Why You Need To Have Camp Shoes
Since your camp shoes aren't the main hiking shoes you wear, why should you bring extra footwear with you?
It is because camp shoes offer several very important functions that help to protect the health of your feet while you are out in the backcountry. Camp shoes specifically:
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Features to Watch For
1. Water Shoes
Boat shoes, kayak shoes, canoe shoes, water shoes, whatever. These are made to wear in water. Try to get a pair that come with well-vented top fabric that will allow your feet to dry.
These are the king of all camp shoes. That is because they are practically indestructible, have a very durable heel strap, and don't absorb water. However, they do weigh quite a bit compared to some of the other options that are available. They typically weigh 12 ounces at least.
This is the very best of all the ultralight camp shoes in my opinion. It has all of the same benefits that Crocs offer (durable and totally water resistant) but weigh several ounces less. The average pair of these shoes weigh about 8.5 ounces. They are a lot more like regular shoes as well and take on miles worth of trails if necessary. However, you will have to pay for this luxury.
4. Minimalist Sandals
There are some individuals who do complete thru-hikes wearing these ultra-thin sandals. However, for many hikers, they feel a little bare when on rough terrain and they frequently are better as camp shoes instead. Snug, open-aired, very durable and ultralight for a nice walk. What is even better is they are very compact inside your pack. There are some models that are affordably priced at around $40.
5. Tough Socks
Over the past year, this product has exploded in popularity. They are basically a sock that features a rough coated sole - or "glove for your feet." They are compact and very light. However, your feet cannot breathe very well, they must be washed on a regular basis, and might not offer enough support even for light hiking.
6. "Toe Shoes"
When it comes to this style, the most popular brand is Vibram Five Fingers. They are lightweight and are able to pack really small. Depending on which model you choose, the soles may be very rugged if necessary for hiking. However, these socks don't breathe as well as some other of the camp shoe options that are available and drying them out can be difficult.