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lightweight shoes for airtravel
« on: 02 June, 2022, 11:10:17 am »
can anyone recommend a pair of shoes just for air travel?
non-slip fabric sole, and a lightweight fabric upper.

seems like an obvious thing I should be able to buy? but no luck with google, am starting to think about making them myself ..

"subea aqua shoes" look quite like they could be the thing, but are 300gr/pair  so way too heavy.

tia

Re: lightweight shoes for airtravel
« Reply #1 on: 02 June, 2022, 11:15:34 am »
Merrell Vapour Glove

https://www.merrell.com/UK/en_GB/vapor-glove/

You can get them a lot cheaper than RRP.  They are my evening footwear of choice when travelling light / touring.

Re: lightweight shoes for airtravel
« Reply #2 on: 03 June, 2022, 10:04:12 am »
Sounds like espadrilles to me. Though even lighter would be some shoes you’re taking anyway.

citoyen

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Re: lightweight shoes for airtravel
« Reply #3 on: 03 June, 2022, 12:18:39 pm »
Espadrilles was the first thing that crossed my mind too.

I like the look of those Merrell Vapours, and Merrell shoes are always comfortable IME, but given that their stated weight is 398g and the OP considers 300g too heavy, they might not be suitable!

I like the look of these - they don’t specify a weight on the page but I imagine they’ll be under 300g:
https://www.vivobarefoot.com/uk/addis-mens
"The future's all yours, you lousy bicycles."

Re: lightweight shoes for airtravel
« Reply #4 on: 03 June, 2022, 12:50:41 pm »
Can get some lightweight dance shoes, look quite nice. ie Jinga / Taygra. https://www.taygrastore.co.uk/product-category/slim/

Or just wear some crocs. Cheap copies are probably lighter weight than genuine versions.

Re: lightweight shoes for airtravel
« Reply #5 on: 03 June, 2022, 01:02:43 pm »
Karla recommended Etnies Scout shoes for lightweight touring a while ago.  I bought a couple of pairs (on offer) and they've been fantastic.  So light you don't know they're on but very durable.

They've been all over the world with me on touring holidays and I even used them as running shoes in India a few times.  They also get used in the UK in hot weather.

EDIT:  Weighed at 360g (used)
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Re: lightweight shoes for airtravel
« Reply #6 on: 03 June, 2022, 01:02:56 pm »
Espadrilles was the first thing that crossed my mind too.

I like the look of those Merrell Vapours, and Merrell shoes are always comfortable IME, but given that their stated weight is 398g and the OP considers 300g too heavy, they might not be suitable!

I like the look of these - they don’t specify a weight on the page but I imagine they’ll be under 300g:
https://www.vivobarefoot.com/uk/addis-mens

Vapour glove 4 stated weight 320g.  They really are very light and unless you have a thinner sole you’ll feel everything through I can’t see you getting much lighter.

citoyen

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Re: lightweight shoes for airtravel
« Reply #7 on: 03 June, 2022, 01:06:02 pm »
Espadrilles was the first thing that crossed my mind too.

I like the look of those Merrell Vapours, and Merrell shoes are always comfortable IME, but given that their stated weight is 398g and the OP considers 300g too heavy, they might not be suitable!

I like the look of these - they don’t specify a weight on the page but I imagine they’ll be under 300g:
https://www.vivobarefoot.com/uk/addis-mens

Vapour glove 4 stated weight 320g.  They really are very light and unless you have a thinner sole you’ll feel everything through I can’t see you getting much lighter.

Oh yes - 398g is for the 3.

Both sound pretty light to me, and I think they look great, but the OP did specify 300g as a benchmark.
"The future's all yours, you lousy bicycles."

Re: lightweight shoes for airtravel
« Reply #8 on: 03 June, 2022, 01:08:35 pm »
I’m really rather puzzled why a 5 ounce shoe should be “way too heavy” but each to their own. The description of fabric sole and fabric upper sounds like a slipper-sock to me.
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Re: lightweight shoes for airtravel
« Reply #9 on: 03 June, 2022, 01:16:14 pm »
I already ordered some of the vapor gloves (thanks Phil).

Zed43

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Re: lightweight shoes for airtravel
« Reply #10 on: 03 June, 2022, 04:24:49 pm »
80 grams (no personal experience, yet)

Re: lightweight shoes for airtravel
« Reply #11 on: 03 June, 2022, 06:08:09 pm »
I'd go for cheap water shoes (loads on Amazon): neoprene upper, lightweight rubber sole.

Re: lightweight shoes for airtravel
« Reply #12 on: 03 June, 2022, 07:17:32 pm »
A cheap pair of trainers?

Re: lightweight shoes for airtravel
« Reply #13 on: 07 June, 2022, 05:53:27 pm »
80 grams (no personal experience, yet)

160g if you need two!
They look interesting, nevertheless. But no stock for medium.

Re: lightweight shoes for airtravel
« Reply #14 on: 07 June, 2022, 06:03:43 pm »
80 grams (no personal experience, yet)

160g if you need two!
They look interesting, nevertheless. But no stock for medium.

They have your size in the version 2 model, which also includes a removable insole … https://skinners.cc/en/skinners-20

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Re: lightweight shoes for airtravel
« Reply #15 on: 07 June, 2022, 08:44:20 pm »
Thanks. Was about to push the button and buy them but €16.50 shipping!
I'll sleep on it.

Edit: free delivery on amazon. Ordered. I don't normally do that but there are limits!

citoyen

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Re: lightweight shoes for airtravel
« Reply #16 on: 09 June, 2022, 10:07:53 am »
80 grams (no personal experience, yet)

They look exactly what I need for wearing around the house - I hate slippers with rigid soles. I have some lambskin moccasins but I like the idea of something that's also more suitable for outdoor use.
"The future's all yours, you lousy bicycles."

Re: lightweight shoes for airtravel
« Reply #17 on: 09 June, 2022, 10:57:27 am »
Arrived just now, via UPS from Czech Republic.
I popped them on the scales out of curiosty and they weighed 240g for size medium vs the claimed 160g.  Not a major deal but its a big margin of error.  The insole accounts for 10g per shoe, or per glove, whatever they are.
I've put them on - they slip on easily but I've not walked far yet.

Re: lightweight shoes for airtravel
« Reply #18 on: 09 June, 2022, 11:22:39 am »
I already ordered some of the vapor gloves (thanks Phil).
339gr for a pair of 44s..


citoyen

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Re: lightweight shoes for airtravel
« Reply #19 on: 09 June, 2022, 12:36:43 pm »
Arrived just now, via UPS from Czech Republic.
I popped them on the scales out of curiosty and they weighed 240g for size medium vs the claimed 160g.  Not a major deal but its a big margin of error.  The insole accounts for 10g per shoe, or per glove, whatever they are.
I've put them on - they slip on easily but I've not walked far yet.

Did you weigh them with or without pedals? ;)
"The future's all yours, you lousy bicycles."