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Gear Review: Sole Sport Flip-Flops

Find out why BACKPACKER's executive editor Dennis Lewon wears his Sole flips ...even when he shouldn't.

by: Dennis Lewon

Sole Sport Flip-Flops (Courtesy Photo)
Sole Sport Flip-Flops (Courtesy Photo)

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I put these sandals on as soon as the snow melted last spring, and will hardly take them off until ski season starts. I did the same thing last year, and expect to do the same next year. And the next.

That’s because I’ve found no other flip-flop that offers this level of support, durability, and comfort for the weight. SOLE makes high-performance footbeds, and it shows in the precise heel cup and superior arch support of this sandal’s EVA midsole.

I use them in camp, at work, biking and walking around town, and while traveling–and thanks to a touch of low-profile traction and the no-slip footbed, I’ve also used them to hike on rockier terrain than was prudent (good news: blood washes right off the synthetic nubuck).

Sure, you could spend a lot less on a pair of throw-aways. But is that any way for a hiker to treat his feet? 
$70; 13 oz. (pair of men’s 11); men’s and women’s sizes; yoursole.com



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Jamie
Sep 02, 2010

Hiking in sandals has become quite the regular thing. Naturally so, it depends on what level you're hiking at. I wear Teva Mush's for approach hikes to climbs that's don't involve much bush whacking. Ain't nothing more freeing than freeing your feetsies.

Leah Field
Aug 21, 2010

I have injured disks in my back from a couple of car accidents 5 years ago. I use SOLE's high performance Sport Flip-Flops to aid my posture and lessen my neck/back/legs and feet pain. Once you try them, nothing else really compares to the comfort and support levels I get. One of the other benefits is that they don't make that "flip-flop" sound on your feet!

The money-back guarantee makes them a good product to try, risk free for 90 days. You owe it to your feet!! Thanks.

alex
Aug 13, 2010

since when do you hike in sandals?

Jim
Aug 11, 2010

They seem pretty heavy. My camp shoes weigh 1.9 oz.

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