The primary factor to consider when choosing a sandal is activity. Will you be scrambling along mountain passes? Fording rivers? Kicking back at camp? Whatever your activity, there’s a sandal to match.
Scrambling, rafting, Frisbee playing: Go for Chaco’s latest high-performance sandal, the Z/Canyon. Two major upgrades—a plastic heel strap and running-inspired rebound plate in the midsole—make it their most secure and responsive sandal to date.
Car camping, hiking, hammocking: For everyday adventures, Chaco’s flagship model, the Z/1, is still the best option. The company’s trademark infinitely adjustable straps ensure a perfect fit, and the Vibram outsoles offer the ultimate combo of grip and support.
Farmers’ marketing, cruiser biking, and festivaling: If a BBQ, a summer concert, or a leisurely stroll to the lake are all that’s on the day’s docket, good for you. Opt for a nicer leather pair, like Chaco’s Jacksons (men’s) or Juniper (women’s).