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Tropicfeel Shoes Review

About Tropicfeel

Vacationing has taught me a few things, one of them being that the right gear makes a big difference. From water-friendly sneakers to shoulder-friendly bags, smart, functional pieces make seeing the sights undeniably more enjoyable.

Tropicfeel claims to make the world’s most functional travel shoes, so of course, it caught my attention right away. With versatile all-terrain sneakers for men and women, its collection expands to durable backpacks and apparel too.

While it was its thoughtful designs that drew me in, it was the sustainable materials, transparency, and carbon offsets that hooked me. Working with ethical suppliers and donating to national parks, Tropicfeel ensures that every footprint made is a positive one. 

In this Tropicfeel shoes review, I’ll tell you everything you need to know about the brand, their products, pricing, customer feedback, and FAQ’s. The water’s cool, the sun is hot, so let’s dive in.

Overview of Tropicfeel 

I’ll start with where it all began, in early 2017 where intrepid travelers Espinós and De Gispert founded Tropic, now called Tropicfeel.

Launching a Tropicfeel Kickstarter campaign to fund the project, the duo set out to design the perfect traveling shoe. But why? I read that Espinós and De Gispert had taken an earlier trip to Thailand, and hundreds of hours walking with heavy backpacks had totally destroyed their sneakers.

Taking the problem and running with it, the duo decided to create durable and versatile shoes that were both stylish and functional. 

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Their looks are something that originally caught my eye. Tropicfeel shoes are designed to be worn in any situation you might find yourself in while travelling, from posh nightclubs to mountain treks, and from New York City to the Galapagos Islands. The versatility of the shoes allows for lighter travel, which for me, means a more enjoyable journey.

With shoes that do it all, there’s no more worrying about packing numerous pairs for all occasions—including those dress shoes you lug around in your backpack and then only use once!

Their versatility also means that each pair get used often, rather than sit in the closet for 11 months of the year waiting to serve a very specific purpose. I have a pair presently doing just that. Be honest with yourself, how often are you going to use water shoes that serve only as water shoes?

Swimming down into its collection, I found that Tropicfeel currently offers seven kinds of shoes, along with flip-flops, backpacks, and accessories. Tropicfeel is exclusively an online retailer, selling all of its products through its site.

Ready to start your next adventure? I’ll take you on one throughout this Tropicfeel shoes review. First, let’s take a look at both the pros and cons to get a feel for what’s down the road:

Pros

  • Shoes are lightweight & versatile
  • Saves on space 
  • Simple, good looking shoes
  • Variety of colors & styles
  • Convenient slip-on designs
  • Breathable, quick drying & comfortable fabrics
  • Products are reasonably priced 
  • Sustainably sourced materials
  • Vegan friendly options
  • Discounts available 
  • Free shipping for select locations

Cons

  • Online purchases only
  • Cannot try on before you buy 
  • Free shipping isn’t available for everyone 

Tropicfeel Monsoon Review

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I love when products serve more than one purpose. In the case of Tropicfeel Monsoon shoes, you’ll get 4-in-1 versatility.

With the lightness of a water shoe, they have the comfort and durability of a walking shoe, and the look of an everyday sneaker. Plus, they look rad enough to rock at the bar.

The Monsoon is made out of 70% polyester from 4 recycled plastic bottles and features 8% algae in the insoles. The shoe is also vegan-friendly, which I think is pretty cool. 

Speaking of cool, I saw that the Monsoon has drainage holes and air mesh, so it’s a quick drying, breathable, and odourless pick— perfect for anything from hiking in the Amazon to treading the streets of New York in high summer.

With slip on design and sprint laces (a knot-stopping, shoe-tightening mechanism). They’re ideal for being constantly on the go, and honestly, I’m down for not having to tie shoes. The Monsoon is available in thyme green, almond white, orion blue and core black for $119

Tropicfeel Canyon Review

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Billed as the ultimate travel shoe version 2.0, the Canyon features the versatility of its predecessor, with an improved slip resistant sole to ensure a better grip on all surfaces. As someone who favors hiking and cliff jumping, these would definitely come in handy.

While writing this Tropicfeel shoes review, it’s easy for me to picture how beneficial these shoes would be for navigating rugged terrain or wet, slippery surfaces—maybe cave exploring is next. Just like the Monsoon, the Canyon is quick drying, odorless, lightweight, and breathable. And trust me, those things are important, there’s nothing worse than smelly, wet shoes on a hot day.

The Canyon offers superior comfort, with a fit designed to be worn with or without socks. For the adventurous sock haters out there, this is definitely a shoe to look into.

It’s produced using 3.5 recycled bottles and is vegan friendly, but I noticed isn’t made with algae like its other shoes. The Canyon comes in desert green, asphalt grey, night blue, chocolate red, and core black, priced at $129.

Havasu Flip-Flop Review

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The Havasu is an ergonomic, lightweight flip-flop weighing only 114 grams, designed for walking in comfort all day long. It’s a flip-flop, so I’ll admit it’s not as versatile as the Canyon or the Monsoon, and while you probably won’t be wearing it to the club, it’s ideal for beach bums! 

The Havasu is built with a textured bottom so it doesn’t slip off, made with cushioning EVA and algae bloom (there’s the algae!). Bonus: Tropicfeel offers a pair for free if you buy your sneakers as part of a travel pack. This is definitely a plus if you tend to lose your flip flops in the sand (seriously, no judging).

The Havasu comes in aqua green, core black and living coral, priced at $29.

Tropicfeel Travel Packs Review

The only thing I want more than a versatile shoe is free stuff. I’m not ashamed and with these packs, I can get both. Just below in this Tropicfeel shoes review, I’ll take a look at the travel packs offered for group customers:

  • Solo Pack: buy a pair of sneakers, Tropicfeel gifts you a shopper bag and a pair of Havasu flip-flops
  • Couple Pack: buy two pairs of sneakers (15% discount), Tropicfeel gives you 2 shopper bags and 2 pairs of Havasu flip-flops for free
  • Family & Friends Pack: buy 3 or more pairs of sneakers (20% discount), Tropicfeel gifts you 3 shopper bags and 3 Havasu flip-flops

The free Havasu flip-flops are either aqua green or core black, with sizing matching the selected shoe size. Though the shopper bag isn’t particularly riveting, I don’t think it hurts to have another reusable bag on hand—especially when traveling.  

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Cruiser Backpack Review

Ah, the backpack. What I, and every hostel goer, minimalist traveler, and millennial with wanderlust needs (other than a passport).

The Cruiser Backpack has a 20L capacity, and you can get a sense of the size in the photo below. Since I’m being honest in this Tropicfeel review, the backpack seems a bit small for a traveler, but it can actually hold quite a bit. Ideal for shorter trips or those who pack light, I can see myself using it for both day hikes and weekend camp outs.

The Cruiser is made of 100% recycled polyester and is water repellent, priced at $69.

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Tropicfeel Shoes Review: What Do Customers Think?

I appreciate when brands let customers leave reviews on their websites, like this one. In this part of my Tropicfeel shoes review, I browsed through ratings and comments to see what customers think.

In the majority of reviews, Tropicfeel customers compliment the fit and versatility of its shoes. I’ve included a short list of ratings for its best-sellers below:

  • Monsoon: 4/5 stars, 30 reviews
  • Canyon: 4.2/5 stars, 523 reviews
  • Cruiser: 4.2/5 stars, 96 reviews
  • Havasu: 3.9/5 stars, 41 reviews

In the comments, I read that customers seem satisfied that its shoes can be worn in any situation which ultimately frees up space in their backpack. Many even say they wear their shoes every day. One Tropicfeel shoes review read:

First pair dispatched day after I ordered, delivered the next day – brilliant!…the shoes seem good, flatten pretty well and are very light.

Digging into more comments, I saw a few about customer service issues and delivery delays, but more than said different. I headed over to Trustpilot to get the full scoop.

There, I saw an overall score of 4.2/5 stars from 4,226 shoppers. Here’s how it breaks down:

  • Excellent: 65%
  • Great: 12%
  • Average: 5%
  • Poor:4%
  • Bad: 14%

Though some customers mention slow shipping, this may depend on where in the world they live as one customer stated in a Tropicfeel shoes review:

Brilliant product, matches expectation so far. Comfortable, good grip on wet surface. Delivery is very quick, had to return for a size change, no hassle, very efficient.

So what’s the overall consensus? Though customers thought they encountered a Tropicfeel scam when the brand first launched, I discovered this was due to slow shipping times and trouble getting in touch with customer service. Since then, the brand has improved and its ratings have skyrocketed.

Tropicfeel Promotions & Discounts

For this Tropicfeel shoes review, I searched for deals offered by the brand. Though I couldn’t find a Tropicfeel promo code, the brand is offering 25% off the Nest Backpack if you pre-order yours now.

To stay up to date on the latest and greatest, sign up for their mailing list. If you do, you’ll get a 10% discount code sent to your inbox.

Tropicfeel Sizing

Tropicfeel shoes range in size from 6-12 U.S.—the equivalent of 4.5-11.5 UK or 36-47 European size. As the brand sells its shoes online only, this of course means you won’t be able to try your shoes on before purchase. I’d suggest making sure you have your sizing correct before ordering.

FAQ

Where to buy Tropicfeel

Tropicfeel shoes, flip-flops, backpacks and travel packs can be bought on the Tropicfeel website at tropicfeel.com. They are not yet available in stores. 

Shipping Policy

Oh, how I love free stuff. Free shipping is available to Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, The Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, The United Kingdom and the United States. Delivery to these countries takes 5-7 business days.

For anybody outside of those countries listed, shipping will cost 9.90€ and take between 7 to 12 business days.

Return Policy

Tropicfeel accepts exchanges until 15 days after delivery, and accepts returns until 14 days after delivery. Though you’ll get free shipping, I found that you’ll be responsible for covering the costs of shipping the shoes back to one of Tropicfeel’s 3 warehouses in France, the US, or Hong Kong. 

To get a refund, shoes must be brand-new and in original condition and undamaged, so make sure they fit and are to your liking BEFORE taking them on that round-the-world gap-year trip.

Contact Tropicfeel

As an internet retailer, Tropicfeel is all over the net. Get in touch via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or even Linkedin if you’re looking for a job. Or, send them an email at [email protected]tropicfeel.com.


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Vessi Waterproof Shoes

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Ask a Question
Asked by Tamira (2 years ago) Reply

Hi! I had ordered the Cala shoes but unfortunately didn’t get so far to receive them. Instead I got a message that I had to pay an extra 31,69euros because of cost made at the security boarder in Hong Kong… as customer you are obligated to pay those costs, if not you have the option to pay 9,90euros to return the order. So watch out… these shoes can become more expensive than calculated….

Asked by philippe richard (2 years ago) Reply

Order the cala shoes. Good shoes but shipped from hong kong with a 50 euros customs fees applyed …

Asked by SY (2 years ago) Reply

As of Dec 2020, there is no free shipping outside of the EU. I had been reading reviews for the shoe and because all articles said there was free shipping to Singapore I clicked on the pay button without checking on tropicfeel’s website itself. I ended up paying the price for shipping.

Not Vegan
Asked by Luke (1 year ago) Reply

Hi, I was wondering about these shoes and used the live chat feature on the Tropicfeel website to ask if they’re vegan. It looks like they’re not vegan. Here’s the quote the representative sent: “Our shoes are not 100% vegan because of the glue we use, however, the rest of the materials and the production process meet all the terms to qualify as a vegan product! We work hard to help with planned conservation and we promote sustainability as a Tropicfeel priority!”

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