Comment from: Rob [Visitor]  

When I was shopping for another ultra minimalist shoe/sandal recently I was torn between the Teva Zilch, Luna Sandals and the Terra Plana Achilles. I ended up going with the Luna Sandals despite their unconventional look because I wasn't so sure about that toe ring thing on the Zilch and the whole split toe thing on the Achilles. I came up with a pretty good lacing pattern on my Luna Sandals that make them "look" a bit more conventional.

06/02/11 @ 15:07
Comment from: Beth [Visitor]

Love your version! Although I can see why your wife might not be seen with you in them ;) Thanks for the review I saw these at REI and thought they were so much nicer than a heavy Chaco for instance, but I see your point with the stitching and plastic.

06/02/11 @ 15:26
Comment from: Marcus [Visitor]  

I love the concept here, I'm just not so sure about execution. It seems like great care would need to be taken with respect to those strap edges; I can see those making a real mess of my feet. That being said, if the price was right, I might give them a whirl. 80 bucks seems a bit steep though to be honest. . .

06/02/11 @ 15:37
Comment from: Conor [Visitor]

I also feel the price point is high for this kind of footwear--Teva makes "Nilch Water Shoe" (somebody review this) for about 60 bucks, and I don't see that much difference in the type or quantity of materials used.

That said, they are still priced well under Chacos, so maybe they are going for the high-end sandal wearer. I would definitely buy a pair of Zilches if they could be had for under $60.

My footwear of choice in the summer is barefoot or TEVA Mush (I've worn them in so much, they are basically minimalist footwear)

06/02/11 @ 16:32
Comment from: John [Visitor]

Looks great, but yet another shoe that doesn't come in size 15!

06/02/11 @ 16:47
Comment from: James [Visitor]

I've got the Achilles sandals on order so I'll let you know how they perform as running sandals. I also own some Lunas and while I've done several long runs in them and they did well, my motto remains less is more.

06/02/11 @ 20:31
Comment from: Michael Miller [Visitor]  
Michael Miller

I was so happy when I finally found a barefoot style sandal. But alas, the toe loop is not one-size fits all. My toe would not even begin to fit in the loop - even when I tried a sandal 2 sizes larger than my normal 10.5. I have yet to find a barefoot style shoe/sandal that really fits us wide footed persons. I would love feedback if anyone knows if such a shoe exists.

06/03/11 @ 12:42
Comment from: Pasha [Visitor]  

I was in a market for a barefoot sandal, so I bought these online. After wearing them around the house for 20 minutes, I decided that I really dislike the big toe loop. I ended up returning them. Also, I feel they were a little too cushy.

I ended up purchasing the Achilles sandal, because I wanted something I can just slip on, and head out the door. I really like them. The split between the toes took some getting used to, but now I don't think twice about it. Also, I started going barefoot more and more, and it's convenient to just throw these in the car, in case I need to go somewhere where bare feet are frowned upon.

06/07/11 @ 08:15
Comment from: akooser [Visitor]

I picked up a pair of the women's Zilch sandals. I loooove the sole, foot bed and flexibility. The toe strap is a little weird, but it's not a big deal for me. What kills me is the strapping system across the top of the foot. The angle causes the strap to push forward on my foot. I've tried it loose. I've tried it tight. It leaves a painful red mark on the forward edge of the strap no matter what I do. I'm going to have to take advantage of REI's return policy. These sandals are so close to perfection... and yet so far.

06/07/11 @ 12:13
Comment from: pedalpavementpounder [Visitor]

I purchased a pair right after they came out...the mint green and gray ones. The footbed is amazingly soft and comfortable, very flexible, and decent ground feel for a sport sandal. I don't have any issue with the toe loop, and I actually just grabbed the inside elastic loop of it a few times and stretched it out to give me a little more room.

I had the same issue as akooser, but I found that strapping the middle strap as loosely as possible eliminated that problem. There are certainly a few bugs to be worked out, but I applaud Teva for being the first ones to develop a more minimal, flexible sport sandal. Now, if Chaco would just get on that... :)

06/08/11 @ 10:51
Comment from: Ben Means [Visitor]
Ben Means

Whew. I thought I might be the only one the with toe strap problem. I tried these on at REI a couple weeks back, and that darn toe loop is what prevented me from getting these.
I am rather wide-footed, as I'm assuming Michael Miller is, and my big toes are definitely a bit wider than my other toes. That doesn't mix well with a toe strap which has little to no ability to be stretched out.
I was seriously disappointed with this let-down as I couldn't wait to get a pair and go running in these after I saw the preview on here.
To quote akooser, "These sandals are so close to perfection...... and yet so far."

07/06/11 @ 09:54
Comment from: alvinj88 [Visitor]

i used mine to rotate with my bikias. love the tevas..yeah vaseline or tape work if u break it in. got a blister on my left foot on the first try.

08/03/12 @ 08:48
Comment from: aornelles [Visitor]

Saw these for 60% retail so I had to pick up a pair. Great shoes for kicking around, much more socially acceptable than most of my shoes with zero drop.

03/03/13 @ 10:43
Comment from: bobbie [Visitor]

hi folks, i had a pair of these and, while they were ok for walking around in, i tried to run in them..once.. and that was it> there was a design flaw as far as MY foot was concerned. The toe ring for the big toe was place so that it cut into my foot when my big toe shifted. so, fine for "whatever" wear, but test them out before buying for running.

07/20/13 @ 19:45
Comment from: zilch_fan [Visitor]

I applied some kitchen shears and simply removed the middle strap (cut flush at the insertion points on the sole, without cutting the actual sole). Since then they have worked great for my wide feet. Toe loop and ankle assemblage is all that's needed. 2.5 marathons (including training) & counting. Very durable & well worth the price. Best minimalist footwear I've ever owned (and I've tried VFF, Merrel BF, Luna Sandals, Xero Shoes, even gone completely barefoot for a couple marathons). I'm thinking of buying another pair just in case they get discontinued before my current pair wears out! :)

07/30/13 @ 14:41

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