In summer, hiking sandals are the way to go. Your feet will feel cool, you can splash in creeks at ease and they’re usually lighter.
Here’s what InsideHook had to say about Xero Shoes’ Z-Trail EV hiking sandal, named the “Best Ultralight Sandal.”
“(The Z-Trail EV) is as close to barefoot hiking as you’ll get (without actually hiking barefoot). But their ultralight status doesn’t mean they skimp on comfort or performance. The Velcro adjustment system is made from soft polyester to reduce hot spots, and the 10-millimeter rubber soles are surprisingly sturdy despite being so thin. I recommend these for barefoot devotees or as a change of footwear when you finally set up camp. If your primary concern is room in your pack, never fear — these hiking sandals roll up like a burrito to occupy less space.”