Verdict from 1 expert and 100+ user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • More than a handful of online shoppers are in love with the style of the Original Sandal. They praise the combination of flip-flops and sandals in one. 
  • What leaves a majority of consumers in awe is the Original Sandal versatility for most purposes —from casual strolling to light hiking. 
  • Despite the low-profile look of the pair, it is able to render the right amount of arch support, according to a small number of wearers. 
  • Plenty of users admire how comfortable the sandals are. They say that they barely notice wearing any footgear at all. 
  • A multitude of owners commend the durability of the sandals. 
  • Teva loyalists appreciate the lightness of these sandals.
  • The grip from this pair is incredible, according to a number of users.
  • A decent percentage of verified buyers like the way the Original Sandal performs in watery environments.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The ankle strap is too short, according to a considerable number of consumer reviews. 
  • A couple of users detests how they had to endure a little discomfort given by the toe strap for the first few weeks. 

Bottom line

A long-standing member of the Teva family, the budget-friendly Original Sandal makes its comeback a blast by delivering satisfaction and enjoyment to the brand loyalists. Its flexibility, comfort, low weight, support, and grip were all brought to the spotlight by consumers.

This pair delighted many wearers with its surprisingly superb performance, though there are users who are a tad disappointed with the length of the ankle strap. All in all, the Original Sandal renders a multitude of benefits to users despite its low-profile look.

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Good to know

  • This hiking sandal from Teva uses an EVA foam as its footbed. It gives cushioning and comfort to users. The polyester webbing upper of this lightweight footgear is abrasion resistant and able to withstand extreme temperatures.
  • The triangular tread pattern of the Original Sandal's outsole provides traction on surfaces. The thong strap and hook-and-loop adjustable ankle straps deliver a precise fit.

The Teva Original Sandals are offered to women. Its fit is only adjustable through the ankle strap.

With Teva’s patented Durabrasion outsole, the Original Sandal renders lightweight durability to its users. The triangular and evenly spaced treads are able to provide traction on surfaces, thus reducing chances of slips and falls. The outsole also offers a good amount of flexibility.

The Original Sandal has an ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) foam for a footbed. Providing both rebound and cushioning, this material is known to be resistant to abrasion. Furthermore, EVA is lightweight and shock absorbent and when used in footwear. It also serves as the foot's protection against hard and sharp objects on the trail.

The Teva Original Sandal has a polyester webbing upper. This water-friendly material can frequently be submerged in water without the user having to worry about it getting damaged. It is abrasion-resistant, has a soft feel to it, and can hold out to extreme temperatures.

This multi-sport sandal is an open-toe piece that has a thong strap in the toes and an adjustable ankle strap. The ankle strap has an extra piece of ring and a hook-and-loop fastener. This allows the users to wear the sandals as a slide.

-The Original Sandal can be worn as a slide by using the rubber ring on the ankle strap. Unstrap the back and flip it backward to the right. Loop it through the rubber and attach it to the extra piece of Velcro, so the ankle strap does not go around the ankle.

-Depending on the frequency of use, Teva recommends cleaning the sandals every two to four weeks. It is advised to use an antimicrobial soap with warm water while gently scrubbing it with a soft-bristled brush to remove debris. The pair is not machine washable, too. For a deeper clean, bend the sandal to open the grooves.

-In case the odor is persistent, Teva recommends the following:

  • Using any antimicrobial mouthwash, mix one cup of it with two cups of water and soak the sandals for 15 minutes. Scrub it with a soft-bristled brush and let it air dry.
  • In a hot tub or chlorinated pool, immerse the sandals for 15 to 20 minutes then scrub. Rinse with clean water and air dry.
  • Allow the pair to freeze overnight by sealing the clean and dry pair in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Allow the sandals to sit for 8 to 24 hours after sprinkling a layer of baking soda on the footbed. After coating it with baking soda, the odor-neutralizing effect can be strengthened by tying it in a plastic bag.


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