My partner Holly jokes that I only wear hiking clothes and footwear no matter where we we go. Now that's a little bit of an exaggeration. I do have a nice pair of fancy shoes, and a shirt that isn't specifically designed for wicking in the great outdoors but she is right that comfy, durable outdoor gear is my choice of clothing when I get up in the morning.
And a good example is my pair of Chaco Odyssey sandals. These all-terrain closed toed shoes are perfect for day-to-day activities as well as rigorous outdoor exercises. To me they are the type of shoes I can wear all day no matter what I'm doing – from housework to driving, to going shopping or collecting the kids from school. Ok maybe I draw the line (read: Holly draws the line) at wearing them in a fancy restaurant but you'll see me wearing them in my local pub, and definitely around the campsite, beach walking, and crossing creeks and rivers.
They are easy to put on and the unique close-toe feature give your tiny toes some added protection when you accidentally kick an immovable object. The sole offers plenty of grip and is fairly flexible so it doesn't feel like your feet are just flapping against the ground in a pair of overly stiff thongs.
Also I normally wear an orthotic as I get plantar fasciitis but I haven't had any problems wearing these Chacos without my inserts. I'm not sure why but I'm not complaining!
I can see the Odysseys lasting a long time and yes, the design might seem daggy to some none-outdoors people (read: Holly) but I like them. I reckon I could even get away with wearing socks with them (even just to annoy Holly!).
RRP: $179.95. chacos.com.au
- Breathable mesh upper with polyester jacquard webbing
- Synthetic overlays for added structure and toe protection
- Men's specific LUVSEAT dual density EVR midsole
- Antimicrobial application for odour control
- Vegan-friendly construction
- Non-marking ChacoGrip Plus rubber compound
- 2.5mm lug depth