Sandals/flipflops. Any suggestions?

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by Robin, May 8, 2018.

  1. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

    Looking for lightest sandals/flip flops for summer. Any suggestions?
  2. Daymoth

    Daymoth Ultralighter

    I got some teva sandals on amazon and so far they are really comfy and much lighter than chacos.
  3. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

    Thanks. Model and weight?
  4. Taz38

    Taz38 Section Hiker

    Cricky...I was literally just looking at camp shoes/sandals :) I ordered a pair of Tevas (for work mostly) but need a pair of camp shoes. Might have a go at diy sandals.
  5. Clare

    Clare Section Hiker

  6. SafetyThird

    SafetyThird Section Hiker

  7. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

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  8. Gadget

    Gadget Thru Hiker

    Surely you can't get much lighter than cheap flipflops?
    Good enough for the Vietcong...
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  9. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

    My cheap flipflops are heavier than my Vivobarefoot Ultras
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  10. Clare

    Clare Section Hiker

    Cheap flip flops are surprisingly heavy.

    Those Amuri Clouds look impressive as for a few more grams than my foam/mesh things you get a shoe that you can apparently climb rocks in, or walk on varied ground.. But i don't understand this really. How can you walk on difficult rocky ground with no lateral support whatsoever?? Is there a barefoot sandals walker out there who cares to explain? Because as much as a I love my foam clogs.. and I definitely do,, I would be interested in a more useful shoe.
  11. Daymoth

    Daymoth Ultralighter

    Sorry, I checked and they are Hi-Tech Galicia for women, under 400g for the pair. Really comfy and ok traction.
  12. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

    I only want them for camp sandals/ river crossings. Look pretty good for that. The other advantage over crocs type sandals is they should take up less room.
  13. ColinHawke

    ColinHawke Ultralighter

    I’m a bit confused regarding camp shoes .. What do you guys do in them? Serious question as I’ve never had them and never missed them. I wade across rivers in my trail shoes, I pee in a bottle at night otherwise I walk about bearfoot or put my (often wet) trail shoes back on. Just curious ..
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  14. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    I rarely bother. Certainly not for trips less than a week.

    I did take croc fakes for one TGO challenge but didn't really need them much.
    I sometimes take very light flip flops for hot climate (Spain/France for me!) Trips. Mainly for train travel and campsite/town use.

    Interested in those xero trails linked to above for walking in summer.
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  15. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

    I don’t wear trail shoes. Lightweight gtx boots. I’ve tried unlined trail shoes and they don’t work for me. I like to have a pair of lightweight shoes for around camp and it’s good if they can double up as wading shoes if necessary. I want a pair of sandals for summer, maybe other times too. Which is why I was canvassing some ideas. Hike your own hike and all that. :angelic:
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  16. ColinHawke

    ColinHawke Ultralighter

    I hear you, I was just curious. I’ve been blessed with high arches but a friend of mine has completely flat feet and he hates trail shoes and wears leather boots - and he walks & climbs faster, stronger & better than me. For me the major benefit of minimalist trail shoes is they dry out quickly.
  17. Taz38

    Taz38 Section Hiker

    I'm also a boot wearer and also interested in camp-shoes mainly for pottering in camp (or hostel). Just weighed my Everlast slip-on thingies I wear as slippers at home, only 192g. Still a little too heavy though. I don't like flipflops much.
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  18. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

    I use Salomon X Ultra gtx mids which are a good half way house between boots and trail shoes. For me they are better than trail shoes, unless it’s really hot. I like dry feet. Personal preference, not telling anyone else what to do.
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  19. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

    Xeroshoes and Vibrobarefoot do flipflops with a heel strap
  20. slovhike

    slovhike Section Hiker

  21. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

  22. Clare

    Clare Section Hiker

    I like camp shoes in hot climates so that my feet can breathe and have a change of feeling as I slopp along to the village bar or campsite restaurant or shower block or hang out somewhere for the day. By then I want to be a flip flop girl (or foam and mesh clog girl -as flip flops are too heavy) and not a socks and shoe person. Also if hot spots are forming it’s great to give my feet a change.
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  23. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    I like my Vivos for that, I wouldn't be without them on longer multiday outings, handy for river crossings too
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  24. shetland_breeder

    shetland_breeder Trail Blazer

    I've been looking for lightweight sandals recently, as my wife and I are planning to do the GR52A/GR52 circuit next month and my wife is sure I need some. She does wear boots though whereas I wear fairly minimalst trail shoes (inov-8 terraClaw 220 at the moment).

    The lightest I have found (size UK11) are Teva Mush II flip-flops which come in at 198g the pair. Annoyingly Teva doesn't give weights for any of its sandals but with just a flat two-layer EVA sole these are going to be hard to beat. Will probably wear quickly. Have fabric toe post so are reasonably comfortable.

    Next are a pair of Xero DIY Huaraches at 205g (again UK 11). These have the 4mm sole. Since they have proper laces that lock your heel in position can be worn on uneven ground. But even though I wear fairly minimalist running shoes for hiking walking on stony ground (eg the 20mm limestone chippings in my drive) is a bit uncomfortable. The 6mm sole would be better, but 50% heavier. They would probably be better in a smaller size and a lighter person (I'm 80Kg).

    Neither of these can be worn with socks (except Injijnji socks of course).

    Be careful with the Xero Huaraches - their pre-built ones (Amuri Cloud, Genesis) have the toe post too near the front of the sole for me, hence ending up with the DIY ones.

    I'm not convinced ai need any sandals at all though...
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  25. benp1

    benp1 Summit Camper

    I have a couple of pairs of Teva mush frios, they're very light for a 'proper' shoe, though I don't actually know how light they are. Will be more than a UL type affair but they can be used as normal shoes (eg I've taken them on hand luggage only trips as they pack small and light)

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