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Trailscope
Trailscope Posted: 11/24/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Bought on blind faith in Chacos, since their sandal is my favorite shoe, and I wasn't disappointed. I'm a 9 D-E, and the size 9 D fits well with Smartwool light cushion hiking socks. Initially wore them on a few mile long dog walks in my hilly neighborhood, no problems. Just returned from hiking up and down Smokey Mtns Mt Le Conte, again no problems at all. Zappos shipped fast; received on third workday.

Outcross Lace
Outcross Lace Posted: 11/16/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

So I just returned from a three week trip to Peru (Machu Picchu) and Ecuador (Galapagos Islands). Bought 6 months ago to break in. And these were my favorite shoes of the trip. Most day hiking was 5-12 miles. Mountain Biking Less than 30 miles. No blisters at all. (Although I do use Fox River sock liners and Throlos hiking socks too). Unlike my Keen Targhee hiking boots, these are much lighter! Zero leg fatigue at the end of the day. And they are also much easier to spray mud or brush trail dust off of when it comes to cleaning. But they do not offer the continued ankle support traditional hiking boots do offer. Nor are the water proof, clearly... they are open shoes. They handled the thousands of steps in Peru just fine even with slicked, rained on, surfaces stones - ie, great tread. Hiking sharp lava rocks of Sierra Negro was do-able, but you could definitely feel the rocks. Unlike 2 pairs of Merrells in my hiking group though, my shoes did not split and my toe guards survived. What surprised me the most about these shoes was three things: A) When it did rain or you walk in gravel, if you have them cinched well, with proper hiking sockwear, very little water or pebbles - even in seasonal down pour or miles of gravel - made it's way into the inner part of the shoe. You can literally cinch yourself to a perfect seam that keeps, I would say 90% of the debris out. Pretty nifty! You have to try it to believe it. B) These shoes dry fast! Even faster that my Keen Owyhee's. One afternoon I was mountain biking to a pier with these, then went snorkeling off a dive boat. My Owyhee's were in my dive bag. After 15 people were getting in and out of the boat - everything was soaked. Both Chacos and Keens. I blew dry them each with a hair dryer for 5 minutes, and stuffed them with hotel hand towels (since I had no newspaper on hand). And surprise surprise...the Chaco's were 100% dry the next morning, not the Keens! C) The higher arches in this shoe really do make it an all day support shoe. Some say the shoe feels narrow because of the highness of the arch...holding it up next to other amphibious shoes you will physically see the arch. To me, that is what makes the cinching technology work so well, and provides the endurance level of comfort. Some Cons: I don't like the way the shoe felt without socks. But with amphibious shoes like this, you have to wear socks to avoid sun burned feet or weird tan lines. Although a good land/beach multipurpose shoe, I do still prefer my Keen Owyhee's for kayaking, rafting, and water sports. If you do need to cut weight though for trekking or plane limits - this shoe can do it all, and do it better than anything else on the market. Post Christmas I will probably buy a second pair just to have in reserve for 5-10 years down the line. Being a new purchase, long term durability is unknown.

Natilly
Natilly Posted: 11/16/14
Reviewer: from Illinois
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Wear a 7.5...bought the 8. Good fit. Could use a back loop to assist in pulling on. Unlike the other reviewers, these seemed a bit tight at first. Haven't stretched out very much at all. Can certainly feel the arch, so make sure you get the right fit. I have to wear a less substantial sock or the shoe fits too tightly. I have a wider, high arch foot. The interesting thing is that the longer I wear them, the better they feel. Wouldn't consider them hiking boots at all...maybe city hiking! I love the laces on the Bison color. The Bison is much darker than the photo. These have grown on me, and are just different enough with the leather heel patchwork to be nice and distinctive. More cute than working boot.

Natilly
Natilly Posted: 11/15/14
Reviewer: from State College, PA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These boots are amazing! The arch support is excellent for long walks, and the footbed gives me all of the classic Chaco comfort that I love. They are super cute to wear around town. I've already gotten several compliments! The boot are easy to take on and off, and the laces add a lot of fit customization options. I've been told that where the arch hits is the most important part of fitting a Chaco. So while this boot might have a bit of extra length, the arch hits me just right. The extra room just gives me more space for socks! Couldn't recommend these boots enough.

Natilly
Natilly Posted: 11/12/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I ordered my normal size, 8.5 as I look room for thick socks and they fit perfect. The leather is very soft and the footbed is flexible. Not flimsy but not clunky. The arch support is excellent however it does seem to be a little far forward, toward the shoe box but I do not think it will be a problem. The orthotic is removable so you can replace if you prefer.

Grayson
Grayson Posted: 11/10/14
Reviewer: Kane Deuel from Illinois
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I am thrilled with these Chacos...I normally wear a womens 11 but because of feet problems, am buying men's shoes for the wider toe-box. I can stand on the concrete floor in my studio for hours and not feel fatigued or achy! Wonderful, have recommended these to everyone!

Z/1® Vibram® Yampa
Z/1® Vibram® Yampa Posted: 11/10/14
Reviewer: from St. Paul, Minnesota
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I was looking for a sandal that was more open-my feet get too hot in my Keens. Chaco's are definitely cooler on my feet but still give great foot protection. Chaco's have an aggressive arch support so it took a little bit of time to adjust. Overall, I am really happy with these sandals. I wore them on a trip to Maui and they held up great with all the water activities and light hiking I did. I like that the straps are adjustable and love the color. I usually wear an 8-1/2 but ordered size 8 and it fit perfectly.

Flip EcoTread™
Flip EcoTread™ Posted: 11/7/14
Reviewer: from United States
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

The footbed of this Chaco flip (we ordered wide) fit well, but the straps were way too short to accommodate my friend's foot. We've ordered one of the Chaco sandal styles in wide that has adjustable straps. We'll see how that works!

ZX/1® Yampa
ZX/1® Yampa Posted: 11/5/14
Reviewer: from California
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Best shoe ever. Comfortable, supportive, made with quality materials that last--and the double strap makes it just slightly more dressy than the single strap. They work if your feet are wide as well!

Petaluma MJ
Petaluma MJ Posted: 11/3/14
Reviewer: Susanonymous from Aurora IL
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I LOVE my Chaco sandals (Z1 Yampa) for the support they provide and alleviation of my plantar fasciitis. I thought I would be getting the same footbed with these shoes. They are marketed as having the same "Luvseat" footbed but in fact they do not at least as far as I can tell comparing the two. Which goes to show how much marketing (e.g. smoke and mirrors) goes into peddling these Chaco shoes. They are not bad shoes but if you love your Chaco sandals don't be fooled into thinking these offer the same support they do not. What is missing is the same arch support and heel cup as the sandals.

Petaluma MJ
Petaluma MJ Posted: 11/2/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Love these! Very cute in a comfortable, earthy way. Fit just like my Chaco sandals, with a nice wide toe bed so nothing is scrunched. Looking forward to wearing them a lot!

Rozz Sneaker
Rozz Sneaker Posted: 10/31/14
Reviewer: Elizabeth Mirel from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

As a recent review stated, if you love Chacos sandals you'll find these Rozz sneakers have a similar footbed. They are just what I need for walking as the alignment they create is good for knees and hips. In short, wonderful.

Flip EcoTread™
Flip EcoTread™ Posted: 10/31/14
Reviewer: Chaco Fan from United States
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I have plantar fasciitis, these flips have been a godsend. My arches are very high and tend to collapse when I walk, and my calves are very tight as are my legs generally. I found these are the best shoes for my very high arches and wide feet - even Birkenstocks run too narrow for my feet. I went to a massage therapist for a couple of sessions to address the tight legs - it hurts, it was no fun, but I feel much better. Wearing these flips in the house and Chacos pretty much everywhere, plus the massage, improved the plantar fasciitis a lot.

Rozz Sneaker
Rozz Sneaker Posted: 10/30/14
Reviewer: Carol from Wisconsin
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These shoes are amazing! They actually have arch support and they're comfortable. I love my Chaco sandals and now I love my Chaco shoes too.

Z/2® Unaweep
Z/2® Unaweep Posted: 10/30/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I tried on women's Chacos in the past but they just didn't fit my foot. Then I learned that the men's are 1.5 sizes different from the women's, so a Men 9 is a Women 10.5 which is my size fit my wide midfoot perfect. Took a bit of break-in time to be super comfy, but they are great now!

Rozz Sneaker
Rozz Sneaker Posted: 10/28/14
Reviewer: from Northeast
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

If you're a lover of Chaco sandals, you'll love this shoe! The sole feels identical to Chaco sandals, so as a Chaco-sandal lover, this shoe felt instantly comfortable for me. This shoe breathes well, is easy to put on, and matches many things with its neutral colors. It's comfortable enough to wear all day, or walk several miles in without a problem.

Zong EcoTread
Zong EcoTread Posted: 10/28/14
Reviewer: Agnes Oliver from London, Ky
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I have had a pair of these sandals for 3 years. They are so comfortable! I was able to find the exact thing at Zappos.com at a very reasonable price. Actually less than I had paid for the first pair.

Thunderhead
Thunderhead Posted: 10/26/14
Reviewer: from Atherton, CA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Classic Chaco footbed. My only minor complaint is that the toe area seems a bit more constrained that other Chaco models. They run true to width, but are just a bit narrow in the toe.

Natilly
Natilly Posted: 10/24/14
Reviewer: Kat S from Bothell, WA
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

These are really great. I usually wear an 8.5 or 9 and after reading the reviews ordered an 8 and 8.5. I tried REALLY hard to make these work because I have high arches and I absolutely LOVE my Chaco flip flops. After spending an entire day inside my house walking around on my hardwood floors I have discovered that in these shoes, I wear an 8.25. :( I also have a left foot that is at least a quarter size bigger than my right. It was apparent that the right 8.5 shoe was going to stretch and be too big. And it was also apparent that the 8 was not going to stretch enough to be entirely comfortable. And the arch was not going to be in exactly the right spot. So it's not the shoes, it's my stupid feet! I would have kept them in a heartbeat, but I just couldn't make them work. And I'm sad. :( As usual, Zappos was stellar. I ordered them at 4pm PDT and got them at 10am the next day!

Z/1® Vibram® Unaweep
Z/1® Vibram® Unaweep Posted: 10/22/14
Reviewer: Betsy Van Wagenen from Monterey Bay, California
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I was introduced to Chaco's several years ago, and since then I have enjoyed them in a rainbow of colors. I traveled to Turkey and Greece earlier this month and wanted a shoe that would give me trackion on hiking mountain paths, as well as the ability to pass through the surf of the Adriatic Sea without taking my shoes off. Once you figure out the strap adjustments, Chacos give you great arch support and a perfect fit everytime.

ZX/2® Vibram® Yampa
ZX/2® Vibram® Yampa Posted: 10/22/14
Reviewer: from North Carolina
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love these shoes, my only complaint would be that as a walk I feel like the straps get tighter and tighter around my big toe, and find that very uncomfortable, so about 2-3 times a day I have to readjust the straps. Other than that I really do love the style.

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