It’s always fun and rewarding to find something in mainstream retailers that can be used for lightweight backpacking, especially if it is cheap. Yesterday I dropped into M&S to have a quick look round and I spotted some canvas slip-on shoes. Picking them up, I couldn’t believe how light they were. Not only do they weigh very little, but they fold flat. At £9.50, they weren’t going to break the back, so I thought I’d get a pair.
When I got home, I was intrigued as to how much they weigh. So I popped them on the scales. They are an incredible 174g for the pair. As a pair of camp shoes, they are almost ideal. I’m going to spray them with Nilwak TX10 to add some water repellency. Lightweight doesn’t have to be expensive!