i *hated* my 1st pair of chacos-- and it was b/c of the damn big toe loop. could never get it so that it wouldn't tighten up. i was hesitant to get this pair, but i'm so glad i did now!!! it made a big difference for me that my toes are free. the sandal holds up well-- i've gone on multiple hikes now w/ them & they've held up thru dust, rock & water. i am normally a size 6.5 in a dress shoe, but heard that i'd need to size down. a 6 fit perfect.