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Title: Camp Shoe ideas????
Post by: bsweet on January 06, 2011, 06:38:27 pm
I've got all my gear figured out and strealined except for camp/off the bike shoes.
Right now I've got running shoes (racing flats), but boy do they take up a lot of room.
We definitely walk around when not on the bike, so flip flops won't do.
Size/volume is more important than weight.
Any ideas anyone????

Brian Sweet
Title: Re: Camp Shoe ideas????
Post by: Pat Lamb on January 06, 2011, 09:07:44 pm
I swear by my Teva sandals, although they're fairly old.  I think Chacos and Keen make similar sandals now.  Things to look for include ankle strap(s) and no thong between the toes.  That lets you wear them with socks if it's chilly, although I wanted something more substantial wading through slush at the top of Logan Pass.

Pack flat; weigh only a few ounces; protect your feet from rocks; wearable in the shower, although the straps may stay damp for a few days.  I wrapped them in a plastic bag to keep the dirt and sand from getting everywhere in the pannier.
Title: Re: Camp Shoe ideas????
Post by: driftlessregion on January 06, 2011, 09:29:38 pm
Ditto Chaco & Teva. Only choice.
Title: Re: Camp Shoe ideas????
Post by: Wayne00001 on January 06, 2011, 11:35:06 pm
Crocs or the nock offs

Wayne
Title: Re: Camp Shoe ideas????
Post by: johnsondasw on January 07, 2011, 12:03:23 am
Keen Newports.  A little heavy, but very comfortable and I can wear then all day hiking, going in water, everthing.
Title: Re: Camp Shoe ideas????
Post by: knolltop on January 07, 2011, 06:56:31 am
I swear by my Teva sandals, although they're fairly old.
+1.  I hang them on outside of panniers so no room in panniers required.
Title: Re: Camp Shoe ideas????
Post by: mucknort on January 07, 2011, 09:38:15 am
My son likes Five Finger Shoes on tour (I've never tried em).

(http://www.vibram-five-finger-shoes.com/images/fivefingers/Vibram-fivefingers_sprint_seagreen.jpg)
Title: Re: Camp Shoe ideas????
Post by: CyclesafeSr on January 07, 2011, 09:44:43 am
Get something that can double as shower shoes/sandals to protect your feet from plantar warts and athlete's foot.  Use mountain pedals with shoes with recessed cleats suitable for hiking and going in stores.
Title: Re: Camp Shoe ideas????
Post by: HONDO on January 07, 2011, 11:03:28 am
TEVA sandals all the way. Ive been using them since the 80s. Ive tried KEEN, they are ok but not as good overall.
Title: Re: Camp Shoe ideas????
Post by: tonythomson on January 07, 2011, 12:20:51 pm
+1 for Crocs, light, don't rub between toes, ideal for in the shower, look acceptable for wearing away from bike, pretty tough and you can fix Mickey Mouse tags to them well OK maybe not a plus  :D

Title: Re: Camp Shoe ideas????
Post by: staehpj1 on January 07, 2011, 12:31:37 pm
Crocs or the nock offs

Wayne
+1
Bulk isn't a problem just hang them on the back somewhere with a carabiner.

A few key requirements for me are:
1. Must be easy to just step into when leaving the tent.
2. Must double as shower shoes.
3. Must be OK for walking a few miles.
4. Must be light weight.

Crocs meet all of those requirements nicely, but If I will be hiking a lot I might consider adding a pair of trail running shoes.  Most trips I do not find that necessary, since my hikes while on tour are typically just short walks.  That said when we spend a week in Yosemite Valley I bought a pair of light trail running shoes.

BTW, I own a pair of Vibram Five Fingers and enjoy running in them, but they do not meet requirement #1 since they are a pain to put on.  Also they are not optimum as shower shoes (item #2).  They are fine for hiking though.
Title: Jinga dancing shoes
Post by: Lowly Swale on January 07, 2011, 05:01:16 pm

Jinga dancing shoes do it for me,
http://www.jingashop.com
Light & fold flat but just enough to walk over wet or gritty sufaces, mind the sharp pebbles though!
Handy for a Salsa down Mexico way too.
Title: Re: Camp Shoe ideas????
Post by: janetanorth on January 07, 2011, 07:09:47 pm
crocs=light weight, can wear with socks,step in and out, no problem in water. cons-crappy to ride in, not much of an urban fashion statement. good luck-shoe choices can be a b***h. don't hesitate to send home miscreants and start again.
Title: Re: Camp Shoe ideas????
Post by: peterharris on January 07, 2011, 09:47:15 pm
Amen to the Keen Newports. I have two pair of the Newport H2 (same as the Newport but made for use in water) and love them ... feel good, keep your feet cool, durable. You could buy the Newport H2 and use them as shower shoes - they dry pretty quickly. Easy to put on and are good for long walks. They're not the lightest but they'll offer more protection for your tootsies that regular sandals or flip-flops.
Title: Re: Camp Shoe ideas????
Post by: knolltop on January 07, 2011, 11:06:51 pm
Agree w/ Staehpj's key requirements. 
My Tevas satisfy all but #1 for me. 
Just can't feel the love for crocs ... just no style!   ;D
Title: Re: Camp Shoe ideas????
Post by: bogiesan on January 08, 2011, 10:09:40 am
Almost any mfr's "water socks" work well.
What I look for in a camp shoe: light (obvious), closed toe (don't want to deal with a torn toenail), easy on-off (for those late night relief walks), and quick-drying. But if you're walking miles off the bike, you owe it to yourself to carry appropriate footwear.

I do a show about supported bike touring and I strongly discourage flipflops. It's so easy to end a tour by damaging your exposed toes but the worst thing is the noise they make in camp at 2:00 AM when everyone is trying to sleep.

david boise ID
Title: Re: Camp Shoe ideas????
Post by: Jambi on January 11, 2011, 08:25:56 am
Pince-nez my friend.
Title: Re: Camp Shoe ideas????
Post by: litespeed on January 14, 2011, 04:17:20 pm
I just pack a pair of cheap Walmart black walking shoes - like track shoes but short like standard shoes. They are suitable for most any occasion. Being size 13 they take up most of my front right pannier but since my rear panniers are usually half empty (tent, sleeping bag and pad in a small duffle atop the rear rack) this doesn't matter. When I arrive at a camp site or motel the first thing I do is shuck my cycling shoes and put them on.
Title: Re: Camp Shoe ideas????
Post by: sprocketman on January 15, 2011, 01:33:11 am
I used Wal Mart flip flops. i paid $2.50 for them and they were the best investment i made. they are light, bendable, compact, and allow you feet to air out at the end of the day. Jumping in a lake? just wear them in and wear them out. Did I say they are light?
Title: Re: Camp Shoe ideas????
Post by: Blackbear on January 15, 2011, 11:55:54 am
Brian:  Try Croks or the knock-offs from Bass Pro.  They weigh next to nothing.
Title: Re: Camp Shoe ideas????
Post by: John Nelson on January 15, 2011, 12:30:32 pm
Brian:  Try Croks or the knock-offs from Bass Pro.  They weigh next to nothing.
Crocs weigh about 3/4 pound to a pound, lighter than some options and heavier than other options. But since the OP is concerned with volume over weight, the main advantage of waterproof footwear is that they can be strapped to the outside of your gear.
Title: Re: Camp Shoe ideas????
Post by: 10speed on January 16, 2011, 04:47:57 pm
I have been watching this thread develop, because this information is also useful to myself. I would like to know what model of Tevas and Keens you guys are referring to. Both websites list dozens of possible options...

Thanks.
Title: Re: Camp Shoe ideas????
Post by: knolltop on January 16, 2011, 06:05:47 pm
My Tevas are the Hurricane XLT.
Title: Re: Camp Shoe ideas????
Post by: johnsondasw on January 16, 2011, 11:38:07 pm
I have been watching this thread develop, because this information is also useful to myself. I would like to know what model of Tevas and Keens you guys are referring to. Both websites list dozens of possible options...

Thanks.
I use keen newports and have for years.  The main advantage, I think, is that they are so comfortable.  I can hike all day in them.