Who should buy the Chaco Z/1 Classic

The Chaco Z/1 Classic is a solid option if you prefer a hiking sandal that:

  • is adequately equipped for trail adventures requiring a combination of support and comfort
  • makes you surefooted on slippery surfaces
  • provides a secure and customized lockdown

Chaco Z/1 Classic logo

Who should NOT buy the sandal

If you need a softer and lighter Chaco sandal, have a look at the Chaco Z/Volv 2 or the Lowdown.

Excellent grip over tricky terrain

A Chaco-exclusive outsole called ChacoGrip is what grants hikers enough grip over tricky terrain. It is built with horizontal treads at the heel and forefoot for improved maneuverability on ascents and descents.

Chaco Z/1 Classic outsole

The outsole is packed with lugs to help secure the hiker’s footing on loose soil. The lug depth of the men’s and women’s versions measure 3.5 mm and 3 mm, respectively.

Chaco Z/1 Classic outsole 1.0

The Z/1 Classic is also reported to be capable of biting slippery ground such as wet concrete, poolside surafces, wet gym floors, and even rugged hiking trails.

Cushioned comfort of the Chaco Z/1 Classic

The Z/1 Classic’s ability to steady the wearer’s balance on precarious trails comes from its Luvseat midsole. It has a considerably thick construction, particularly at the heel, for ample cushioning and shock absorption. It's also very protective when you step on stones or other sharp objects.

Chaco Z/1 Classic midsole

The sole is extensively praised for having unmatched comfort. As one wearer reported, he was able to walk miles and miles in it despite his medical issue.

Provides extra underfoot comfort

It comes with an integrated, podiatrist-certified insole for extra comfort underfoot. Both the main midsole layer and the non-removable footbed are made of polyurethane (PU).

Chaco Z/1 Classic arch support

The contoured footbed provides arch support which is highly appreciated by people with higher arches and other foot conditions.

Chaco Z/1 Classic offers a secure fit

This Chaco sandal wraps the wearer’s foot in its strappy upper made of polyester jacquard webbing. It is a single-piece strap that moves as a unit within the midsole for adjustability. Some reviewers are not happy that there is only one regulation strap because if you tighten it all the way, the edge ends up touching the ground.

Chaco Z/1 Classic adjustable strap

The injection-molded ladder lock buckle is made of a material the likeness of which compares to hard plastic.

Chaco Z/1 Classic buckle

The adjustable heel risers, on the other hand, are made of webbing.

Chaco Z/1 Classic heel strap

Happy colors

The wearers are also ecstatic with the fact that this Chaco comes in a wide variety of vivid colorways. A couple of dozen of options are available in both men's and women's sandals.

The sandal is a compliment magnet for sure!

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 14.9oz / Women 10.6oz
Use: Multi-sport, Water hiking
Features: Vegan, Strappy / Lightweight
Width: Normal, Wide
BRAND Brand: Chaco
Construction: Vegan, Strappy
Material: Rubber sole

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run 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 analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.