I admit it’s funny to think about a guy whose feet get cold easily writing about sandals. Closed-toe or not, sandals aren’t exactly known for keeping feet warm. Although they come from a company known for making cold-weather footwear, the Kamik Cape May sandals aren’t any different. But stepping back from the heat discussion to look at the overall picture of “comfort,” sandals around a campsite make total sense.
Most of our camping adventures take place near Mt. Hood, which means a few things. One, you’re not going out there in sandals past early October. Two, if you do go out in sandals you risk jamming your toes on all manner of rocks, sticks and logs. Three, if you’re equipped for normal mountain hikes it’s likely that when you get back to the campsite you want to get out of your boots. Flip-flops might work fine in the city, but out in the forest they don’t provide enough protection. That’s where sandals come in.
The Kamik Cape May sandals are a nice closed-toe option for mountain camping. The design protects your feet from unnecessary pokes or stubs, and it minimizes the number of rocks that get stuck under your feet. Having pull straps on both the front and back is a nice touch, and the quick-lace straps make it easy to tighten or loosen them to your fit.
One of the aspects I most appreciate is the position of the ankle straps. I don’t often wear sandals, so my feet are prone to blisters because my skin isn’t used to that style of footwear. I’ve gotten blisters from more sandals than I care to mention. Not from the Kamik Cape May sandals, even when the temperatures got hot and my ankles got a bit sweaty.
That said, the moisture itself was a bit troublesome. Kamik bills the Cape May as quick-drying, but I found the microfiber and leather combination took a while to dry. Tootling around the campsite was fine, as I don’t tend to go splashing through many creeks. But I wouldn’t recommend trying to use these as a boat shoe or wading shoe; that’s really not their strength. Kamik says you can use them rafting, but I found them to take too long to dry for any extended use on my own kayaking excursions.
Walking seems to be where it’s at. The synthetic rubber outsole provides nice traction, and the Kamik Cape May are sturdy enough to walk around in comfortably. They’re a bit too stiff to walk around for extended periods, but normal campsite puttering is totally fine. And that’s all I wanted from them. I don’t wear sandals often, but I wanted something to wear around the campsite when boots got tiresome. These fit that bill, and at $50, you don’t have to break the bank to get it.
Kamik Cape May Sandals
- Closed-toe design avoids unnecessary pokes
- Wide enough to accommodate even my duck feet
- Enough support to enable near-site foraging
- Strap locations minimize blistering
- A bit rigid for longer walks
- Footbed and straps are posh, but they take a while to dry if they get wet