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Dive in with both feet.

Few sandals could boast go-anywhere-and-do-anything versatility ... that is, until the Women's Z/2 Yampa came along. Chaco further outfitted these beauties with the classic Yampa Colorado outsoles for supreme traction in the water. Wildly popular among guides, professional outdoorsmen (and women!), and die-hard river rats, Chaco sandals are built with simplicity and rugged durability in mind. After feeling the assertively supportive footbeds cradle your foot and experiencing the sandals' steadfast traction in wet conditions, you may live in them from June to September.

  • Adjust'em uppers use a single strap, threaded through the footbed, to offer a durable and customizable fit
  • AddStride footbeds are gender-specific, use a sculpted heel cup to keep your foot from sliding, and boast aggressive arch support to control pronation
  • Lightweight Yampa soles use medium-sized lugs and water drainage channels to offer supreme traction in the water or on wet surfaces
  • Vibram soles are resoleable if you wear your Chacos down to a nub traveling, boating, and generally raising the gnar bar

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Great Shoe for Wading, But...

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

I'm pretty happy with these for wading and wet activities, but I've made the mistake of using them as a hiking shoe. The third time I wore my latest pair I left my hiking boots by the door on accident and after not realizing until I was two hours away from home I decided to just suck it up and hike in my Chacos. Things were great the first 800 vertical feet, but my feet weren't digging the lack of cushioning on the way back down through rocky scramble and steep declines. By the end of a seven mile hike I had small blisters on the edge of the outside of each foot from rubbing where the straps meet the sole. I can't really fault the shoes for that though - they are designed for wet activities or wading, not for long hikes up and down mountains. Putting my feet back in them after that hike to get back to my campsite was not a pleasant experience (it did get better after a nice wade through a mountain lake, though).

As a comparison though, I spent the majority of my childhood and early adult life using Tevas as an all around wet/dry hike/wade shoe, and I never had the blistering issue I had with my Chacos on a hike. So I can't give them a full five stars.

For sizing: I wear a 6.5 usually in my everyday shoes and my Chacos are a 7.

Hey Maggie! Welcome to the Backcountry Community and thanks for the awesome review!

Chacos at Green River

Chacos at Green River

Fishin' in Chacos. It could be worse: I could be fishin' in Crocs..



  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

In theory, these shoes are perfect: a sandal that facilitates quick transition from land ---> water --> land, with adjustable straps and a toe loop for maximum performance. And really, they do a great job at that. However, anything over a half-mile walk makes me wish these polyurathane midsoles were EVA.

..Don't get me started on the 5-mile-hike-turned-12-mile-hike-because-we-got-lost-and-I-was-wearing-Chacos-and-had-3-inch-blisters-on-the-soles-of-my-feet story. Because that sucked.

But with that said, I can't bear to bring these shoes down to 3 stars because: 1) they aren't made to hike 12 miles in and 2) they're a great wet-wade shoe.

Plus, nothing screams "SEXY" like a Chaco tan! ;)



  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

These shoes are great I've worn them on so many hikes and for every day activities. They are very comfortable and still in great condition. Almost like new. I loved these shoes so much I bought another pair!


I love my Chacos!

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

Great fit and they hold up for years.


Bought for my Sister

  • Familiarity:I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit:True to size

She loves these sandals. I cant wait to buy my own pair. They look great on and she loves how comfortable and versatile they are. I'm excited to finally play in these.


Love these Chacos

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

I bought these Chacos for a trip to Kauai. They fit and felt great right from the start. I did some major hiking in the mud and they held up great. Brought them home and ran them through the washer and they cleaned right up.


The worst feet ever.

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

I by far have the gnarlyest feet ever created and have a difficult time getting sandals and shoes to fit. What is great about chacos is the adjustable straps so they will fit any foot comfortably. These took about 10 min to adjust because I'm not that coordinated, but now that they are dialed in- I have no complaints. I recently put these through the ringer by taking them on a 5 mile hike through the rainforest and it poured rain the entire time. I didn't feel burning or pain spots like I did with other sandles or wet shoes nor did I have issues with slipping on rocks because of the unique sole. Theres a reason why hippy river guides wear these- well because they are hippys, but because they are the best. I highly recommend and hope to have these for another 11 years like my last pair.


Tricky fit

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:Runs small

I tried these on in the store then bought them here. I struggled with these because I have high arches. I flossed them and loosened up and they were okay when on dry land. Once I took them in water, they got stiff and I got blisters on my big toe and on the arch of my foot from getting sand stuck. I had to wear them without the toe piece for about a week because they were too tight. I ended up returning them here, and has the best return policy ever!


Go where you want

  • Familiarity:I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Got these for my girlfriend, wears size 6 in most shoes, size 6 fits great. Comfortable, durable, and look good. Only drawback are the straps, they can be a pain to move around to get them in the right position, and they do slip from time to time. But when they are in place they are really comfortable.

Do you all carry any chacos in a wide...

Do you all carry any chacos in a wide size?


Not that I have found. Chaco as a brand does fit a bit on the wider side though.


Best Chacos yet!

    I have Chacos in every sole (except the updraft, because I think they're lame) and almost every webbing style and the Z2 Yampa is my favorite by far! Super light and comfy, no break in time, no toe loop tightening, more comfortable than my ZX2s and more supportive than my Z1s.

    I just bought these and I am having a hard time with the toe loop tightening. Icontacted the company and they suggested putting them in the washing machine to remove some of the waxyness. The right shoe seems to be better but the left is driving me crazy. Any suggestions?

    Sometimes it just takes some adjusting to get the webbing to where it is comfortable... On the Chaco website there is a video that explains how to loosen (and tighten) the straps. In my personal opinion, the best way to get them to fit just right is to get them a little dirty. Chaconian at heart.

    can't decide between the Yampa or the...

    can't decide between the Yampa or the Unaweep. Can anyone tell me the main difference, please? I have lots of joint issues, prefer a less clunky/ heavy shoe. Thank you

    The Unaweep is heavy more then the yampa...but can live longer. the yampa is less to slip
    You need to know if HEAVY is not good to your joints. if yes dont take the Unaweep

    Go with the Yampa outsole. Most ladies prefer the lightness, and I feel they will last just as long..


    it would be silly NOT to get a pair.

      I love these! I'm a Chaco fan. I have a pair of Wrapsody and love them, and these are that much greater. Chacos form to your foot, making a custom pair of comfortable shoes. It's all I ever wear anymore. I have bad joints and my Chaco's help tremendously. If you're going to buy a pair of shoes, it would be silly not to buy Chaco's.