Chacos are the Best Sport Sandals


I love sandals. When the weather gets warm, all other shoes are neglected for my Chaco sandals. I want my feet to stay cool and free. And I love to show off painted toe nails!

But I'm also on my feet a lot, walking on uneven ground and hiking outdoors. So "pretty" but flimsy and strappy sandals are out of the question. I love them, but I just can't wear them. Being beautiful is just not worth the risk of a sprained ankle.

I need serious, practical sandals. Chacos come to my rescue and fit the bill perfectly.

Lots of people mentioned Keens when I was on the hunt for the "perfect pair of sandals." But I do hate to wear clunky, masculine shoes! Keens are not attractive enough for me and my already massive (size 9 1/2) feet. What's a girl to do?

Chacos are the answer to my footwear dilemma -- both sturdy and beautiful!

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Facts about Chacos

  • All Chacos have the Seal of Acceptance by the APMA -- the American Podiatric Medical Association. Why? Because Chacos have arch support, a sculpted heel cup, heel risers, and multiple widths.

  • Chaco sandals have a pull-through strap system -- the straps are fully adjustable at every part of the sandal! That means if you like a roomy toe but a tight ankle, you can adjust for that! Chacos are always comfortable because you can adjust them to suit you and your daily moods!

  • Chacos can be washed in a regular washing machine!

    This is a quote from the Chaco official website, "The easiest way to wash the sandals is to throw them in the washer with your clothes once a week. Air dry, preferably in the sun. Don't use too much detergent or it will leave a residue on your sandals. If you have no access to a washing machine, give them a scrub with baking soda and water and rinse well."

    That's my kind of shoe! Super easy maintenance!

  • Chacos can be re-soled and the straps can be replaced! Just ship them back to Chacos HQ for some upgrades. (Charges apply, of course.)

  • Chacos come in truly attractive styles and colors. Practical does not have to mean frumpy.

Re-webbing Testimonial

In 2010 I decided to re-web my Chacos. I filled out the online form and quickly received detailed information about how to ship my Chacos. When my Chacos arrived for their "make-over," I got an email from the Chaco company. Within just a few days they were back on my feet, looking brand new! It was easy and well worth the (approx) $30 I spent.


pretty and practical

Chaco sandals are the best because they are both practical and lovely! I have the ZX2 style in a very feminine pink color. They are a double strap that circles my big toe and straps firmly around my ankle. The straps do not cut or wear blisters in my skin. The soles are sturdy and skid-free. I am thrilled with this purchase!

Let me be honest with you. I was one of those girls who owned about twenty pairs of strappy sandals -- one pair in every color to match all my outfits. But I realized that my desire to look good was ridiculous as I was climbing up a rocky hill one day. I made up my mind then and there to find some quality shoes that would protect my feet and ankles, no matter what I had to pay.

Yes, $85 to $100 is a lot for a pair of shoes. I mean, I could buy five pairs of those strappy cheap sandals for that much money! But then I realized that skimping on shoes would not be a bargain when I hurt myself from tripping out of my flimsy slides.

So I bit the bullet and bought a pair of Chacos in a fun color that would make me happy. I've been wearing them for about six months now, and I have to say that the cost is truly worth it! I'm already looking at different styles in anticipation of buying another pair in a couple of years.

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A Chaco for the Woman who Cares About Looks - as much as comfort and practicality

Worried about buying shoes online? I was too. But Chaco has sizing guides that make it easy to find the right size. Although I normally wear a 9 1/2, I find a Chaco size 9 just right for me. And the beauty of buying online is that you can return things for easy exchange if they don't work out.

Chaco ZX/2 Unaweep Sandal - Women's Bluebell, 11.0
Chaco ZX/2 Unaweep Sandal - Women's Bluebell, 11.0

Pretty, practical, durable.... it's a Chaco!

The ZX2 has the double strap that makes it just a tad bit more feminine and pretty. The strap around the big toe also offers a bit more support. These are the style I have.


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Remember, Chacos can we washing in your washing machine. So used Chacos can be thoroughly cleaned!

What do YOU think about these two sandals?

Let me hear it. Am I right or wrong? Aren't Chacos the best sandals out there?

Chacos are superior to Keens or any other sport sandal.

Absolutely! Chacos rule!

anonymous 4 years ago

I wear the Chacos toe loop and a I have the mens double strap ZX/2. Both work well for traveling. I do have a pair of Keens. I wear them if I want more protection. The Chacos are more supportive and BREATHABLE. The Keens make my feet sweat more for some reason.

anonymous 5 years ago

Ok, I'm a some may say this doesn't apply to me...but here goes nothing. I have owned the following brands of sandals: Nike, Teva, Keen, Chaco. The Nikes lasted me 5 years, the Tevas lasted 2, Keens 3 years, and Chacos are only a few months in to the lineup. All of these brands are solid, but Chacos have the best arch support (for me) without any doubt. All others feel almost flat-footed now when I switch between them. I have the Unaweep Z1 Chacos, so I'll see how well they hold up without the toe strap. As for getting used to the "feel" of really hasn't been an issue. I keep switching out of all other shoes just to get back into my Chacos. The weight of the Unaweeps is truly something to marvel at...significantly lighter than they look. Traction...there really is no comparison - Chacos all the way.

thesolowriter 7 years ago

Keens can be handy for sports activities if you purchase the ones with the toe guards. But for all other wear, it's Chacos all the way, BABY! I wear their flipflops all year long. their a bit pricey, but they last forever and they stand behind the product. My dog chewed on the straps, I sent them to Chaco, they replaced the straps for $5. That kind of customer service is a rarity today, in case ya haven't noticed.

anonymous 8 years ago

totally fine to use my photo - please just fix the "photo credit" link to reflect my photostream.

I wear Chaco's because I love them, and because they come in my size (women's NOT come in my size (boo!). I wear Chacos all summer - their arch support is amazing. I have a pair of their flip-flops, too and they're the only flip-flops I've ever been able to wear. Go Chacos!

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    No way! Other shoes are equally good or better.

    PROmotionsLLC 4 years ago

    I've only worn keens but I may try Chacos.

    anonymous 4 years ago

    I have an old pair of Chacos, which were made in the U.S. They were great everywhere. Mountains, river, ocean, desert, it did not matter my Chacos endured. I just blew them out, as I broke the one non-replaceable strap that goes under the heel. So I went to the store to buy a new pair and they didn't feel the same. They felt lighter and cheaper. I looked on the box and found out they are now made in China, as they were bought out by Wolverine Worldwide. So I did some research about the new Chacos compared to the old ones, only to find that there are some very sad old school Chacos owners out there, who own the new made in China Chacos and consistently state how awful they are, and that they donĂ¢t last. To be clear, this is not anti-china it is anti-poor quality and anti-globalization. Steer clear these are not the old Chacos they are junk. I will be going to a cobbler tomorrow to see if my strap can be repaired.

    anonymous 4 years ago

    Help why do my Chacos strangle my big toe??? I loosen they tighten after a walking a short distance!! HELP!!!!

    hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

    those look comfy, but i love my keens.

    Barb McCoy 8 years ago

    I'm a total Teva girl in the summer and a Keen(leather Mary Janes) person in the winter. Love my purple Tevas. :)

    Submitted respectfully to my best Squidoo buddy....we don't have to agree on everything. ;)

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      A Second Pair of Dressier Chacos - my personal recommendation

      Chaco Women's Black Indigen 11 B(M) US
      Chaco Women's Black Indigen 11 B(M) US

      In 2011, I needed some sandals acceptable to wear with skirts (to church, for example). I tried on pair after pair and could not find anything comfortable and pretty. Little did I know that Chaco had come out with a new style -- these Indigen Ecotreads. I knew I could trust the Chaco brand, so I bought my second pair of Chacos without hesitation.

      The insole feels like butter;it's smooth and cool. I love the way these sandals look on my feet, and the instep is what you would expect from a Chaco -- substantial. I admit that the thick part of the strap at the instep takes a bit of getting used to. It certainly does not rub a blister, but I am aware of that bit of leather on my foot. I think that with time, I will forget about it. (When I first wore my other Chacos, it took me time to adjust to the bumpy bottom of the shoe. But now I never feel it at all.)


      Chaco Sandals for Men - my personal product review and experience

      Chaco Men's Z/1 Yampa Sandal,Black,10 M US
      Chaco Men's Z/1 Yampa Sandal,Black,10 M US

      These are the sandals I bought for my husband -- basic black -- but there are other colors if your man is a bit more adventurous. He loves them! They offer great support and comfort! He thanks me repeatedly for this purchase.

      Although these shoes set us back about $100, I estimate that since these shoes will last at least four years, we spent as much as or less than four years worth of inferior sandals. And darling husband gets to enjoy blister free comfort!

      Four years later, his Chacos are still in great shape! He still reaches for them on hot summer days when he wants a sturdy shoe with a sandal feel.


      Chacos for the Kiddos

      These are the legs of my precious 9 year old daughter on an afternoon at the river or at the beach.I love Chacos! She can splash in the water and hike on the rocks while her feet and ankles are safe. When we get home, I toss the Chacos into the washing machine. (And she gets a bath!)

      I'm not the only one crazy about my Chacos!

      Here is an amazing Chaco sandal cake!

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      you love your sandals! :)

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      i love my chaco sandals.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 5 years ago

      Cute shoes

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      You have convinced me! I like sandals that are sturdy AND pretty. Time to get some now, it is really hot here!

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      Barb McCoy 5 years ago

      Still wearing my purple fact, just put a new pair of Teva flip flops on my list of summer needs.

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      You've convinced me to try a pair of these Chaco sandles! Love the cake, too!

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      ClassyGals 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      I like them both! Blessed by a Squid Angel**

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