ok so after 7 or 8 years my chaco's finally died.
after reading about "flexi-feat", a colorado made sandal, on a chaco thread here on the wonderful buzz... yeah that sentence confused me too... oh well to tired to fix it.
anyway, i broke my chaco's while in durango this weekend... right were "flexi-feat" are made... so for $30 i bought a pair. here is my 3 day review:
first off the couple that make them are very nice down to earth river people.
now for the real review...
they are not chaco's (duhh!)... my feet are used to my chaco's so keep that in mind and like all things, what fits me may not fit you and vice versa.
I found the strap system a little weird (keep in mind i have permanent chaco tan lines... aka very used to them and this is a different system) but it is adjustable, after about 20 minutes of adjusting the buckle location and working on the fit i then wore them for the next 4 hours of walking around durango.
I have since worn them 2 more days in this fashion.
I will say this if you are looking for a chaco replacement for just kicking around camp or town they may be the right choice for you. they are slowly getting used to my feet... but i still find that certain things bug me.
#1 they have to be tight (really tight) to keep my feet from slipping forward and this causes some pressure points.
#2 is the front strap placement... it starts behind the big toe just fine but then cuts across the top of my pinky toe at about half way down my toe. (this could just be personal preference )
my 3 day impression is that i will not be wearing them for any serious hiking, which is something i did a lot with in my chaco's......
But for around town or in camp probably a good sandal especially for the price.
in trying to be fair i will try to remember to post an update after i have had them a bit longer.