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Jacob Linton

Locale: Western NC
Minimal Sandals? on 02/03/2010 13:47:43 MST Print View

So spring isn't too far off, and I'm looking for some new sandals.
My everyday footwear are Sanuk sidewalk surfers. If you're not familiar with them, they're basically just a slip on shoe with a thin foam sole and a cloth upper.
I've worn them on plenty of short dayhikes and they do fine, but they make my feet sweat way too much.
My ideal sandal would be something similar but with maybe a strap system.
I've got some Chacos, but they're just ridiculously over built for me.
Haven't tried Tevas, but they look massive too.

So what I'm looking for is a sandal with minimal cushion, no real support, fairly breathable.

Any suggestions?

Oh, and I've tried Vibram fivefingers, and didn't love them. So they're out.
Thanks in advance.

twig .
(bretthartwig) - MLife

Locale: Australia
Re: Minimal Sandals? on 02/03/2010 13:53:22 MST Print View

These are about as light as sandals get - just not that minimal in terms of straps.

Edited by bretthartwig on 02/03/2010 13:53:56 MST.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Minimal Sandals? on 02/03/2010 13:55:06 MST Print View

MYOG SandalsMYOG sandalsHow minimal do you want to go? You can make your own sandal, like on here:

Edited by T.L. on 02/03/2010 13:59:17 MST.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Minimal Sandals? on 02/03/2010 13:56:01 MST Print View

So your feet sweat too much? You want true minimal ? Forget straps! Get the strapless sandals instead!

Caveat: No actual experience with these whatsoever!

Edited by ben2world on 02/03/2010 13:56:50 MST.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re: Minimal Sandals? on 02/03/2010 13:59:59 MST Print View

There you go with your fancy HTML again, Ben!!

Jacob Linton

Locale: Western NC
Edit sort of on 02/03/2010 14:05:13 MST Print View

Thanks for the quick help.

I should have mentioned.
I hate flip flops.
I'm looking for sandals that I could actually manage to hike in.
They don't need to have an enclosed toe or really secure attachment.

The mental image I have is Chacos but with just a thin foam sole like my Sanuks.

And weight isn't really a huge concern.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
more than minimal on 02/03/2010 14:21:21 MST Print View

I like something that is sufficient to walk through airports with and offers a tiny bit of protection (more than sandals).

There are several varieties and brands of running shoes called racing flats, and some of these go 3.8 ounces to 7 ounces, which is roughly half of what a normal running shoe is (all measured as per-shoe). That works for me.


Jeremy Greene
(tippymcstagger) - F

Locale: North Texas
huaraches on 02/03/2010 16:10:56 MST Print View

Paul Siegel

Locale: Southern Appalachians
Vibram Five Fingers on 02/03/2010 17:29:38 MST Print View

What about vibram five fingers?

edit: I didn't read the OP. Mea Culpa.

Edited by PaulSiegel on 02/03/2010 19:19:59 MST.

Thomas Trebisky

Locale: Southern Arizona
My advice on 02/03/2010 17:35:38 MST Print View

Go with Chacos, they beat Tevas all around (no velcro!).
Better yet, go with the Vibram Five Fingers. These are way light (I need to weigh my pair). Enough time with the five fingers and you could just drop them altogether and go barefoot. The strapless jobs someone suggested, do look way cool though -- but not much ankle support.

Dean F.
(acrosome) - MLife

Locale: Back in the Front Range
No Vibram Five Fingers on 02/03/2010 18:36:38 MST Print View

Did you two read the OP ??? :o)

William Johnson
Huarache Sandals on 02/03/2010 18:48:46 MST Print View

Those strapless sandals are great! I would love to try them as a gag - thank you for linking them.

Here is a link to Barefoot Ted's, HUARACHE SANDALS.

huarache sandals

Hope you find what you are looking for. Lots of good suggestions.

oh, by the way, has anyone mentioned trying Vibram Fivefingers? hehe. :P

Edited by Steamboat_Willie on 02/03/2010 18:51:29 MST.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Crocs Trailbreak? on 02/07/2010 10:18:19 MST Print View

I really want to get a hands-on at the Crocs Trailbreaks. I found one online forum source that listed the weight at 20oz for a size 9. Reviews are positive, reporting good traction. Sizes seem to run large.,default,pd.html?cgid=men-footwear

I do like my Keen sandals, but I wouldn't call them lightweight.

Edited by dwambaugh on 02/07/2010 10:30:12 MST.

Jacob Linton

Locale: Western NC
Thanks on 02/07/2010 13:21:48 MST Print View

Great feedback.
The huaraches look amazing and are probably as close as I'm going to get.
Thanks again.

Steven Sashen
(Invisible) - F
Another minimalist sandal on 05/30/2010 19:07:00 MDT Print View

Check out for free plans to make huaraches running sandals, as well as inexpensive sandal kits and custom-made huaraches

adam dunaway
(exodusofthemind) - F
Re: Minimal Sandals? on 04/18/2011 10:00:18 MDT Print View

I know this thread is a little old, but you might want to take a look at these:

Keen - Kreek. They are pretty low drop / minimal as far as mass produced sandals are concerned, plus offer some toe protection while on trail.

15.9oz weight

(rps76) - F
Keen Kanyon on 04/18/2011 10:49:50 MDT Print View

12.3 oz.

René Jeninga

Locale: Near the coast in the Netherlands
Teva Zilch on 04/19/2011 00:58:18 MDT Print View

Teva Zilch

Diana Vann
(DianaV) - MLife

Locale: Wandering
Re: Teva Zilch on 04/19/2011 09:35:23 MDT Print View

The website does not specify weight. Do you know the weight?

Matt Sanger
(IPARider) - MLife
zilch on 04/19/2011 09:38:18 MDT Print View

REI website says 11.6 oz. for the women's. (per pair, I assume)

Other sites report 7oz. each.

I'm hopeful about these, but the toe loop may be a deal-breaker. I'm looking forward to reports.

Edited by IPARider on 04/19/2011 09:42:52 MDT.