The exceptional low price of this sandal is an obvious attraction, but it offers more than the price suggests. Firstly it has three-point adjustment and the straps have Velcro in place for easy adjustment. The straps are well-padded on the inside, making them very comfortable. Underfoot the footbed is well-cushioned too. We also like the protection the straps give to the widest part of the foot (the forefoot). Underneath there’s a good outsole that has a deep lug pattern to maintain a grip on muddy campsites or during river crossings. So the price is great, and the performance and comfort punch higher than expected. These are a bargain.
You don’t get antibacterial treatment, so these may get smelly quicker than some rivals. Also you don’t get the stiffness in the sole of some sandals, so these may not be the best choice if you plan walking on more challenging terrain such as rocky paths. The leather straps will not be as fast-drying as synthetic options.
Upper: nubuck leather, neoprene padding
Sole: Ergo contour footbed, rubber outsole
Sizes: 7-12 (men’s); 3-8 (women’s)
Weight: 584g (pair, size 5)
Made in: China
Stores in the UK: 240
Verdict: If you’re short on cash, you won’t be disappointed with this sandal as it performs far better than the price suggests. However, higher-priced sandals are better.
First published in Trail magazine, April 2008