As an Ultralight hiker, I have a real love hate relationship with camp shoes. Often, I just can’t justify the extra weight. For example, a pair of men’s Crocs in size 9 weights 11.5 oz! And so, I rarely bring my Crocs along on weekend section hikes.
Enter Waldies, shown here. These shoes are just as comfortable as Crocs but lighter! A size 9 mens, only weights 9.4 oz. That’s still a lot of weight in my mind, but more easily justifiable in moments of weakness.
Waldies were first introduced to the market before Crocs in 2001 by Walden Kayaks but Crocs has enjoyed far more commercial success. I read somewhere that Crocs and Waldies shared the same material supplier, but that Crocs went and bought them out, denying Waldies access to raw material amd setting them back a year or more. In that interval Crocs did a huge marketing push and I believe they are now a billion dollar company. I might be wrong about this. I read it someplace on the internet so please correct me.
Waldies come in a number of different styles. The style that comes with a strap is called Waldies AT because of their popularity of the Appalachian Trail. There are also strapless versions, which I imagine weigh even less.
Try them. Support the underdog.
Disclosure: The author owns this product and purchased it using their own funds.
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