Lightweight Camp Shoes For Backpacking

I got the idea to make these DIY camp shoes from a backpackinglight.com thread.  The blue foam pad only costs eight dollars in Walmart.  They weight in at 1.6 ounces for a pair, size 12.  I probably could get them a little smaller and down to 1.3 ounces.  With one pad, you can probably make at least three pairs too.

Lightweight Camp Shoes

Lightweight Camp Shoes

Some tips:

  • If you have an existing set of flip flops, then try to use that as the template otherwise trace your foot on the back of some old wrapping paper
  • I thought of making a velcro adjustable strap but that’s not needed.  Just duct tape it and you’re done
  • Be sure to fit it with your socks on.
  • Once you make one, trace that one and flip it over to make the other side.

Most ultralight backpackers are against camp shoes of any kind, but at 1.6 ounces, how could you resist?  I’m looking forward to changing into dry socks and my camp shoes while making dinner the next time I go backpacking.

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