Verdict from 100+ user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • According to a majority of users, the Teva Original Universal Premier Leather was very comfortable. They added that they did not have any blisters or hot spots.
  • Its versatility was admired by some hikers. They mentioned that aside from hiking, the Original Universal Premier Leather from Teva was great for everyday use too.
  • A couple of wearers were surprised with its leather upper as it was surprisingly soft on the skin.
  • This leather hiking sandal did not require breaking in at all, as mentioned by multiple owners.
  • It comes at an affordable price.

2 reasons not to buy

  • It did not fit well, as stated by a disappointed brand loyalist.
  • A few outdoor enthusiasts were upset with the insufficient arch support of the Original Universal Premier Leather.

Bottom line

Those who love the outdoors may find a friend in the Teva Original Universal Premier Leather. It is recognized for its comfort and versatility, making it a multi-sport sandal that can handle everyday errands and easy trail hikes. On the other hand, its inadequate arch support gained criticisms. Overall, for buyers who plan to get a pair of Teva hiking sandals, it is wise to visit the nearest local retailer to discern whether the arch support is deficient or sufficient for them.

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Good to know

  • Classic style meets modern performance with the Teva Original Universal Premier Leather. Featuring the Universal Strapping System with an upper predominantly made of leather and part synthetic, it gives outdoor enthusiasts confidence and comfort during their hikes. It uses the silhouette of the Original Universal sandal.
  • Its contoured EVA footbed provides lightweight cushioning and support. Its rubber outsole, on the other hand, bites into most surfaces and maintains traction even on wet trails.

The Teva Original Universal Premier Leather is a hiking sandal that caters to men and women. It is offered in full sizes and standard width. Its adjustable straps permit fit customization. In addition, this gear runs true to size.

The Original Universal Premier Leather from Teva has a Durabrasion rubber outsole with triangular and square lugs. This design promotes traction on virtually all types of terrain without the added bulk.

The midsole of the Teva Original Universal Premier Leather is a made of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA). This lightweight material runs the entire length of the sandal. It absorbs shock, renders cushioning and enhances flexibility. Also, its contoured design follows the symmetry of the foot for optimal support.

This open-toe, hiking sandal combines leather (69%) and synthetic (31%) for a durable and flexible upper. It features the brand’s Universal Strapping System which includes straps on the ankle and the forefoot. It is connected using a lateral strap. It features uses a hook-and-loop closure for easier adjustment. Also, the brand added a padded lining underneath the straps for comfort.


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