These light shoes which i am informed weigh between 70 and 80 grams depending on the model are ideal second shoes for backpacking as they fold down completely flat and weigh so little.
As the leaflet below says, they can be used for travel, which is what initially caught my interest and pretty much anything else to do with the outdoors scene.
With them being sold in Europe by Tilley the hat people the quality must be good or else they wouldn’t have anything to do with them.
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Now i know a second pair of shoes is not every backpackers cup of tea but, Sheila and I like to have something else to put our feet into after a walk. (apart from a cooling stream that is).
Over the years it is amazing how things have changed.
From just an old pair of trainers weighing almost as much as a pair of boots do today, down to crocs which are light but bulky and not that packable to Vibram five finger shoes (below) which should have been called five toes surely. The Inov-8 190 sandal and the Saucony Hittori light shoe.
Vibram five fingers
And now the Zem shoes.
The Zem1, 2 and 3 are being offered in Europe through Tilley Endurables.
Zem1 is £24.95 with the split toe.
Zem2 is also £24.95 and has a std round toe.
Zem 3 is £29.95 and is same shape as Zem2 but has a little more padding for travelling.
Apart from plain black, other colours are available, blue, pink and white stripes.
ZEM 3 with additional padding.
Hope you find this of interest.
Update 4th October 2011.
I went in search of a pair today in all the shops that Tilley show on their website located in the Manchester centre area.
None of the retailers had them in and most had never heard of them.
I can only suggest at this moment in time that they are only available over the internet which is a real pain because you need to try them on unless you don’t mind the fuss of sending them back if they don’t fit.
I will contact Tilley and find out what’s going on.