Chacos are designed to last so you don’t want to buy the wrong ones. This Chaco buying guide is your solution to selecting the perfect pair. I bought my first pair of Chacos my sophomore year of high school and seven years later they are still a staple in my adventure closet. Here is your guide to what you should know before you buy and selecting which style of Chaco footwear is best for you.
They will be uncomfortable the first week you wear them
The first week I got Chacos I wore them every day and they were the most uncomfortable shoes I ever put on my feet. Now before you stop reading and decide you don’t want to purchase a pair there is a reason behind the discomfort. For about the first week you wear Chacos they form to your feet. They feel stiff until you break them in. Trust the process. Once your foot forms to the arch they will be your most comfortable pair of shoes in your wardrobe.
They last forever
There is not a shoe on the market that compares to the durability of Chacos. My Chacos have been in my travel bag for around seven years now. They are not a shoe that I only wear a couple of times a year either. I wear my Chacos all the time and bring them along on all my climbing and hiking trips.
They were invented by a rafting guide
The Chaco brand was created by a Colorado rating guide. Their shoes are designed for all outdoor environments including wet ones. In Aruba, I wore these shoes every day including the times I went swimming. They help prevent cutting my feet on the volcanic rock.
When sizing make sure your heels are hanging off the end
The first Chaco I ever ordered I purchased a size 8 returned it, purchased a size 7, returned it, and purchased a size 8 again. Sounds complicated, because I wanted to ensure I ordered the right pair. The key to ordering the size that fits you is ensuring that your heels aren’t off the edge of the shoe. I have very short toes so I assumed that the shoes were too big the first time I ordered them.
You will save money in the long run
Paying $100 for a pair of sandals might seem like a lofty price at first, but you will never regret purchasing Chacos. They are so well made that they will last for years. In the long run you will save money because you are not consistently purchasing sandals.
Adjust the straps to ‘sport mode’
Chacos are the only sandals I wouldn’t mind going jogging in. The adjustable straps make the shoe custom fit to your feet. When I tighten them I call it ‘sport mode’ because it makes them easier to run in.
You don’t have to buy a new pair if yours gets damaged
The Chaco brand designs the shoes to last so if the sole wears out or the straps break you can send them in to get repaired.
The Chaco tan is a right of passage
Every camp counselor knows what I am talking about. You can easily spot a fellow adventurer by the white strips on their tan feet.
What type of Chaco you should buy
The Single Loop
The single loop Chaco is the ultimate adventure footwear. You can go take them swimming at the beach or go on a backpacking trip in the mountains. They are made for outdoor wanderings.
The Double Loop
The double loop is similar to the singular loop except the double loop is a bit trickier to put on. I find these extra loops unnecessary, but many people love the style. These are sturdy and meant for all adventurous activities.
For some having a toe strap is uncomfortable, so this is a great option. The shoe has a lot of support like the other Chaco, but just without the toe strap. They are easy to slide on and provide the feet with some much-needed support.
Even if you aren’t sure you like any of the selection in this Chaco buying guide, you can customize your own. When you buy a pair of Chacos you want to love them. After all, you are probably going to have them for several years. You can customize the shoe to fit your needs exactly.
Slides are perfect for poolside activities and beach excursions. The slides are waterproof, just like other Chaco styles, but they will slide right off your feet if you try to run or swim with them on.
You might not want to go swimming in leather Chacos. The leather Chaco is not for long hikes. It is a modern twist on an adventure shoe, making it perfect for a trip abroad or going walking a new city.
It’s time you join the Chaco nation. Follow this Chaco buying guide and find the perfect pair. Once you buy your first pair you will probably want to ditch all your other sandals that just can’t compare.
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