Tuesday, November 6, 2012
I would like to take a moment to tell you about my most prized possession: my Chacos. Chaco is most famously known for it's unique sandals, although they have expanded to boots, sneakers, and even fashion shoes. Wearers of Chacos tend to have an unwavering loyalty to the brand, often having the same pair repaired year after year rather than throwing them away. The official Chaco website at Chacos.com holds an annual tan-line contest in which contestants may enter any of eight different categories, including "Wackiest Pose" and "Dirtiest Feet." A fresh pair of sandals straight from the website can run you $75-95 with free shipping, however if you work in the outdoor industry, you can apply to receive a pro-rated price. Chacos also appear at great prices on eBay, Craigslist, and Geartrade.com.
Chaco sandals have been created by river guides, for river guides. Trademark Vibram soles stick tight to rocks in slippery conditions. Waist-deep in the river I'm held strong against current. Adjustable webbing straps make the sandals easy to shape, so I can cinch and slosh up muddy spring trails. With a "more skin then shoe" design, Chaco sandals drain and dry more easily then Keens or Merrells. Open-toe difficulties mostly occur on the trails when I catch sticks in my toes or rocks under my feet. For three years I have chosen to wear a pair with no toe-loop for freedom's sake, although opting in provides even more stability and support. Make a list of features important to you, and build your own pair of shoes at Chacos.com.
Look out for a new page on my blog called "Chaco check-in" where I log my shoes' journeys, and you can too. Find me on Facebook or comment on this post to submit your own Chaco testimonials, or email me at email@example.com