GLERUPS SLIP-ON WITH LEATHER SOLE
|210 lb (90.7 kg)
|US 9.5 / UK 9 / EU 42.5
in 1995 when I moved to Washington State. Since then, I have
backpacked in all seasons and conditions the Northwest has to
offer. I prefer trips on
rugged trails with plenty of elevation gain. While I continuously
strive to lighten my load, comfort and safety are most important to me.
I have finally managed to get my basic cold weather pack weight, not
including consumables, to under 30 lb (14 kg).
|Glerups Inc., a unit of Aktieselskabet Glerups A/S
|Measured (not listed): 11s.6 oz / 330 g
GLERUPS SLIP-ON WITH LEATHER SOLE is a slip on felt shoe with a all
leather sole. The body and foot bed of the shoe is made from 100% wool,
with an soft leather sole.
These are available in sizes ranging from
EU36 (US Women's 5.5/6) to EU51 (US Men's 16), and the following
colors: Grey, Charcoal, Nature Brown, Purple, Cranberry, Red, Forest,
I received a size 43 (EU 43, US Mens 9.5/10) in the Grey color.
April 11 2021
I am testing these to see
how well they might work as warm, light 'camp shoes' (footwear worn
around camp when camping/backpacking). When camping/backpacking I like to have
something I can quickly/easily slip on if I need to get up at night. I normally use flip-flops for this purpose.
Upon receiving these I inspected them for any
obvious flaws, and to evaluate the construction. I found no obvious
flaws, loose threads or anything else of concern. I was immediately
impressed with the thickness and density of the wool felt. The upper of
the shoe and footbed (aka insole) are made from the same felt, but the footbed feels
like it might be thicker. The quality of the materials and stitching
look to be very good.
Trying these on the first time I found they are a bit snug
around my really wide forefoot, but despite that they quite comfortable, and I expect
the felt will likely stretch to accommodate my “paddle feet” with use.
I would also mention that my feet sweat a lot, so it is quite rare for
me to be able to wear any footwear without socks, at least not without
my feet quickly getting sweaty and quite stinky. After wearing the
GLERUPS for a couple hours around my house, my feet were completely dry
The soles of the shoes appear to be a rather
thin soft untreated leather. One of my first toughs about
these is treating the sole with some sort of waterproofing for
leather might make them more effective as a camp shoe.
while being a 'slip-on' has a short lip around the heel. While this
means it takes more than just slipping my foot into it, it also holds
the shoe on to my foot while walking which I really like.
My first impressions of these are very positive.
Positives: The felt is thick and warm but breathes well, they are light and comfortable.
Negatives: None so far.
June 10 2022
1 night - Umtanum Creek Canyon, Yakima County Washington (Spring “shake
down” trip) - High 60F (15.5C) Low 35 F (1.5C) overcast.
- Camping 3 nights - Pasco Washington High about 70F (21) Low about 60F (15.5C) mix of sun, wind, and some light rain.
2 nights – Near Darrington Washington – High 65F (18C) Low 45F (7C)
overcast and a few passing showers (While we were camped I packed and
camped as if I were backpacking)
- Daily use indoors at home
receiving the GLERUPS slip-on shoes I have worn them around the house
most days. For the backpacking trip and the Darrignton camping trip I
wore them around camp. For the Pasco camping trip I wore them around
the camp area and while inside our camper.
As expected the shoes
quickly stretched to fit my wide forefoot and while maybe a bit more
snug than I would prefer, have been quite comfortable. So much so that
I have taken to wearing them frequently around the house despite the
fact that I have never before worn 'house shoes'. I have been impressed
at how warm the shoes are while also not making my feet sweat even in a
warm house (~70F / 21C). The leather sole has very good traction.
my first couple of uses I started to notice some balled up wool on the
back lip of the shoe (see closeup image). This has occurred a couple
of times but seems to be getting less frequent. This gave me some concern for the long term durability of the
shoes but so far I have not found any noticeable signs of the fleece
I were to pick out any negative about these it would be that I have
found my feet tend to slide out of the back of the shoe when walking up
an incline. This makes walking on uneven terrain a little awkward but
this is not uncommon to other slip-on shoes of this style (a friend of
mine used to call this type of shoe “go aheads” the idea being that if
the user walked backward they would walk out of the shoes).
Likes: They are warm and comfortable but breaths well so my feet don't sweat, and have good traction.
Dislikes: My feet tend to slip out of them on uneven terrain.
|Due August 2022
my field report. I would like to thank the folks at GLERUPS and BackpackGearTest.org
for the opportunity to test this product, and invite you back in 2 months for the next installment.