The North Face Base Camp Mini is a sleek, low profile flip flop with a unique egg-crate shaped footbed meant to massage and soothe your feet. Decently comfortable, this flip has soft straps and requires almost no breaking in. It's fairly durable, though some of the fun colors show dirt and wear rather quickly. Traction and water-resistance are adequate, and the price tag is super friendly. All in all, this isn't a top scorer in our review, but it's an excellent sandal that will appeal to a lot of folks, especially for the price.If you'd prefer more support than the Base Camp offers, have a look at the Birkenstock Gizeh Essentials EVA, our Best Buy winner. For just a little bit more money, you get a lot more shoe.
The North Face Base Camp Mini - Women's Review
Cons: Footbed can be slippery, not very supportive
Manufacturer: The North Face
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The North Face Base Camp Mini - Women's
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|Pros||Comfortable, cheap, textured footbed, fun colors||Attractive, supportive, comfortable, adjustable strap||Excellent traction, built in orthotics, very stable||Ankle strap, water resistant, durable, lightweight||Very comfortable, grippy footbed, stable|
|Cons||Footbed can be slippery, not very supportive||Stiff, breaking in takes time||Runs big, arch support can hurt if you're not used to it||Contouring by toes is oddly placed, ankle strap can slip||Sporty look, runs a bit big|
|Bottom Line||Boasts a textured footbed and fun colors is a super affordable way to get flipping and flopping||Stylish, comfortable, and highly supportive, it's an amazing and durable sandal that can handle all manner of activities||Highly stable with impressive traction, it even has built-in orthotics for some of the best support you can get from a flip flop||With great stability from its ankle strap, good water resistance, and decent traction, this is a must-have for the versatile summer adventurer||A superbly comfortable flip flop that handles water well and provides good support|
|Rating Categories||Base Camp Mini||Birkenstock Gizeh||Vionic Tide II||Astral Rosa||OluKai Ohana - Women's|
|Support & Stability (20%)|
|Water Resistance (15%)|
|Specs||Base Camp Mini||Birkenstock Gizeh||Vionic Tide II||Astral Rosa||OluKai Ohana -...|
|Sole material||EVA||EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate)||TPR (thermoplastic rubber)||Granite Grip rubber||Non-marking rubber or gum rubber|
|Footbed material||EVA||Cork lined with suede||EVA||Dual-density EVA||Molded EVA with soft ICEVA drop-in footbed|
|Strap Material||Coated PU||Birko-flor (PVC) lined with fleece||Woven textile fabric and leather with foam lining||Cushioned synthetic leather with knit liner, ankle strap: polyester webbing||Water-resistant synthetic nubuck leather lined with quick-drying jersey knit|
|Width of Strap (inches)||.625"||Varied: .75"-2" across top of foot, vertical strap starts at .75" and finishes at 1.5" over toe post||1"||Main: .625"-1", add-on webbing strap: .5"||1"|
|Length of size 9 (inches)||10.5"||10.625" (size 39)||10.25" (size 8)||10.5"||10.75"|
|Length of toe box (just above toe post) (inches)||1.75"||1.25"||2" (size 8)||1.75"||1.75"|
|Weight (pair) (ounces)||11.2 oz||13.5 oz||12.8 oz (size 8)||12.7 oz (11.8 oz w/o ankle straps)||13.7 oz|
|Dry time after being fully submerged||Foodbed mostly dry at 8 min, some dampness in straps but not bad||Damp but very wearable at 26 min, underside of strap over an hour to fully dry||Footbed 4 min, straps only slightly damp after 30 min||Footbed dry to touch at 7 min but damp with weight until 15 min, main straps dry in 22 min, webbing straps damp but good at 30 min||Feels damp but good by 11 min, fully dry in 40 min|
|Unique features||Textured egg-crate-inspired EVA footbed||Adjustable strap, contoured footbed that molds to feet||Built-in orthotic||Extra strap converts flip flop into a hikable sandal||ICEVA (soft EVA) drop-in footbed|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Base Camp Mini is a fun and simple flip with a uniquely-textured footbed and is geared toward maximum comfort. It's not outstanding in any particular way, but it does everything you would expect from a simple sandal for a very approachable price.
If you like textured footbeds and low-profile designs, the Base Camp is a great option to consider. This flip takes no work to break in, the straps are soft, and the egg-crate inspired footbed massages your feet with every step. If you don't like textured surfaces under your feet, this probably isn't the best choice, nor is it the best option for wide feet as it runs narrow. It's also thin so, if you require a lot of cushion to be comfortable, this might not be quite enough. But if you want a mini foot massage while you walk and don't mind being able to feel a thing or two through your shoe, this is a fine choice.
Support & Stability
We can't give a super high score here because the Base Camp Mini is rather thin and minimal. The textured foam footbed offers just enough to keep you comfy and not much beyond. It gets a bit slippy when wet and there's no contouring or arch support; however, if all you need is a simple sandal with some fun texture, you'll be just fine.
Durability is decent but not spectacular for the Camp Mini. The straps are coated and quite robust, but the EVA footbed is thin, and shows wear more quickly. With the light color we tested, dirt accumulates in the egg-crate texturing and darkens the footbed. This certainly does not affect the performance of the sandal, but it's something to keep in mind when you choose your color. While this isn't the most bomber flip, it's decent should last many seasons with decent care.
The footbed of the Camp Mini feels pretty slimy when it gets wet, but the feeling is short-lived. With just a bit of time and sun, it absorbs the moisture, and you're back to flipping and flopping with ease. The straps stay damp longer but remain comfortable and pleasant-feeling to wear.
Nothing to write home about here. The Base Camp is perfectly adequate for simple low impact hikes and outings, but it isn't the best if you plan to get very technical. The sole is decently grippy, but we did slip a couple of times on a pine-needle-covered trail. The footbed, despite being textured, is quite insecure when wet, so keep aware if you walk through a puddle or your hike gets muddy.
Depending on your aesthetic you can wear this flip flop with anything from jeans to leggings to a summery dress, though it is decidedly sporty-looking.
The Camp Mini is best suited for simple summer shenanigans where the terrain doesn't get too complicated or wet. It has decent traction when dry but doesn't offer a ton of support so, unless you're specifically comfortable with minimal shoes, it's better for post-climbing recovery and tent-pitching than it is for long approaches or miles of walking.
This is a great value purchase! The price is very approachable, less than dinner with a couple of drinks (and certainly longer-lasting). If you need something simple and straightforward without spending a bundle, this is pretty perfect.
The North Face Base Camp Mini is humble, approachable, and comfortable. It does everything a flip flop should and won't strain your wallet in the process. If you want a simple summer shoe with no break-in fuss, decent traction and water resistance, and adequate durability, you've found it.
— Penney Garrett