Spring and warmer weather are coming! That means it’s almost sandal season! Head to any crag and you’ll see that a good chunk of the climbers there are wearing Sanuks. Not sure what it is about the brand that make their shoes the approach shoe of choice for dirtbags. My boyfriend swears by his Sidewalk Surfers; his shoes needed to be duct-taped together for me to convince him to buy new ones. Sanuk sent over a pair of their X-hale sandals for me to see what the hype was all about.
Chacos are the king of the rafting and guide world. Outdoorists wear their sandal lines like a badge of honor. Rugged enough for the trails, but chic enough to rock on city streets, these shoes do it all in temperate environments. For Spring 2016, Chaco updated the footbed with their proprietary Z/Cloud and made their sandals that much better.
For #HellHikeAndRaft last year I needed a pair of shoes for the rafting portion. I don’t partake in too many water sports so I turned to Ahnu Footwear for some help. Ahnu sent over their Tilden IV, the most rugged sandals in their line for me to brave the waters of the Snake River and beyond.