Chacos ZX/2 Colorado Women’s Sandal

~Leesa

The day my new Chacos ZX/2 Colorado Sandals arrived, it was 42F and raining.  I wasn’t sure I was ever going to get to wear them outside.  Just looking at them made me remember many summers of wearing an original pair of Chacos and all the fun I had.  In celebration of 25 years, Chaco reached into their vault and brought back a limited run of their greatest hits.  I remember how comfortable they were, and so easy to slide on and off, not having to worry if they got wet or dirty.

I finally got to wear them yesterday.  Took some friends who are visiting to the ocean.  We walked a couple of miles along the beach, and then headed to Fort Williams ( a historic fort along the Atlantic Ocean, in Maine).  We walked a few more miles before heading home.

Chacos ZX/2 Colorado Sandals

Chacos ZX/2 Colorado Sandals

From the Website:

* Made in the U.S.A. *
Upper:
• Double-strapped polyester jacquard webbing upper wraps around the foot and through the midsole for a customized fit
• Toe loop for secure movement
• Adjustable and durable high-tensile webbing heel risers
• Injection-molded ladder lock buckle
Midsole:
• Women’s specific LUVSEAT™ PU midsole
Outsole:
• Colorado outsole
• Non-marking Vibram® TC-1 compound
• 3mm lug depth

Chacoz ZX/2 Colorado

Chacoz ZX/2 Colorado Sole

I wore the Colorado’s all day, walked about 10 miles and then wore them for a few more hours.  I would never recommend that anyone wear new shoes that long the first day.  I hadn’t planned on walking that much, but can happily say they were comfortable and my feet were happy at the end of the day.  After walking on the beach, the sand rinsed off of the sandals and dried out fairly quickly.  The temperatures were only in the mid-60s and it was breezy so I think they would have dried more quickly if it was a bit warmer.   We did a little bit of climbing across wet rocks, and the Vibram soles really did provide good traction.

In celebration of their 25th anniversary, Chacos has a fun timeline and contest going on online and a Fit For Adventure tour traveling around the country throughout the summer. I’m very impressed to see that Chacos ZX/2 Colorado Sandals are made in the USA.

I’ll be wearing the Chacos on frequent hikes, walks and while kayaking.  I’m looking forward to reviewing these, and checking out how they perform and hold up.  Check back in about a month for an update.

The Chacos ZX/2 Colorado sandals were provided for review purposes.

 

Update  7/16/2014

Wow, I am so happy to report that my feet, and I love these Chacos!  The ZX/2 Colorado Sandals have proven to be just as comfortable as they were 25 years ago!  I’ve worn them probably 5 days a week, while at the water, walking, hiking, gardening (so easy to rinse off after), driving, traveling to Georgia for a conference and just hanging out.  We’ve had some very hot, humid weather lately, and sometimes that causes my feet to swell.  I love that the Chacos are so adjustable!

Some of the things I love about the Chacos…

Chacos ZX/2 Colorado Sandal

Chacos ZX/2 Colorado Sandal

Traveling – they slide on and off when dealing with airport security.  If only the rest was so easy.

Around water – Even wet the straps don’t loosen on their own.  The straps also dry very quickly.

On slippery rocks or getting in and out of a wet kayak – they provide good traction, so no slipping and sliding.

Gardening – So easy to rinse my feet and sandals off after gardening.  I have a plot at our community garden and a small one in my yard. Its nice not to track dirt with me (soil, compost, etc).

Looks – they look good enough to wear just about anywhere.  I live in Maine, where things tend to be ‘casual’, so wearing these out is totally acceptable.  I’ve had compliments on them even at church.

Support – I like that the footbed has enough structure to it to protect my foot, and the raised arch keeps them comfortable all day long.

Durability – The show virtually no wear, which is amazing considering how much, and where I’ve worn them!

I can’t think of any negatives.  Ok, my tan lines on my feet look funny, but that’s not really a negative – at least my feet have been out in the sun.

I’d say Chaco made a smart move bringing back the ZX/2 Colorado Sandals!  I’m glad I had the opportunity to review them!

 

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