Chaco Tanana EcoTread Review
Summer is here and so is sandal season. Fortunately, I’ve had to opportunity to test out some new flip flops for the season by Chaco–the Tanana EcoTreads. The Tanana’s feature Chaco’s well known polyester webbing straps in an array of colors/patterns. The webbing crisscrosses around your big toe–I was a little hesitant about this feature at first, due to some strangled toes in the past with an old pair of Z/2’s. However, I was pleasantly surprised as the toe strap was comfy from day one: tight enough to keep my foot locked into the sandal by crossing over the metatarsal, but loose enough that I didn’t have to break the webbing in at all. Here is a quick peek at all of the webbing options, I tested out the Checker model.
The Tanana EcoTreads feature a smooth-breathable-microfiber foot-bed. This is a big step up in terms of comfort from the pebbled foot-bed featured in some of Chaco’s other products, which often cause my foot to get sweaty and calloused in certain areas. The foot-bed of the Tanana’s shapes a little with some wear to get an even more customized fit. The foot-bed is either gray, brown, or black- depending on the webbing color. The Checker model that I tested, featured a gray foot-bed and black outsole, a great combo because slipping your foot into lighter colored sandal is always nice after they have been sitting in the sun and heating up all day.
As for the comfort of the Tanana’s, I felt that I get some actual arch support when wearing these flops thanks to Chaco’s LUVSEAT™ X02 platform. My feet weren’t tired after wearing these sandals for hours of walking over the long holiday weekend. The outsole is composed of 25% recycled rubber, hence the name EcoTread. The outsole, despite its’ dark color, is non-marking, making them safe for any boat adventure you may find yourself on.
I took the Tanana’s on an impromptu hike around Boulder, CO as well and found that they offer enough traction on dry rocks, however you start to feel them slip with wet rocks. They exceeded my expectations in the traction department on loose gravel as well, as they are not really geared for all out hiking–rather more casual use is their aim.
I have worn these sandals everyday for the past few weeks and have not grown tired of them or found a big issue or complaint with them. One might say that additional sizing options would be a plus, as they are only available for Women in whole sizes from 5-12, with regular width. I am typically a 9.5 in running shoes and elected to size down to a 9 and couldn’t be happier with the fit in terms of length. I have a pretty average foot width and didn’t encounter any issues. For those with wider feet these sandals probably will not work well do to the webbing location and more narrow cut. Perhaps check out the Flip EcoTread, which is also available in wide and regular. The Tanana’s are new for this season and retail for $70.