So, I bought this new pair of sandals and they’re just so great I had to pass the word along.
No, this is not going to become a product-placement blog (and who here hasn’t wondered how much it costs to get talked up on Dooce?) No shoe company is paying for this. (Well, there’s an Amazon affiliate link; I’ll be rich, I tell you, rich!)
I hate shoes, except for certain hiking gear. No shoe I’ve ever worn hasn’t made my feet sweaty and uncomfortable. So as soon as it’s warm enough, the shoes go in the cupboard and stay there till autumn. Thus, I’ve bought & worn a lot of sandals and while the ones I like may not work for you, my opinions are informed by loads of experience.
I often wear Eccos, which on top of being comfy, come in leather models that you can pretend are sort of dressy. But I have to say that they’re not that tough; they typically don’t make it through two summers.
Anyhow, I was in the local outdoor-gear emporium and these Chaco “Z/1 Unaweep” sandals caught my eye. Uh, “Unaweep”? But I digress. You can buy them from Chaco, and from a bunch of other vendors via Amazon. But I’d recommend finding a local retailer, because fit matters.
Unlike previous faves, they don’t slip on effortlessly, you have to loosen up and re-tighten; so if your lifestyle includes escapes where seconds count, stay away. Also, unlike Eccos and their ilk, they don’t have that luxurious worn-leather feel. But here’s the thing: once I put them on, they vanish from my sensorium; they’re just not there. I’ve worn them every day in May and I already regret the inevitable eventual return to shoes. And I’ve been out playing frisbee and catch with my 12-year-old a couple of times; they function well as runners, and are lighter than any runner I’ve ever owned. Also, they’re waterproof.
I have no evidence on how well they’ll hold up; but early impressions are very, very good.