Like many women I love shoes but most of all I love slip-ons. So, when Patagonia deemed the Advocate as the ultimate travel shoe I knew they were a must have. Once they arrived, I eagerly opened the box cut off the tags and slipped them on.
The first time I tried on the Advocate I struggled a bit, but once they were on they felt nice and snug around my feet. They’re extremely lightweight at only 4 oz and feel as though you’re not wearing shoes. The one thing that didn’t feel right was the extra room in the toe box. Although, I wasn’t stoked on the extra room I figured it was something I could live with as it wasn’t too bad. A few months later it seemed as though the toe box became even roomier. One could contribute the roomy toe box to the fact the shoe isn’t available in half sizes. So unless you’re a true 7, 8, 9 etc you’ll most likely experience some extra toe space.
Patagonia’s ultra lightweight Advocate could have been this girl’s favorite travel, camping or just around town slip-on shoe but today the shoes live in my gym bag and only see the light of day after yoga.
- Durable, super soft synthetic leather upper
- 20% EVA anatomical footbed provides cushioning, comfort and support; 2 mm 15% recycled EVA insole provides extra cushioning
- Lateral and medial elastic stretch bands provide comfort and easy on-off
- Rear pull loop provides easy on and off
- Armadillo sole provides traction and durability
- Available in six colors
- MSRP – $55
- Not smelly after an 8 hour day
- Partnered with 1% For The Planet®
- The Fit
- Not available in half sizes ( I’m either 6 ½ or 7, depending on the brand, and opted for the 7)
Bottom Line: Although Patagonia’s Advocate nailed it as the ultimate lightweight packable shoe, the funky fit is enough to say I wouldn’t purchase the lightweight shoe again given the chance. Sorry Patagonia I love your gear, but this one was a swing and a miss for me.