A slimmed-down version of its cousin, the Teva Tirra, the Teva Verra had average scores almost across the board. However, testers did find this model to have significant traction despite its simple design, and many felt that it would make for a good travel shoe when city sidewalks are more likely to be encountered than rugged terrain. If you're looking for a model that can handle more action, consider the Bedrock Cairn Adventure. If moderate adventure and heavy urban exploration are your focus, you've come to the right place.
Teva Verra Review
Cons: Lacks support, uncomfortable straps
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Verra was not the highest scorer in the test, but it wowed testers for its traction, and all in all, it features a slim profile and decent adjustment. With these components, this model is a good choice for light outdoor use and situations where some amount of style is needed.
Despite a relatively bland appearance out of the box, testers found the Verra to be surprisingly comfortable. An EVA footbed provides a nice amount of underfoot squish, and the decent sole lugs protect against sharp rocks on the trail. The Verra also employs a heel loop, which makes sliding the shoe on and off more pleasant. However, many testers found the straps to be abrasive, and the two front straps are thin, setting them up to produce pinpoint pain and rubbing. If you're looking for a less abrasive model, try the Chaco ZX/2 or Bedrock Cairn Adventure.
Much more stable than the Teva Original, the Verra is a good middle ground between full support Chaco models (the ZX/2, Z/Volv X2, and Z Cloud 2) and low support models.
Above-average traction is achieved thanks to a somewhat aggressive lug pattern and Spider Original rubber outsole. Although this rubber is not as sticky as some, it was adequate for slick rock and loose trail. The burly ankle strap of the Verra assists traction, helping to lock the wearer's foot in place when the trail gets rugged. For more traction, look at the Bedrock Cairn.
Adjustability of the Verra proved to be a point of contention among our reviewers. Some felt that the two-point adjustment system worked well, with the ankle strap providing security, and the toe strap locking in the front foot. However, many felt that the ankle strap adjustment was uncomfortable, as the back of the strap's height cannot be adjusted. This caused some wearers to develop a hotspot on the back of their heel or the outer and inner sides of the heel. For more adjustability, the Bedrock Cairn Adventure or Chaco models have unique, foot-cradling adjustment systems.
The Verra received a relatively middle-of-the-road adaptability score, as it seems to do several things well but does not excel. Although the Verra performs adequately on the trail, it was not a favorite on many testers, and despite its stylish toe strap design, many testers found the bulky ankle strap to be too much for fashion wear. For a much more adaptable option, try the Cairn or Z/Cloud 2.
With a somewhat bulky ankle strap, many testers found this product difficult to pair with jean shorts or a breezy dress. However, it does have a much sleeker profile than many other sandals reviewed. For less style and more function, look at the Keen Clearwater.
The Verra is best used for exploring the city and light trail use. We do not recommend this model for heavy trail use.
At $70, the Verra is among the less expensive models in our review, but it also doesn't perform as well. We think the Teva Tirra is a better value.
The Verra didn't top our charts, but its a solid option if you are looking for a model that does most things well. And if you're looking for a model with above-average traction, but other metrics aren't your main concern, then this is the shoe for you.
— Shey Kiester