The Teva Riva Mesh is a remarkable shoe in many ways. Firstly it reminded me of Teva’s Wraptor sandals, which are really comfy, as this shoe is perfectly profiled underfoot to allow a wonderfully easy stride on every step. The forefoot is quite wide and spacious too, and it just feels superb on the foot. The upper is waterproof-lined but you also get a reasonably tough outer and some excellent protection around the toe box. Underfoot the performance edge continues with great stiffness in the sole, yet it still flexes to allow an easy natural walking gait. The outsole lug pattern is aggressive and ideal for biting into mud and wet grass for example. Better still it looks reasonable and is well-priced for the performance. A winner! But this is hard to fault as for walkers, casual use, trekking and travel it is spot on. But there are lighter shoes of course. Runners would benefit from other models and climbers would too. The upper may not be as durable as a leather version – but only time will tell on that.
Upper full-grain nubuck leather, durable mesh, eVent waterproof lining
Weight 1056g (pair, size 11)
Made in China
Stores in the UK no info provided
The Teva Riva Mesh is a superb shoe for walking and general outdoor use unless you want something dedicated to running or climbing.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2010