There are two kind of people who wear sandals. The first, like me, only wear them under certain conditions, such as hot weather, around camp, or when fording streams. The second wear them almost all the time, no matter what the conditions. No matter which group you fall into, the Z/1 Torreno Sandals from Chaco will serve you well.
You may not think there is much difference among sandals, but this is not the case. Sandals vary widely in their features. Here’s what separates the Chaco Z/1 Torreno’s from the rest:
They come in both normal and wide widths. If you have normal feet, you probably don’t care. But if you have wide feet, this is a big deal. Very, very few companies make wide sandals.
The Torreno’s are very easy to adjust to your feet. There is only one strap to deal with, and it can be adjusted most anyway you like. This greatly adds to comfort. Also, there is no big toe strap. I know some people like these because it can add stability to a sandal, but I hate them because they are so uncomfortable.
The sandal’s sole is Vibram rubber with heavy-duty lugs for increased traction on dirt and in the water.
The foot bet is not flat, as you find with many sandals. Instead, it is formed to fit your feet, and it includes arch support. This greatly adds to the sandal’s comfort.
They weigh just over 2 pounds.
These sandals are appropriate for hiking, fastpacking, water sports, around camp, around town, and most any place where a sandal is appropriate.
Using the Chaco Z/1 Torreno Sandals in the Real World
I have wide feet, so finding a pair of wide sandals is great. When I first tried them on, I noticed immediately how well they felt, as compared to many other sandals I had tried. In many ways, they have the fit and feel of a hiking boot, without the weight or insulation.
When you first get them, it takes a little bit of time to get used to how you adjust the strap to make the sandals best fit your feet, but once you get the hang of it, it is easy to do.
Because the Torreno’s have a strong tread, they make it easy to walk most trails, gripping the ground well. The same is true when wading in the water.
When I am hiking, and expect to ford a lot of streams, I will attach the sandals on the outside of my pack, keeping them close at hand when I need them. Sure, I could wear them all the time, instead of my boots, but I am not that type of sandal wearer.
If you have a need for sandals, and if you have normal or wide feet, the Torreno Z/1 sandals from Chaco are hard to beat.
Torreno Z/1 sandals come is a variety of whole sizes (no half sizes, just select a pair that is 1/2 size bigger than what you normally wear), and of course, in both normal and wide widths. The sandals come only in black, but the strap is available in a wide variety of colors. The MSRP is $90.00.