Updates to Teva Universal Trail

  • A more modern version of the Teva Original Universal, the Teva Universal Trail features breathable webbing uppers made from Unifi REPREVE recycled polyester. It comes with a classic strapping system that keeps the foot securely attached to the footbed and a quick-drying lining that feels soft to the skin.
  • Ready for the trail, the Teva Universal is equipped with the Vibram Megagrip outsole that sticks nicely to dry and wet surfaces, and a contoured EVA midsole that offers cushioning and support for the arches.

Size and fit

The men's and women's Teva Universal Trail sandals feature an open-toe construction and a universal strapping system with 4 anchored points of connectivity. The easy hook-and-loop closures make it easy to wear the sandals and take them off. Additionally, the cushiony footbed is contoured to the shape of the foot, promoting a comfortable fit. It also has a grippy texture that works to keep the foot locked into the sandal without being restrictive.

Outsole

Designed for adventures on and off the trail, this sandal features the Vibram Megagrip outsole with triangular lugs on the center part for improved traction on wet and dry surfaces. There are horizontal grooves (lines) in the heel and toe area that work well in traversing uneven ground and rocky paths. 

Midsole

To keep this sandal as lightweight as it can be, Teva uses EVA for its midsole. This type of foam is very lightweight yet cushy. It also does well in absorbing impact and reducing the pressure on the feet so you can walk comfortably and without getting tired easily. The footbed is contoured so it cups the foot securely.

Upper

The Teva Universal Trail sandals have uppers made of REPREVE recycled polyester webbing. Aside from being eco-friendly, this material is also very durable, thanks to the complex loom process that it undergoes. This sandal comes with a fixed ankle strap, along with adjustable Velcro ankle and toe straps connected by a single fixed outside Velcro strap. Such intuitive design makes adjusting the fit easy. Unlike the classic Teva sandals, the Universal Trail has a soft lining underneath the webbing straps so it feels soft to the skin and won't cause bruising.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 10.5oz / Women 8.3oz
Use: Day Hiking
Features: Vegan, Eco-friendly / Lightweight
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Teva
Construction: Vegan, Eco-friendly
Material: Rubber sole

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.