Verdict from 1 expert and 100+ user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • The Chaco Z/Volv was comfortable according to a good number of impressed owners.
  • A handful of non-Chaco fans tried the Z/Volv and were quite enthralled by its overall feel.
  • Tens of buyers mentioned that this sandal was worth the money they spent.
  • Many wearers were satisfied with its overall performance, so they bought multiple pairs.
  • Plenty of Z/Volv owners liked the sandal for being lighter than their other Chacos.
  • Most testers loved the style of this hiker.
  • A good number of buyers appreciated the wide range of color options.
  • Some wearers, including those with plantar fasciitis, gushed about the support this hiker afforded them.
  • A good number of owners vouched for the durability of this sandal.
  • Scores of wearers liked the flexibility of the Z/Volv.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A handful of wearers complained that the straps of the Chaco Z/Volv were a bit difficult to adjust. It was challenging to get the right fit in the first few tries.
  • A majority of buyers said that the sandals needed some break-in time.

Bottom line

Chaco's reputation for crafting excellent quality sandals is evident in the Chaco Z/Volv. This model was a standout for wearers because of its superb comfort, support and stylish colors. However, it does come with some flaws like strap adjustment issues and extended break-in period. Overall, this Chaco product delivers a promising performance, but only after it has been broken in.

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Good to know

  • The Z/Volv is a Classic Z sandal made cushier and 20 percent lighter. Although it weighs less than the other models, it is still equipped with the cushy LUVSEAT footbed of Chaco. This unit delivers extra comfort even when tackling rugged terrain.
  • Responsible for delivering grip is the non-marking EcoTread. This eco-friendly outsole features lugs with a depth of 3 mm.

The Z/Volv is a relatively true-to-size, multi-sport sandal explicitly made for male and female wearers. It is offered in full sizes. It comes in medium width for men and women. Its adjustable straps and heel risers allow for a precise and personalized lockdown.

This hiker offers traction and slip resistance through a component called EcoTread. This proprietary outsole uses 25 percent recycled rubber compound. Most of its surface is peppered with Z-shaped and rectangular lugs. The front and the rear parts feature a design that aids in uphill and downhill paths.

Users are granted a cushioned platform by the LUVSEAT midsole. This unit uses an airy polyurethane compound to create a soft and light underfoot feel.

The top surface of this footbed has a grid pattern to prevent the foot from sliding. All-day arch support is granted by its contoured shape.

The Z/Volv’s upper is made mainly of polyester jacquard webbing. Its adjustable straps are networked within the midsole. Fit management is handled by the high-tensile webbing heel riser along with an injection-molded ladder lock buckle at the ankle.

  • This sandal is vegan-friendly.
  • The LUVSEAT footbed is American Podiatric Medical Association certified.


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