How to Adjust Your Chacos
Not too long ago, we scored big in our own humble opinion.
Chaco had long lived on our dream brand list, but hadn’t been in the UK market for years. Apart from a small devout following amongst canoeists and kayakers it was a brand little known here, but in the US it carries serious weight. If you like going out of doors in sandals then Chaco are unmatched in comfort and durability. Yet they’re also distinctive thanks to their smart Z-Strap fastening system which gives a fully customised fit, and a robust and chunky sole unit with a lugged sole, capable in all terrain.
Here we breakdown the smart Z-Strap fastening system and how to get the perfect fit:
In order to achieve the best fit, before we tighten the sandal the first time let’s make sure it is completely loose. Take your sandal and undo the buckle (labeled 1 in the diagram). Pull it all the way up to create as much slack as possible.
From the outside, grasp the middle strap and pull up, or towards the inside, until there is plenty of excess strap available (labeled 2 in the diagram). Don’t pull it out so far that the back is too tight.
Now pull the front outside strap up until there is enough room for your foot to easily fit in the straps (labeled 3 in the diagram). Go ahead and put your foot through the straps. It should be very loose on your foot. If not pull on the tight strap to loosen it.
Now that your sandal is loose, we are going to start tightening the straps.
Working from the inside, pull the front strap up until the strap that crosses the top of your foot, from instep to just behind your toes, until it is snug (labeled 1 in the diagram). You should be able to get a finger under the strap across your foot.
Move back to the middle inside strap (labeled 2 in the diagram). Gently pull it up until the whole front of the sandal is snug. Again you should be able to get a finger under both front straps, but they should not be loose.
Grasp the strap that goes through the buckle and pull down (labeled 3 in the diagram).
This will finish the process and your Chaco should now fit just right. If not, you may need to go through the tightening process again. Next time you remove it, the sandal should stay close enough to your current adjustment that you will only need to slightly tighten the front straps the next time.