Hands-on Gear Review

Chaco Marshall Review

This model looks and feels good, but are too expensive to be our top choice for live in beater flops.
Chaco Marshall
By: Matt Bento ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 10, 2018
Price:  $85 List  |  $38.23 at Amazon - 55% Off
Pros:  Comfortable, durable, classy
Cons:  Expensive
Manufacturer:   Chaco
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  • Comfort - 30% 8
  • Versatility - 25% 7
  • Durability - 25% 8
  • Style - 10% 9
  • Traction - 10% 8
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Our Verdict

The Chaco Marshall is a refined, classy offering from same folks that brought us our Best Buy Award winning Chaco Flip EcoTread. In most respects, the Marshall is slightly less durable than its tank-like, cousin the Flip Eco, but brings more comfort to the table with wider leather foot straps and a comfortable leather footbed. The Marshall is an ounce lighter than the Flip Eco, but don't think that lightweight means light duty, for this dressed up flop can handle the same rocky scrambles up to your favorite rope swings as the Flip Eco.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

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These flops hike well just like their cousin  the Chaco Flip Eco.
These flops hike well just like their cousin, the Chaco Flip Eco.

Performance Comparison


These flops are close competitors with the OluKai Hiapo. Both models have good tread and very supportive footbeds while offering totally different looks. The Hiapo has baseball glove-like leather stitching, while the Marshall accents the leather strap with the trademark Chaco webbing straps. While not as comfortable out of the box as the Hari Mari Scouts, these flops have much better tread, making them a more versatile flop.

Our testers felt these flops where more comfortable than the Flip Eco because of their wider straps and leather footbed.
Our testers felt these flops where more comfortable than the Flip Eco because of their wider straps and leather footbed.

Comfort


The Marshalls are more comfortable than their Flip Eco cousins, hands down. Their soft leather footbed felt much better out of the box than the super durable gridded UVSEAT PU midsole on the Flip Eco. The wide leather strap is stiffer than the Flip Eco's webbing straps, and our testers felt that they are easier to slip into. The width also makes these flops stay on our feet better than the Flip Eco. A curious aspect of the Mashall's shape it how it "flips" upward at the end of the toe, gently pushing your toes up. Some of our testers thought the toe felt weird, but overall this didn't affect the comfort. This scoop might even help keep dirt out, depending on your stride.

These flops proved plenty durable for working in the garden. We don't recommend wearing flip flops while using a shovel  but sometimes it just happens.
These flops proved plenty durable for working in the garden. We don't recommend wearing flip flops while using a shovel, but sometimes it just happens.

Versatility


These flops can go anywhere that the burlier Flip Eco can go, but are most suited for summer weddings and dates, or times that you don't want to come across as a feral beast in your ratty old stink-laden flip flops. Sure, you could take these flops as your camp shoes on a backpacking trip, or your kicks to hang out in while you're resting between climbs at the crag. But we recommend keeping these flops looking and smelling nice for when it's time to make a good impression and dawning a trusty pair of Astral Filipe for adventure time.

The Marshall on the move. These were some of the most expensive flops in our review.
The Marshall on the move. These were some of the most expensive flops in our review.

Durability


The ChacoGrip rubber outsole is super tough, and we feel like this material is going to last a long time. The leather footbed is softer than the UVSEAT PU footbed on the Flip Eco and feels like it won't last as long. That being said, the Marshalls trump many other style-oriented flops with regard to durability. These kicks should outlast the Reef Draftsman and the Hari Mari Scouts. While comfy, both these models lack the durable tread possessed by the Marshall, and they aren't as stiff, making them more prone to folding in half during an excitable whirlwind packing scenario.

The Marshalls aren't just about style  and we could walk comfortably for miles in these flops.
The Marshalls aren't just about style, and we could walk comfortably for miles in these flops.

Style


These flops are simple and elegant, flying under the radar of the strictest summertime dress codes. If they don't let you in wearing these flops, you're probably better off not going anyway. Paired with your nicest slacks or your grubbiest shorts, the Marshall seems perfectly at home. What they won't do is distract from fungus-infected gnarly rock climber toes, raft guide trench foot, or the dreaded Yosemite dirt feet. Clean your feet, cause not even this stylish flip-flop is going to get rid the smell.

Chaco nails it with the dirt gripping tread on these flops.
Chaco nails it with the dirt gripping tread on these flops.

Traction


The ChacoGrip tread on the outsole of these flip-flops cruises up sand, rocky trails, and doesn't do too shabby on bare granite either. We felt the traction was equal to the Chaco Flip Eco and even better than the big lugs on the OluKai Hiapo. The tread between the lugs is deep enough to get a good purchase in the dirt but doesn't collect mud like the deep gaps on the Hiapo's tread.

Best Application


These flip-flops go well with long walks on the beach, a dry Riesling and any low acidity cheese like a mild chevre. When this gets boring, you can hop in the Subi, head to the river and bomb through churning white death or play in the waves. No need to change flip flops.

Value


At $85, the Marshall is one of the most expensive flops we reviewed. While not quite as dressy, you can get away with our Best Buy Award winning Chaco Flip Eco in plenty of semi-upscale social gatherings — just wash them first.


Conclusion


Chaco's out-on-the-town entry into high-class flops doesn't disappoint. While the leather is a nice touch, these flops retain the features we've come to love from other Chaco flops and sandals: comfort and durability so you can roam foreign cities for hours or just lay around at the beach.

Matt Bento

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