Top 3 Reasons of Experts Why Camping Shoes are Essential for Camping or Hiking


 I am no expert when it comes to hiking and camping. In fact, I can’t even consider myself as a beginner. I would say I’m a dummy and inexperienced when it comes to these things.

Recently, I was asked if I am game for wild camping and a little bit of hiking. I said yeah, let’s go! Right after, I realized that I don’t have any proper footwear to use or any camping shoes with me. I thought that my pair of casual Adidas Superstar would just be alright for me to use. “How silly is that?” I know right!



According to arborexplorer.com camp shoes are an extra pair of shoes that are used while backpacking. They are used during evenings at camp and the occasional river or stream crossing to avoid getting your hiking boots completely soaked. Camp shoes come in all shapes and sizes and there is not one camp shoe that rules them all. Point is, finding the best camp shoe is about finding out which style of shoe fits you personally.

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    So I started searching the web for explanations why camping shoes are essential; with a lot of selections to choose from, getting a pair of shoes isn’t as easy as it once was. I tried to collate the reasons I read on the internet so that it would be easier for my readers who plan to go on camping or hiking trips.

1. SAFETY- camp shoes are certainly safer as compared to normal sneakers or running shoes. You need to be more careful on slippery surfaces as often. Your usual sneakers won’t provide you the grip you need to get over the slippery spots.

We should keep in mind that they do not offer equal level of ankle stability as hiking boots. So we need to make sure to concentrate, watch our step along the way and try to avoid rough terrain to prevent spraining an ankle. If we think the trail might be dangerous at points, it might be best to wear boots to be sure. 

Gelert Horizon Low Ladies Waterproof with aggressive grip pattern. Gelert moulded sole unit delivers optimum grip even on difficult terrain.

Karrimor Mount Low 8 Weathertite with moulded Dynagrip soles

2. COMFORT- “After a long day of hiking, nothing feels better than letting your sore feet out of those cast-like shoes. Putting them into a lighter shoe with different contours can feel super refreshing.”

Source: greenbelly.co

I may not be a veteran about this topic but I quite know that unlike any other outdoor activities, camping doesn’t entail a lot of specialized equipment or preparation. Certain, we can bring a lot of gear if we want, but I think all we need is a good pair of boots to keep our feet relaxed out on the way.

The Karrimor Mount Low Mens Shoesbenefit from a Dynagrip sole and Frame Flex Chassis for increased comfort and support
3. To keep the feet dry
“This is especially important when they are used as an alternative to hiking boots or bare feet when crossing rivers or streams. They need to be either 100% waterproof which is basically rubber or made of a quick-drying synthetic material.”

Who would not want a dry feet after a long hike? Camp shoes should let our feet breathe more, waterproof, and are far easier to pop on and off should I be going in and out of my tent. Camp shoes are not just for relaxing, but can be used for river crossings to keep our feet dry.


The Gelert Horizon Low Ladies Waterproof  Shoes are ideal for tackling the great outdoors thanks to a fully waterproof upper with added mesh trim for improved breathability to keep your feet feeling cooler and drier for longer, 

Weathertite technology keeps your feet comfortable and dry for longer.

I bought a pair of Gelert Horizon Low Ladies Waterproof Shoes.Marco also got the Karrimor Mount Low 8 Weathertite and it’s actually the top choice of people at sheknows.com website. I’m wondering what your thoughts are about it. I tried it once and they’re really comfortable and not to mention both shoes we're actually SALE on 50% off. 




“Don’t Spend Too Much” is my mantra considering I’m a noob when it comes to an activity like this but we all want to avoid those cheaper alternatives as much as possible, since they don’t tend to be very durable and won’t give us the level of support that we naturally require either.

On the other hand, expensive high-end boots with great traction and support would be such a great concept, but spending much money on that kind of shoe would be too much for most of us. Except if you plan to regularly venture into extreme locations, then it would be probably worth it for you to get yourself an expensive one.

I came across on www.cleverhiker.com and it says that “Ankle Support Is A Myth”

“Okay, maybe myth isn’t the right word. But ankle support isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Ankle support is primarily a phrase that sells boots.

We all have it baked into our minds that boots provide ankle support, and that’s what's going to keep us from getting injured - which, by the way, is among the top fears of wilderness travelers. But there isn’t actually much evidence to back that up.

Most research says that if you want to prevent ankle injuries, you should focus on strengthening and stretching your ankles. If you’re a healthy, active person without nagging ankle issues, you don’t really need any extra "ankle support" while hiking.

Furthermore, boots will tire your legs quicker and make your footwork clumsier. Both of which will put you at much greater risk of other injuries.

True story: I was recently contacted by a new boot company claiming to make boots with better ankle support. They proudly stated, "out of XXX boots sold, we've only had 9 customers report ankle injuries!" Moral of the story: even special new ankle support boots can't prevent injuries.”

To sum it up, I think we should spend a little extra money on a good pair of shoes that will last us a long time, but we should don’t get tempted into spending a lot of cash on footwear that we purely don’t need. Also, stick to name brands that are well known and trusted. In the long run, we’ll be much happier with our purchase.

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Comments

  1. I once went camping for three night in only an old pair of trainers (sneakers). The weathe was nice when I set off....😳

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    1. How was it wearing a sneakers though? :)

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  2. Love my Merrells! One of the best investments I've made for my feet!

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    1. OH yeah? I heard it's a good brand..

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  3. Thanks for this post. I agree safety and comfort, especially keeping feet dry is essential for a good camping experience.

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  4. I wish I had read this before my first hiking trip. I was slipping and sliding all weekend. I saved your post for future reference.
    My grandma always told me to splurge on quality mattresses and shoes - sounds like I should have listened for hiking!

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    1. Aww that's a shame but there always be next time :) Thank you!

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  5. I want to start hiking - only beginner trails but I will definitely look into these shoes!

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    1. Nice one! Will be starting as well :)

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  6. Very informative !!! One should always look for the safety during treks. Just got my self a pair of forclaz 500. I am gonna try them this time !!!

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  7. I highly agree that shoes matter in hiking. It's actually a very important factor in ypour survival. Aside from that fresh new socks helps too.

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    1. On point! Fresh new socks are must have..

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  8. I don't hike but whenever I go to the mountain to spend my holiday, my climbing shoes are a most have for me. Thanks for emphasing on this, many takes this this for granted.

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  9. Wwwoooaaahhhhhhh...very informative, an article! Hell I didn't know that there were hiking boots a part from camping boots....I always thought they could serve the same purpose.

    Kisses Jerica, for sharing.

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    1. HAHA! Same here! They're all the same to me before.. :')

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  10. I didn't go such type of trip but keep in mind this whenever I will go. Thanks for sharing

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  11. I actually never knew there was such thing as camping shoes! I guess now I know for when we go camping.

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    1. A lot of people didn't know about this. Glad you read it.

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  12. Great info about camping shoes. It is very important to wear the right shoes while hiking.

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  13. Not much of a camping person..but these sound good for hiking.

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