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Hiking Sandals

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.

Hiking Shoes

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.

Hiking Boots

Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking boots.

Mountaineering 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.

Day Hiking

Shoes or boots for hikes that only last for half a day. Flexibility and lightness are the highlights of these kinds of footwear. See the best day hiking shoes and the best day hiking boots.

Backpacking

For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots

Speed Hiking

Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.

Winter Hiking

Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.

Multi-sport

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.

Price
$110
Weight
Men: 15.9oz
Women: 14oz
Width
Men: Normal, Wide
Women: Normal, Wide

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Numerous users were pleased with the comfort delivered by the Chaco Z/Cloud 2.
  • Its attractive colorways delighted the majority.
  • A considerable number of wearers loved how this sandal supported their arches.
  • The Z/Cloud 2 from Chaco was able to grip on virtually all types of terrain based on a written review.
  • Despite being offered in full sizes only, hordes of hikers still lauded its accurate sizing.
  • An expert was elated with the underfoot cushioning. She said that it made a huge difference on her sensitive heel.
  • A small group of testers appreciated the thick sole of the Chaco Z/Cloud 2 as it gave them stability on uneven grounds.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A significant percentage of reviewers mentioned that the toe straps tighten as they walk. They were crestfallen as they have to readjust it frequently.
  • The Chaco Z/Cloud 2 did not please a handful of flat-footed hikers.
  • According to a few experts and users, it was a tad heavy.

Bottom line

The Z/Cloud 2 from Chaco is regarded as a comfortable and supportive multi-sport sandal. Its satisfactory features include a grippy sole, cushioned underfoot and precise sizing. It may seem that this gear has ticked all the boxes. However, it was not able to please flat-footed hikers and its toe loop was criticized too. All in all, the Chaco Z/Cloud 2 is a good pair of hiking sandals that meet the demands of the outdoors; those who have low arches may have to seek other alternatives though.


Rankings


Ratings

4.7 / 5 based on 174 ratings

5 star
77%
4 star
17%
3 star
4%
2 star
2%
1 star
0%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are hikers, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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98 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 100 / 100 by Outdoor Gear TV • Whitney • Level 1 expert

    The Z/Cloud is another great sandal by Chaco.

  • 100 / 100 by OutdoorGearLab • Shey Kiester • Level 2 expert

    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.

  • 100 / 100 by Active Junky • Active Junky • Level 1 expert

    If you’ve never owned the brand, this is your chance.

  • 95 / 100 by Bob's Adventure Blog • Bob • Level 1 expert

    Honestly, I never doubted the sandals and found myself really enjoying hiking in them. Way to go Chaco! ​​

  • 90 / 100 by Life of a Vegaholic • Valencia • Level 1 expert

    Honestly, I’m happy with these shoes overall!

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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.

Outsole

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.

Midsole

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.

Upper 

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.

Additional Info

  • The Chaco Z/Cloud 2 is vegan-friendly.