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    Hi everyone
    So I've been looking for a pair of camp shoes and if they could be used for water too that'd be great. I'll need something for fording waterways as well and thought multi-use is always the best! I cannot wear crocs or any type of knock off similar because they make my feet raw after only about 5 minutes (not a good deal at all!). Lightweight is a must. I have a pair of Keen waterproof sandals and they are awesome but way to heavy to carry. Would like something lighter weight. Thanks in advance for any advice.


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    Try a pair of "Slides" by Adidas and others. I find them more comfortable than flip flops could ever be and they are light weight.
    "You have brains in your head/You have feet in your shoes/You can steer yourself in any direction you choose." - Dr. Seuss

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    Keen also makes a lighter weight toe-less shoe .....

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    http://www.theunderwearguys.com/prod...roducts_id=218

    I just picked up a pair of these today as my camp shoes for my thru-hike. Seems to be perfect for kicking around camp or crossing rivers when you don't want your regular shoes / boots to get soaked.
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    I use the saucony hattori aw. It is their version of a minimalist runner but is fashioned similar to a water shoe. Very comfy to do some miles in and the AW stands for all weather and has a few adjustments. Super light and not too expensive and pack together as flat as a pair of flip flops. I could send some pics of mine if you would like to see em. Or you could just Google I guess. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2000miler View Post
    http://www.theunderwearguys.com/prod...roducts_id=218

    I just picked up a pair of these today as my camp shoes for my thru-hike. Seems to be perfect for kicking around camp or crossing rivers when you don't want your regular shoes / boots to get soaked.
    Those look really good! And at $9, how could you go wrong? I do believe I'll order some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirsnappy09 View Post
    I use the saucony hattori aw. It is their version of a minimalist runner but is fashioned similar to a water shoe. Very comfy to do some miles in and the AW stands for all weather and has a few adjustments. Super light and not too expensive and pack together as flat as a pair of flip flops. I could send some pics of mine if you would like to see em. Or you could just Google I guess. Good luck.

    these look sweet! Nice find.
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    While in colder weather I have used trail shoes, but at other times I have just used my trail runners, I just leave them untied for 'camp shoe' mode. Yes sometimes they are wet/damp, but it's a minor inconvenience to me over the weight savings.

    For water crossings I will bearfoot it, use the trail runners if they are already wet, or use the innersoles inside my 2nd pair of socks to make a watershoe. After using the make shift water shoes I will don my dry pr of socks and use the trail runners w/o the innersoles till they dry.

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    I thought about just using the 1 pair of shoes for everything but I really think my feet will need to feel as though they are getting a break at the end of each day...out of the all day hiking shoes, dry/air out and into a so to speak fresh pair of shoes to kick back in. I wouldn't ever go barefoot thru a body of water. To high a risk of cutting or injuring your feet and possibly ending a hiking adventure. To each their own though, it's not for me to judge or decide for others. I do have some troubles with my feet. Not horrible thus far in life but inevitable is what I'm told by the doctors so I just wanna pay attention to foot happy health. Well as much as one can on a 2200 mile hike!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gray Bear:1952982
    Quote Originally Posted by Sirsnappy09 View Post
    I use the saucony hattori aw. It is their version of a minimalist runner but is fashioned similar to a water shoe. Very comfy to do some miles in and the AW stands for all weather and has a few adjustments. Super light and not too expensive and pack together as flat as a pair of flip flops. I could send some pics of mine if you would like to see em. Or you could just Google I guess. Good luck.

    these look sweet! Nice find.
    Not a plug but I work for saucony. When they first released them the first thing I thought was camp shoe. I use them when I need to dry out my other shoes or when I wanna give my feet a break from my others. They feel great on my feet.

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    I should add that mine weigh in at 4.2 oz for the pair and there is a version without the Velcro strap that are lighter. I dont even notice them in my pack and wouldn't go without them. They are my luxury item.

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    +1 on Adidas Slides. A classic.

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    I have Speedo slip-on mesh water shoes.

    The no-slip rubber soles are good for stream crossings.

    If you "google" water shoes, there are many to choose from.
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    Caution the neoprene slippers are not waterproof. So if wearing around wet ground they will soak through. I have a pair of Sauconys and these but only use the Sauconys

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    I use a pair of slippers from ikea. They kind of look like the paper kind from hospitals. $1.99.

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    Just got my Vibrobarefoot Pures (thanks to great recommendations here on WB) and they are awesome. Tried them on last night and I can't wait to put em to use in camp/water crossings. I did go a size down per suggestions I found on amazon and they fit snugly. My wife is already convinced and wants her own pair!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HeartWalker View Post
    Caution the neoprene slippers are not waterproof. So if wearing around wet ground they will soak through. I have a pair of Sauconys and these but only use the Sauconys
    I got mine in the mail and they're not entirely waterproof, but they wring out pretty well and dried quickly. I think they'll make good light camp shoes for bumming around the campsite.
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    I take and wear a pair of Sketcher GOwalk, men's shoe. they can be worn like a tennis shoe, with out socks, water proof, have a hole in the back of the shoe which allows them to be attached to my pack. their weight 4oz per shoe. (avg)

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    Vivobarefoot. Light as a feather.

    http://www.vivobarefoot.com/us/mens/...our=White/Grey

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    Another vote for Vivobarefoot, I love mine.

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