TEVA WOMEN'S EMBER MOC VELVET
BY KATHLEEN WATERS
March 27, 2018
kathy at backpackgeartest dot com
Canon City, Colorado, USA
5' 4" (1.60 m)
125 lb (56.70 kg)
Living in Colorado and being self-employed, I have ample opportunities to backpack. There are over 700,000 acres/280,000 hectares of public land bordering my 71-acre/29-hectare "backyard" in addition to all the other gorgeous locations which abound in Colorado.
Over the past 15 years, my husband John and I have also had the good fortune to hike/snowshoe glaciers, rain forests, mountains and deserts in exotic locations, including New Zealand, Iceland, Costa Rica, Slovenia and Death Valley.
My hiking style is comfortable, aiming for lightweight. I use a tent (rainfly if needed). Current pack averages 25 lb (11 kg) excluding food and water.
|Manufacturer: Teva, division of Deckers Outdoor Corporation|
Year of Manufacture: 2017
Manufacturer's Website: http://www.teva.com
MSRP: US $52.50
Listed Weight: N/A
Measured Weight: 8 oz (227 g) each Women's 8
Sizes Available: Women's 5 - 11 US/ 35 - 41 Euro/ 3 - 9 UK
Size Reviewed: Women's 8 US/ 38 Euro/ 6 UK
Colors Available: Amber, Black, Fig
Color Reviewed: Fig (dark purple)
" Velvet quilted upper construction
" Front cuff/collar is a rib-knit style
" Front center "pull-tab"
" Convertible heel
" PU footbed
" EVA-foam midsole
" Rubber outsole
|Copyright Decker Outdoor Corp.|
LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
I got the Teva Ember Velvet Mocs back in November 2017, so have had the opportunity to wear them throughout the winter. While it hasn't been that much of a winter here in south central Colorado, I have worn the Mocs on more than three dozen occasions ranging from casual wear around the office/home and on social outings as well as a half dozen after-hike/camp treks. I've worn them with and without socks, including lightweight synthetics and heavyweight wool.
Obviously, indoors, temperatures ranged no less than 62 to 69 F (16.7 to 20.6 C). In outdoor settings after snowshoes and hikes, the coldest temperature reading I encountered was just below freezing at 27 F (-2.8 C). I did wear the Mocs walking on hard-packed snow but never in deep powder and never in any wet conditions.
All this took place in Colorado, in Denver, Fremont and Summit Counties.
These wonderful Mocs are NOT for backpackers really. They are not easily packed or clipped to a backpack. Now that that detail is out of the way, let me explain why I think these shoes are great camp shoes for base, car, RV campers and day hikers.
First, they are soooo comfortable. The Mocs feel more like a slipper than a shoe, yet they act more like a shoe than a slipper.
It's so easy to put these shoes on thanks to the stretchy cuffs and the cupped heel construction. And the addition of the front-center pull-tab lets me get a good grab. I find the front pull-tab a lot more convenient than the usual back-of-the-foot kind.
|After Hike Mocs On!|| |
|After Hike Boots Off!|
I have plenty of room in the toe box for my piggies to breathe, spread out and unkink after a long hard hike. Plus the insoles are not super thick but rather more flattened which also helps stretch out my arches. I've cultivated the habit of stashing the Mocs in our truck to slip into at the end of a day hike. They are a welcome switch-out.
Unlike some of my other slipper-type camp shoes, there isn't any insulation in the Mocs to cause my feet to sweat after a while. That doesn't mean my feet get cold though. The plush velvet outer material gave sufficient warmth even on the coldest days I encountered.
What makes these Mocs so suitable for a camp slipper/shoe are the hard rubber soles. They enable me to walk outside my tent without having to worry about dampness seeping through the bottoms of the Mocs or stones/pricklies bruising my feet. There isn't much of a grip or lug (well, no lugs, actually) on the soles, but enough that I haven't slipped in damp conditions or on some crusty snow. And I certainly haven't tried to slog through mud or more than a dusting of snow but for the most part, the Mocs are outdoor-worthy.
CARE AND DURABILITY
I must confess when I ordered the Ember Velvet Moc; I so wanted the Velvet version of the Mocs. They were so much cuter than the "regular" version. I didn't even think about care and maintenance of the Mocs. Fortunately, the Mocs have held up beautifully. The brown color has stayed true-to-color without showing lots of dirt. Though I've been very careful - well, more careful than usual for me - to try not to expose the shoes to super-harsh conditions, they have suffered a bit of wetness and dust on occasions. So far, I've only brushed them off with a damp cloth and they look just fine.
The insoles have held up well with no breakdown of cushioning and the cuffs have not stretched out. As for the soles, they look no worse for the wear.
I look forward to many more days and nights sitting and walking in comfort in my Velvet Ember Mocs. As a matter of fact, I'm wearing them right now!
1.) Super Comfortable right out of the box.
2.) Keeps my feet warm without being sweaty.
3.) Can be worn outdoors in dry conditions.
4.) Very cute!
1.) Not really suitable for backpacking - too bulky.
2.) Definitely can't wear in adverse weather without ruining the velvet.
Despite the fact that I can't use these great, comfy Ember Mocs on backpacking trips, I absolutely love them! I will continue to wear them for informal wear as well as on car camping and base camping trips where packing space is not a concern. I am very pleased with how easy the Mocs are to put on and how comfortable they are once they are on. I like that I can walk outside of my tent without damage to my tootsies. And the fact that the Ember Mocs are very attractive is an added bonus.
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I can definitely see the Teva Women's Ember Mocs as both practical and stylish both in urban and natural settings!
Kathleen (Kathy) Waters
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