Verdict from 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Dozens of wearers felt extreme comfort in the Chaco Z/Volv X.
  • On and off was convenient, according to a couple of users.
  • This Chaco sandal amazed a large group of consumers with its extraordinary lightness.
  • Its fit runs true to size, according to many owners.
  • Many reviewers found the sandal’s design superbly fashionable. Most of them particularly liked its ingenious combination of colors.
  • The Z/Volv X from Chaco impressed several users with its powerful arch support.
  • When it comes to durability, this sandal enthralled some testers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • This footgear was detested by a number of patrons for not being offered in wide.
  • A minority of owners were annoyed when the strap of the Z/Volv X rubbed their big toe during the first few days of wearing it.

Bottom line

To fall in love with the Chaco Z/Volv X because of its posh construction is by no means a bad thing. However, ignoring its other strengths—its remarkable comfort, fantastic fit, and lightweight build—would be a bit of a disservice to the brand. The one thing that might greatly displease buyers in this strappy gear, though, is its lack of a wide option. Nevertheless, the Z/Volv X is yet another captivating Chaco product—one that wears all its trail-worthy characteristics proudly on its sleeve.

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Good to know

  • Influenced by modern footwear design, the Chaco Z/Volv X is a vegan-friendly sandal built for hikers who wish to perform on the trail with agility and a touch of elegance. It is about 20% lighter than the Classic Z.
  • This footwear hugs the foot with its webbing upper. Its straps are encased within the sandal’s Luvseat midsole where they move as a unit for adjustability.

The Z/Volv X from Chaco is a generally true-to-size multi-sport sandal made specifically for female hikers. It is offered in standard width and whole sizes. Responsible for providing wearers a personalized and secure fit are the adjustable straps. Its heel risers enable the accommodation of various foot volumes.

What enables hikers to navigate tricky surfaces securely is Chaco’s very own EcoTread outsole. A fourth (25%) of its construction is recycled rubber. Its ability to prevent users from slipping over unpredictable terrain is thanks in large part to its N-shaped protrusions (also known as lugs) and wavy grooves at the forefoot and heel.

A company-exclusive, gender-specific midsole called Luvseat is what gives wearers enough stability and cushioning underfoot in the Chaco Z/Volv X. Its entirety is made of an extra-soft polyurethane (PU) compound. It is engineered with a somewhat bulky heel for shock absorption.

Offering additional comfort is the sandal’s PU footbed. It is integrated with the Luvseat midsole, making it a non-removable component. It prevents underfoot slippage with its wrinkly surface.

The Z/Volv X’s double-strapped upper is made of polyester jacquard webbing. Its adjustable ankle strap comes with an injection-molded ladder lock buckle. The equally adjustable heel risers complete its equation. They are made of durable woven fabric.

  • This sandal may be machine-washed in cold water on a gentle cycle using either some baking soda or mild detergent. It may only be air-dried. It should not be dried near a heat source or in the dryer as high temperatures can melt the adhesive bonding the outsole to the sandal.


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