I got the all black leather variety of this shoe because it was about half off and I needed new shoes for a smart casual look at work. The buckle at the top reminds everyone of the sports heritage of this brand, but I am increasingly less convinced that Chacco needs it on this shoe. The leather is so fine and supple on this shoe that it belongs under the lengths of your thigh in a fine automotive seat. The outer shape of the shoe is decidedly modern, with toe relief taking slight nods from cloggy Birkenstocks, yet reduced and refined, the angle from tip toe to pinky to heal is sleek and pleasing, demure in a way that might say Lotus Esprit. Most people that are interested in this shoe will know that the shape on the inside of this shoe manufacturer is what sets it apart. The sole is curved at the arch of the foot as if a balancing wire were slightly lifted up from under you, cradling your foot. This adds support that you never thought you needed reducing fatigue in your body as a system. It is a firm feeling and heavy sole which belies a sense of durability. Would be great if they weighed close to nothing, but perhaps that is part of the tradeoff for constructing this type of sole. The opening for putting you foot in does not lend itself to cramming you foot in hands free and hobbling around until your shoes are on. They are very much a, pull up a chair and use both hands, type of shoe when it comes to getting them on. All and all, lovely shoes. I would have another pair from Rockcreek right now, but the buckle sticks its thumb out for smart casual. I am not so sure how high that will fly, so I'll take a chance on one pair.
My feet hurt due to fallen arches until February 2013 when I bought a pair of Chacos sandals. I lived in Houston at the time and was finishing my degree, so it never got cold enough to warrant another type of shoe, and the casual look worked just fine.
Now I live in Maine, and need to dress up a little more. These shoes look great with jeans & a nice shirt. They are as comfortable as the sandals, even with socks. They are roomy enough to accommodate thick wool socks when it gets really cold out as well.
Just like the sandals, it took 2-3 days for my right foot to get used to the arch support, but your mileage will vary. I'm happy I got these on sale, but they are easily worth double what I paid.
Got these for Christmas to wear to work in a business casual environment. Been looking for years for a comfortable shoe to wear, and I think I've finally found it. Seems to work great in the rain and snow. Hasn't shown any scuff marks yet on the leather.
I bought these shoes thinking they'd be good for one of my new jobs (working as a restaurant server). I wanted a shoe that I could slip on after a couple runs down the river (I work as a river guide during the day), without having to wear socks. However, I could tell these shoes would not be comfortable without socks. There's no venting in the shoe so I knew I would not do comfortably in these shoes.
Otherwise, these shoes work great, and look good, especially for working at a restaurant. Fit slightly funny if you aren't used to a clog shoe like me, but I think they fit okay.