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Chaco Flip EcoTread - Women's Review

This is a colorful and durable flip flop that has good traction and excellent water resistance
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Price:  $65 List
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Manufacturer:   Chaco
By Penney Garrett ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Aug 14, 2019
  • Comfort - 25% 7.0
  • Support & Stability - 20% 6.0
  • Durability - 15% 9.0
  • Water Resistance - 15% 8.0
  • Traction - 15% 6.0
  • Style - 10% 6.0

Our Verdict

This flip-flop is one of the best you can choose if you plan to get dirty or wet regularly. It's highly water resistant, extremely durable, and super easy to clean. Chaco has built a reputation for being one of the best brands for navigating rugged terrain and water, and the Flip EcoTread is no exception. While not as secure as a version with a heel strap, this flip is still a solid choice with decent enough traction for an active and unpredictable lifestyle. And with a ton of color and pattern options available, the fun factor is high!
Water resistant
Available in fun colors
Easy to clean
Textured footbed can cause discomfort
Not super stable
If you live for flip-flops but also love the security of an ankle strap, be sure to check out our Top Pick for Hiking and Scrambling, the Astral Rosa. Like the EcoTread, it's made from high-quality rubber and webbing, but it has the bonus of a removable ankle strap, giving you a flip-flop and sandal all in one!

Our Analysis and Test Results

Hands-On Review of the Flip EcoTread

If a fun spring and summer are synonymous with water and dirt for you, then the Flip EcoTread is a smart and fun flip-flop to consider. Highly durable and water resistant with decent traction, this sandal has a reputation for ruggedness and longevity for a reason. It's easy to clean, easy to wear, and hard not to love.

chaco flip ecotread for women flip flop review - this flip-flop is at home out in nature on rugged terrain.
This flip-flop is at home out in nature on rugged terrain.
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The Flip EcoTread is by no means a plush or pillowy sandal. Its compact rubber sole is nicely shaped but doesn't provide much cushion, and the textured footbed can be uncomfortable when brand new or if you're not used to it. The polyester jacquard straps seem to have a lot of variability from pair to pair as far as tension and texture (this is the number one discrepancy noted in online reviews and when talking to other Chaco owners). Additionally, the straps have been mounted into the top of the footbed making the available area near the arch noticeably more narrow — a non-issue for some people and very aggravating for others. We had no problems with our tested pair, finding them flexible and supple and overall quite pleasant. Our straps were soft right from the get-go, and because they were a bit loose, we had no chaffing issues.

chaco flip ecotread for women flip flop review - while not plush or cushioned, the flip ecotread is an adequately...
While not plush or cushioned, the Flip EcoTread is an adequately comfortable sandal.
Credit: Penney Garrett

Support & Stability

The Flip EcoTread offers decent support and stability, but it isn't the best. The straps are loose enough to allow quite a bit of sideways movement and the footbed thins at the front, leaving the toes a bit more exposed. The classic Chaco shape and feel will appeal to some people and not be enough for others, so it's good to try it on if you're unsure.

chaco flip ecotread for women flip flop review - the flip ecotread is a well made flip flop, but the design does...
The Flip EcoTread is a well made flip flop, but the design does allow for more sideways movement than some other more supportive models.
Credit: Penney Garrett


The EcoTread is one of the most durable models in our entire review. It's a well-conceived design with rubber compound soles and polyester webbing, materials known for their longevity. Despite the rigorous tests we put this shoe through, its appearance remained brand new the entire time.

chaco flip ecotread for women flip flop review - both the vionic tide ii and the chaco flip ecotread are great...
Both the Vionic Tide II and the Chaco Flip EcoTread are great sandals to choose for durability and longevity.
Credit: Penney Garrett

Water Resistance

Water resistance is another category in which the EcoTread excels. The nonporous EVA footbed dries within minutes no matter how soaked, and the straps take about a half hour.

chaco flip ecotread for women flip flop review - to assess how well our tested flips were able to handle some serious...
To assess how well our tested flips were able to handle some serious water, every pair got a chilly river bath on a hot day. Here we see some of the contenders with the Chaco Flip EcoTread (right) an easy top performer for this metric.
Credit: Penney Garrett


The EcoTread has fairly decent traction, particularly when on dry terrain. Chaco's and dry rock go together like peanut butter and jelly. Wet slick terrain can be difficult for all shoes, but the relatively smooth sole of the EcoTread feels a bit more slippy than some of our other models. Additionally, the waffle-pattern texture on the footbed is very slick when wet, though it does dry quickly. All in all, this flip is decent, but if you're going to be hiking and scrambling a lot, we recommend getting a version with a back strap.

chaco flip ecotread for women flip flop review - when on dry rock the ecotread is fantastic for traction, but when...
When on dry rock the EcoTread is fantastic for traction, but when the shoe gets wet it can temporarily feel quite insecure.
Credit: Penney Garrett


The Flip ends up in the middle half of the group for style. It's got a sporty enough look that it doesn't appeal to everyone, yet also has a strong fan base and a bit of a cult following. The number of strap patterns and colors available from Chaco also means that you can customize your look, anything from all black to lighter and brighter like our tested model.

chaco flip ecotread for women flip flop review - sporty and fun, the flip ecotread has a well established look that's...
Sporty and fun, the Flip EcoTread has a well established look that's available in tons of fun colors and patterns.
Credit: Penney Garrett

Best Applications

This flip flop is a great choice if you think you'll get wet or muddy frequently. It's super water resistant, and cleaning is as easy as hosing it off or wearing it straight into the shower. While we recommend considering a Chaco model with a heel strap or a hybrid model like the Astral Rosa for long serious hikes or technical river activities, the Flip EcoTread is a solid piece of footwear well suited to a variety of outdoor activities yet also cute enough to dress up for a casual night out.


The EcoTread is moderately priced and lands about in the middle of our test group. It's not an inconsequential amount of money, but it's also not outrageous, especially considering the high-quality, durable shoe you will receive. This flip will last you for many, many years.


The Flip EcoTread is a solidly designed sandal that easily stood up to our months of testing. We did have a few issues crop up, such as lack of support in some scenarios, traction insecurities when the shoe was wet, and a textured footbed that caused discomfort for some. But overall this is a durable and fun sandal that you won't have to worry about falling apart or damaging. It can take some abuse and is a fun and capable shoe to consider adding to your summer footwear arsenal.

chaco flip ecotread for women flip flop review - the flip ecotread isn't plush or cushy, but it's a durable and...
The Flip EcoTread isn't plush or cushy, but it's a durable and waterproof shoe well suited to an active and unpredictable lifestyle.
Credit: Penney Garrett

Penney Garrett

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