I bought these sandals last spring. I was a little hesitant to pay so much for sandals but a girlfriend of mine at the time swore by hers so I tried these out. They're wonderful. They are pricey but worth the money because they're so sturdy and you can use them so often. I use mine to walk around town as an every day shoe and on easier approaches to the rock. I also used them on a three week backpacking trip in the Carribean, even when carrying my 40 pound pack. Very solid, very comfortable, and no signs of breaking down after the backpacking and a full summer of regular use.
I was a little hesitant about the strap going around the big toe because I don't normally like that kind of thing but I don't even notice it except that it really holds my foot in place on hills/talus slopes. I would highly recommend this product. Thank you Chaco!
I wear a 10-11 depending on brand and got these in a 10. Definitely recommend going down the half size if you're wondering.
Also, these did have a break-in period of a couple days where they weren't as comfortable. They rubbed my big toe and the bottom of the side of my foot under my ankle bone. I put some mole skin on the sandal for a few days and never had issues again
What I like best about the z/2 is that the toe loop provides a little more stability in the sandal if your getting a little more aggressive and doing some severe ascents and descents. I use them for a general shoe in moderate climates almost year round and they work well in the water and on the trail. I usually wear the webbing out before I wear the actual sole to the bone because I have some pretty course calluses from trail running, so I think the sole is incredibly durable. I prefer my z/1s if I am just hanging out because I like to move my toes around but that is just personal preference. Sizing is different and preferential. I usually wear a size 10.5 and have a size 10.75" left and right foot. With the chaco's I feel there is way too much room at the end of my chaco in a size 10. I try to size sandals so my toe comes right to the edge of the sole, otherwise I am tripping over stuff and they look ridiculous. So I always wear a size 9 in chaco's. I hope that helps for sizing.
I fall somewhere between an 11 and 12 in shoes. For dress/casual shoes I usually run closer to 11 (11.5's are great when I can find them) but for athletic/running shoes I almost always get a 12. After reading several reviews saying to size down for halves, I ordered these in an 11 and they just barely fit. My heel wanted to slide off sideways on the edge of the heel riser. I went to a local place and tried on the 12 and they worked much better for me so I am swapping them out. Returns at Back Country are super easy so I am not worried about this in the slightest. Hope this helps anyone who falls between sizes on these. **Update** Exchanged for a 12 and they fit great. Super comfortable . Looking forward to many years of use.
I bought these sandals a few weeks ago and have enjoyed them greatly. They are very comfortable and well-constructed. Unfortunately, I ran into a sizing issue. I wear a 9 and 1/2 and decided to go with a 10 instead of a 9. The 10 is a little big on my foot and the straps are too long. Through some careful modifications, I was able to shorten the straps, and they now fit nicely. If you wear a half size, I would recommend going down a size. Even if your feet are on the bigger side of the "half-size" range, this sandal leaves plenty of room to adjust the straps. A hundred dollars is a lot of spend on a pair of sandals, but these are worth the money.
I love these sandals! I wear a 9.5 in street shoes and wear a 9 in Chacos so i would say go a half size down, especially for skinny feet like I have. Only grief I have is once adujsted properly that the strap for tightning the sandal drags the ground and I step on it all the time. Had to do a little custom fabricating to prevent it from fraying from walking on it.
I have a bad right knee and the sandals support my feet really well and improve my stride so I can walk further without pain, which is a huge plus for a pair of sandals!
The first day out the box I wore them all day and they chafed in one spot but that was it. Just took them on a 9 mile kayak ride down a river and they were incredible. Even being in an out of the water all day they feel great and don't move around hardly at all and weren't chafing anymore. And I even got a sweet Chaco tan after only that one day on the river. Score. And a great price here. Best I've found.
It's a chaco. It does everything you want. There's your standard rating. Plus-the BC exclusive straps are so dang good lookin too. This is what makes it so fun. I've had Chaco freaks get perplexed on how I am in possession of straps they had never seen before. Get it, go outside, be happy.
ALSO. The "true to size" means it's true to Chaco's sizing. Please try on a pair before ordering your normal shoe size.
My last pair that I bought 15 years ago had soles that wore through and were broken beyond repair (didn't know Chaco had a repair service). I used my last pair for hiking, walking, rafting, driving, golfing, juggling, you name it. Loved them. The new pair is standing up to my expectations.
I've always loved these. They continue to perform great no matter what you throw at them. The burly build quality doesn't help me much though since they keep coming out with cool new styles that I want, so I keep buying more... very clever Chaco
Though I have another pair, I figure since I literally wear them every day it would be cool to get a unique color that would only be around for one season to add to the collection. Why not have more of what you love!
Really bummed about the strap fit. Usually it takes me 2-3 months to hone in the straps for my feet, but these kept cinching tighter every time I wore them. Super annoying. These aren't the same design as the past, bummer. The sole is great for hiking and all around use. I hope the strap cinching is isolated to these pair. It really is annoyingly painful on the toe strap.