Our verdict

The excellent craftsmanship of the Z/Cloud is quite evident in the many things it has on offer. From its mesmerising fit and spectacular level of comfort to its stellar looks and lasting durability, this piece from Chaco is, to say the least, a real standout.


  • Amazing fit
  • Fantastic comfort level
  • Superbly hip design
  • Brilliant surface traction
  • Super-tough build quality
  • Remarkable versatility
  • Keep stink at bay
  • Lightweight


  • Short ankle strap
  • Too wide
  • Lack of stability




Who should buy the Chaco Z/Cloud

The Chaco Z/Cloud pretty much has all the elements that enable hikers to surmount what punches the trail sends their way. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking sandal that delivers extra comfort out on the trail
  • Prefer a hiking sandal that gives enough cushioning besides stability.
  • Prefer a hiking sandal that provides adequate surface traction.

Chaco Z/Cloud logo

Slip and skid resistant

This hiking sandal provides both slip and skid resistance with its ChacoGrip rubber outsole.

Chaco Z/Cloud outsole

Multi-directional surface traction

Its non-marking lugs are made with grooves and treads that give hikers multi-directional surface traction over loose soil or soft ground. The lugs in the men’s version have a depth of 3.5 mm, while the ones in the women’s variant are 3 mm deep.

Chaco Z/Cloud outsole 1

Shock-absorbing cushioning

With its company-exclusive dual-density midsole called Luvseat, this Chaco sandal lessens shock during impact and provides ample stability on the crooked parts of the trail. As it is made primarily of polyurethane (PU), this long-wearing component is capable of delivering comfort without giving in to considerable weight and stress easily.

Chaco Z/Cloud midsole

Comfortable underfoot cushioning

Also bearing the Luvseat moniker is the gear’s non-removable, podiatrist-certified footbed. This shoe has a design that grants wearers additional support and comfort underfoot.

Chaco Z/Cloud misdsole 1

Adjustable straps

The Z/Cloud’s upper is made chiefly of polyester jacquard webbing. The adjustable straps that make up most of their entirety are networked together within the sandal’s midsole. 

Chaco Z/Cloud straps

Its heel risers are made of high-tensile webbing, while its ladder lock buckle is made of a synthetic material comparable to hard plastic.

Chaco Z/Cloud heel