The Chaco Z/Cloud is a very comfortable sandal that is also capable of handling rugged terrain. It is nearly the same as the Z/1 Classic but offers a softer footbed and slightly less stability. The outsole material is stiff and heavy but provides excellent support for long days on the trail. The high arches may not please every foot type, but that's par for the course with Chaco. Our testers prefer the stiff, rugged soles to floppy ones as they provide greater security and also aided traction. The classic interwoven webbing that Chaco has become known for might be tricky at first but ultimately delivers a snug, customizable fit.
We tested multiple pairs of Chaco's to find out the differences between these similar yet unique models. For increased comfort with the same cushy footbed, the wide straps of the Mega Z/Cloud is a nice upgrade. And for improved trail performance, the more rugged Z/1 Classic is where you should turn your head.