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What are the best adventure camping shoes?

What are the best adventure camping shoes?

The best adventure camping shoes for overlanding depend on the specific activities you plan to do while camping, the weather conditions, and your personal preferences. Here are some factors to consider when choosing camping shoes:

  1. Comfort: Look for shoes that provide ample support and cushioning to keep your feet comfortable during long hikes or walks.

  2. Durability: Camping shoes should be durable enough to withstand rough terrain, rocky trails, and wet conditions.

  3. Traction: Good camping shoes should provide excellent traction to prevent slips and falls on slippery or uneven surfaces.

  4. Water-resistance: If you plan to camp in wet conditions or near a body of water.  You may want to invest in shoes that are waterproof or water-resistant.

  5. Breathability: In hot weather, breathable shoes can help keep your feet cool and dry, preventing blisters and foot odor.  My favorite shoe brand for breathability are Keens.  In particular the Keen Voyageur. 

  6. Weight: Lightweight shoes are ideal for camping as they don't weigh you down during long hikes.

Some popular camping shoe options include:

  • Hiking boots: Sturdy and durable, hiking boots provide excellent support, traction, and protection for your feet.  Check out 5.11.  

5.11 Tactical - 5.11® A/T 6" Non-Zip Boot Dark Coyote (106) Alt View #5

  • Trail running shoes: Lightweight and breathable, trail running shoes are ideal for shorter hikes or runs on moderate trails.  Check out Hoka.  

Speedgoat 5 Mid GTX

  • Sandals: Open-toed sandals are great for camping in hot weather as they allow your feet to breathe and dry quickly.  Check out Chaco.  My favorite!

Z/2® Classic Sandal, Bracken Bronze, dynamic 1

  • Water shoes: If you plan to spend time in and around water, water shoes can provide excellent traction and protection for your feet.  Check out Keen.   

    Men's Newport H2 - Pair Angle Image

    Net: I've trialed many different adventure shoes for many years. I was chasing that perfect all-around shoe that I can wear in any condition.  There is NO "goldilocks" shoe. Ultimately, the best camping shoes are those that fit comfortably, meet your specific needs, and allow you to enjoy your camping experience to the fullest. I personally bring two pairs of shoes to give me flexibility. In the warm months, you'll find me wearing my toes out with a pair of Chaco's haha!  Happy trails!



    Pictured are my favorite shoes that I wear at all of my outdoor trade shows.  They come from 5.11 and they are called the Norris Sneaker. Super stylish and rugged. They claim that they are nail proof haha. 


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