Verdict from 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Hordes of followers were very pleased with the color options of the Chaco Z/X1 Classic which they matched with different outfits.
  • Tens of consumers with plantar fasciitis shared how happy they were to find a product with a kind of arch support that eases their heel pain.
  • A majority of sandal owners were charmed by the freedom offered by this “no toe Chaco.”
  • According to several wearers, these sandals dried quickly after water encounters.
  • A good number of buyers who tested the sandals on rough conditions raved about their durability.
  • A handful of fans found this strappy hiker comfortable.

5 reasons not to buy

  • A few owners found the arch a bit too high.
  • The sole was too chunky for some.
  • Plenty of consumers were disappointed with the steep price of the Z/X1 Classic.
  • A lot of wearers reported that they got blisters in the first few times of wearing this sandal. Even those who wore the wide version still reported about getting blisters.
  • A couple of users found this gear to be a little heavy.

Bottom line

The Chaco Z/X1 Classic received a fair share of acknowledgments and criticisms. It is generally praised for its multiple colorways and performance on rough terrain. It is also appreciated for the strap design that grants freedom and its delivery of support that addresses plantar fasciitis. This product, however, still gave the rest some inconveniences like blistering. Therefore, if a potential buyer (who doesn’t mind its asking price) wants to be free of heel pain while tackling rugged trails, this product can deliver.

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Good to know

  • Chaco designers have been maintaining the simplicity of their sandals since 1989. This timeless characteristic can be easily seen in the eight-component build of the Z/X1 Classic.
  • Cushioning is delivered by the podiatrist-accredited Luvseat footbed. Underneath is the non-marking ChacoGrip rubber outsole that grants adequate surface traction. The lug depth of the women’s sandal is 3 mm while the men’s is 3.5 mm.

Chaco ZX/1 Classic is a men’s and women’s multi-sport sandal offered in whole sizes. The men’s version is available in medium width. The women’s version is offered in medium and wide widths. The adjustable straps and heel risers give wearers a precise lockdown.

The Chaco ZX/1 Classic is equipped with the proprietary ChacoGrip rubber outsole. Its designed with grooves and treads that give hikers multi-directional surface traction over soft ground and loose soil.

This sandal features Chaco’s dual-density midsole called Luvseat. It lessens shock upon impact when tackling rugged trails. Made primarily of polyurethane, it cushions and delivers comfort. Furthermore, the footbed is gridded to prevent the foot from slipping when the sandal is wet.

The men’s version is treated with an antimicrobial agent. On the other hand, the women’s version has a has a gender-specific design.

The Chaco ZX/1 Classic’s upper is chiefly made of double-strapped polyester jacquard webbing. The adjustable straps are connected within the midsole. It also features a high-tensile webbing heel riser and ladder lock buckle made of synthetic material.

  • This sandal is vegan-friendly.


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