Teva Verra Review – Is this the best sandal for hiking?
The Teva Vera sandal is comfortable, durable, sleek and feminine while also tough and adventure-ready. Ours have lasted over 3 years which is a huge deal considering the alternative flip flop sandal is one of the most polluting waste items in the world.
We’ve just finished the winter snow season here in Australia. The first big sign of this season change was after a solid day splitboarding in the Australian backcountry. I pulled my wet snowboard boots and relieved my poor feet. But that wasn’t the best bit. The best bit BY FAR was putting them into a pair of TEVA VERA sandals – it felt like my feet were being caressed. The first thing you will notice is the soft thick sole. That is the main reason I have been wearing my Teva Vera sandals for 3 years now, traveling and hiking all over the world.
Teva Verra Sandal Review
Why I chose the Teva Vera sandal?
Healthier for your feet
The Teva Vera sandal is an upgrade from the more common flip-flop Havaiana type sandal. There are however known health risks associated with wearing flat flip-flops. They offer zero arch support for your foot and no ankle support. For active women that like hiking, upgrading your flip-flop to a more rugged sandal like the Teva Vera is a great option.
We chose the Teva Vera sandal as it was feminine while also being rugged. Providing arch support was also very important. A few years ago I tore the spring ligament in my foot – The ligament that holds the arch of your foot up. My physio warned me to stay away from flip-flops (thongs), as the lack of any arch support will be detrimental to my feet. You put these Teva sandals on and you instantly feel the difference. They feel good for you and my ankle feels supported.
A durable sandal will help reduce ocean waste
The durability of a sandal like the Teva Vera is another reason you should consider making the switch from your regular flip flops. Flip flops are the highest-selling show in the world. Billions of them are made year in factories in China and beyond. They are also one of the most polluting. Close to a million plastic shoes, many of them flip flops end up on beaches across the Indian Ocean. We have seen the same in the South Pacific, Japan, Europe… you name the location and you can be sure there will be flip flops in the plastic beach waste. Flip flops are no way as durable as a regular shoe or sandal, and once the plug between your toes breaks, they can not be repaired to a good enough standard to continue wearing. This results in millions of discarded flip flops ending up in oceans and threatening ocean life. Still Stoked and we believe also our readers, do not want to have anything to do with contributing to this global crisis.
Adventure ready—but also sleek and feminine, there’s nothing this comfy sandal won’t do.
Incredibly comfortable and lightweight sole
When I put the Teva Vera sandal on that first day out of my wet snowboard boots, it was literally like someone was massaging my feet. Now, this was most likely amplified by the fact that my feet were suffering all day in the snowboard boots but needless-to-say, I was so overjoyed with the comfort the boys in my group asked to try them on – not even joking!
What I like most about this shoe is the cushion in the sole called Shoc Pad and the support that the sole gives you. They are ridiculously comfortable and it’s great to know you can climb, run or do anything like that in them.
Thin straps that are feminine
When you think of sandals, I always think of thick strapped ‘Jesus sandal‘ type things. In contrast to that vision, these are slender, strappy and stylish! Feminine while being rugged.
I’ve even got away with wearing them to work.. in an office :-)
The Teva Vera sandal is durable
I have had these sandals for 3 years now and they are only showing some wear and tear on the velcro straps. They have climbed up mountains in Tahiti, bushwacked to roads from the snow line and sailed across the Pacific Ocean on a small boat called Finding Avalon (read about this amazing adventure here)!
So if like me you live in flip-flops in the summer or want a super comfortable shoe to transition to as soon as you kick off your ski or snowboard boots, then you should upgrade your Haviannas to a pair of these. The Teva Verra sandal has 245 reviews on the Teva website averaging 4.5 stars with 2300+ reviews on Amazon averaging just shy of 5/5 stars. So I’m not the only one that recommends these as part of your adventure arsenal of clothing!
They also come in 5 colours and only cost $70 which is not that more than a Havianna flip flop – Winning!