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Alternatives for evening footwear, including autumn/winter

tommycamino

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I was going to bring a pair of sliders for my evening footwear, as something to wear for the shower, in the albergues and around town. Would I be better off bringing a pair of lightweight trainers (instead)? My feet get cold quite easily and if anything happened to my trail runners, my sliders Adidas would be no good for walking. Am I overthinking this? I leave soon so not a lot of time to get equipment.
 
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I was going to bring a pair of sliders for my evening footwear, as something to wear for the shower, in the albergues and around town. Would I be better off bringing a pair of lightweight trainers (instead)? My feet get cold quite easily and if anything happened to my trail runners, my sliders Adidas would be no good for walking. Am I overthinking this? I leave soon so not a lot of time to get equipment.
I just bring Birkenstock EVAs; the plastic lightweight ones, over socks if it’s chilly. For short periods only I’ve been known to put a couple of plastic bags (or disposable shower caps if you frequent hotels where they leave them in the bathroom) over my socks.

If I have to venture out in the wet; my boots go back on.

Clearly I’m untroubled by considerations of fashion or taste.
 

roving_rufus

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Outside of summer I have tried different options- flipflops/sliders, lightweight sketchers slipons, even a pair of slipper boots - all have pros and cons, I have yet to definitely decide for myself which I actually prefer. But if I was going any further than a short stroll from the albergue I tended to put my hiking boots/shoes back on.
If anything happens to your shoes then take a taxi/bus to the next town - it is the camino frances so you are never far from civilisation with sports shops
 

Mito

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I usually bring a pair of light Crocs that I can wear with socks (I hike in the shoulder months). But this October I'm bring a pair of light Tevas instead just in case my feet need a break from boots while hiking as they did a few years back. They'll also serve as good after-hike wear with or without socks. My advice is to bring something versatile and very light!! And, as someone already advised you, alternatives can be purchased if needed along your hike.
 
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So in the past I've always brought inexpensive flip flops or sorta pricey sandals for after walk activities. They are fine, but if I'm going to a restaurant sometimes I feel a little too casual (tho it's never been an issue). Also, they just aren't fun to walk in around town.

Thinking about switching it up to something like this. I've never had a shoe like this before... don't expect them to be super comfortable, just a little better. Lightweight.

Thoughts? Anyone use something like this?

DOUSSPRT Men's Water Shoes Quick Drying Sports Aqua Shoes https://a.co/d/0FVCW7R
 
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C clearly

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Anyone use something like this?
They look like something worth trying to see how lightweight and how comfortable they really are. I have a pair of the women's version of these. They are quite comfortable, washable and fit my orthotics, so they are good as my "business" shoes when I do normal travel. They are new since my last Camino so I don't know yet if I would take them instead of my slightly lighter-weight plastic slip-ons.
 

henrythedog

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What do they weigh Damien? For generally knocking-around in the evening they ‘look’ perfectly respectable, if that’s a consideration. My priorities for my evening attire are comfort and warmth over style; but I sympathise with your view..
 

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My husband ordered a pair of Croc watershoes. Very light. Looks like a kind sandal. He didn't like them as well as a Croc slide, but you might take a look since they can double for shower shoes, dry fast and have the comfort of crocs.
 
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What do they weigh Damien? For generally knocking-around in the evening they ‘look’ perfectly respectable, if that’s a consideration. My priorities for my evening attire are comfort and warmth over style; but I sympathise with your view..
Like 8oz for the pair. (~230 grams).
 
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I was going to bring a pair of sliders for my evening footwear, as something to wear for the shower, in the albergues and around town. Would I be better off bringing a pair of lightweight trainers (instead)? My feet get cold quite easily and if anything happened to my trail runners, my sliders Adidas would be no good for walking. Am I overthinking this? I leave soon so not a lot of time to get equipment.
Birkenstocks Eva for showers and warmer evenings. I also took a pair of canvas Croc moccasins for cooler nights and when I wanted to cover my feet up in the evening, which squashed into my pack easily. Hey Dude brand are similar.
 

jeanineonthecamino

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My evening footwear is always sandals that I can hike in if necessary. Last year I took Tevas. This year I took Xero Sandals. I wear both with toe socks while on the Camino. Prevents sandal blisters and keeps my feet warm/comfortable. I would wear the same most seasons except Winter. But then again - you won't find me hiking the Camino in the Winter - too cold for me! I like slides and Birkenstocks and such - but I prefer heal straps in case I need to hike in them. I also make sure it is a Sandal that I can get wet and am willing to take in the shower if need be. The straps usually dry pretty quickly.
 
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Basic Crocs, always. On a couple of occasions I had to use them for hiking as a backup to my trail running shoes. They worked fine, even going over the Pyrenees. I put electricians tape over the front holes to keep mud out and water out, which worked ok until it didn't stick. Be mindful that they can be slippery on wet floors. The sturdy "bistro" model has closed holes and a grippy sole. What makes them good for all day working in a kitchen, makes them a good garden or camping shoe when conditions are wet and cold. However, the additional weight keeps those out of our backpacks. They would serve well for someone who isn't counting all the ounces,
 
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Thinking about switching it up to something like this.
Thoughts? Anyone use something like this?

DOUSSPRT Men's Water Shoes Quick Drying Sports Aqua Shoes https://a.co/d/0FVCW7R
I wear these when I am rock hopping/surf casting at the beach or if I want to walk out on the coral reef.

They would be too sweaty for me around town but you pays your money and you takes your choice.
 
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I wear these when I am rock hopping/surf casting at the beach or if I want to walk out on the coral reef.

They would be too sweaty for me around town but you pays your money and you takes your choice.
So basically you are saying, I think, please correct me... that this type of shoe could surely be worn in the shower or on a sidewalk (if it could stand up to a coral reef).

The sweaty part worries me.

I think I'll try them out before I go, which is always best practice for anything, right?

As far as spending goes, I need a new pair of camp shoes regardless, and these are actually on the frugal end of the spectrum for what's available to me these days.
 

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I took a cheap pair of Decathlon sandals to wear evenings and days off so that I wouldn't look and feel like a clodhopper in Spain, which is a very style conscious culture. With black socks they looked fine and I could have walked in them if my walking shoes had packed up.
 
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So basically you are saying, I think, please correct me... that this type of shoe could surely be worn in the shower or on a sidewalk (if it could stand up to a coral reef).

The sweaty part worries me.

I think I'll try them out before I go, which is always best practice for anything, right?

As far as spending goes, I need a new pair of camp shoes regardless, and these are actually on the frugal end of the spectrum for what's available to me these days.
I think that the key thing is that they are designed to be wet. They have good grip and good support for the foot sole.

If the environment isn't wet and it is hot then they are uncomfortable for me.

I sometimes wear them when I do a fishing charter and they provide good grip on the deck and they don't mind some slippery fish guts and blood but if I forget to water them and it is a hot day then they get a bit too hot.

I don't wear them with socks. If the environment is dry then maybe try using socks.
 
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I think that the key thing is that they are designed to be wet. They have good grip and good support for the foot sole.

If the environment isn't wet and it is hot then they are uncomfortable for me.

I sometimes wear them when I do a fishing charter and they provide good grip on the deck and they don't mind some slippery fish guts and blood but if I forget to water them and it is a hot day then they get a bit too hot.

I don't wear them with socks. If the environment is dry then maybe try using socks.
Well, regardless of the shoes, it sounds like you do a lot of cool things! Thanks for the advice. I've decided to suck up the limited weight and take my Xeros too. I can always toss a pair should experience dictate it.
 

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