I’m not about to hate on Chacos. Their hiking sandals are so ubiquitous in the outdoors that even the tan line they leave on top of your feet is recognizable. But I gotta say, they just don’t work for me. I find them bulky and awkward, and one of the straps floats uselessly above my foot.

So I was pretty excited to check out Bedrock‘s hiking sandals at this year’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. Bedrock sandals have a different look and feel. I’m a fan of the single “T-shaped” strap on top of my foot, without all the extra crisscrossing.

Bedrock Sandals Are Built for Hiking and More


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The founders of Bedrock Sandals were counting salmon for Americorp when they struggled to find the perfect shoe to wade in rivers and then continue to wear all day. So they decided to make their own. Nick and Dan spent eight years refining the fit and function of the Bedrock sandals before dialing in on the current iteration: The Cairn 3D Pro.

I tried them on, and these hiking sandals just made sense to my feet—and were nearly as comfortable as most off-trail campsite footwear. Bedrock’s style is attractive and functional and feels less cumbersome than the go-to option. I love the molded footbed and adjustable straps. They can be adjusted behind the heel (which should secure the fit once without re-adjusting) and on the side (where you can loosen and tighten, based on your activity).

Some people are committed to the hiking sandals they’ve owned for years. But if you’re not one of them, check out Bedrock sandals. They might just be your new go-to pair.

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