After a long day on the trail or portages, it’s always nice to kick off wet hiking boots and slip into something more comfortable. The problem comes when your pack is too full for those tennis shoes or Crocs that would feel so great. Here is my favorite: track down a pair of those cloth top, rubber soled bedroom slippers.
I have had mine for years. They flatten out compactly and weigh just ounces, yet the rubber bottoms allow you to walk on sticks and stones without doubling over. They can even tolerate moderately wet conditions.
The same pair has ridden my backpack down and up the Grand Canyon three times, all through the BWCA, through the Goat Rocks Wilderness in Washington, the entire 99 mile Wilderness Waterway in Everglades National Park, and to many other great places. They are like an old friend, and are such a treat at the end of the day.