Verdict from 100+ user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • A huge deal of hikers stated that the Chaco ZX/3 Classic runs true to size.
  • It offered great arch support, according to multiple wearers.
  • Umpteen users highly recommended it to those who have foot problems.
  • Many owners admired its versatility. Aside from hiking, they noted that they could use it on almost every occasion.
  • It was definitely worth the price, as exclaimed by the majority.
  • Hordes of users stated that crossing streams was not a problem as it dries quickly.
  • The ZX/3 Classic from Chaco was a very comfortable sandal, as stated by numerous lady hikers.
  • An abundance of wearers attested to its durability.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A handful of owners were dismayed when the toe loop strangled their big toe.
  • The break-in period of the ZX/3 Classic was somewhat disappointing as it gave them blisters, as observed by a lot of consumers.
  • Several verified buyers were dismayed with the straps that took too much time getting used to.

Bottom line

The true-to-size Chaco ZX/3 Classic is an affordable multi-sport sandal that received tons of compliments for its comfort, support, and versatility. Add to that is its durability and quick-drying attribute which enabled outdoor lovers to enjoy more miles, on and off the trail. On the flip side, it gained criticism for its constricting toe loop and need for a significant break-in. Overall, those interested in the Chaco ZX/3 Classic must be patient in breaking it in to fully appreciate its features.

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Good to know

  • As part of the Classic series collection, the ZX/3 Classic is created with a toe loop and triple-strapped upper to render a more secure ride. These quick-drying straps are adjustable to maximize fit customization and accommodate a broader range of foot types. The heel risers have the same attribute.
  • The proprietary Luvseat PU midsole cradles and cushions the foot. It sits atop a rubber outsole made of a sticky ChacoGrip compound which is optimized to bite on wet and dry surfaces.

The Chaco ZX/3 Classic is a women’s-only multi-sport sandal. It comes in whole sizes and medium width. The adjustable straps and heel risers allow the user to modify fit as desired. Lastly, it reasonably runs true to size. The ladder lock buckle, which is injection-molded, helps grant a secure foot lockdown.

The outsole of the ZX/3 Classic features the non-marking ChacoGrip rubber compound. Its women-specific profile includes 3 mm deep lugs which provide traction on most surfaces. Its toe and heel zones are designed differently to enhance grip on diverse ground conditions.

This multi-sport sandal is equipped with the brand-owned Luvseat footbed made of polyurethane (PU). It has a textured finish that prevents the foot from slipping and an antimicrobial treatment that keeps both the foot and sandal fresh. Aside from providing arch support, the midsole unit's long-lasting cushioning makes each stride more comfortable.

The open-toe ZX/3 Classic from Chaco wraps the foot through its durable triple-strapped polyester jacquard webbing. It also features a toe loop which enhances forefoot control. 

  • The brand recommends “flossing” the straps by soaking it in water with unscented fabric conditioner overnight. Pull the webbing back and forth. This step facilitates removal of any grit, and it also helps soften the straps.


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