Who should buy Chaco Z/2 Classic 

This value for money sandal is for users who expect bodies of water along the hiking trail. This multi-use, summer footwear is for users who prefer:

  • Strappy sandals
  • A vegan option

Chaco Z/2 Classic logo

Chaco's very own outsole

Equipped with a ChacoGrip outsole, the Z/2 Classic promises a kind of surface traction that works on different terrain types, whether wet or dry. This non-marking, Chaco-owned grippy layer is made of a specialized rubber compound. Its surface sports a double helix tread pattern for multi-directional traction and 3.5-mm lugs for grip over loose soil. Its rear and front ends are ridged to assist hikers during ascents and descents. 

Chaco Z/2 Classic outsole

Supportive, and shock-absorbing midsole

The cushy, shock-absorbing, and arch-supportive platform of the Z/2 Classic is the Chaco-patented Luvseat midsole. It is made of polyurethane—a material similar to rubber, characterized by high stress and compression resilience, abrasion resistance, and lasting durability. Besides acting as the upper’s foundation, this midsole also serves as a channel through which the webbing strap unit moves during strap adjustments.

Chaco Z/2 Classic midsole

Slip-resistant footbed

Extra cushioning is courtesy of the sandal’s non-removable footbed. Its slightly raised heel borders keep the foot centered, while its textured surface prevents underfoot slippage. For odor prevention, the engineers imbued the footbed with antimicrobial properties. 

Chaco Z/2 Classic underfoot

Strappy upper of the Z/2 Classic

The Chaco Z/2 Classic’s patterned webbing upper, which includes the heel risers and toe loop, is made of polyester jacquard fabric—a synthetic textile known for its durability and lightness. Its scuff-resistant, adjustable straps are interconnected and work as a unit in giving wearers a personalized fit. 

Chaco Z/2 Classic straps

The injection-molded strap buckle is made of a material akin to hard plastic. 

Chaco Z/2 Classic sandal buckle

Podiatrist-approved footwear

  • Every footwear product by Chaco features the Luvseat footbed. Its ergonomic design is certified by the American Podiatric Medical Association.

Chaco Z/2 Classic podiatrist approved

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 15.6oz / Women 11oz
Use: Multi-sport, Water hiking
Features: Strappy, Vegan / Lightweight
Width: Normal, Wide
BRAND Brand: Chaco
Construction: Strappy, Vegan
Material: Rubber sole

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Author
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.