I vote NO on Chacos! If you want a heavy and uncomfortable sandal that takes forever and ever and ever and ever and ever to break in, buy Chacos. If you want to enjoy a light weight sandal that doesn't feel like you are strapping a combat boot to your foot, buy Teva. Hell, I'd rather paddle with a leather Birkenstock before I would strap lead like Chacos to my foot. I have had my Chacos for 4 yearsand they still have that foreign feeling when I put them on. Sure, I'm only a weekend warrior, but for hecks sake, when are these sandals gonna feel good.
Yes, I know that they last forever unlike other sandals, but so do cowboy boots, military boots, and the sort.
Similair to you, all my friends ranted and raved, yet I'm still not convinced.
Ask yourself if comfort is more important than long lasting durability. Also, if you're a weekend warrior, any sandal will go the distance.