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Old 07-25-10, 08:28 PM
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Lightweight off-bike shoes ("camp shoes") that aren't Crocs, flip-flops or sandals?

Am taking a credit card tour where I need to have some off-bike shoes I can roam around in a bit in the evening. This will include restaurants, stores, etc. Likely to be with an adult child who has forbidden his father to wear Crocs; have looked at some ultra-lightweight backpacker sites and they recommend things like water socks, which are a little less substantial than what I need.

Any ideas on a lightweight pair of shoes that pack easily, don't weigh much?

I've looked at:

- Adidas Sambas indoor soccer shoes
- Converse or Keds canvas shoes
- Merrell clogs

Have tried to start looking at some Nike/Brooks/New Balance etc. "lightweight" running shoes but am a little bewildered by the variety available; it's also my experience that running shoes have really thick soles and are hard to pack.

A lot of prior BF threads go back to Crocs which -- again -- I've been forbidden from wearing by the Fashion Police.
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Here's a nice pair of lightweight shoes--Inov-8 Recolite 190 (about 7 oz per shoe men's size 9):

https://www.inov-8.com/Products-Detai...050973082&L=26
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Thanks...I am now deep in the world of searching out weights on lightweight "racing flats."

Lightest I've found so far is Brooks T6 racing flats, 6 oz. (each) in size 9:

https://www.brooksrunning.com/product...199/T6%20Racer
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How about Toms? ( https://www.toms.com ) They seem a little expensive for what they are, but when you buy a pair they donate a pair to kids in developing countries, and they're pretty comfy and low-profile.
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I love how Inov puts the gram weight of their shoes right in the shoe name. I picked up a pair of their trailrunning shoes in a store and was stunned at how light they were.
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How about Toms? ( https://www.toms.com ) They seem a little expensive for what they are, but when you buy a pair they donate a pair to kids in developing countries, and they're pretty comfy and low-profile.
No weights that I could find.

Sanuks (sort of similar) apparently run around 8 oz each.
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Sanuks are awesome. I have two pair. Though never used for touring.
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Originally Posted by BengeBoy
Thanks...I am now deep in the world of searching out weights on lightweight "racing flats."

Lightest I've found so far is Brooks T6 racing flats, 6 oz. (each) in size 9:

https://www.brooksrunning.com/product...199/T6%20Racer
They would probably work great but, the colors are gaudy enough that I would think the fashion police just might find them more objectionable than drab colored Crocs (I buy my Crocs in gray, brown, or navy blue and figure they are pretty unobtrusive)

As far as the bulk issue... Are your panniers that full? I decided to do more hiking than I planned in Yosemite and the Crocs weren't up to some of the hikes we wanted to do so I bought a pair of cheap NB trail running shoes (NB 572) and they really were no trouble to stuff into a pannier. At 10.6 ounces the weight isn't great, but also isn't too bad. My daughter bought some really light (6 ounce?) WT100BK's and they worked out OK too. Both were very inexpensive even in the store in the National Park.
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https://www.rei.com/product/796829
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https://www.amazon.com/Size-41-Kung-F.../dp/B001RBADEY

I used these when my cycling shoes were cleated leather shoes. Worked fine for ultralight camping.
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Originally Posted by staehpj1
They would probably work great but, the colors are gaudy enough that I would think the fashion police just might find them more objectionable than drab colored Crocs .
Am working through that...some of these racing flats are obscenely colored, some are OK. We saw a guy walking around the mall yesterday with really gaudy Crocs, and that's when they bit the dust....
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I use these: https://www.rei.com/product/780680?pr...:referralID=NA

Almost as light as Crocs, fast-drying - usable as a shower shoe, or a slipper with the back folded down. Decent looking for strolling around town. Socks aren't required, and when I snapped off a clipless pedal, I rode plastic department store pedals with these for 130 miles with no problem.

I used to carry Crocs, these are better for me.
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Originally Posted by truman
I use these: https://www.rei.com/product/780680?pr...:referralID=NA

Almost as light as Crocs, fast-drying - usable as a shower shoe, or a slipper with the back folded down. Decent looking for strolling around town. Socks aren't required, and when I snapped off a clipless pedal, I rode plastic department store pedals with these for 130 miles with no problem.

I used to carry Crocs, these are better for me.
Are they heavy?

The REI site says 22 ozs; I can't figure out if that means each or the pair.
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Originally Posted by BengeBoy
Are they heavy?

The REI site says 22 ozs; I can't figure out if that means each or the pair.
REI says average weight is per pair in size 9. I don't think I would call them "almost as light as Crocs".
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gotta be the pair. They have some neoprene in the insole and tongue, but the upper is plastic mesh and the outsole is the same material as Crocs. They are a little heavier than Crocs, but way more versatile and better looking.

I held my Crocs in one hand and these in the other and the difference was noticable but inconsequential.
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+1 to Toms. They are a very simple shoe and help contribute to a better planet. Due to their simplicity they are very lightweight and will become as flat as flip-flops in your bag. One more plus, they are hip with the kids here in Los Angeles.
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I know you said Crocs are forbidden, but they have some really nice-looking Crocs nowadays. I browsed for a bit and came up with these.. they should be light and look reasonably dressy for restaurants/etc.

https://www.crocs.com/crocs-tideline-...footwear-shoes
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Originally Posted by truman
gotta be the pair. They have some neoprene in the insole and tongue, but the upper is plastic mesh and the outsole is the same material as Crocs. They are a little heavier than Crocs, but way more versatile and better looking.

I held my Crocs in one hand and these in the other and the difference was noticable but inconsequential.
What is acceptable or consequential is a judgment call. The numbers are Crocs 12 ounces, Techamphibian 22 ounces.

Not knocking the Techamphibian, just don't agree that they are almost as light as Crocs. That may or may not be a critical factor depending on your needs/preferences though. I will say that on a longer hike on rugged terrain I agree the Techamphibian is probably way better. For an around camp, easy to step into when leaving the tent, short hike, and shower shoe I'd take the Crocs. They both have their place IMO.
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Originally Posted by staehpj1
What is acceptable or consequential is a judgment call. The numbers are Crocs 12 ounces, Techamphibian 22 ounces.

Not knocking the Techamphibian, just don't agree that they are almost as light as Crocs. That may or may not be a critical factor depending on your needs/preferences though. I will say that on a longer hike on rugged terrain I agree the Techamphibian is probably way better. For an around camp, easy to step into when leaving the tent, short hike, and shower shoe I'd take the Crocs. They both have their place IMO.
You got me. I obviously erred in overstating the lightness of the Techamphibian, +15 Internets to you for busting me on it. From now on, I will offer no opinions based on my own experience, without first providing data, minimally a bar graph, proving my opinion has scientific validity, as well.

I also said, quite clearly:
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I used to carry Crocs, these are better for me.
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If it was me I'd get some really nice running shoes. Theyre really light, really cushy, and really comfortable for walking. I'd just tie them onto my load somewhere.
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Originally Posted by Spudd
I know you said Crocs are forbidden, but they have some really nice-looking Crocs nowadays. I browsed for a bit and came up with these.. they should be light and look reasonably dressy for restaurants/etc.

https://www.crocs.com/crocs-tideline-...footwear-shoes
Thanks -- I looked at some of the newer/nicer-looking Crocs. Unfortunately, the ones I looked at are quite a bit heavier than the clog-style Crocs (which run around 6 or 7 oz each). Seems like when they try to make them look "better" or different they get heavier.

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Originally Posted by bwgride
Here's a nice pair of lightweight shoes--Inov-8 Recolite 190 (about 7 oz per shoe men's size 9):

https://www.inov-8.com/Products-Detai...050973082&L=26
These are great find, thanks. I'd never heard of these. They're about as light as Crocs and it looks to me like they would breathe better in the upper.

Fashion, of course, is a matter of taste but these would pass muster w/my traveling companion.
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Originally Posted by BengeBoy
These are great find, thanks. I'd never heard of these. They're about as light as Crocs and it looks to me like they would breathe better in the upper.

Fashion, of course, is a matter of taste but these would pass muster w/my traveling companion.
If you get them, let us know how they work out.
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Here's a less expensive alternative to Toms, I might give them a try.

https://www.soludos.com/shop/shoes

They don't do the charity thing though.
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