Fall is here, which means it’s car camping season! It’s the season of more. More layers, more things in the car, and most importantly, more comfort. A pair of cozy camp shoes for crisp mornings and evenings is a must. I’ve been rocking the Teva Ember Moc shoes (slippers?) for the last two and a half years. Here’s how they’ve fared.
The Ember Moc Specs
The Teva Ember Moc are constructed with a quilted, water-resistant ripstop. A rib knit collar means it’s easy to get your feet in and out of these. A stretchy heel allows you to wear this as a shoe or a slipper. A responsive PU footbed with EVA-foam midsole makes you feel like you’re walking on clouds (or marshmallows, or mushrooms). Be warned though, these have zero arch support.
The shoes weigh approximately 7.5 oz each, or 15 oz total. Obviously the larger your shoe is, the heavier they will be. These come in full sizes so if you are in between sizes, size up. Teva also recommends that wider feet size up as well. These are only available in the standard “B” width.
Thus far, the Teva Ember Mocs are my favorite camp shoe. There’s nothing like taking frozen toesies out of my approach shoes after a long day of bouldering and tucking them into these shoes. They are my go-to shoe for hanging out in Bishop in the winter. They’re cozy shoes for wearing in between burns on my project. I’ve taken them on backpacking trips in the fall.
Highly compressible and squishy, the shoes tuck perfectly into a crash pad or your backpack for comfort at the crag or camp. A loop on the front of each shoe lets you clip them to your pack. The convertible heel takes lazy to another level because all you have to do is slide your foot in.
If you’re worried about getting these dirty, any dirt and debris wipe off easily with a wet paper towel.
What I don’t like about the Ember Moc
Teva calls the Ember Mocs part sneaker, part sleeping bag. They are not a sleeping bag. Perhaps a thick sleeping bag liner, at best. They’re ultra cute and not technical looking, but there is no insulation in the Ember Mocs. The quilting is deceptive. They are cozy, but they will not keep your feet warm. For Winter 2020, there’s a version with shearling ($100, instead of $75) is available, which may do a better job at insulating your cold toes.
In the winter, I’ll wear them with a thick pair of socks. The shoe has enough stretch to accommodate even the thickest pair of socks, like the United by Blue Ultimate American Sock. If you are looking for a pair of camp shoes that will keep your feet warm, try the Western Mountaineering Down Booties instead. They’re not the most fashionable, but they are toasty and only $25 more.
These are strictly a camp shoe for me. The Ember Mocs have absolutely no support or structure. They have a roomier fit, so my feet slide around a lot in them. The rubber outsole is not grippy. Even running around on random rocks and boulders around my campsite feels like I’m close to twisting an ankle. I only wear these for nature walks, lounging, or walking from my car to In-n-Out.
The Teva Ember Mocs have been an integral part of my fall, winter, and spring camping arsenal. They will be for a while. There’s nothing like taking my shoes off and putting these on at the end of the day. They are comfy without looking sloppy.
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