Best shoes for Kloofing

Hi Guys, need a bit of help here…
What have you found to be the best shoes for kloofing, in other words BEST GRIP?
I have tried aqua shoes, rocky sandals, outdoor-type trail running shoes, my normal vibram soled hiking boot - all very slippery when wet.
Dont mind it being wet, no ancle support and so on, just the grip
People in the know-how: what is best?

HI Mel
A few articles and forums I’ve read agree that approach shoes with a climbing-rubber compound sole is the best option. One should ideally look for a shoe with a synthetic upper to manage water damage and quick drying time.
The legendary FiveTen Tennies with their super grippy Stealth rubber would have been my recommendation, but I do not think one can find them in SA anymore (might have to import). Check our other manufacturers that make both rockclimbing and approach shoes and see if you can find an approach shoe that uses a climbing rubber compound (Evolv, La Sportiva, Boreal etc.)
Hope this helps!

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Have a look at these (pricey but I’m a big fan of Black Diamond - premium gear)

Thanks Willem, I was wondering about approach shoes…
Will give them some decent thought and some research​:wink::blush:

Hi mel.


I know this might sound crazy at first but hear me out.

Many people think crocs are slippery and bad on wet surfaces but they forget that crocs were initially made to be water shoes!

There is a general rule: the softer the sole of a shue, the better the grip. If you look into trail running shoes you will see that some soles are made soft specifically for this reason. If the sole is softer it is able to bend and sink into crevices that a hard sole isn’t able to.

The only downside to the soft sole is that it wears away easier. This, however, isn’t really a problem for crocs. This is because the surface of the sole gets rougher as it wears down since it is kind of like a sponge that has thousands of little holes and edges that increases the friction between the rock.

Best option would be to wear wetsuit socks with the crocs. It ensures a snug fit and keeps your feet warm.

All this is me speaking from experience. I hiked up the drakensberg in crocs and I have done a few other several-day hiking tours in crocs. (with a 20+kg bag on my back). I also climbed a few mountains including victoria peak, matroosberg, helderberg dome and a traverse from stellenbosch mountain over to haalkop. If you don’t worry about ankle support then crocs is the best option.

No need for fancy approach shoes.

Edit: fixed typos


Wow… this sounds interesting! Something I would never have even thought of.
But it sort of makes sense. I use to have croc-like flip-flops that I took on backpacking trips to wear at camp, mostly for weight but also because they were durable on rocky surfaces, dries quick and so on.
Definitely gonna try this, thanks!

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