Verdict from 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • The majority of the Columbia Columbia Sandal reviews say that this stylish hiking sandal is feather-light.
  • Most users find it super comfortable.
  • Several reviewers praise Columbia for creating yet another well-built footwear that can be used for different outdoor activities.
  • Some are happy to announce that they have gotten great compliments for this great-looking sandal.
  • It has an effective strapping design that keeps the foot secure, according to a couple of wearers.
  • Most verified buyers consider it the perfect sandal for summer escapades on the trail and in the city.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A hiker has issues "tying" the straps as he feels that it's a little too short.
  • It's also very hard to tie if you are someone with big hands, says another reviewer.

Bottom line

Hop in the water, hike on the trail, or go touring around the town - the Columbia Sandal is undoubtedly a versatile sandal that can make your summer adventures fun and comfortable. It gets high marks for its top-notch comfort, ultra lightness, and sturdy construction. The strapping is a huge plus. Even without the hook and loop, the buckle system perfectly holds the foot in place.

While tying it up can be a little challenging for some, this hiking sandal promises comfort and a good fit all the way.

Tip: see the best hiking sandals.

Good to know

-Meant to be at home in the water as it is on land, the Columbia Columbia Sandal is made with hydrophobic webbing and thermoplastic buckles. It also has the Omni-Grip non-traction rubber that specifically works well in wet conditions.

-This durable hiking sandal uses a two-part midsole made of soft and firm foam for a supportive and comfortable stride.

The Columbia Sandal features an open-toe construction for maximum freedom of movement. One strap secures the toes, another the ankle, and a diagonal strap connecting the toe and ankle straps. Its closure system is comprised of a buckle for ease of use and adjustment. There's also a pull tab at the back of the ankle strap for easy on and off. 

The footbed of this sandal is quite elevated, cupping the foot for more support.

Designed for wet and dry terrains, the Columbia Sandal uses a high-traction outsole which contains the brand's exclusive Omni Grip rubber compound. Diamond-shaped and arrow-shaped lugs fill up the entire surface area which further enhances the grip and stickiness of the sole. The lug depth is pretty shallow which makes this sandal ideal for hard-packed ground and solid surfaces such as city streets, slick rocks, pavements, etc.

For its cushioning system, this lightweight sandal from Columbia uses the 2-part TechLite midsole. It's a patent-pending technology that delivers improved cushioning, impact absorption, and high energy return. In addition to the midsole, this footwear features the Plush TechLite footbed for an even more comfortable stride and added support.

The highlight of this hiking sandal is the durable upper that is made of hydrophobic webbing. "Hydrophobic" means that it's moisture-repelling therefore it dries real quickly when wet. What's more, it protects against water damage which is the most common reason why people would have to change their footwear from time to time. Basically, water-drenched webbing increases the shoe weight and affects the locking mechanism of the buckles. 

Both the toe strap and the ankle straps are adjustable with the use of thermoplastic buckles (which are highly resilient). It only takes one pull to tighten or loosen up the straps and achieve a customized fit. Meanwhile, the diagonal strap connecting the toe and ankle straps keep the foot secure all the time.


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