Verdict from 3 experts and 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Most Teva Universal Trail reviews talk about how comfortable this sandal is, from the straps to the sole.
  • Many hikers and casual wearers praise this hiking sandal for having an excellent grip.
  • Several reviewers are amazed by the level of arch support it offers.
  • A good number of users are impressed by the soft straps that are easy to fasten and adjust.
  • Some also mention the good amount of stability that this sandal has, whether they're walking on sand or concrete.
  • The Teva Universal Trail sandals are super lightweight and easy to travel with, according to some.
  • A couple of users who wear them on the beach like how these sandals dry quickly after getting wet.

1 reason not to buy

  • A few verified buyers wish there are more stylish colorways available. 

Bottom line

Styled for the city but tough enough to tackle the trails, the Teva Universal Trail has gotten tons of positive feedback for its top-notch comfort. The grippy Vibram sole, adjustable straps, and the soft footbed are just among the qualities that have caught the attention of hikers and outdoorsy folks.

And if these are not enough, this hiking sandal from Teva is touted for its amazing arch support and quick-drying uppers which make them a great footwear choice for your summer adventures and long days on your feet.

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Good to know

  • 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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.


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