Summertime Chaco Feet

ChacoI am a long-time lover of Chacos.  The sandals, the lifestyle they promote and the pretty sweet tan lines. So much, in fact, that I wore them on my wedding day, 6.5 years ago.  While I wore brown, I’m not the only one wearing something other than heels on our big day and they are available in (custom) white now too.

This spring, Sierra Trading post sent Mtn Papa and I both a pair of Chacos to wear and love as we headed into summer.  Unfortunately, it’s been a very wet and cold spring so we’ve only been able to wear them for a few weeks now (yes, even despite the fact that snow is still in the forecast occasionally.)

I have fallen in love all over again (or at least my feet have) AND I have successfully converted Mtn Papa too.


In case you are unfamiliar with the brand, Chaco originally started with sport-style sandals and have now expanded into a full line of shoes and boots.

They are best for:

  • The outdoor enthusiast who wants to give their feet a breather
  • Rafters and boaters
  • Hiking in wet conditions
  • Anyone who wants to wear sandals and not compromise comfort.

In general, I buy and recommend Chacos because:

  • I want sandals I can hike in
  • They last forever
  • They have great arch support
  • They can be dressed up or down (so literally worn all summer long)


Chaco Updraft X2 for Women:

While I have worn both X and X2 (without and with the added toe loop), I keep coming back to the stability of a little extra webbing around my big toe.  Admittedly, that also often means a little trickier-to-begin-with adjusting and sizing (loosen, tighten, loosen, tighten) and occasionally a big toe that just wants some freedom.  However, it also means that I don’t have to worry about a flopping sandal and no sliding around on the footbed.

The Updraft line is built for being ready to go right out of the box with no break-in time needed.  I agree that they are the most comfortable pair I have worn (and I have worn many styles).  I love the feel of the sole under my foot – uber comfortable with no slippage when my feet get wet (due to water or sweat, if you have to know.)  Finally, they are very light, but have enough of a footbed to keep things comfortable.

And, like all Chacos, their webbing is tough, the colors are awesome and they just get better with time.

Summertime Chaco Feet


Chaco Z/1 Unaweep for men ($75.95 at Sierra Trading Post)

From Mtn Papa:  The Z/1 Unaweep has been a lifesaver for me out in the backcountry for work.  They provide great support and stability for river crossings and comfort for sore feet at the end of the day.  I appreciate that I can strap them onto my pack, they dry quickly and still the arch support I need.

The Unaweep line is built for great grip and these continue to perform for me in areas that my sandals failing me would be a disaster (river crossing, bouldering, etc.)

Summertime Chaco Feet
Taking a Chaco break after a long hike into the Backcountry



I love that Sierra Trading Post usually has a bunch of different Chaco styles available.


Your chance to win some Chacos this week over at Sierra Trading Post:  

Andy is over at the Sierra Trading Post HUB highlighting Chaco and giving a pair away too.  It’s a great way to learn more about the company, connect with one of our favorite stores (STP) and have a chance to win!


An Exclusive Sierra Trading Post coupon code:  Head on over to Sierra Trading Post (through that link) and use SHUB2014 for 25% off (good through the end of the year)


Sierra Trading Post generously provided us this gear in order to facilitate this review.  However, as always, the opinions expressed here are completely and honestly our own. A few of these  links are affiliates.  Thank you so much for clicking through them to make your purchases – it helps offset the cost of this blog in a (VERY VERY) small way! You can find my full disclosure here.

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