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.
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This model holds its own, but isn't our favorite closed sandal.
So, the Teva Omnium 2 hybrid shoes are a very unique item of footwear. Perfect for summer adventures, they'll see you right down the beach, along a mountain path, and curled up with you on the sofa of a trendy coffee shop.
Updates to Teva Omnium 2
- The Teva Omnium 2, the first-generation Omnium’s successor, is a hiking gear built for wearers who require a blend of protection and support in their adventures. It is treated with the same Microban technology as its predecessor, giving the sandal adequate defenses against odor-causing elements.
- This iteration retains a shank in the midsole unit. However, the former version’s shock-mitigating Shoc Pad technology makes an exit.
- Its synthetic upper has also received a couple of welcome changes. The two forefoot vent holes in this edition are now paneled with mesh unlike those seen in the first Omnium. This version also has an elastic gore engineered on each side of the tongue’s flap for ease of access.
- The Omnium 2’s cushy midsole and grippy outsole together make a rockered toe. This feature, which it inherits from its older brother, allows for improved push offs.
Teva Omnium 2 size and fit
Teva’s Omnium 2 is a multi-sport sandal specially built for male day hikers. Its relatively true-to-size fit is targeted at wearers with standard-width feet. Its sizing selection is made up of full and half sizes. In it, users may achieve a secure and personalized lockdown via the sandal’s adjustable instep lacing and hook-and-loop straps.
When it comes to footing security on slippery surfaces, the Teva Omnium 2 relies on its non-marking Spider Original outsole. It is made of a kind of rubber that enables it to produce adequate grip over challenging terrain, whether wet or dry. Teva designers engineered it with hardwearing multi-faceted protrusions (commonly known as lugs) to give frequenters of the trail enhanced slip and skid resistance.
The Omnium 2’s heavy-duty midsole is the layer that delivers protection from underfoot hazards and giving owners sufficient stability over uneven terrain. It is made using ethylene-vinyl acetate—a foam-like material known for its durability and capability to withstand considerable weight and stress. Its non-removable in-built footbed, which is mildly textured to prevent slippage, grants hikers extra comfort underfoot.
Embedded within the midsole’s confines is a nylon shank. This additional component gives enhanced stability over rugged terrain. It also bolsters the gear’s medial support.
Wearing this Teva gear means being strapped in its part synthetic, part mesh upper. It is engineered with soft padding on the inside for increased in-sandal comfort. Its closed-toe design is shoe-like, giving trail enthusiasts extra forefoot protection. The gaps between the footwear’s collar and tongue are bridged with a stretchy material (gore), making on and off a bit more convenient.
The closure system of the Omnium 2 blurs the line between sandals and shoes. This is especially true with the footgear’s lace-like quick-pull cord with locking slider at the instep. The straps securing the cuff area both have Velcro-like fasteners. That said, only the front strap has a locking buckle made of a material akin to hard plastic.
Caring for the Teva Omnium 2
Teva recommends cleaning the Omnium 2 every two to four weeks. The care tips that follow can help prolong the footgear’s lifespan:
- Wash the sandal by hand (never by machine) in warm water with the use of antimicrobial soap. Remove dirt, mulch, and the like from hard-to-reach creases and gaps using a soft-bristled brush. Extra clingy substances may be dealt with by gently bending the affected areas of the footwear and flushing them off with a jet of water.
- If after washing odor persists, try the following methods:
- Soak the hiker in a solution made by combining one cup of antimicrobial mouthwash and two cups of water for about 15 minutes. Scrub stinky parts with a soft-bristled brush. Let it dry in a shaded yet airy place.
- If the above mixture is not an option, submerge the sandal either in a tub of hot water or in a basin filled with chlorinated water for 15 to 20 minutes. Scrub the shoe and rinse it with clean water. Let it air-dry.
- Put the Omnium 2 (must be clean and dry) in a sealable bag then place it inside the freezer overnight.
- The use of baking soda is another alternative. Apply a layer of it on the footgear’s footbed then let it sit for 8 hours to an entire day. The odor-neutralizing effect of this method may be enhanced by putting the sprinkled sandal in a plastic bag.
- Exposing this Teva hiker to sunlight for no more than 15 minutes on occasion is recommended. Note that longer sunlight exposure could lead to warping and damage.
Teva Omnium 2 vs. Teva Forebay 2
The second-generation Omnium and the Forebay 2 are among Teva’s line-up of closed-toed sandals. Read on to find out their differences.
- Toe Protection. Although both pieces of hiking footwear have a closed-toe construction, the Omnium 2 has more toe protection thanks to the broader coverage of its midsole.
- Midsole Tech. The Forebay 2’s midsole comes with the Shoc Pad unit at the heel for extra shock absorption. The Omnium 2, on the other hand, is engineered with a nylon shank for improved arch support and ground stability.
- Price Point. The featured footgear’s suggested retail price is about 20 dollars higher than the Forebay 2.
- The Teva Omnium 2 also comes in a leather variant—the Omnium 2 Leather.