There is nothing like stepping out of you hiking boots at the end of a long day into something more comfortable. Need to go outside in the middle of the night? What are the alternatives?I've just come back from a few weeks in NZ, and during this time decided that, despite what others might think of me, the time was right to buy a pair of Crocs.
|Crocs Yukon Sport|
What should you look for in the ideal hut/camp shoe?
- non-slip sole
- adaptable for emergency use
- drain easily
- quick drying
- reasonably thick sole
- long wearing
- stop on your feet
What are the options?
Thongs/flip-flops, Crocs, neoprene or fleece booties, thick socks, Dunlop Volleys, Vibram FiveFingers shoes.... I've seen them all and each has their supporters. Unfortunately, none of these will satisfy all your needs and so each becomes a compromise, decided by personal preference and your environment.
|Dunlop OC Volleys|
Fleece boots are great in a hut; warm, lightweight, reasonably compact, but unsuitable for outside use.
Thongs are compact, lightweight, cheap but lack grip and slip easily off your feet.
Volleys have their ardent supporters and meet most of the criteria, but are reasonably heavy, get dirty easily and don't dry quickly; not really what you want in a hut.
Vibram FiveFingers (VFFs) are new on the scene, lack a thick sole or heel and imitate barefoot walking, which is something that most of us don't often do. Take care, they use muscles and parts of your foot that you have probably neglected. They are not the sort of shoes you can put on and walk for kilometres without previous experience.
Crocs meet almost all criteria, except they are a little bulky!
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