The North Face Women’s Base Camp Skimmer Luxe Review
The North Face Women’s Base Camp Skimmer Luxe shoes are more comfortable than your traditional skimmer or ballet flat thanks to the incorporation of an egg-crate inspired footbed. The footbed is about 1.5 cm thick and comes glued to the shoe; however, one of the insoles has already come unglued after 2 months of use. Not a huge deal, but I would expect it to stay in place a bit longer. There are tiny holes within the egg crate to keep your feet from sweating. There are also two small holes covered by rivets at the inner arch that allows heat to dissipate. With these features combined, your feet feel some cushion and don’t get sweaty during a long day of wear.
The outsole is made from 40% recycled rubber and provides a bit of traction with the incorporation of raised TNF logo in an alternating pattern. The outsole is about 1 cm thick. By adding the footbed and outsole together, you have a little under 3 cm of protection between your foot and the pavement. This would not be an issue for folks that like the feel of low profile shoes, but if you have significant foot ailments, then these shoes are likely not for you. I personally love the close to the ground feel and regularly wear these shoes for a full, 12-14 hour day at work.
The upper of the Base Camp Skimmer Luxe is made from a combination of 100% recycled P.E.T. canvas over the toe box and BLC compliant sued is utilized in the remainder of the shoe. I like the incorporation of the two materials, yet the shoes in the TNF Red color have a slightly different shade of red when comparing the canvas to the suede. Overtime, I would expect the canvas to fade as well, perhaps widening the color mismatch. For now, I don’t really notice the difference too much. I would recommend using a sealer on the canvas as well, to help keep them clean as they tend to show dirt and grime. The canvas and suede are backed by a moisture wicking fabric to create a lining that eases the transitions that might otherwise be felt.
The Base Camp Skimmer Luxe is available in full sizes only, 5-11. I recommend sizing down if you are a half size, as a found them to run a tad big. My foot is an average width and I felt that the width was on the generous side in these shoes. The shoe stayed in place while walking with bare feet, but I have about a 1 cm gap between my instep and the inner edge of the shoes. This gap means that there are no hot spots, but may be a bit too wide for some.
There was no real break in period for these shoes as they were comfortable right out of the box. I am interested to see how the egg-crate inspired footbed holds up over time as I can already feel some molding to my foot. According to TNF, the footbed is design to resist these compressive forces and maintain its’ original shape. I will update this review after a few more months of wear to let you know how they stand up.
These shoes are available in TNF Red (the color I tested), Mood Blue which features a orange liner, TNF Black which features a gold liner, and High Rise Grey which features a hot pink liner. The shoes are a great casual alternative for flip flops this spring and summer. I have been wearing them with jeans, skirts, and capris and have received numerous compliments on the shoes.