Where To Buy Tropicfeel Shoes
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 three pairs of Tropicfeel shoes we reviewed below:
What Makes Tropicfeel Shoes Special?
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.
Unique lace design
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.
Lightweight & durable
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.
Tropicfeel Cala Review
What we like about Tropicfeel Cala
I opted for the Chocolate Red Cala shoes, and was immediately very impressed when they turned up!
To me, the Cala is the best-looking shoe Tropicfeel have yet released. It's got great grip and has the same waterproof properties as the Canyon & Monsoon.
But it's also the smartest looking, the sort of shoe I'd be happy to wear out and about, for example when going for meals with friends.
In terms of comfort, so long as you select the correct size, then it really is a very cosy shoe.
It's also super convenient not needing to untie and re-tie laces every time you take them on and off.
What they've also done well is having the rear of the shoe more naturally foldable than on the Canyon and Monsoon; meaning I think it will hold up better over time after endless slipping on and off.
As you will read below, I really am a fan of the Canyon, but after trying the Cala, I don't think I would go back.
It's like the design team picked up on some of the more minor flaws with the Canyon and Monsoon and did a fantastic job of creating something unique with the Cala.
What we don't like about Tropicfeel Cala
The only real issue I have so far picked up on is with the strip of white that goes around the base of the shoe.
Because it's so white it picks up any dirt really quickly and very soon looks messy.
I's a shame as the Cala is the sort of shoe you would feel comfortable wearing out and about in the evening, but if you've also used it in the day time in wet or muddy environments, then it's going to need a good scrub to look the part.
As so, you almost have to decide where you realistically want to wear the Cala, and commit to one area of your life.
Tropicfeel Canyon Review
What We Like About Tropicfeel Canyon
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.
What We Don’t Like About Tropicfeel Canyon
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.
Tropicfeel Monsoon Review
What We Like About Tropicfeel Monsoon
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.
What We Don’t Like About Tropicfeel Monsoon
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.
Tropicfeel Cruiser Backpack review
The guys at Tropicfeel were kind enough to send me a Cruiser backpack to review, and as of writing I've been using it for a few weeks throughout our travels across Scotland.
Based on my experience, I'd say that the Cruiser backpack is an incredibly lightweight bag, designed to be packed away and pulled out when you are out exploring for the day.
It folds down into a tiny pouch that can easily be stuffed away inside of a larger backpack, or tucked away into a cupboard in your camper (which is how we now travel!)
So far, I've used it for a few day hikes around Scotland, such as our jaunt up to the Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye, which is where this picture was taken ...
It's perfectly big enough to hold a drone, food, water and spare waterproofs.
It also feels very well made, so I wouldn't be worried about it tearing or ripping any time soon, I guess so long as you don't overload it with stuff.
Comfort-wise, it's been great for hikes up to 3 hours that we have used it for.
If I was going to be a multi-day trip, for many dozens of miles, then this certainly isn't the right bag.
It just simply doesn't have the suitable waist support, but at the end of the day that's not what this bag was designed for.
Who should buy the Cruiser backpack?
Based on our travel experiences, I would say this backpack is ideally suited to backpackers heading off for a few months (or years) around Asia.
You'll find yourself doing tonnes of shorter day trips, for which this bag is perfect!
And when not in use for a week or more, it's so small that it can be tucked away and stuffed at the bottom of your main rucksack.
Other products on offer from Tropicfeel
Since I first published this review, popularity for Tropicfeel seems to have exploded!
The company have expanded into a range of other travel products, so I wanted to give them a quick mention here. This includes ...
Tropicfeel Adventure Packs
Update Nov. 2020 ...
If you're interested in picking up a pair of Tropicfeel shoes, then I wanted to point out their massive sale they currently have on!
As well as grabbing a pair of Tropicfeel Canyon, Cala or Monsoons, you also have the chance to grab a bunch of other Tropicfeel goodies at a massively discounted rate.
For example, here's the Local Explorer Pro Pack, which contains ...
- All terrain sneakers (choose from Cala, Canyon or Monsoon)
- Cruiser backpack (scroll down further my review of this below)
- Water bottle
- Mask HAAN Sanitizer
It comes in with a massive 35% discount, so it's an affordable way to upgrade your travel gear.
Other packs on offer include:
- Local Explorer Advanced Pack (Tropicfeel sneakers, cruiser backpack, water bottle, mask, breeze bag, HAAN sanitizer)
- Local Explorer Beginner Pack (Tropicfeel sneakers, water bottle, breeze bag, mask, HAAN sanitizer)
- Keep On Cruising Pack (Cruiser backpack, water bottle, mask, HAAN sanitizer)
- Hemp Me Out Pack (Jumper, t-shirt, water bottle, mask, HAAN sanitizer)
You can fully customise each pack, allowing you to pick exactly which trainer you'd like, which colour bag you love, or which style of t-shirt that most suits your travel style!
Overall Verdict: Should You Buy Tropicfeel Shoes?
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 your travel plans include 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.
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.