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Flip Flop & Sandals Roundup, 2018 | Blister Gear Review

Flip Flop & Sandals Roundup, 2018 | Blister Gear Review

For those who’ve spent a lot time studying Blister, or seen any of the quite a few footage of us sporting sandals and flip flops within the parking tons at ski resorts, you might have picked up on the truth that we love sandals, and really a lot contemplate them to be a year-round wardrobe staple. (In our unique publish on flip flop footwear, Jonathan Ellsworth referred to as flip flops, “one of the most underrated pieces of gear in the world,” and all of us stand by that.)

A few of us love the simplicity and luxury of flip flops, whereas a few of us choose the flexibility of extra substantial choices that we will use for mountaineering, fishing, or actually something so long as the temperatures are someplace above freezing.

So Jonathan, Sascha Anastas, Sam Shaheen and I gathered right here a number of of our favorites, from cheap flip flops to sandals that would conceivably substitute your climbing footwear — and there are alternatives for each women and men. Have a look…

 

Flip Flops

Teva Olowahu
Measurement Examined: Ladies’s 6
Said Weight (ladies’s measurement 7): 85 grams per shoe
Higher: Polyester webbing
Footbed: “Mush” foam
Outsole: EVA foam
MSRP: $25

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Teva Olowahu

Sascha: The Olowahu sandal is considered one of Teva’s primary flip flop designs with a trendy twist, and is definitely one among Teva’s longest-running ladies’s sandal designs. The Olowahu’s skinny braided webbing is obtainable in an enormous number of colours, making this flip flop an incredible on a regular basis sandal that may simply be dressed up or down. It’s additionally very light-weight, with a said weight of beneath 100 grams per sandal.

The Olowahu’s Mush footbed is a half-inch layer of sentimental cushioning that makes for an immediately snug match, although it doesn’t supply as a lot arch help because the choices right here from Chaco or Olukai. The polyester webbing is on the slender aspect and tends to twist barely when sliding my foot into the sandal which may make it a bit tight on my pinky toe, however as soon as I’ve received the Olowahu on I don’t discover it a lot.

The polyester webbing can also be fast to dry and, even when moist, I haven’t discovered it to be abrasive. I spent most of my time sporting this flip flop round city and mountaineering on mellow terrain (I don’t thoughts doing my mild climbing in a flip flop). So in case you are on the lookout for a very reasonably priced ($25!!), trendy flip flop for on a regular basis informal use with the potential to make use of as a extra dressed-up sandal every so often, I would definitely advocate the Teva’s Olowahu sandal.

Teva Mush II Canvas
Measurement Examined: Males’s 10
Blister’s Measured Weight: 106 & 108 g
Higher: Cotton canvas webbing
Footbed: “Mush” foam
Outsole: EVA foam
MSRP: $25

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Teva Mush II Canvas

Jonathan: The Teva Mush II Canvas flip definitely wins on worth. And in addition, low weight. So in case you are primarily involved about actually low weights and costs, right here you go. They don’t really feel almost as refined or strong because the OluKai Holona under, however they’re 3 times cheaper, too, and truthfully, in the event you simply want some flip flops for the occasional BBQ or brief stroll to the bar or seashore, these will serve you positive. And bonus factors for the canvas strap — it seems good and feels good.

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Jonathan Ellsworth within the Teva Mush II Canvas, Camp four Espresso, Crested Butte, CO. (photograph by Nicole Riehl)

Sanuk Beer Cozy 2
Measurement Examined: Males’s 10
Blister’s Measured Weight: 158 & 166
Higher: Artificial webbing with neoprene lining
Footbed: Yoga mat foam
Outsole: Rubber
MSRP: $36

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Sanuk Beer Cozy 2

Jonathan: The Beer Cozy 2 is most comparable when it comes to each worth and really feel to the Teva Mush II Canvas. It has the squishiest journey and foamiest really feel (foamiest is a phrase, proper?) of any of the flip I’ve ever reviewed, so for you squish-lovers on the market, these may truly be your favourite flips in our roundup. They undoubtedly have that … um … “classic” flip flop really feel (learn: low cost), but when that’s how you continue to consider the flip flop style (many individuals do) and also you’re cool with it, then we’re cool with it. We simply need you to be joyful.

Sanuk Brumeister
Measurement Examined: Males’s 10
Blister’s Measured Weight: 251 & 260 g
Higher: Artificial leather-based straps
Footbed: Yoga mat foam
Outsole: Rubber
MSRP: $42

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Sanuk Brumeister

Jonathan: The Brumeister is the extra water-friendly choice than the Teva Mush II Canvas or the Sanuk Beer Cozy 2, so in the event you intend to get your flips moist a bunch, these can be the flips to think about (together with the OluKai ‘Ohana, Holona, KIA‘I II and / or Chaco Flip).

The opposite factor to say is that the Brumeister feels slightly longer, wider, and (some may say), clunkier than the opposite flips I’ve talked about right here, however the chunkier platform will definitely attraction to some people.

It ought to be clarified that neither the Sanuk Brumeister nor the Beer Cozy 2 have bottle openers on them (my opinion about flips which have bottle openers on their soles is already on document), however the Brumeisters do have a tread sample stamped into the only made up of rubber beer bottles with smiley faces, so if that’s your main flip flop standards, you possibly can cease studying this roundup.

Lastly, when it comes to squish, the Brumeister is exclusive in that it has a squishier heel (that’s just like the Beer Cozy 2), however a firmer forefoot (that’s extra agency than the Teva Mush 11, not fairly as agency because the OluKai Holona). So in case you have notably delicate and / or bruised heels, you may just like the more-cushioned heel of the Brumeister.

Chaco Flip EcoTread
Measurement Examined: Ladies’s 6 & Males’s 10
Blister’s Measured Weight (males’s measurement 10): 276 & 281 grams
Higher: Polyester Webbing
Footbed: Polyurethane (PU)
Outsole: EcoTread Rubber (25% recycled)
MSRP: $65

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Chaco Flip EcoTread

Sascha: Chaco’s Flip EcoTread has been my go-to flip flop sandal for in all probability the higher half of the final 10 years. I can’t think about going by means of a summer time season and not using a pair of the Flip EcoTread in my closet. I feel it’s undoubtedly one of the crucial sturdy flip flops on the market, and plainly this sentiment has been the overall consensus throughout the board right here at Blister. The ladies’s and the lads’s variations are the identical, so for a extra detailed evaluation on the Flip EcoTread take a look at Jonathan Ellsworth’s evaluate.

 

OluKai Holona
Measurement Examined: Males’s 10
Blister’s Measured Weight (males’s measurement 10): 248 & 256 grams
Higher: Water resistant artificial leather-based w/ jersey knit lining
Footbed: Polyurethane (PU)
Outsole: Non-marking rubber
MSRP: $80

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OluKai Holona

Jonathan: I first wrote concerning the Holona two years in the past on this publish, again once I solely had about 30 days in them.

I now have at the very least one other 700 days in the identical pair that I reviewed again then, and if I needed to make an inventory of the Prime 10 merchandise I’ve reviewed at Blister — out of all of the product classes — the Holona is definitely in my Prime 10. I really like them.

The Holona are low-profile flips that look implausible. (FWIW, I’m an enormous fan of the Mustang / Darkish Java colorway.) They’re a firmer platform than all the different choices I’ve reviewed right here, and I really like that firmer platform. I personally don’t love a number of squishy, imprecise-feeling cushioning in my trainers, so I definitely don’t want a bunch of squish in some flips.

And whereas these are actually three occasions as costly as a number of the different choices right here, they really feel so a lot better and have a way more refined match and really feel (for my ft, at the very least), that until (1) your footwear finances is sub-$40, or (2) you want a squishier, much less refined-feeling glop of flip (sorry, nevertheless it’s true), or (three) you’ve come to love the texture of a less expensive flip flop (perhaps they make you nostalgic for the flips in some onsen that one time you went to Japan?), I can’t think about resisting this stuff that (in case you’re like me, at the very least) you’ll put on on a regular basis. For crying out loud, lots of you studying this simply spent hundreds of dollars on a mountain bike, almost a thousand on skis, and at the very least a number of hundred on ski boots. Spend the dough. Save up if you must. They’re value it.

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Jonathan Ellsworth within the OluKai Holona.

And simply to be clear (and as I wrote two years in the past) I’m not subjecting these to the identical stuff that I run the Chaco Flip via, however — two years in the past — these changed my Flips as my on a regular basis flip flop.

 

Mountaineering / Water / All-Spherical Sandals

Teva Unique Common
Measurement Examined: Males’s eight
Blister’s Measured Weight (males’s measurement eight): 185 & 189 grams
Higher: Polyester webbing
Footbed: EVA foam
Outsole: Rubber
MSRP: $50

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Teva Unique Common

Sam: The Teva Unique Common is the basic Teva silhouette. The match feels safe with velcro throughout the ankle and forefoot and the only is skinny, versatile, and really light-weight (round half the load of most choices from Chaco), which makes this sandal fairly snug. However whereas the Chaco sandals on this roundup actually shine on trails and uneven floor because of their wonderful arch help, the Unique Common is certainly higher fitted to mellower terrain. We undoubtedly choose the Chaco sandals’ firmer, extra supportive PU footbeds over the Unique Common’s lighter EVA foam in relation to trek throughout sharp rocks, scree, or talus.

However for automotive tenting, barbeques, canine walks, touring, use across the metropolis, and any type of exercise the place the bottom is comparatively tame, the Unique Common sandals are so mild that I hardly really feel them on my ft, and the footbed could be very mushy and cozy. They’re my go-to sandals for all the things in need of hitting the path, they usually are available at a really affordable worth of $50.

Chaco Z/2 Basic
Measurement Examined: 10
Blister’s Measured Weight (males’s measurement 10): 400 & 400 grams
Higher: Polyester webbing
Footbed: Polyurethane (PU)
Outsole: Non-marking ChacoGrip™ rubber compound
MSRP: $105

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Chaco Z/2 Basic

Luke: Chaco’s unique sandal design has been round for almost 30 years now, and it’s nonetheless the most effective all-around sandals on the market. Its “LuvSeat” footbed is made from the identical PU materials that’s typically utilized in climbing boots, which makes the Z/2 Basic really feel very supportive and able to lengthy day hikes. The draw back to that is the load — the Z/2 Basic is sort of heavy in comparison with the Teva Unique Common sandal. However should you don’t thoughts the load, the Z/2 Basic is a succesful sandal that feels simply as snug on a path because it does within the water.

The Z/2 Basic options Chaco’s well-known adjustable “Z” strap design which, aside from making a extensively recognizable tan line, additionally allows you to fine-tune the match all through the entire sandal. It may be a bit tough to dial within the match at first, however I discover that after a day or two I can discover the match that I like after which simply depart it, solely opening up the primary buckled strap to get out and in of the sandal.

I’ve spent a number of years and lots of, if not hundreds of days in numerous variations of Chaco’s basic sandal design and have discovered them to be very sturdy. And when the rubber lastly begins sporting down or the webbing begins to fray, you possibly can ship within the sandals to Chaco to have them repaired.

So if you would like a sandal that may do double-duty as a light-weight mountaineering shoe and aren’t as involved with low weight, the Z/2 Basic is a wonderful choice. And should you favor a sandal with out the toe loop, take a look at the Z/1 Basic.

Chaco Z/Cloud
Measurement Examined: Males’s 10
Blister’s Measured Weight (males’s measurement 10): 399 & 400 grams
Higher: Polyester webbing
Footbed: Twin-density polyurethane
Outsole: Non-marking ChacoGrip™ rubber compound
MSRP: $110

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Chaco Z/Cloud

Luke: The Z/Cloud is a current spinoff of the Z/1 Basic, and encompasses a new dual-density PU footbed that’s noticeably softer and squishier than the footbed on the Z/1 Basic. I do know some people who have discovered the usual PU footbed of the unique Chaco sandals to really feel a bit too agency, and for these individuals, the Z/Cloud is a wonderful choice.

The Z/Cloud’s dual-density footbed nonetheless supplies almost all the help of the Z/Basic’s footbed, however feels a bit extra forgiving and plush. What the Z/Cloud doesn’t change is the confirmed adjustable strap design that’s made Chaco well-known.

I feel the one factor that also must be decided with the Z/Cloud is how sturdy the softer higher portion of its footbed proves to be. However after spending round 40 days within the Z/Cloud this summer time, I’ve zero points to report.

Chaco Z/Canyon 2
Measurement Examined: Males’s 10
Blister’s Measured Weight (males’s measurement 10): 406 & 410 grams
Higher: Polyester webbing + TPU heel strap
Footbed: Twin-density Polyurethane & running-inspired “Kinetic Rebound” plate
Outsole: Non-marking ChacoGrip™ Plus rubber compound
MSRP: $120

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Chaco Z/Canyon 2

Luke: If you’d like a extra trail-oriented model of the Chaco Z/Cloud 2 or Z/Basic 2, the Z/Canyon 2 is certainly value a glance. It options a number of updates which are designed to make it much more succesful and cozy on the path.

The Z/Canyon 2 contains a softer, dual-density PU footbed that’s just like the Z/Cloud, but in addition has what Chaco calls a “Kinetic Rebound” plate which is meant to offer extra power return with every step. I don’t assume the distinction is excessive, however the Z/Canyon 2 does supply a bit extra bounce and flex than the Z/Cloud, and undoubtedly the Z/2 Basic.

One other noteworthy change is the Z/Canyon 2’s outsole. It encompasses a extra open lug construction with numerous little “pods” that I’ve discovered to supply considerably higher traction on rocks, sand, and filth in comparison with the extra water-oriented outsole on the Z/2 Basic and Z/Cloud.

Lastly, the Z/Canyon swaps out the normal webbing heel strap for a versatile TPU piece. Chaco says that is designed to lock within the heel higher whereas mountaineering. General, I didn’t discover the TPU heel strap that a lot since my heel not often touches the heel strap on any pair of Chacos I’ve used (as a result of the forefoot straps already do an excellent job of locking down my foot). The one potential disadvantage to the TPU strap is pores and skin irritation — I haven’t had any blisters but, however I’ve observed it rubbing on my heel greater than the webbing heel straps on the opposite Chacos I’ve used.