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Teva Verra Review

A comfortable sandal most at home on pavement.
Teva Verra
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Price:  $70 List | $62.18 at Amazon
Pros:  Good travel option, traction
Cons:  Lacks support, uncomfortable straps
Manufacturer:   Teva
By Shey Kiester ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jun 3, 2017
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#8 of 12
  • Comfort - 20% 5
  • Stability - 20% 7
  • Traction - 20% 8
  • Adjustability - 20% 6
  • Adaptability - 10% 7
  • Style - 10% 7

Our Verdict

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.


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Pros Good travel option, tractionComfortable, versatile, lightweight, fits many foot typesGreat traction, stable, stylishStable and supportive, stylish, durableComfortable, lightweight, fits many foot types
Cons Lacks support, uncomfortable strapsNot as cushioned as other models, can't be worn with socksShort straps, difficult to adjust, can't be worn with socksAnnoying to adjust, uncomfortable for the flat-footed, heavyAnkle strap rub, lacks support for long days
Bottom Line A comfortable sandal most at home on pavement.The Cairn is a minimalist workhorse that can take on nearly anything.This pared-down sandal delivers the performance wearers expect from a classic Chaco, but with less weight and bulk.A classic sandal, it's tough to go wrong with the Z/Cloud 2, no matter what you're planning.A former overall favorite, the Tirra has almost everything, but an uncomfortable ankle strap knocked it from the top spot.
Rating Categories Teva Verra Bedrock Cairn Adventure Chaco Z/Volv X2 - Women's Chaco Z/Cloud 2 Teva Tirra
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Specs Teva Verra Bedrock Cairn... Chaco Z/Volv X2 -... Chaco Z/Cloud 2 Teva Tirra
Weight (pounds) 0.92 lbs (size 9) 1.06 lbs (size 9/10) 1.23 lbs (size 10) 1.44 lbs (size 9) 1.12 lbs (size 9)
Width options Medium Medium Medium Medium, Wide Medium
Sole Material Spider Original rubber Regolith Vibram Non-marking EcoTread 25% recycled rubber compound Non-marking ChacoGrip Spider Original rubber
Upper Material Water-ready polyester webbing Polyester and nylon webbing Polyester jacquard webbing Polyester jacquard webbing Water-ready synthetic and polyester webbing
Footbed material Contoured EVA 8mm Go Far midsole Women's specific LUVSEAT PU midsole Women's specific LUVSEAT dual-density PU Contoured EVA
Size tested 9 10 10 9 9
Available colors Blue, Teal, Pink and Tan Copper, Black, Light Denim, River Runner, Trail Blazer, and Charcoal Many colors Trace Eclipse, Covered Eclipse, Testla Peach, Candy Gray, Jab Pine, Llama Angora, Verdure Avocado Taupe, Dark Purple, Brown, Black/Grey, Teal, and Blue

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.

Performance Comparison


The Verra on gentle terrain.
The Verra on gentle terrain.

Comfort


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.

Stability


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.

Traction


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


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 tread pattern of this model scored points with our testers.
The tread pattern of this model scored points with our testers.

Adaptability


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.

Style


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.

This sandal has style potential.
This sandal has style potential.

Best Applications


The Verra is best used for exploring the city and light trail use. We do not recommend this model for heavy trail use.

Value


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.

Conclusion


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