The Best Camp Shoes of 2024

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A backpacker doing a handstand in a mountain meadow in a pair of pink Crocs Classic Clogs
Crocs Classic Clogs – Photo credit: Casey Handley (CleverHiker.com)

You don’t keep your work shoes on after a hard day on the job, so why should you keep wearing your hiking shoes after a long day on the trail? Our team of backpacking experts has researched and tested more then 30 of the cushiest, airiest, most comfortable camp shoes available so you can say “ahhhhh” as soon as you make it to your site. We don’t take sore feet for an answer and neither should you.

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Quick Picks for Camp Shoes

Check out this quick list of our favorites if you’re in a hurry, or continue scrolling to see our full list of the best camp shoes with in-depth reviews.

Best camp shoes overall: Crocs Classic Clogs ($50)

Most versatile camp shoes: Xero Shoes Z-Trail EV ($80) Men’s / Women’s

Best ultralight camp shoes: Luna Leadville Pacer ($120)

Best barefoot shoes: Vivobarefoot Ultra 3 ($120) Men’s / Women’s

Best recovery shoes: OOFOS OOriginals ($60)

Best budget camp shoes: An Affordable Pair of Flip Flops ($20)

Best camp shoes for cold weather: Feathered Friends Down Booties ($119)

Best comfy camp shoes for car camping: Teva ReEmber Slip-On ($80) Men’s / Women’s

Best recovery shoe for runners: HOKA ORA Recovery 3 Slides ($60)

What’s new

We’re always looking for new ways to relax in camp, and we’ve been doing more testing with our top camp shoe picks as well as trying out some newcomers:

  • Crocs Classic Clogs remain our number one pick for their comfort, durability, and – this one is controversial – stylish look.

  • We’ve been wearing the same pair of Vivobarefoot Ultras (Men’s / Women’s) for a little over four years now and they’re still going strong. That’s why they earn the title of best barefoot shoes.

Crocs Classic Clogs

Best camp shoes overall

Price: $50

Weight (Pair): 14 oz.

Sizing: Not available in half sizes, the fit is roomy so we recommend sizing down if you typically wear a half size

Pros

  • Durable
  • Affordable
  • Comfortable
  • Versatile
  • Wide fit
  • Great color options

Cons

  • A little heaver than some
  • May by too wide for some

Nothing screams relaxation like a pair of holey plastic clogs. Enter: Crocs Classic Clogs. They’re comfy, light, easy to slip on, and affordable. Plus they come in about a million colors so you’re sure to find a pair that matches your new hiking shirt. They’re not the most stable for hiking, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t done it. They’re fine for a few miles over even terrain, and they work really well for crossing water. These things have never landed anyone on the best dressed list, but we gotta say… we think they look pretty fly.

Xero Shoes Z-Trail EV

Most versatile camp shoe

Price: $80

Weight (Pair): 10.8 oz.

Sizing: True to size

Pros

  • Ultralight
  • Versatile
  • Adjustable

Cons

  • Not as supportive as some
  • Not as durable as some

The Xero Shoes Z-Trail EVs (Men’s / Women’s) are versatile sandals that work equally well for hikin’ and chillin’. The velcro adjustments make it easy to get a custom fit, and we were surprised to find that the soles are quite sturdy despite being so flexible. These shoes are similar to the Luna Leadville Pacers (below), but the sole is a little stiffer and will be slightly more durable in the long run. We recommend the Z-Trail for any minimal footwear aficionado.

Luna Leadville Pacer

Best ultralight camp shoe

Price: $120

Weight (Pair): 8.9 oz.

Sizing: True to size

Pros

  • Versatile
  • Ultralight
  • Flexible
  • Excellent traction

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Not as durable as some

Technically the Leadville Pacers are a hiking sandal, but they’re so comfy that (if we remember they’re still on our feet) we don’t take them off when we arrive at camp. These minimal sandals are designed to flex with the movement of your feet, and the sticky outsoles bite into any type of terrain. Whether you’re looking for a dedicated hiking sandal, a camp shoe, or a water shoe, the Leadville Pacers are down for adventure.

Vivobarefoot Ultra 3

Best barefoot shoes

Price: $120

Weight (Pair): 1 lb. 1.6 oz.

Sizing: True to size

Pros

  • Versatile
  • Sustainable design
  • Flexible
  • Excellent traction
  • Durable

Cons

  • Not as supportive as some

Does anyone remember those super cool Jelly shoes that were all the rage in the 90’s? Well, we do, and the Vivobarefoot Ultra 3’s (Men’s / Women’s) give us major flashbacks in a very good way. As the name would imply, the Ultras are barefoot shoes that feel like a hug for your feet. We like these things so much that we even hike in them occasionally, and we definitely break them out to cross streams on the trail. For all you minimal shoe connoisseurs out there, this may be more than just a camp shoe…It may just be your everything shoe.

OOfos OOriginals

Best recovery shoe

Price: $60

Weight (Pair): 12.8 oz.

Sizing: Sizing is unisex and there are no half sizes. OOFOS recommends sizing down if you’re a men’s half size, and sizing up if you’re a women’s half size

Pros

  • Supportive
  • Cushy soles
  • Affordable
  • Durable

Cons

  • May be too cushy for some
  • Not as versatile as some

If you’re just getting back into hiking shape or you tend to have achy joints after a day on the trail, check out the OOFOS OOriginals recovery sandals. These shoes are designed with a super soft footbed to provide a padded landing for your foot and leg joints, and a shape that allows your feet to spread out and move naturally. The OOfos OOriginals are the OObvious choice for those who need a really supportive recovery shoe. If flip flops aren’t really your thing, you might prefer the OOahh Slides.

A Pair of Affordable Flip Flops

Best budget camp shoes

Price: $10-$25

Weight (Pair): Varies, but typically around 10 oz.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Not as durable as some
  • Not as versatile as some
  • Can quickly lose support

Sometimes you just need something simple and cheap to get you out there, and Flip Flops are a great option. There are many brands and options out there, but they all function about the same. They’re typically very lightweight and are decently comfortable. Flip flops will certainly work. But if you know the agony of busting a flop mid-trip and having to carry around your shoe bits as dead weight, you’re probably better off paying a little more for one of our other top picks.

Feathered Friends Down Booties

Best camp shoes for cold weather

Price: #119

Weight (Pair): 9.3 oz.

Sizing: Available in S, M, L, and XL sizes. Consult the size chart on the product page to get the right fit.

Pros

  • Super warm
  • Weather-resistant
  • Removable insole

Cons

  • Not as versatile as some others (not ment for hiking or crossing water)
  • Not as durable as some
  • Expensive
  • Too warm for some trips

Keeping your tootsies toasty is key to enjoying yourself when temperatures drop, and the Feathered Friends Down Booties are just the shoe for the job. They’re kinda like a puffy coat for your feet! They’re perfect for slipping on in the middle of the night for a bathroom break (no more doing the pee pee dance while you lace up your boots!), and the insoles can be removed to make them more comfy to wear inside your tent. The Feathered Friends Down Booties are great for chilly shoulder-season adventures, and we can’t imagine ever leaving for another winter camping trip without bringing them.

Teva ReEmber Slip-Ons

Best comfy camp shoes for car camping

Price: $80

Weight (Pair): 1 lb. 6.7 oz.

Sizing: No half sizes, we recommend sizing up if you’re on the edge

Pros

  • Warm
  • Comfy
  • Stylish

Cons

  • Heavy for backpacking
  • Not as versatile as some

The Teva ReEmber Slip-Ons (Men’s / Women’s) are one of our favorite luxury items to bring for park cookouts in shoulder seasons and nightly campfire hangouts in chilly weather. These things are ridiculously comfortable, and they’re sporty enough to be worn for short hikes or trips to the corner store without looking like you left the house in your jammies. Our favorite feature is the collapsible heel which lets you choose your level of chill by converting the ReEmbers from a sneaker to a slipper. These shoes are a little heavy for backpacking, but they’re perfect for car camping.

HOKA ORA Recovery 3 Slides

Best revovery shoe for runners

Price: $60

Weight (Pair): 13.2 oz.

Sizing: True to size

Pros

  • Supportive
  • Cushy soles
  • Affordable
  • Durable

Cons

  • Tall stack height may feel unstable for some
  • Not as versatile as some
  • May be too cushy for some

If you’re looking for some seriously serious support for tired and achy joints, give the HOKA ORA Recovery 3 Slides a try. These are the most supportive shoes on our list, and the squishy soles provide a high level of cushioning to help sore bodies recoup. All that cushion makes for a pretty tall stack height and left us feeling a little unstable, so we recommend these for at-home use or for front-country campgrounds. If you’re into marathons or adventure racing, the Oras are an especially nice treat for your feet.

FEATHERED FRIENDS DOWN BOOTIES – PHOTO CREDIT: Heather Eldridge (CLEVERHIKER.COM)

What’s Most Important to You in a Hiking Shoe?

COMFORT & FIT

The whole point of wearing camp shoes is to be comfy, so we won’t spend a lot of time here convincing you of what you already know. For maximum comfort, we always look for shoes that are breathable and have a relaxed fit.

Most comfortable camp shoes

PRICE

Can you really put a price on comfort? We don’t think so, but a good pair of camp shoes doesn’t need to clean out your wallet.

Best value camp shoes

Best high-end camp shoes

WEIGHT

All the camp shoes we picked for this list are worth their weight in gold, but some are lighter than others. If you’re getting camp shoes for backpacking, we recommend sticking with one of the lighter pairs below. If your new kicks will be for car camping, you can go with a heavier, more cushioned pair of camp shoes.

Best ultralight camp shoes

Best lightweight camp shoes

Best camp shoes when weight isn’t a concern

VERSATILITY

Many of our favorite camp shoes can also work for hiking and crossing water (check out our Best Hiking Sandals for Men and Women lists to see more about our favorite hiking picks). If you’re on a tight budget or weight is a big concern for you, go with one of these more versatile shoes that can pull double-duty.

Most versatile camp shoes

SUPPORT

If your joints sound like a bowl of Rice Krispies at the end of the day, you may benefit from a supportive recovery shoe. These shoes are specifically designed to absorb impact when you walk and can help ease aches. On the other hand, some folks find that minimal shoes that allow their feet to move naturally are more effective at relieving muscle and joint fatigue.

Most supportive camp shoes

Best minimal camp shoes

DURABILITY

In theory, you’re here to find a pair of shoes to lounge in. But if you lounge just as hard as you work, check out our top picks for durability.

Most durable camp shoes

Critical Footwear Considerations

MANAGING MOISTURE & BLISTERS

Camp shoes are a nice way to give your feet a break from your regular hiking footwear if you develop hot spots. It’s best to pick a camp shoe that doesn’t put pressure on the same spots as your hiking footwear so that problem areas have a chance to recover. Going with a camp shoe that’s comfy enough to hike in for a few miles can also be a welcome change of pace at the end of the day or for crossing streams on the trail. Our How to Prevent and Treat Blisters post has a lot more great info on keeping your feet happy.

Teva ReEmber Slip-On (Men’s / Women’s) – PHOTO CREDIT: CASEY HANDLEY (CLEVERHIKER.COM)
Vivobarefoot Ultra 3 (Men’s / Women’s) – PHOTO CREDIT: CASEY HANDLEY (CLEVERHIKER.COM)

SIZING

Many of our favorite camp shoes are not available in half sizes, so getting the perfect fit may require a little trial and error if you’re between sizes. We recommend measuring your feet and checking the manufacturer’s website for a size chart when ordering online.

SOCKS

To reach peak comfort, you’ll want to make sure you have a cozy pair of socks that work well with your camp shoes – especially in chilly weather. We’re big fans of Smartwool’s Mountaineering Socks for cold weather, and we occasionally use them as camp shoes by themselves! These socks are pretty thick, so they work best with chunky camp shoes, like Crocs and the HOKA ORA Recovery 3 Slides. If you’re using a camp shoe that has a strap between your toes, like the Luna Leadville Pacers or the OOFOS OOriginals, we recommend toe socks, like Injinjis. Check out our Best Hiking Socks list to see more of our top picks.

LUNA LEADVILLE PACERS & INJINJI SOCKS – PHOTO CREDIT: CASEY HANDLEY (CLEVERHIKER.COM)