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by paddlemonkeyfromOverhyped, overpricedI loved the look of these sandals and had heard so much about them I thought I'd give them a try when my old Tevas went belly up. While they look cool, they were incredibly uncomfortable both in terms of blistering and sore feet. I bought my daughter a similar pair, and within two weeks, we both went back to Tevas.
Date published: 2009-03-22
Rated 1out of5
by DustyDustyfromToo many problemsI bought these shoes while working in a national park thinking they would be good for moderate hiking and general sitting around/going to dinner things. However, the toe loop constantly tightened and would not hold. The benefit of this is that if it does happen, you can just adjust it so the toe loop is flat on the sandal and use the other straps to hold it in, that worked fine for me. I then decided to bring these to Costa Rica as my sandals there. They held up well but that's about it. Please whatever you do, do not mix these with water and sand. After some beach time the sand sticks to the straps and begins to rub on your feet. I had the worst blisters I have ever experienced and they literally rubbed my skin raw. Also, forget about walking with these on a slippery surface (wet rocks). There was zero traction and more often than not I ended up walking barefoot. After awhile they became too stiff to adjust and needless to say when I was packing to go home after 4 months they did not make it back to the states.
Believe me, I tried and tried to like these given the reputation. They are good for walking around the city but that's about it. Don't plan on wearing these if you do anything else because they will either cause you to slip and fall or rub your skin off. They are also incredibly overpriced.
Date published: 2010-05-22
Rated 1out of5
by TroutzillafromDidn't work out for meI have been wearing Tevas for over 20 years but I decided to give Chacos a try. I was very excited when I got them, they were very comfortable.
I had these sandals for over a month and I wore them as often as I could. I wore them rafting, hiking, camping, on airport trips, and around town.
But, once they got wet they stayed wet. The straps took forever to dry but the larger problem for me is that the water remained pooled beneath my feet. It caused me problems, my feet dried out, started cracking, and became infected.
The more I wore my Chacos the worse it got. I finally resolved the problem by going back to my Tevas (wearing them in the same environments as I wore the Chacos).
I ended up returning my Chacos and are going to continue wearing Tevas.
Date published: 2010-08-18
Rated 1out of5
by cflexfromCuts Off Circulation to Big ToeOuch. I was looking for some sturdy sandals to replace some worn out Tevas for hiking in and around water (e.g. Zion's Nat'l Park Subway). I bought these based on the raving endorsement of the REI salesman. I wore them for 14 days straight, with moderate to heavy walking everyday (3-5 miles daily). Even after getting the straps adjusted correctly, as I would walk in them the straps would tighten to the point where the toe strap would cut off the circulation of my big toe and it would turn purple. They hurt so badly I would have to remove them 5-6 per day to loosen the straps and let my feet have a break. The problem is, the straps became harder and harder to adjust, and after 4 days I could no longer adjust them using all my strength. It felt like I was about to tear the rubber footbed when trying to slide the straps pulling as hard as I could. The strap would occasionally chafe while walking, but usually tightening it slightly at the ankle would help this. After two weeks of wearing them daily, I was convinced that the amount of effort on my part to keep them from cutting off my circulation was not worth it, so I took them back to REI. Thank heaven for REI's satisfaction guarantee. Other than the toe-strap and difficulty with adjustment, they seem to be very high quality shoes, but what does that matter when you can't wear them for an hour without experiencing pain. I am told that there are ways to get the straps to slide again if they bind and can't be adjusted easily like I experienced, such as running them under water, through a washing machine, etc. But seriously, I've never owned sandals that required such high maintenance. My Tevas required no maintenance. I just wore them and never gave them another thought. I need reliable shoes, not another to-do or chore. My opinion? All hype. Good looking, trendy, and not worth their hyped reputation or cost.
Date published: 2012-07-24
Rated 1out of5
by n9802734fromToe tighteningPurchased these sandals at REI a few weeks back. Overall fit and comfort is great. However, I've been experiencing the dreaded and apparently common, toe tightening issue. REI and Choco customer service both confirmed this was a common problem. REI has an incredible return policy and suggested I simply return the sandals. I decided instead to contact Choco customer service to see if anything could be done. I was told to ship the sandals back to Choco for a "fix". This all sounded great until they told me I had to pay for shipping. I just spent [$] on a pair of sandals and now I'm expected to spend another $15 shipping them to the manufacturer to "fix" a problem that is obviously common. Appalling. Looks like I will be taking advantage of REI's unconditional return policy after all.
Date published: 2012-08-28
Rated 1out of5
by ChancletonfromOuch!I bought these in a pinch because I needed to replace a good pair of Tevas that were stolen on the beach in Honduras. Big waste of money and a constant irritation!
One expects a bit of chafing from new shoes but I have never before experienced such constant discomfort: over 8 months the sharp straps would continually find new places to cut into my feet. These are not serious equipment!
Also, the strap-holes in the sole collect exfoliation and dirt and really reek!
If your idea of adventure in foreign lands is searching the markets for sandals and bandages and washing your shoes every night, these are for you!
On the plus side, the soles of my feet are nice and tough from bare-footing!
Date published: 2012-08-30
Rated 2out of5
by MDGfromNot liking the toe loopI like the idea of sole-integrated straps but they can be very difficult to adjust, especially considering that the big-toe loop consistently cinches down tight and becomes very uncomfortable.
Date published: 2008-05-09
Rated 2out of5
by ryan the adventurerfromWorst BLISTERS I've ever had, no thanksI really wanted to like these considering all the hype and hooplah... but after hiking in them my feet are shredded from the gnarliest blisters I've ever had. The actual rubber that your feet rub against is extremely hard and abrasive, I have no idea why they used the material they did to sit against skin. It's probably tolerable for short distances (2-3 miles max) but after 4 miles into an 9 mile moderate difficulty loop, the souls of my feet were in a ton of pain from rubbing against the absurdly abrasive hard rubber. I trudged along in misery for another 2 miles or so and finally decided to take a look at my feet since they were in so much pain, and wow, what a mess. These sandals had literally rubbed the skin right off of the bottom of my feet in numerous locations on both feet and what was left was raw and bleeding. Unfortunately the terrain required me to keep footwear on otherwise I would have just finished the hike barefoot. Finally back at the car I took the chacos off and figured the raw soles of my feet would be the end of it, but I woke up the next morning with blisters underneath the already raw skin!
That was 3 weeks ago and my feet are still healing, as a result I would NOT recommend these to anyone that is going to walk or hike a decent distance in them. My feet are pretty hardy and calloused to begin with and they absolutely destroyed the skin on the soles of my feet.
On the positive side, they are the most breathable sandals I've owned and have good traction, they just need a completely different rubber material to be manufactured with. Also the straps are a hassle to adjust, velcro or elastic pulls are infinitely easier and quicker.
Date published: 2009-05-02
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