Summer time on trips, the mantra is "wet shoes, dry shoes". Wet shoes go on every morning before travel, and come off once into camp. Dry shoes stay dry no matter what. Wet shoes are quality runners
“Wet shoes, dry shoes” absolutely. My “wet shoes” are often Chota Mukluks, but I have recently gone the other way on quality runners and started using them as my camp shoe unless conditions call for a true hiking boot or winter insulation.
For decades I bought cheap, lightweight sneakers (and cheap “dress” shoes too). My pricey footwear was limited to hiking or canoeing. Kinda the same for clothes as well; off the big-box shelf for everyday vs Gore-tex, capaline, merino wool and etc for the woods.
The problem with cheap lightweight sneakers is the wet-out issue. Just casually walking around in the dew will soak them, and a light rain dripping down a waterproof pant leg is akin standing in an ankle high puddle.
Then I found a pair of light, Gore-tex lined trail running shoes on sale at a hefty discount.
I’m sold for spring/summer/fall camp footwear and light hiking. They have an aggressive tread, a stiff enough sole and a bit of a heel. And one heel makes an annoying “chirp” almost every step – hence the hefty discount I suppose.
I can’t wait to wear them out and find some non-chirping ones in EEE width.
What is your in-camp footwear?