Reviewed by Annie from Utah on Monday, July 08, 2013
I have had a pair of chaco sandals for going on 13 years, since my days as a river guide. In recent years I've been dealing with Plantar Fasciitis heal pain and these are the ONLY thing that I can wear for more than 30 minutes without irritating it! (I've thrown all inserts, tennis shoes, etc out the window). I can stand on Chaco's for hours without irritating my heals/arches. I wanted these to work sooooo badly, especially for the price! I needed something that I could wear currently with compression socks (I am pregnant and having major varicose vein/swelling issues), and with socks for work (I am a nurse and need close toed shoes) and in wintertime. These seemed tight over the toe areas for me, and a size up was too big and loose in the heals and length. Without socks they were ok, and probably would have stretched or loosened enough to wear. However, the nice grippy upper sole that I love in the sandal combined with the tighter leather upper makes it impossible to get the shoe on without it tightening the socks around the toe area. I could not get the socks to loosen even after wearing them around for 30 minutes or more, they just stuck to the bottom. Maybe if they were powdered or dirty enough the socks would slide better.I found a pair of wide in my size that I'm going to keep for the price, although it doesn't seem much looser than the regular, and hope they will work out ok. I did find a pair of Mary Jane style Chaco shoes on eBay that work well, as it is much more open and loose on the top, so I can get my toes in without having the sock grip problem when I slide my foot into the shoe. Still a fanatic of the sandals!!!