When it comes to preparing for camping, many of us focus on packing up the gadgets and all the big things that we may need at the campsite. Whereas common things like the right set of clothing and shoes for camping are of critical importance and should be discussed more often. I believe until you’re rightly dressed with the best footwear, you can’t taste the real joy of camping in the wilderness or setting out in nature.

In this blog, I’ve listed the eight best backpacking camp shoes that I’ve tried and kept on repeating for most of my camping trips. So, when it comes to buying camp shoes, I preferably focus on features like comfort, fabric, texture, waterproofing, breathability, and shape rather than pricing.

What are camp shoes

Just like we change our work shoes after getting back home, camp shoes are easy-to-wear slip-on shoes to wear around the campsite after taking off your tough and closed hiking shoes. Camp shoes allow your feet to breathe, move, and rest while you’re sitting around the fire, hammocking, or preparing for the next day. On the contrary, many campers wear camp shoes from start till finish and look for camp shoes that can survive throughout the trip.

For selecting the right camp shoes, it is important to understand and note down a few metrics that make any pair of camp shoe better and suitable for you.

  • Breathability:
    While you’re out on a camping trip, you can’t predict the distance you cover on your feet and that’s where having a breathable pair of shoes play its part. If you wear any closed or packed shoes on a longer journey, your feet start sweating, there are chances that your feet may have blisters and cause you pain throughout your trip. This is why you need to pick a pair of shoes that has a breathable fabric or have air holes to ensure breathability.
  • Shape:
    Everyone has a foot shape and it could be any of the three – flat arch, normal or high arch. It is one of the most important factors that you must check on closely. Many a time, your foot shape doesn’t match the design you would love to buy. A lot of campers get calluses or seed corns issues just because they had never paid attention to the right footwear on camping. An inappropriate camp shoe would make your foot feel too tight, offer less air circulation, and may not offer the right comfort. The best way is to pick a pair of camp shoes that matches your feet shape and size.
  • Texture:
    Why am I focusing on the texture? Because it is one thing that plays in the behind. People often don’t see that it is the texture of the shoe that’s bothering them and not the shape. So, if you find the right shape, make sure you check the texture from the inside out as well. A lot of shoes insulate heat or the rubber gets too hot to walk in them. So, if you’re looking for 3 -3-season camp shoes, don’t forget to check the texture as well.
  • Pricing:
    Sometimes you may feel that the product is too pricey as compared to how it looks. However, the cost is more about the ergonomic style, orthopedic enablement, and right sole. A wrong shoe can cause you pain from the feet to the spine.
  • Easy to dry:
    Most of the camp shoes like crocs are designed to be lightweight, easy to dry, and breathable but if you want to try another design, make sure you check its efficiency to handle water. Some of the fabric-based camp shoes become heavy when they are wet and take too long to dry.
  • Sole:
    As discussed above, some of you may have orthopaedic concerns to address. This is why it is essential to check on the sole whether it is high, flat, or normal arched. Also, if it’s too thin or thick for you. Thin soles don’t go farther so better pick the one that has enough sole height to resist pricks, tear, or heat.
  • Wearability:
    This factor has to be at the top priority! Nobody likes to struggle with the Velcro, laces, or foot fitting while traveling. Camp shoes must be super easy to wear just like any flip flop, slide in and get going

Top 8 Shoes for Camping Comparison

As an avid camper, I’m always on the lookout for quality yet lightweight camping gear. Since some of the essential camping equipment does occupy space like a CPAP battery and generator etc. I prefer carrying lightweight personal accessories to neutralize the weight issues. Here’s my list of lightweight camp shoes along with feedback on each one of them. My review or opinion is purely out of the experience and may or may not resonate with all.

IMAGE PRODUCT NAME PRICE
Crocs Unisex-Adult Classic Clog
Crocs Men’s and Women’s Classic Realtree Clog
ALEADER Men’s Slip-on Shoes
Chaco Men’s Odyssey Hiking Shoe
ECCO Biom Speed Lace Hiking Shoe Textile
Teva Men’s M Ember MOC Slipper
Crocs Swiftwater Mesh Wave
Crocs Men’s Swiftwater Mesh Deck Sandal Sport

1. Crocs Unisex-Adult Classic Clog

Crocs Unisex-Adult Classic Clog

It is one of the most inviting and popular unisex camp shoes by Crocs. With its lightweight rubber sole and fully molded croslite material, it feels nothing at the feet yet offers a 100% secured walking and trekking experience in the wilderness. For a better fit and foot grip, it has a heel strap that is easily pivotable to your liking. The best part is that it offers a ventilated upper with a solid traction sole, making it water-friendly and super comfortable for long trekking camping trips. So even if your foot accidentally lands in a puddle, the water will slide out without keeping you wet any further. The base has a massage pod footbed which allows the foot to experience a pain-free walk throughout the journey. It comes in a variety of colors to cater to every personality and style. One thing that I often observe in shoes is whether I get any back or foot pain after using them or not and fortunately, with this pair of camp shoes, I never experienced any discomfort.

What I love the most about the Crocs is that it is super easy to clean, dry, and store them anytime, anywhere. Since I don’t just wear them during the trips, I use them pre- and post-my camping trips too so I don’t store them at all. However, if you want to store it, all you need is to dip it in soap water for a maximum of 5 to 10 minutes, scrub it and wash it away with clean water.

Specifications

  • Weight: 14.11 Ounces.
  • Dimensions: 11.42 x 10.47 x 3.07 inches.
  • Sole Material: Rubber.

Pros

  • Best camp shoes for ultralight backpacking.
  • Budget-friendly.
  • Very easy to clean and dry.
  • Have good arch support.

Cons

  • A bit too roomy for petite or slim feet.

2. Crocs Men’s and Women’s Classic Realtree Clog

Crocs Men's and Women's Classic Realtree Clog

When I first checked these classic camo crocks, I was awestruck by the beauty it brings to the feet. The rugged style combined with an authentic camouflage print keeps you worry-free from getting any stains or getting caught up by any color-sensitive insect in the wilderness. It has a good-size roomy footbed allowing your foot to breathe and wiggle fingers easily. The ventilation holes allow the water or debris to roll out as quickly as possible. With its proprietary closed-cell resin, classic Croslite material, you feel safe, soft and 100% comfortable at your feet. Also, if you love to be playful at your feet, there’s a range of colorful camouflage crocs, buy that appeals to you the most.

The best part is that you don’t have to necessarily toss them in your backpack; you can easily hang them in your backpack without adding any considerable weight to your back. Like any other Crocs, these too have a pivoting heel strap for you to adjust your grip. The only thing that bothers me is that it comes in generalized sizing so if you wear a half size, you have to wear a small size which gets a little tight at putting up the pivoting heel strap at the back.

Specifications

  • Weight: 7.04 Ounces.
  • Dimensions: 11 x 9 x 4 inches.
  • Sole Material: Synthetic.

Pros

  • 100% breathable.
  • Lightweight.
  • Classic camouflage prints.
  • Meant to keep water and debris out.
  • Offers the right value for money.

Cons

  • A bit too roomy for petite or slim feet.
  • Not available in all sizes.

3. ALEADER Men’s Slip-on Shoes

ALEADER Men's Slip-on Shoes

With a great market reputation, ALEADER tops as one of the finest footwear for trekking, camping, and most of the outdoor expeditions. With its FluidFlow technology, it allows the water to dry up as quickly as possible without producing any bad odor or fungus in the fabric. With its strategically placed, strong, and comfortable rubber pods, it becomes easier to walk freely on the rocky terrain. The dual-density EVA Solyte midsole is embedded to ensure lightweight performance with excellent ground grip and bounce-back. Beautifully engineered, the upper mesh is made up of high quality, finely breathable fabric for maximum airflow and comfortable cushioning. This pair of camp shoes by ALEADER comes equipped with a ComforDry sockliner to ensure improved cushioning and a healthier shoe environment. Although, I’m not very fond of wearing fabric shoes at camping ALEADER allowed me to explore camp shoe options beyond crocs.

One thing that bothered me a bit is the cleaning part. Since there were traces of mud dips during the trek, I found it difficult to clean it and bring it back to its original look. I believe, the sooner you clean the mud, the better. Don’t let it dry within.

Specifications

  • Weight: 1.06 Pounds.
  • Dimensions: 11.02 x 6.3 x 4.72 inches.
  • Sole Material: Synthetic.

Pros

  • Embeds FluidFlow technology.
  • Uses dual-density EVA Solyte midsole.
  • Comes equipped with a ComforDry sockliner.
  • Great value for money.
  • Build quality is great.
  • Tiny water drainage holes at the bottom of the sole.

Cons

  • A bit difficult to clean.
  • Low air capacity.

4. Chaco Men’s Odyssey Hiking Shoe

Chaco Men's Odyssey Hiking Shoe

As an avid camper, I’m always on the lookout for better options. I love Crocs but sometimes, it more about experimenting with new looks, styles, and comfort. Chaco Men’s Odyssey is a perfect pick to try change, purposefully designed for hikers, trekkers, and campers. The upper mesh is hydrophobically engineered with polyester jacquard webbing for quick drying and seamless breathability. The synthetic overlay offers sound structure and protection to the foot front.

The ladder-lock buckles in the front secure your foot with a perfect grip, allow you to walk freely and comfortably as much as you like. With a patented toothy treaded, ChacoGrip™ Plus outsoles, it enables you to have sound grip and traction on wet and uneven surfaces. Another trademarked technology of dual-density EVA midsole as LUVSEAT™ is embedded to offer high rebound and make it even more comfortable throughout the trip. I’m not sure how far this works but Chaco Men’s Odyssey Hiking Shoe is treated with antimicrobial treatment to prevent any fungal growth or bacterial growth in the shoe.

Specifications

  • Weight: 1.7 Pounds.
  • Dimensions: 0.39 x 0.39 x 0.39 inches.
  • Sole Material: Rubber.

Pros

  • Comes with ChacoGrip™ Plus outsoles.
  • Embeds trademarked EVA midsole.
  • Excellent arch support.
  • The right value for money product.

Cons

  • Customer service is a bit weak.

5. ECCO Biom Speed Lace Hiking Shoe Textile

ECCO Biom Speed Lace Hiking Shoe Textile

The family of ECCO Biom is popular for its Biomechanical optimization and offers an extensive range of camping and hiking shoes. Out of many, I tried the Speed Lace’ and I was blown away by its performance and comfort. It is made up of a sporty synthetic material combined with reflective details to offer a comfortable walk, durability, and strength throughout the trip. With its FluidForm Technology, it guarantees ECCO’s signature comfort by maintaining the anatomical gesture of the foot. Having a glove-like fit, it naturally adjusts to the curves of the foot and simultaneously generates a durable, supple, and integral bond between the sole and its leather upper. Although the one I picked is a mid-level camp shoe product by ECCO Biom, the performance was no less and I believe it is worth every penny.

Specifications

  • Weight: 15 Ounces.
  • Dimensions: 14 x 7.4 x 5 inches.
  • Sole Material: Synthetic.

Pros

  • Laced with FluidForm Technology.
  • Embeds Biomechanical optimization.
  • Firm ride when running on harder surfaces.

Cons

  • Slightly expensive.

6. Teva Men’s M Ember MOC Slipper

Teva Men's M Ember MOC Slipper

Teva Men’s M Ember MOC Slipper is also known as lazy shoes! This sounds funny and came as a surprise to me. It is adventure-ready ripstop footwear with finely quilted stitch details. With its collapsible heels’ functionality, it can be used as both, a slipper and a pair of shoes. The footbed is constructed of Polyurethane for better comfort and rebound during the walk. For better traction and assertive ground-grip, the rubber outsoles are finely defined.

To be honest, I didn’t enjoy it at all. It was great for some time but within a few days, it felt loose in my foot. Also, if I have to judge this product in terms of its pricing, I would not recommend it as camp shoes. These are cool everyday shoes. As far as product care is concerned, it can’t take any mishandling like machine wash or any hard scrubbing. If you want to clean it, hand wash it gently in mild soap and cold water. Since I tried the men’s wear, I want to highlight that there’s a parallel release of women’s lines in the same design. In women’s range, there’s no gender-specific tweak other than the range of colors and sizes.

Specifications

  • Weight: 8.9 Ounces.
  • Dimensions:  0.39 x 0.39 x 0.39 inches.
  • Sole Material: Rubber.

Pros

  • Offers a parallel series for women.
  • Finely quilted from the top.
  • Works well for both indoor and outdoor use.
  • The collapsible heel makes for easy on and off.

Cons

  • Not easy to clean.
  • No breathability, feet can get sweaty.
  • Only available in full sizes.
  • The external fabric is not tear-free.

7. Crocs Swiftwater Mesh Wave

Crocs Swiftwater Mesh Wave

I’m a big fan of Crocs Swiftwater Mesh Wave and still have them as my favorite pair of camp shoes in my collection. It is minimally designed with best in class athletic and amphibious feel. Its sole is thick, tear-free, and water-friendly with rigorous traction, designed to shed debris and water out in a rapid fashion. The best part is that it is as good on a normal day as it is in the wilderness and I often use it in my everyday hangouts and it doesn’t feel odd. To reinforce Crocs’ legacy, it is extremely lightweight, easily foldable with the upper mesh made up of flexible Croslite material along with an adjustable heel strap at the back.

It is one of those camp shoes that are still in great shape, color, and size after years of rough use. The best part is that it is extremely easy to clean, all you need is to dip it in soap water for a while, scrub the dirt out and dry it in shade.

Specifications

  • Weight: 6 Ounces.
  • Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 0.7 inches.
  • Sole Material: Synthetic.

Pros

  • Felt true to size.
  • Great shoe for waterside sports and camping.

Cons

  • Moderate arch support may feel tight on a bigger foot.

8. Crocs Men’s Swiftwater Mesh Deck Sandal Sport

Crocs Men's Swiftwater Mesh Deck Sandal Sport

By now you must be aware of the fact that I’m a big fan of ‘Crocs’ camp shoes. The Swiftwater sandal-styled crocs speak volumes for foot comfort, strength, and durability. With its legendary Croslite foam cushioning and traction-packed Croslite outsoles with herringbone patterns, this fantastic design reflects the true legacy of Crocs. It also has massage pods on the footbeds for soothing comfort. What I love the most about almost all Crocs camp shoes is their minimal outlook with uncompromised high-end comfort, care, and features. The soft textile lining on the inside offers a comfortable foot grip and an abrasion-free environment for all-day camping or trekking.

Moreover, these relaxed-fitting, handsome sandals feature attention to detail stitching and adjustable hook-and-loop straps for a secure and comfortable fit.
Specifications

  • Weight: 9.4 Ounces.
  • Dimensions: 0.39 x 0.39 x 0.39 inches.
  • Sole Material: Synthetic.

Pros

  • Hook-and-loop straps for an exact fit.
  • Massage pods on footbeds.
  • Lightweight and flexible.
  • Croslite outsoles and foam cushioning.
  • Herringbone tread patterns.
  • Stylish and breathable mesh uppers.

Cons

  • A bit tedious task to clean it from the mud.

Tips to look after foot hygiene while camping

Footcare is essential in keeping yourself healthy, active, and confident. No matter how good your pair of shoes is, there are a few foot care hygiene practices you must do to keep yourself healthy, fit, and carefree. Inadequate foot care leads to calluses and seed corns that many campers complain about. I’m capitalizing on the opportunity to share a few tips that I practice throughout my trips.

  1. Wash it often: No matter how tired you are after a long camping day, make sure you go off to bed after washing and drying your feet. If you’re short of water, try cleaning it with baby wipes or medicated swabs to keep it fungus free.
  2. Allow it to breathe: Once you have washed or wiped your feet, leave it loose for a while before tucking yourself in a sleeping pad. Let your feet release all the stress and loosen up the muscles. Wiggle your fingers and try some foot stretching to ease out tightness.
  3. Keep it moisturized: We all carry our everyday moisturizers to our campsite and once you’re done with washing off your feet and drying up to their best, apply a bit of a moisturizer and give a few massage strokes to help your skin heal while you rest overnight.
  4. Trim your nails: Camping and trekking with grown-up long nails is a call for disaster. Your nails will constantly bump into the front of the shoe and would cause blisters, skin-tear, or may lead to ingrown nail pain. Ideally, it is important to check that before you set out for a trip, make sure your feet nails are 100% trimmed. If not, trim it before you go to sleep.
  5. Anticipate blisters: If you begin to feel the slightest discomfort in one or both of your feet, don’t ignore it. Examine your feet and check if there is any rash, hot spots, or corn. If so, apply a healing gel or any ointment, cover it with medical duct tape to help recover it overnight before it worsens.

Conclusion

As much as I emphasize buying the top-rated mobile camping gear, I dig in deeper to get my hands on the best camp shoes available on the market. All these small accessories add to the experience and I fully comply with my comfort and pleasure especially on the trip to the outdoors.

In my opinion, the best lightweight camp shoes come from the brand Crocs and my favorite pick is the Crocs Swiftwater Mesh Wave. It is a perfect 3-season camp shoes that I would recommend to all campers. It is durable, sturdy, and extremely comfortable. I have it for two years now and there’s no looking back. Other than the Crocs-styled camping shoes, my second-best pick is ALEADER Men’s Slip-on Shoes. I found it long-lasting, comfortable, and extremely purpose-built at the best price ever. It is equipped with a variety of orthopaedic features. The one that I would least recommend is Teva Men’s M Ember MOC Slipper especially if you’re spending the kind of money it demands, I would say, look more. I would mark ECCO Biom Speed Lace Hiking Shoe and Chaco Men’s Odyssey Hiking Shoe at the same bar as the best shoes for camping and hiking and both are worth trying.

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