretty comfortable, but i have found them way too bulky. I now typically bring flip-flops. They are lightweight and slim for packing. My conflict comes from middle of the night bathroom breaks during cold temps. I am usually wearing socks and those don't work with flip-flops.

    Suggestions please.
    (use as a secondary shoe for water crossing is not a consideration anymore. I prefer going barefoot, no matter the temps, because I find I'm more surefooted).
     
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    I've only brought them on one trip but I wear them around the house all the time. Work great with socks.

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    I just used some leather boat shoes for more than a week in Utah during camp time without issue.

    They have a touch of class and are easy to slip on at all hours of the day.
     
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    Zero Shoes DIY sandal kit!!!
     
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    I second the Xero line of sandals and shoes. They are a bit pricy but exactly what you are looking for. You can wear them with socks and even hike in them on moderate trails and light loads. I am wearing their 3/4 hiking boots right now.
     
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    buffalo skin moccasins
     
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    I like my Birkenstocks after a long day hiking. They make my tired feet feel much better. Birks and wool socks seem popular in the winter but I just can't go there, myself.
     
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    I'm still a fan of crocs. They dont weigh much and dont stay wet. I just tie them off to the back of my pack. Granted i spend a lot of time in boats and beach's. I like crocs especially in the boat. If I have to swim, they float. I have foot wear when I hit shore. My only complaint is they don't live long in those conditions. Once the tread gets smooth. They're more dangerous than bare foot by far.
    Cheers Jim
     
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    I've used Crocs in the past either strapped to the bottom or clipped to the outside of my pack. This past trip I left them in my car and delt without camp shoes. I've become accustomed to doing water crossings barefoot. It wasn't that big of a deal doing without them around camp, but I wear trail runners which can just be slipped on.

    I did find myself missing my Crocks after seeing another hiker with a pair hanging off of his pack. They are super comfortable to wear in camp, and allow me to wonder around in water without a care, barefoot is much trickier. I've been thinking about picking up a pair of pool socks as something to wear in camp and in water, but I'm not certain even that is worth bringing along for most trips. I think I'll probably just bring my Crocks if I'm hiking and camping around a lot of water.
     
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    I always loved my Teva's. With or without socks. Comfortable and good traction. Dry fast and protect my feet pretty good.
     
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    I really want to make a pair of moccasins with thick soles, just for use in camp.
     
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    I have used the cheap flip-flops my wife got for a pedicure even with socks. They weigh nothing.
    I made some mocs for around camp and they work well. They weigh a bit more, but pack down to nothing. Those are my votes.
     
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    .98 cent Walmart flip-flops or cheap house shoes with a plastic bottom. Anything that's light and easy to fit in my pack but that I wont be disappointed about if they get completely trashed.
     
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    i bring my mocs to slip on round the fire at night, other than that always fully shod.
    of course 12 4e to 6e (depending on particular shoe) prevents me from 99.99999999% of off the
    shelf footwear
     
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    Navajo mocs, or tevas. I'm intrigued but the xero sandals though.
     
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    I don't bring extra shoes. What I do bring is two Costco meat bags (~ 0.2 oz and no volume). Typically when arriving at camp my shoes & socks are wet- I'll air dry my feet thoroughly and then don dry socks for the night. If I need to do any additional chores around camp or take care of "business", I just pull the plastic bags over the dry socks and pull on my wet shoes- night socks remain perfectly dry.
     
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    Chaco’s, for hiking, river playing, camp shoes, all day every day.
     
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    Thank you! The Navajo Moccasin is exactly what I want to make, but I didn’t know it before you posted this. :D

    I found a Navajo Moccasin pattern and another one...

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    Crocs are my choice. They are lightweight, comfy,and quick to deploy around the campsite. During warm weather, I'll go barefoot ala Cody Lundin sometimes.
    Dominick.........
     
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    Crocs or those cheap slip on type shoes 96062e9e-2061-4742-b922-0f9e153bacfe_1.b77f53439277d5cbbaba88267b6ef4ec.jpeg
     
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    Croc's Swiftwater sandal for me, I like the top strap design because they don't get stuck in mud and pulled off my feet while wade fishing.
     
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    I'm in the Crocs camp, after having boots on all day Crocs feel sublime. I wish they stayed on your feet a little better but it a small matter. :)
     
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    Tevas/Chacos are heavy.

    Crocs are bulky.

    Medieval turnshoes/Native American moccasins seem to be just right.
     
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    This what I like. Just because I'm around camp doesn't mean I don't need some protection for my feet. These things are cheap, light, they smash flat, I can walk on rocks and sticks, and little pebbles don't get caught between my feet and the soles like they do on Tevas and other strap on sandals.
     
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    Camp loafers for me. I use some that are similar to the link below that I bought at a shoe store for about $16. I like them better htan sandles and flip flops becausethey are actual shoes and I don't get the dirt and sand under my feet. For kayak trips I bring these laong in addition to my Merrill watershoes. Super lightweight, dry quickly in the sun when need be, cheap, comfy and quite stylish:)

    https://www.academy.com/webapp/wcs/...MIqLPM5fX72gIVA1mGCh1dVwveEAYYASABEgIKR_D_BwE
     
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    yer a pretty smart feller.

    but I still like my Crocs... :4:
     
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    When I use to camp I always had a pair of leather moccasins. Kiabab Navaho or plains style.
     
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    Flip flops, they can be worn with socks.
     
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    I recently bought some Xero shoes. Very minimal and lightweight. I got a pair with a toe thong like flip flops, but they make them without as well.
     
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    Body Glove water shoes. Light, compact can be used to stream cross and they dry quickly. Great for the middle of the night bathroom run and can be used with socks.
     
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    I have had the same problem with crocs tread. I love the crocs but hate that they get slick fast. I try to keep one pair of crocs that I keep off of pavement, in order to have one with tread.
     
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    I do the same. I have my boat crocs and every day crocs. The everyday are the worn ones. Newest ones are for the boat. Everyday are basically slippers. I don't go any distance in them. They are for house and yard basically.
    Cheers Jim
     
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    I've used Crocs as well as moccasin style house slippers. If I have an old pair of the moc house slippers that I'm about to toss, I keep them and use them for camp mocs. They feel great and if they get ruined, well, I was going to toss them anyway...

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