Closeouts. The balm for feet chapped by years of uncomfortable footwear, Chaco's Balmer shoes soothe the pain with an amply cushioned insole, plenty of arch support, and a non-marking sole made of 100% recycled rubber.
Durable leather and breathable mesh upper
Lace-up front with two D-rings
Padded collar and tongue
Removable cushioned insole with arch support
Non-marking EcoTread traction sole is made of recycled rubber
Reviewed by Horrorview from Massachusetts on Friday, February 07, 2014
Purchased these based on both my experiences with Chaco sandals and shoes as well as many reviews stating the Balmers were similarly designed and as comfortable as the sandals the company is known for. My experience, however, differs as the Balmers don't give my arches the same level of support as my PedSheds, while the heel of the sneaker is far too soft and doesn't "hold" the foot in the shoe. It's not a matter of the shoe being large as my toes are right where they're supposed to be in the front of the sneaker, so I'm just guessing the heel is a (poor) design decision. In any event, I wouldn't wear these for hikes or long distance walking as I don't trust them in terms of stability. With this loose/soft heel, I'd fear turning an ankle or worse, especially on uneven/rocky terrain.
Reviewed by Running in FL from Florida on Friday, January 03, 2014
For a casual/sporty type of shoe, this shoe has a much nicer look than most running shoes. The cushioning is superb. I'm not terribly excited about the yellow laces (don't mind the yellow soles), but laces are easy to change. The problem I have with these shoes is the size--I usually wear a size 12, but my toe comes up against the end of the shoe in this 12. I am confident the 13 would be too large, so I will pass on this shoe. I had the same problem with Keen sandals, which I love, but the sizing is just not right for my foot. Ironically, the size 12 Chaco sandals are a perfect fit for me (but then again, they also have an open toe which gives a bigger margin of error for that measurement.
Reviewed by bc from West Elmira on Monday, October 21, 2013
I originally bought a pair of size 13 which were too big so I returned for a size 12. These, it so happens, are too small. The footbed feels comfortable, yet neither size fit in a way I would want to wear them all day. I have owned Chaco sandals for years and they are quite comfortable. I was hoping their shoes would satisfy as well. In addition, I am disappointed that Sierra Trading Post charges shipping for exchanges.