Who should buy the Chaco Chillos

The Chacho Chillos revels in its relaxing form and multi-faceted utility. Purchase it if:

  • You're into spontaneous, short hikes after finishing your house chores.
  • Hiking shoes that can be used as a slip-on are what you collect.
  • You prefer shoes that deliver great breathability in warm conditions.
  • Super-affordable kicks that provide tons of arch support are what you need.

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Who should NOT buy it

Devoid of negative reports about its arch height, the Salomon Outbound Prism is a fine alternative to the Chaco Chillos. You might also be better off sporting the Columbia Vitesse OutDry if variety in colorways is a big deal for you.

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An explosive arch in a humble package

In the arch support category, the Chaco Chillos is spectacular, according to numerous hikers. Their appreciation of the shoe's gait-preserving nature is reflected in the following accolades:

  • "The support is AH-MAZING!"
  • "The best arch support around!"
  • "Super supportive with the Chaco footbed."
  • "They have such great support."

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A challenge for your arch at the on-set

There is just one potentially small concern about its powerful arch, though—it might be too overwhelming during break-in. "When you initially put them on, the arch support feels like too much," says a tester. "The arch feels a bit much initially," says another.

If you have extremely flat feet, slipping out of the shoe when you're taking a break might be a great idea.

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Chillax in the Chaco Chillos

According to many reviewers, the Chillos hiking shoe is incredibly comfy from top to bottom. One of them says that it feels like their "favorite Chaco Z sandals." Another one says that it's "pretty comfy for work," among other things. Yet another reviewer says that its "footbed is really comfortable."

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Your agile companion on summer-time outings

Adventurers in droves only have adoration for the Chaco Chillos' barely-there construction. "SUPER lightweight" is what one of them likes to call it. FYI: the Chillos has a per-shoe weight of 160 grams, making it 220 grams lighter than the average.

The shoe's lightness is also complemented by its extraordinary breathability, with one hiking enthusiast calling it their "favorite summer footwear." "My feet don't get hot in the very hot climate," says another.

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Quite light on your wallet too

The Chaco Chillos can be considered a great entry-level offering for its super-humble list price of $65 per pair. In contrast, light hiking shoes have an average price of $118. Yes, getting this Chaco kick translates to saving $53!

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Chaco Chillos equals simple beauty

On the design front, the Chaco Chillos is spotlight-worthy, and many trail-goers agree. " I’m so pleased with the stylish look," says one female hiker. "They look very trendy," says another experienced trail-goer.

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Wanted: A more robust selection of colorways

There are those who find the Chaco Chillos a bit too limited in the selection of hues department. One eager owner says: "I wish they were offered in a lot more colors!!!"

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The multi-use Chaco Chillos

This super-pampering and lightweight kick from Chaco has versatility written all over it. Apparently, it's as doozy on hikes as it is fantastic for grocery shopping and the like. Some owners like walking the dog in it, while others go about their jobs chilling in its plush confines.

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On and off made very easy

Among the Chillos' many draws is its on-and-off convenience, which is made possible by the shoe's wide opening. But that's not all—the kick in question has a collapsible heel, which transforms the Chillos into a slipper of sorts. With its heel pushed down, the shoe can potentially replace your everyday household flip-flops.

Chaco Chillos vs. Lowdown

In this comparison, the Chillos sees a rival in the Chaco Lowdown. Let's take a look at their key differences.

Utility. The Chillos is built primarily for light hiking. It is a preferred kick for dry conditions. The Lowdown, on the other hand, is a strappy sandal that thrives in and around water.

Price. Between the two Chaco kicks, the Chillos has the upper hand for being $20 cheaper.

Weight. The Chaco Lowdown has a per-shoe weight of 218 grams, while the featured hiker only weighs 160 grams. In other words, the Chillos is lighter by 58 grams.

Facts / Specs

Weight: 5.6oz
Use: Light Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Eco-friendly, Vegan / Breathable
Width: Normal / Narrow, Normal
BRAND Brand: Chaco
Construction: Eco-friendly, Vegan

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.