Choosing the best camping shoes for you

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By Shelby Kisgen

Shoe time is a woman’s favorite time. What is it about women and shoes? While that mystery shall remain unsolved, it is important to pick the right shoes when going camping. While you might love all your little leather babies, some are better suited for camping than others. When packing your bags, make sure you consider which shoes to choose for camping by considering these tips first.

 

Walking Shoes: Whether you plan to hike or not, camping involves lots of time walking and standing as you set up camp. Tennis shoes are good for meandering around the camp and on well-kept trails.

 

Hiking Boots: If you plan to hike steep or rocky terrain, investing in a pair of hiking shoes is a good idea. While tennis shoes are good for easy trails, hiking boots are built specifically for mountainous terrain. They feature durable bottoms that protect your feet from rocks. The sides come up higher on the leg which prevents rolling an ankle from fatigue or a misplaced foot. The laces and exteriors are made of tough yet breathable material. Many are water-proof and all provide ultimate traction, especially on slick surfaces.
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Running Shoes: If you plan to trail run, invest in a pair of lighter trail shoes. Running in tennis shoes might not provide enough traction. Hiking boots are too stiff, inflexible, and heavy for the light-footed running necessary to pick around rocks on a trail. There are a plethora of running trail shoes available in fancy colors and styles.
Water Shoes: If you are camping near a lake or river and plan to fish or wade across any body of water, water shoes can be beneficial. Or if you want to kayak or canoe, water shoes are helpful when putting the raft in the water. They protect your feet from the sharp rocks on the bottom, and keep them slightly warmer in that cold mountain water. Water shoes do not have to be expensive; most stores carry some version for the summer months. Any shoe with a mesh outside and rubber sole will do the job.

 

Camp Shoes: These shoes can be flip-flops, house slippers, or beat-up sneakers, whatever you want. These are the shoes that you put on at the end of the day to hug your feet. These are shoes you want to wear after a day of hard hiking or freezing in the water. Camp shoes should be your favorite, most comfortable shoes. They should also be old enough that you do not worry if you drop gooey marshmallows on the toe, or if they smell like campfire when you get home. *These shoes also double as the walking shoes mentioned first if you need extra space.*

 

As women with lots of shoes from choose from, picking which to take camping can be difficult. On the plus side, since heels are not suitable, it gives us an excuse to add more shoe variety to our wardrobe. So if you do not have these options at home, get shopping and buy some new shoes! When you combine shoe-shopping with camping, it is bound to be a good weekend.

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Shelby Kisgen is an experienced camper and hiker from Wyoming, USA.  She is a true nature enthusiast who enjoys sharing her experiences through freelance writing in her first blog: naturepreserve.me

When she is not enjoying the great outdoors she is duelling her husband in tennis, eating, or reading a book.

Shelby was the first of many to write articles for the Camping for Women website.

She just loves to combine her love of the outdoors with her passion for writing.  Her current blog is https://shelbykisgen.com/

10 thoughts on “Choosing the best camping shoes for you

  • June 10, 2020 at 7:16 pm
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    Thanks for sharing this information. It was my first experience of hiking and your advice helped me to take care of my feet. Before this I thought there was no need to backpack camp shoes. But after a long day hiking, nothing feels better than letting your feet out of hiking shoes. At that time, putting my feet into camp shoes felt super refreshing. Thanks a lot!

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  • April 3, 2020 at 5:43 am
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    YAY….I have all of these. I normally use my running shoes for walking as well. But have a pair of pretty flats (rather a few pairs) to match with a few outfits on my walking. Hiking shoes – they are a blessing in most weather conditions. Reef shoes are what I use in water. In addition to these, I have a few flat sandals that work well in all conditions – just add a touch of glamour

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  • April 2, 2020 at 7:33 pm
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    I was just talking the other day with one of my friends about wanting to go hiking when all this madness is over! this post came in just in time. I have to look for hiking shoes, but I have no idea where to start. From your explanations, I think the best option for me would be the hiking boots, as I will most likely go on a more mountainous terrain, so it is best to be prepared. Thanks for this! It is really helpful!

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  • April 1, 2020 at 4:17 pm
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    great primer! People often forget the importance of “camp shoes” but nothing feels better than having a pair of slippers after along day of hiking! My hiking shoes right now are in shambles, definitely a good reminder to get ankle-high waterproof shoes next time. i would say that unless you are car-camping and have tons of space fewer shoes that are multi-purpose is key!

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  • April 1, 2020 at 11:29 am
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    For many years I used Raichle when I went hiking the mountains and I absolutely loved them. Then Raichle was bought by Garmont and I had to adapt to those ones. They are great too, but sometimes the sewing is not so well done and the gorethex doesn’t last for too long. But overall, they are great and I like how they keep your ankle.

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  • April 1, 2020 at 8:18 am
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    Shoes are the most important part of the outfit; all our comfort depends on them, our well-being. That’s why I always have to try them on. I need a lot of time to choose the right footwear. My favorite brands are Mammut as hiking boots and Keen sandals. I have camp shoes, too. I like your valuable tips on what to consider when choosing shoes.

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  • March 31, 2020 at 7:32 pm
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    I cannot agree more that investing in a pair of running shoes for runners is so important. I used to run with regular sneakers, then bought myself a nice pair of shoes specifically for running and what a difference! I feel like I’m running on clouds and I no longer have shin splints. I think it’s a really good tip to bring shoes camping that you don’t mind getting dirty or beat up!

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  • March 31, 2020 at 2:48 am
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    I always thought I would not need to buy camping shoes, but those thoughts had changed now that I will be spending half of my life here in Australia. To be honest, I don’t know anything about outdoor shoes! And I am happy that I visited your page.

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  • March 31, 2020 at 12:29 am
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    This is where many people go wrong. I was always taught that you take care of your feet and they will take care of you. Great advice on what to wear and where you should be wearing it!

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  • March 30, 2020 at 10:30 pm
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    I own so many pairs of shoes. But so many sit in my closet unworn. The one pair that are wearing out are my hiking boots. While I love them for the rocky and rough terrain of camping. I also wear them when I need good support. And sometimes for walking on cobblestones. Water shoes are a lifesaver for me. I have such baby feet. But I have also used my water shoes for rainy days when I don’t want my running shoes to get wet. Might be my go-to shoes on a rainy camping trip!

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