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The Great Outdoor Sandal Debate: Chacos or Tevas?

Humans have been wearing sandals for centuries. For modern outdoor lovers, sandals are just as important to pack on a trip as hiking boots and sneakers. There are two brands in particular that get a lot of attention in the outdoor world, and each brand has very dedicated fans. That’s right, we’re going there. Today we’re going to find out which sandals are better: Chacos or Tevas?

A Crash Course in Outdoor Sandals

Tevas were imagined in 1984 by a Grand Canyon river guide and the company patented its first strapped sport sandal in 1987. Though Chacos have a similar origin story, they were first created in 1989 by a river guide in Colorado. Both shoes have garnered quite the following for being the perfect sandals for outdoor adventures, but according to Insider Reviews, the sandals’ designs are actually quite different when you look at the details.

Tevas

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In 2020, Tevas switched to using 100% recycled material for their sandal straps to become a more sustainable brand in the outdoor world. The brand offers fashion sandals now, but if you’re looking for a good outdoor sandal, the hurricanes offer a rubber outsole for traction on the trail and in the water, and they have easy hook-and-loop closures to adjust on your foot.

Chacos

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Chacos, too, pride themselves on having a “no-slip, all grip” outsole for hiking and other outdoor adventures. Their adjustable strap allows for more customization, making them comfortable no matter what shape or size your foot is. Chacos’ footbeds are approved by podiatrists for healthy alignment when walking, which is a big plus when it comes to keeping your joints feeling good.

The Pros and Cons

At the end of the day, you should wear the sandals that feel the most comfortable on your feet, because no one wants blisters or sore foot. 

Tevas

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Tevas offer a variety of sandals both for outdoor adventure and style, typically at a less expensive price point than Chacos. Tevas have a flatter and softer footbed than Chacos, making them a better option for those with low arches or flat feet. Tevas also have velcro straps, which are easier to operate but can wear faster over time.

Chacos

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Chacos tend to be a little more expensive but offer more customization, as well as a “dry feel.” If you have a high arch, you might want to consider Chacos for your next pair of outdoor sandals, as they typically provide more support. Chacos are also a better option for you if you prefer having one strap rather than two going across your foot.

Explore our guide to the best outdoor sandals for hiking that prioritize long-distance comfort for extended hiking adventures.

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