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In the last 4 years, Cazzy and I have travelled to more than 30 countries all around the world; and one of the biggest issues we have faced is finding the ideal shoes.
Especially as the majority of our traveling is done with just one backpack, so space saving is important.
This means that we can’t afford to take 3 or 4 pairs of shoes each; but instead need to get as much done as possible with just one.
That’s why, when the guys at Tropicfeel reached out to us asking if we’d like to trial their shoes; we were more than happy to give them a go!
Cazzy with the Monsoon range and me with Canyon.
The company clearly brands themselves as The Ideal Travel Shoe, and we were more than happy to put that statement to the test!
Over the last few months; we’ve used them in all kinds of environments; including water, sand, cities and even in the snow; in order to see just how well they do hold up.
And below I’ll take you through everything we’ve discovered; including my overall Tropicfeel review and whether or not I think they’re worth buying.
Full disclosure: These shoes were provided to us for free so that we could trial them and consider letting our audience know about them. However, do note that all views below are 100% our own and we were not paid to write this article or promote the shoes.
In order to stand out these days, you need to be doing something different.
Well, Tropicfeel are indeed a bit different and they’ve had a massive go at creating a diverse, yet durable travel shoe.
In fact, the most recent range of Tropicfeel trainers, the Canyon, raised more than €2 million in funding from Kickstarter!
So it’s fair to say there’s been a lot of hype about them amongst the travel community!
If you read up on the story behind Tropicfeel, you’ll soon realise that they are committed to creating an ethical and sustainable shoe.
They carefully check out suppliers to ensure they follow eco-friendly practices.
They also give back 1% of sales to organisations working to protect wildlife; their shoes are also fully vegan-friendly.
Sure, they’re not going to change the planet overnight, but it’s great knowing you’re buying from a company is fully aware of the impact we are having; and doing their small part to help.
One thing that immediately stands out on all Tropicfeel shoes is the unique lace design.
Instead of the typical need to tie your shoelaces, instead, the Tropicfeel approach means all you need to do is slip the shoes on and fasten the small rubber band up the lace.
To me, the principle behind it is pretty simple …
Instead of the laces being responsible for holding your shoe on, it is instead the natural fit of the shoe that does this.
So long as you buy the correct size of shoe, then the laces don’t make the world of difference; instead they are there just to provide a little extra tightness.
The benefit of this so that they can then be slipped on and off a lot more quickly than a typical trainer.
This is a feature that both Cazzy and I love.
Another thing you quickly realise is that the shoes are really well made.
Despite being a company founded by two guys raising money on Kickstarter, they have clearly done their homework and work with some top quality suppliers.
At the same time, the shoes weigh only 200 grams; meaning they are incredibly lightweight; and they are also pretty small meaning it’s easy to pack them away.
Combined, Tropicfeel shoes are both lightweight and durable!
For me; the final key feature of these shoes is the fact that they are multi-terrain.
What does this mean?
Well, they are suitable in a massive range of environments; including both dry and wet locations.
They are fast drying, so if you're out for the day in Asia exploring waterfalls, then you don’t even need to worry about taking them off!
As of writing, we have used the Canyon and Monsoon range in 3 different countries.
In Morocco we used them to explore the city of Marrakech; as well as all day to day use for 3 weeks; and even for our desert buggy tour!
Back in England we’ve used them at the gym and when playing racket sports.
In the south of France; I used them on my week-long ski holiday in the Alps.
They have held up incredibly well for everything we’ve done; except for 1 terrain … snow.
They are simply not built to handle the snow very well; which is pretty understandable.
They are built to be quick drying and lightweight, meaning they easily get damp in snow and don’t do very much to stop your feet getting cold.
I opted for the Sage Green Canyon trainer, as I thought they looked smart enough to wear in almost all day-to-day use.
Well, I’d say that’s true as in Marrakech I was happy to wear them all day, whether we were out exploring cities; in a cafe working from our laptops or at a restaurant enjoying an evening meal.
They look relatively smart and really have been a perfect all round travel trainer.
The one thing I was a little wary of was selecting the right shoe size over the internet.
I can be a little fussy sometimes; as my ideal size can sometimes range all the way from a 7 to a 8 (UK size).
I used their fit finder guide and opted for the UK mens 7.5; fortunately enough they fitted perfectly from the get-go.
As mentioned, they weren’t particularly good on my ski holiday, both because they struggle with gripping the snow and also at keeping out the cold.
So if you are heading somewhere where it gets cold in the evenings; then you may want to consider taking another pair of warmer shoes with you.
One thing that I have heard a lot of people say to me when wearing them is “your shoe laces aren’t tied”.
When they look down they soon realize the laces are a bit different; but it does seem to be everyone’s first thought!
So, as long as you’re happy with that, then you’re fine.
Cazzy opted for the Choco Red Monsoon shoes.
She thought they looked pretty stylish and the colour could go well with almost everything she wears.
This was actually one of the highlights of the shoe for her.
She wears a range of clothes when travelling, including dresses, skirts, trousers and shorts, and the Tropicfeel shoes go with practically everything.
This means there’s no need to pack another pair of shoes, these work in almost all cases.
She also loves how lightweight and breathable they’ve been.
Cazzy actually has type 1 diabetes, so having a high quality shoe that looks after her feet is really important when travelling; and she would say the Monsoon did a great job of allowing her feet to breathe in the hot weather which is great!
She also loves that they can be used in water since they are quick drying.
When in The Philippines, she would have switched her water shoes to “normal shoes”, when she got back on land, but it would have been great to keep wearing the Tropicfeel shoes since they’re fast drying!
She definitely intends to test them next time we get to go snorkelling.
Cazzy sometimes felt like the shoe weren’t as secure as she’d like them to be, and sometimes she was worried it would rip at the front.
The design of her shoe is a little different to mine, and due to this she felt that after hours of sightseeing, her feet began to get sore.
She prefers them for day-to-day use, rather than long days of sightseeing in different terrains.
Quick answer: yes!
Based on our joint experience with both the Monsoon and the Canyon range, I can say I would wholeheartedly recommend these to other travellers like ourselves.
They hold up incredibly well across all kinds of environments and really are an awesome all round travel shoe.
That being said, there are circumstances where they are slightly lacking; specifically in the snow and also for if you plan on doing any heavy hiking where you need something with more ankle support.
Also, Cazzy didn’t feel they were as comfy when worn for hours of sightseeing; though this wasn’t an issue I faced.
For any upcoming backpacking trips; my plan is to take my Tropicfeel Canyon shoes and my Reef Fanning Flip Flops.
As we rarely do any real heavy duty hiking, I am confident that these shoes will be the perfect combination for me.
If in the coming months I experience any issues; I will add some updates to this post; but as of now I can’t see any issues.
Currently, the best place to buy Tropicfeel shoes is directly from their website.
You can choose from 5 different currencies and they ship internationally.
We had ours shipped to the UK and they arrived all the way from America in less than a week; which I was very happy with.
As a quick side note: I also really liked the packaging; and they arrived in perfect condition despite having travelled thousands of miles to reach us.
Here’s the links to the two Tropicfeel shoes we reviewed above:
Well, that’s about it!
If you have any other questions about Tropicfeel shoes or would like a review on any other aspect of them then just drop me a comment below and I will help where I can.