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Published on June 29th, 2017 | by Beth Bengtson

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Camp Shoes for All Your Awesome Outdoor Adventures

If you’d rather to sleep under a million real stars than in a 5-star resort, a camping trip might be part of your summer plans.  Good camp shoes should definitely be on your packing list, since appropriate footwear (or lack thereof) can make or break any outdoor adventure.  Here’s our roundup of top picks in comfortable camping shoes just right for the trail, in a canoe, or around the campground.

Camp Shoes: Oboz Sawtooth Women's Hiking Shoe

Oboz Sawtooth Low Hiking Shoe (photo credit: GearInstitute.com)

When it comes to hiking footwear, Oboz shoes and boots consistently receive 5-star reviews for quality, comfort and functionality.  In addition to making terrific shoes, Oboz is a great company!  They plant a tree for every purchase made, and Oboz headquarters is 100% powered by clean wind energy. And this is just the start – learn more at obozfootwear.com

Oboz shoes and boots are handcrafted and have a proprietary “O Fit” insole, which is anatomically-designed to maximize stability and support with a supportive arch and a deep cushioning heel cup.    We love the Oboz Sawtooth, a versatile hiker with great cushioning and traction.  Wearers with knee problems, plantar fasciitis, and those who have a wider forefoot/narrower heel love them.  The insole is removable if you wear a custom orthotic, and a waterproof version is also available.  Find them at Zappos and Amazon.

Camp Shoes: Keen Bali Sandal

Keen Bali Sandal

For lounging around the campsite, short walks to the camp store, or showering in – ahem – “less than glamorous” campground facilities, try the iconic Keen Bali.  They’re durable, quick-drying, easy to slip on and off, and have great cushioning and support.  Your feet, knees and legs will thank you for ditching the flimsy flip-flops!   Find them in bright, summery colors as well as cool neutrals at Zappos and Keenfootwear.com.

Camp Shoes: Ahnu Tilden Water Sandal

Ahnu Tilden Water Sandal (photo credit: Littlegrunts.com)

If you need a water shoe, check out the extraordinarily well-reviewed Ahnu Tilden.  It’s sleeker and more attractive than some of the bulkier water sandals out there, but still has plenty of toe room and great foot coverage, comfort, and traction.  In addition to adjustability on the forefoot straps, it has an adjustable heel strap for a customized fit.  Available at Zappos.

Camp Shoes: Teva Arrowood Lux Mid Hiking Shoe

Teva Arrowood Lux Mid (photo courtesy of Teva)

A light hiker with ankle support, the Teva Arrowood Lux Mid is getting great reviews.  They’re lightweight and flexible, but also supportive and waterproof – almost like a cross between a sneaker and a hiking boot.  If you use custom orthotics, the insole is removable.   We love how they look, too – after all, isn’t it nice (and practical) to have camp shoes you can also style for around-town wear?  The purple shown above may be hard to find, but check out the Teva Arrowood in other colors, including a beautiful teal, at Zappos and Amazon.

Camp Shoes: Chaco Z/Cloud X2 Sandal

Chaco Z/Cloud X2 Sandal

There’s a good reason why Chaco has become THE name in sport sandals for many wearers.  The new Chaco Z/Cloud X2 has the same amazing support and fit-to-any-foot adjustable straps that made Chaco famous, but it also features a cushioned “cloud” layer on the footbed for extra softness underfoot.

Here’s what our friend Heather has to say about her Chaco sandals:

“Chaco’s are my go-to from the moment it’s even remotely reasonable to show my toes. They’re sturdy, comfy, durable and super versatile– I can get them wet or muddy while schlepping my kids and dog around; then I can hose them off and throw on a skirt or jeans with them, too. They’re my number one summer staple.”  The picture above is of Heather rocking her Chacos on the trail in Estes Park, Colorado.

Check out the Chaco Z/Cloud X2 for yourself at Zappos. and Chacos.com (where you can customize your sandals).

Do you have any favorite hikers, sport sandals or camp shoes?   Please leave a comment – we love to hear from readers!

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4 Responses to Camp Shoes for All Your Awesome Outdoor Adventures

  1. Pam Giordano says:

    I recently bought a pair of La Sportiva Synthesis Mid GTX hiking shoes. They are the most comfortable hiking shoes ever and I have been hiking for 25+ years. Very supportive, soft sided boot, waterproof Goretex, great traction. Huge win for me after 2 foot surgeries, plantar fasciitis, narrow heel, wide toebox and other foot problems. La Sportiva is a great brand for women whose feet are hard to fit. I have a pair of their trail running shoes and like them, too.

  2. Diane Stenglein says:

    My current camping shoes are Vionic flip flops for around camp and shower purposes. I also love these for quick errands and trips to the local park, when my kids want to go to the sprinkler.

    I’ve also got a well-worn pair of Keen Footwear Rose sandals which are excellent, and were great for bunions, ankle tendon pain and arthritis.

    My newest trail sneakers are the Keen Footwear Aphlex Waterproof. They were amazing!

    • Kirsten Borrink says:

      Yep, I plan on taking my Vionic flips for the shower at campground next week! And I just got a pair of Keen Rose to test out on waterfall hike. I’ll check out the Aphlex.

  3. Karen Paulson says:

    I have the Oboz Luna and I love them so much I wish I could wear them to work! They are rugged and light. I stomp all over the Blue Ridge Mountains in them. I’ve had two foot surgeries and my feet love the support and roominess in the toes, even though the heels are nice and snug. Side to side stability can’t be beat, either!

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