Honest Review of Tropicfeel Shoes: The Most Versatile Travel Shoes

Tropicfeel shoes are billed as the ultimate travel shoe. That’s a tall promise. However, they’ve demonstrated they are attractive shoes capable of handling a multitude of environments. When it comes to footwear and clothes, travelers can put items through the wringer.

The lifestyle of a traveler means a lot of time on your feet. That can be anything from exploring the great outdoors to discovering new cities. Good shoes are the difference between a fun and rewarding day or a painful night of blistered and sore feet!

Since you’ll only have a limited amount of packing space, bringing hiking boots, sneakers, and aqua shoes, plus sandals to relax in, isn’t feasible. You can start to see the appeal of a versatile travel shoe like Tropicfeel shoes at this point. 

When we heard about a pair of shoes that were made for travelers and made by travelers and designed to take on the beach, trails, biking, and urban use, we had to check them out. In this detailed review, we’ll go through just what makes Tropicfeel such a cool brand and why these shoes might revolutionize your travel experience.


Tropicfeel Shoes Review

Tropicfeel Canyon Shoe in Asphalt Grey

Quick Specs | Price: $108-$121, depending on model | Weight: 7 ounces per shoe | Uses: Urban, water, travel, hiking, casual

Pros

  • Versatile 
  • Color variety
  • Water capabilities
  • Very breathable
  • Easy to wash
  • Affordable
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Mesh pattern fails to keep out dirt and grime
  • Thin insole
  • Inability to tighten shoe laces
  • Lacks protection
  • Not for intense hiking/mountain

First Impressions

Tropicfeel Canyon Natural Oat

The appearance of the Tropicfeel shoes gives you a clue to their versatility and style. They look pretty sharp for a pair of shoes that are made for the water. On close inspection, the shoes utilize a lot of mesh, foam, and rubber.

Lightweight and with a minimalist appearance, the shoes bring together a nice blend of casual and athletic. They’ll look right at home on the trail but are perfectly suitable for urban use and don’t give off an “on the way to the gym” vibe.

Water capabilities are a clear priority with the mesh sidewalls and soles that are designed to dry quickly. Rubber soles have a nice blend of styles that should help provide traction on several surfaces.

There are various styles to pick from, the two most popular being the Monsoon and the Canyon. I prefer the stylings of the Canyon an ankle-cut sneaker, but some may prefer the low-cut Monsoon.

If you’re the type of person who likes color, there are brighter options like green or aqua to pick from. Those who prefer subtler shades will be happy with traditional black or gray shoes. For our tests, we chose Canyon Night Blue and Monsson Sage Green.


Performance of Tropicfeel

Wearing Tropicfeel Shoes While driving a motorbike in Siargao

The biggest question is whether Tropicfeel holds up to the rigors of the road. Well, the answer is yes. Of course, there are a few downsides (more on that later), but by and large, these shoes have great reviews from many travelers and outdoor enthusiasts.

They’re really amazing as shoes at coastal destinations. I loved the shoes on our last trip to Siargao in the Philipines, where I could comfortably drive a motorbike before going cliff diving off of rough rocky outcroppings.

Things to do in Siargao

With regular use, they held up well as a daily driver. It took around 180 days of wear for the shoes to start to show some signs of age. This is while handling saltwater, rocks, and generally rough conditions.

They work well as a casual shoe for errands around town, or you can work out comfortably in them. I have done a light run in the shoes, but they lack the correct ergonomics for more serious runs, and they are too loose. However, for a quick workout in the hotel gym, they are perfect!

They also travel exceptionally well as the shoes are lightweight and flexible and can easily fit in your luggage. This saves room and weight in your bag. A carry-on traveler can easily pack Tropicfeel shoes in their suitcase without fretting over the space.


Best Use

Tasha in her Tropicfeels

Tropicfeels are great shoes. They feel appropriate for a wide range of travel destinations and use at home. Although travelers can particularly appreciate this level of versatility, really anyone can benefit from having one pair of shoes with so many functions.

It’s tough to pick one best use, but an ideal destination or purpose involves some body of water. They’re great on the boat, canoe, or paddleboard. Or the shoes can help out exploring waterfalls, beaches, or lakes.

Since water is the typical breaking point for a pair of shoes, it’s what makes these shoes so versatile, especially when they’re comfortable and supply enough support to spend a full day walking around a city.

  • Comfort: The comfy design makes them a great everyday casual pair of shoes.
  • Durability: They’re sturdy enough to hold up to hours on the trail or travel adventures.
  • Quick Dry: The quick-dry ability makes them a perfect pair of aqua shoes.
  • Style: To top it all off, they’re stylish enough for urban use. 

Ideal Travel Destinations

  • Costa Rica
  • Indonesia
  • Italy
  • Florida Keys
  • Greece
  • Brazil
  • Rockies
  • Philippines

Materials

What makes Tropicfeel good hiking, water, and urban use shoe start with the materials. You might be a bit surprised to learn that one of the components in Tropicfeel insoles is algae! Yep, you read that correctly.

About 8% of the insole is made from harvested algae, according to Tropicfeel, which creates a lighter, more durable, and eco-friendly shoe.

The EVA material in the midsole not only provides good support and comfort but it’s also made from 20% upcycled material. And to tack on yet another sustainability bonus, it’s estimated that about five recycled plastic bottles are put into each pair. 

So, not only will you be wearing recycled plastic, but the combination of natural and synthetic materials creates a quick-drying, soft, and flexible shoe. 

Each pair weighs about 7 ounces, which is practically nothing for footwear, especially footwear suitable for extended periods of walking. Whether you’re hiking, doing outdoor yoga, or touring a new city, you can benefit from the “light as air” quality of these shoes. 


Comfort

All day comfort in Hong Kong

Of course, everyone’s feet are made a little different, so what works for one person might not for another. However, overall, Tropicfeel has succeeded in creating a super comfortable shoe that will treat most wearers well. 

The super breathable 3D mesh keeps your feet dry and aired out on long walks and allows for super-speedy drying after you go swimming or get caught in a rainstorm. The aqua shoe property also means that they’re super easy to wash – throw them in the washing machine, and they’ll come out as clean as when they were brand new.

Unlike some urban shoes with flat and slippery soles, Tropicfeel has slip-resistant rubber so you can keep your footing whether you’re hiking on trails or city streets. 

To help with the fit for different foot shapes and sizes, the cushioned footbed is removable. Although most people prefer cushioning, you might have your own preferred shoe inserts, which can be put in place instead for better comfort. 

The shoes are a slip-on style with a stretchy, elastic-like closure and elastic laces that stay in place on your ankles. For those who like slip-on, it’s a dream come true. If you’re the type of person who prefers regular laces, then the Canyon shoes come with a pair of normal laces you can interchange! 

Tropicfeel has also added an anti-odor and anti-bacterial treatment to the shoes. It might be a small touch, but it helps when you’ve been out walking and sweating all day! 


What’s to Love About Tropicfeel? 

As you can already see, Tropicfeel shoes have many positive qualities going for them in terms of function and style. Below are a few other things we love about the shoes and what sets Tropicfeel shoes apart. 


Sustainability

Eco Friendly Products Plastic vs Pebbles

As we already mentioned in the materials section, Tropicfeel is committed to producing not only high-quality but environmentally friendly shoes. 

These shoes also began as a grass-roots project designed by actual travelers who were tired of constantly wearing out their sneakers while on the road. With a Kickstarter campaign for initial funding, the brand launched with the support of thousands of travelers. 

Most travelers already have a few go-to brands they trust for equipment, but sometimes it’s worth branching out to try a new product-especially one with such high reviews from so many travelers! 


Value 

While it’s possible to find pairs of sneakers cheaper than Tropicfeel, chances are you’ll be getting something that’s going to look shabby within a month, probably has relatively poor support, and certainly won’t have the aquatic qualities of Tropicfeel. 

For how durable these shoes are and the versatility of uses, you could argue that they’re a bargain deal. There are plenty of “travel shoes” on the market selling for a lot higher price, which might not even measure up to Tropicfeel in terms of versatility and comfort.


Unique Mesh Bag 

Another exclusive part of getting a pair of Tropcifeel shoes is the unique mesh bag each pair comes in. The simple sack has the Tropicfeel logo displayed on the bottom, with black mesh on the top and a fold-over closure with a buckle. 

Not only is it a great bag for carrying your shoes, but it can also function as a camping gear stuff sack, a laundry sack or storage for other gear while on the road. The only thing better than a pair of versatile shoes is a pair of versatile shoes that come with a versatile carrying sack! 


Your Feet Can Breathe!

If you’re traveling to hot climates like Southeast Asia, it’s beneficial to have breathable footwear that also provides support. 

Spending all day walking around a city or hiking to a nearby temple are activities where flip-flops aren’t feasible, regardless of how hot and uncomfortable it is to wear close-toed shoes. Thankfully, the light and airy build of Tropicfeel shoes give your feet plenty of air to breathe and prevent them from becoming trapped and sweaty while out on adventures. 

Plus, since they’re made for aquatic use as well, if the opportunity presents itself, you can always take a dip to cool off without worrying about taking your shoes off!


What’s Not to Love?

No piece of gear is perfect, and despite all the great features of Tropicfeel shoes, some things could still use improvement or don’t work for certain travelers. Here are the main considerations to keep in mind when deciding whether to get a pair of Tropicfeel shoes. 


Lacks Protection

Light and airy they may be, built for the cold, they are not. As versatile as Tropicfeel is, the line is drawn at cold temperatures and snowy conditions. If you’re traveling to Sweden in the winter or hiking mountains in South America, you’ll want a different pair of shoes because your feet will get cold quickly. After all, the name is Tropicfeel.

They really are made for warm-weather destinations. Nor are they great at rough conditions. They may be great for an easy hike on the trail but not trekking through the jungle. If you’re likely to face rough conditions such as sticks or mud, the airy design does little to protect your feet.


Slip-ons Have their Limitations

As we mentioned, the personal preference of slip-on vs. regular lace-ups may affect your overall impression of Tropicfeel shoes. Thankfully, some of their new pairs come with regular laces that you can interchange if you’re not a fan of the elastic ones. 

Also, keep in mind that while these shoes will hold up to easy hikes and outdoor activities, they are not a substitute for a sturdy pair of hiking shoes. If you’re going on longer hiking expeditions or planning a two-week thru-hike with long hours on the trail every day, you’ll need something with more support and structure for your feet and ankles.


The Take-away for Tropicfeel 

Tropicfeel Canyon Shoe in Asphalt Grey

Quick Specs | Price: $108-$121, depending on model | Weight: 7 ounces per shoe | Uses: Urban, water, travel, hiking, casual

Pros

  • Versatile 
  • Color variety
  • Water capabilities
  • Very breathable
  • Easy to wash
  • Affordable
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Mesh pattern fails to keep out dirt and grime
  • Thin insole
  • Inability to tighten shoe laces
  • Lacks protection
  • Not for intense hiking/mountain

Defining “the best” when it comes to travel gear is always a tricky business. Each traveler has their own preferences and style, which change how effective a piece of equipment or clothing is for the traveler. 

That being said, Tropicfeel comes pretty close to achieving a nice balance of function, style, and comfort. There are drawbacks, but the positive qualities greatly surpass the imperfections in the grand scheme of things. 

Compared to some shoes marketed for travelers, Tropicfeel is also a very affordable option, especially considering how well they hold up to daily use and the overall scuffs and scrapes of the road. 

Hopefully, as Tropicfeel continues to make new shoes, they will continue to improve on this already great product to meet the needs and wishes of even more travelers. When I’m off to a warm destination, these inevitably end up in my backpack or suitcase.

About Cameron

Cameron Seagle is one of the principal writers and photographers for The World Pursuit. He is a travel expert that has been traveling the world for the past six years. During this time he established a passion for conservation and environmental sustainability. When not traveling he's obsessed with finding the best gear and travel products. In his free time, you can find him hiking, mountain biking, mountaineering, and snowboarding. His favorite countries are Ireland, Scotland, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Japan.

You can learn more about Cameron on The World Pursuit About Us Page.