Contrary to the belief that all women love shoes, I tend to stick to one pair and wear them out until the soles fall off. This is great when it comes to waste (as no-one can say that my shoes aren’t well used) but there have been times when I have completely ruined a pair of shoes or ruined my feet with blisters because I haven’t been wearing shoes that are appropriate for that certain situation.
About 90% of the time, the situation is: I have walked a lot further than I thought I originally would and the trainers that I’m wearing aren’t made for that amount of walking so I end up in pain, miserable, and with shoes that have a heel that is half worn down.
This has happened more than I’d care to admit, so it was time for me to look for shoes that were comfortable and appropriate for any unexpected situation.
I had heard about Tropicfeel from a girl that I had met while traveling around the Czech Republic about a year ago so when I came across the name again while doing some research, I decided to take her advice and try them out.
Tropicfeel advertises its product as ‘the ultimate travel shoe,’ a shoe that can withstand the city, the mountains, the water and beyond. Now, considering I prefer to have a pair of shoes that I love and use for everything, I was more than keen to put this to the test.
With so many brands claiming to have created a shoe that does everything and with so many high-quality brands that make shoes that are considered top-of-the-market, why did I choose Tropicfeel? The answer is actually three-fold:
To me, recommendations are a major factor in deciding whether or not to buy a product. As I met someone who was wearing the shoes that she was recommending, I got to see the product and try it on and hear all her tales about how she’d worn them walking, hiking, cycling and more. What more proof did I need than that?
Supporting the Grassroots Projects
When I decided to go with Tropicfeel, they had a crowdfunding campaign set up to raise enough money to set up a proper website. The campaign was already a huge success and they had thousands of backers all asking for more products in different colors and asking if they could be delivered to their country of residence.
I didn’t see one bad review or comment which is pretty incredible, so I decided to jump on the bandwagon and help them with their journey.
Designed by Actual Travelers
Although big, international companies can use fancy machines and science to create the perfect shoe or trainer, that doesn’t always mean that they are the best. I find more value in products that are actually designed by travelers as they have identified a problem or a need and then came up with the solution and tried and tested it themselves. A product like Tropicfeel.
What I love about Tropicfeel
Before I had even tried the product, I had a very positive first impression of Tropicfeel. Not only was it free shipping (hallelujah!) but when the products arrived, they came in unique almost dry-bag-like mesh bags. I thought that this was a really nice touch as it immediately made me feel like these were high-quality products and it showed that they took great care and consideration about the customer’s experience with the brand.
Pulling out the shoes, I was immediately drawn to the two-tone colors; I had ordered them in black which had turquoise laces and in light grey which had coral laces. I absolutely loved the look of these shoes, I thought it made them stand out but the overall block color meant that they weren’t too in your face.
If you’re wondering why I bought two trainers by the way (since I said before that I like to wear out one good pair of shoes), I chose to purchase two because compared to a lot of other trainers out there, these were very affordable and I wanted to help the brand out.
Since purchasing ‘the ultimate travel shoe,’ I have really put it to the test. Taking only the light grey trainers with me so that I would have no choice other than to just wear these, I used my Tropicfeel trainers throughout the entirety of my recent 10-day European road trip.
During this time, I drove a total of 40 hours, I walked many miles around cities, hiked many more miles through the mountains, and just for fun, I climbed 500 steps to the top of Bologna’s tallest tower and went for a long walk in the pouring rain.
Shoe Fit & Comfort
I have quite wide feet so I do tend to suffer from blisters when I walk a lot in shoes, but unlike other trainers that don’t reveal their flaws until you’re a few too many miles into your journey, Tropicfeel never made me regret my purchase.
This is huge for me as I don’t think that I’ve ever had trainers that satisfy both fit and comfort (usually I buy slightly bigger trainers to prevent blisters on my toes but then I usually get them on my heels because of the poor fit). Even with all the walking that I did, I never felt uncomfortable for a second and had no blisters at all!
Unique features for fit & comfort: elastic counter heel & a removable, cushioned footbed.
Tropicfeel shoes are designed specifically for versatility and are advertised as a 4-in-one product: they provide the comfort of sneakers, the technical features of hiking and off-road adventure shoes, the quick-drying capability of aqua shoes, and the stylish aesthetics that make them appropriate to wear with anything.
After wearing only these for the past couple of weeks, I can safely say that they more than tick the box for versatility. I was incredibly surprised by the comfort of these trainers, but I drove in them for hours and walked up 500 steps to the top of Bologna’s tower without a problem. As well as everyday use, they also faired incredibly well on a couple of 4-6 hour hikes and they are indeed quick-dry products.
After getting soaked in the rain, I just chucked them in the wash and they looked brand new. The fact that the material on these trainers is anti-odor and anti-bacterial is an amazing addition too as this gives you peace of mind when you get them dirty and about having smelly feet!
I haven’t had these trainers for that long yet, but the fact that they survived my European trip and all the while looking brand new is a great sign. Even though the product is incredibly light, they are sturdy and the materials are of a high-quality, so I have no worries that they are going to give up on me any time soon.
Unique features for durability: high tech materials with 3D mesh technology.
As well as the trainers themselves, I absolutely love the mesh dry bag that they came in. This is incredibly versatile too! I used it as a small backpack on my day trip around San Marino and then towards the end of my week, it became my laundry bag for my dirty washing. A great addition from Tropicfeel!
Tropicfeel: Is it the Ultimate Travel Shoe?
So, the only question left after testing this product out for myself was “Is Tropicfeel really the ultimate travel shoe?” I don’t think any product can satisfy every type of adventure out there, but I do have to say that Tropicfeel comes pretty damn close. It is ideal for backpackers who want to lighten their load and only take one pair of trainers because these beauties were perfect for walking, hiking, and they can get wet.
The only thing I would say that they are inappropriate for, however, is cold weather and snow-based adventures. Due to the breathable material and the features that make this so good for water-based activities are what make them inappropriate for the cold. Let’s just say you’d have very cold feet!
I obviously loved this product and I can reinforce again how lightweight and comfortable they were and how well they performed but I think their story of success says much more. Originally designed by travelers who destroyed all kinds of different shoes backpacking in Thailand, the idea of the ultimate travel shoe was born.
Soon after, they pitched local investors to source startup funds, secured nearly $47,000 in seed funding, and the first version of the trainer was born in July 2017 where they sold 1,500 pairs straight away. Listening to user feedback and hiring a footwear designer, they have now come up with the second version of the trainer which is just as popular, if not more, than the first. For me, this says a lot about a product because good products sell themselves.
Although I’m raving about this product, there were two things that weren’t so great. As I said before, they are not appropriate for cold weather, but my other little niggle was the laces. Apparently, user feedback from the first model, led the design to change to elastic laces instead of normal ones.
This does allow quick on-and-off use of the trainers making them perfect on-the-go, but for me, I just prefer laces. While they do provide extra normal laces probably for this specific reason, the laces are in the same color as the shoe. It’s an incredibly minor issue, but I would really love it if they provided the laces in the same color as the elastic laces as the two-tone color is my favorite aesthetic feature of these shoes.
Overall, I’m really impressed with Tropicfeel’s product and I look forward to seeing the improvements that they continue to add to make this product even better in the future. I’m a firm believer that shoes are one of the most important things that we can invest in for ourselves as they can make or break a trip, and for me, Tropicfeel made mine.
Disclaimer: These Tropicfeel shoes were sent to us to try out but as always, our opinion is solely ours. We will always be 100% honest with all our reviews.