Teva Verra Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Good travel option, excellent traction
Cons: Lacks support, uncomfortable straps
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Verra is not the highest scorer in our test, but it wowed testers for its traction and features a slim profile and decent adjustability. 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 find 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 find the straps abrasive, and the two front straps are thin, setting them up to produce pinpoint pain and rubbing.
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's 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. Keep in mind, however, that not all our testers loved the ankle strap. If you're able, this is a good sandal to try before you buy. Those with thicker, wider ankles may be irritated by the high placement of the ankle strap and the fact that they aren't as adjustable as other options on the market.
The adjustability of the Verra proved to be a point of contention among our reviewers. Some feel that the two-point adjustment system works well, with the ankle strap providing security and the toe strap locking in the forefoot. However, others feel that the ankle strap adjustment is uncomfortable, as the back of the strap's height cannot be adjusted. This can lead to a hot spot on the back or sides of the heel. There are certainly models in our review with more adjustability if you know that's an important aspect for your feet.
The Verra is a good middle ground between full-support Chaco models and low-support minimalist options. If you're looking for the Goldilocks of sandal stability, this one (depending on the particulars of your feet), may fit the bill.
The Verra earns a middle-of-the-road versatility score, as it seems to do several things well but does not excel. Although the Verra performs adequately on the trail, it is not a favorite of many testers, and despite its stylish toe strap design, many testers find the bulky ankle strap to be too much for fashion wear.
With a somewhat bulky ankle strap, many testers find the Verra difficult to pair with jean shorts or a breezy dress. However, it does have a sleeker profile than some of the other sandals in this review.
The Verra is among the less expensive models in our review, but it also doesn't perform as well. We think there are other options that, overall, provide much better value.
The Teva Verra doesn't top our charts, but it's a solid option if you are looking for a model that does most things well. And if traction is your only concern, this may be the shoe for you.
— Shey Kiester