If you are looking at sports sandals, we will think of a big question: Tevas or Chacos?
These popular outdoor sandals were born out of necessity. In the 1980s, two river guides (one in Arizona and the other in Colorado) needed comfortable footwear solutions to keep their shoes on their feet and prevent their feet from wrinkling into plums every day.
They had these common basic needs, but from there the river split. The sandals they eventually designed were very different in appearance and feel. We love Teva and Chaco sandals and introduce their history, design and impact on the fashion and outdoor industries.
Now this is a direct comparison that makes it easy to determine which sandals are right for you.
We have compared Teva Hurricane XLT 2 sandals and Chaco Z / 1 Classic sandals in terms of belt system, insole, bow design and color selection to help you determine whether it is the Tevas team or the Chacos team.
See how the following Teva sandals compare to Chaco sandals:
Strap design and materials
An easy way to distinguish between Tevas and Chacos is the strap design. Teva straps line the sides of your feet, while Chaco straps wrap around the tops of the feet.
Teva straps support the top, sides and ankles of the foot, and have Velcro for adjustment. They are made of waterproof, quick-drying webbing made of polyester, nylon and recycled PET.
Chaco belts include buckles that cross each other and are actually a continuous long belt. This gives your feet a feeling of being wrapped. You can adjust the fit of various parts of the foot by pulling that area of the belt. They are made of waterproof, fast-drying polyester jacquard webbing.
When you wear these sandals, your foot bed is where you touch your feet all day. Here’s what makes the footbed different:
Tevas feels soft, smooth and cushioned.
Chacos’ insoles are slightly textured and feel more dry.
Midsole and arch design
Depending on the shape of your feet and the level of support you need, you will prefer a brand.
The lower arches of Tevas make you feel like you are approaching the ground. My feet are flat and I find Tevas is more comfortable than Chacos. The midsole is made of lightweight, elastic EVA foam, which is cushioning and elastic.
Chacos has a higher arch and a thicker midsole than Tevas. If your feet have a high arch, it will be more comfortable in Chacos. The midsole is made of PU foam, which is heavier than EVA foam, but has a longer rebound time.
The outsole has a different design, but both Tevas and Chacos provide powerful traction, allowing you to walk on all types of terrain-smooth floor tiles, rocky trails, smooth rocks, and more
Both shoes are great choices for lightweight footwear that won’t make you feel uncomfortable while traveling miles or hiking.
Tevas is lighter. A pair weighs 1 pound and 4 ounces.
Chacos is heavier. A pair weighs 1 pound (5.2 ounces).
Color and pattern options
Like all shoes, sports sandals reflect your personal style. You can choose from multiple colors and patterns for each brand.
Tevas comes in many neutral and bright colors as well as prints. Some styles are part of a limited edition collection, but if you can’t find what you need on Teva’s website, then it’s best to check out other online retailers like REI.
Chacos also has many neutral and bright colors and prints. The brand also has a limited edition collection. To make sure your pairing is never confused with others, you can create a custom pairing. Through this process, you can customize everything from the main belt to the logo badge. You can even upload your own images as prints or add embroidery.
After trying Teva and Chaco’s sandals, we learned that they are both comfortable and supportive. But you should use the following points to determine which pair you should buy.
Buy Tevas if the following conditions are true: If your soles are flat or curved, or you don’t mind velcro straps and want a softer footbed.