Made of lightweight materials. They don't have much top-of-the-foot coverage so they're mostly suitable for well-maintained trails and summer hikes. Also useful for crossing rivers and streams. They come in open and closed-toe designs. See the best hiking sandals.
The low-cut equivalent of hiking boots. Comfort is paramount in the creation of these shoes so they often have flexible materials. Generally used for day hikes. See hiking shoes.
Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking boots.
Specialized footwear. Often insulated and used in technical routes, ice climbing or expeditions. See mountaineering boots.
Good to know
For hikes that won't last for more than a day, go with hiking sandals or hiking shoes. Tackling trails with greater challenges will require hiking boots or mountaineering boots.
For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.
Good to know
Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.
WeightMen: 15.9ozWomen: 14oz
WidthMen: Normal, WideWomen: Normal, Wide
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98 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews
The Z/Cloud is another great sandal by Chaco.
The Chaco Z/Cloud 2 is ready for action, whether you're hiking to the crag, strapping in for a long hike, or hitting the local frisbee golf course.
If you’ve never owned the brand, this is your chance.
Honestly, I never doubted the sandals and found myself really enjoying hiking in them. Way to go Chaco!
Updates to Chaco Z/Cloud 2
- The Chaco Z/Cloud 2 offers optimal comfort and security on the trails. Its open-toe construction and customizable strap webbing with a toe loop grants a breathable environment and enhanced foot control.
- This sandal also sports the Luvseat footbed which has an antimicrobial treatment to maintain its freshness. On the other hand, its brand-owned ChacoGrip compound allows it to bite on various terrain types.
Chaco Z/Cloud 2 size and fit
A fairly true-to-size, multi-sport sandal for men and women, the Chaco Z/Cloud 2 comes in standard and wide widths. Its adjustable heel riser and continuous single strap webbing enable users to fine-tune the fit. Lastly, both versions are offered in whole sizes only.
The Chaco Z/Cloud 2 has a rubber outsole made of the non-marking ChacoGrip rubber compound. Its lug depth is gender specific—3 mm for women and 3.5 mm for men. It can handle a variety of terrain through its grippy facade. Additionally, its cleats are spaced to prevent water entrapment that can cause slipping.
This sandal comes with a dual-density PU midsole which provides long-lasting cushioning and a comfortable ride. The women's version comes with a midsole specifically made for females and the Chaco Cloud which delivers active cushioning. Atop is the podiatrist-certified Luvseat platform (footbed) which cradles the foot and renders arch support. Its surface is textured to prevent foot slippage.
The upper of the Z/Cloud 2 features an adjustable polyester jacquard webbing. This high-tensile material and an injection-molded ladder lock buckle wrap the foot securely and keep it fastened, respectively. Chaco designers also included a toe loop which yields a more controlled stride, allowing the sandal to move in sync with the user’s foot.
- The Chaco Z/Cloud 2 is vegan-friendly.