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3 5

Took some time to break in/get used to.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought my first pair of Tevas in the early 90's. For years, the only thing that touched my feet were sandals or ski boots. I regularly approach climbs in flip flops. I have spent summers walking Europe in Flip flops... Yet for whatever reason, these sandals took some serious getting used to. I've used them dry, wet, hiking etc. At the end of a long day my feet were sore. The sides where the straps connect at the heal is where my feet would get sore and my toes would feel friction. I finally figured that looser in the straps works better for me.

Also, the first time I used them in the South Eastern Utah desert, one of the straps stopped working. I got home, washed them, used softner as directed. It is almost impossible to get one of the toe straps to move on one sandal. I can't imagine floating the river and constantly walking in sand and not having this be a problem.

According to everyone else loving these, I assume that I have something strange in one of my sandals preventing the strap from sliding.

I definitely like these better now than I did at first. I especially like them for approach and belaying when at the crag. It just took a while for them and my feet to come together.

Long break in period (for me) and the strap issue make them a 3 star for me. They say use the arch as a feel for size; but, I definitely would say go down if you are a half size since these only come in whole sizes.

Wow... long review.

Took some time to break in/get used to.
Responded on

Follow up after owning these for several years and putting them through a lot:

I don't hate them enough to replace them and I do use them on a very regular basis; however, there is no way my next pair of sandals will be another pair of Chacos. This is not based on durability in anyway. These are tough and the straps and soles have worn well. I still enjoy these for certain scenarios like approach and desert hikes etc. Non the less, these have never been truly comfortable and both left and right sandals have straps that are completely impossible to adjust due to sand in the holes.

I will miss the sole of these Chacos; but, not the lack of comfort or strap issues.

Again, I don't hate them enough to replace them now; but, I don't enjoy them enough to buy another pair. I would be interested to hear if others have had stuck strap issues. I cannot see how they wouldn't.