Chaco is a brand of footwear best known for its product line of adjustable Z-strap sandals for outdoor and water use, often referred to as “Chacos”. The Chaco brand also provides a variety of outdoor-influenced fashion sandals, shoes, flip-flops, boots and accessories.
The flagship line of adjustable outdoor sandals are distinguished by the fact that they use a single strap which loops around the foot through the sole, and so can be adjusted to fit without any extra fastenings. They are available with a range of sole types and strap configurations, to suit various environments, and the company offers a repair service.
Here are some anti-funk methods we use to stay in good standing with our friends:
Wash sandals frequently. Obvious, but people forget.
Wear your sandals in the shower. Why not? It’s fun.
Throw any non-leather Chaco sandals in the washing machine
Well-loved sandals can collect dirt and debris. We’ve compiled a list of tried and true recommendations for cleaning your favorite pair.
For Chaco Webbing products:
Wash once per season, but if you wear your Chacos everyday we suggest washing them once a month. Additionally anytime you wear them in salt water or in a chlorine pool, rinse them in fresh water afterwards. It is very important to floss following any beach or muddy environment adventures.
To wash your sandals:
Wash your sandals with a load of laundry on gentle cycle using mild apparel/fabric detergent or baking soda with cold water.
Let your sandals air dry—do not put them in the dryer.
Do not use bleach, ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, chlorine, vinegar, alcohol, or other corrosive chemical cleaners. This can damage the straps and footbed.
Do not wash your sandals in a family or industrial dishwasher. High heat can damage the adhesive cementing the outsole.
Soak sandals overnight in 1 part water and 1 part unscented liquid fabric softener. Then pull the webbing back and forth through the channels to clear the webbing of dirt and debris. Rinse or wash sandals after flossing.
Scrub the footbed of the your sandals with baking soda and water using a soft, bristled brush (like an old tooth brush). Rinse and let air dry.
A note on Chaco hygiene: Because Chaco products are designed with simplicity and functionality in mind, all Z sandals are equipped with a continuous webbing system that flows underneath the footbed. This allows you to adjust the sandal and obtain a perfect fit, every time. To prevent unneeded wear on your sandals, floss the webbing after each wash to remove any grit from the channels.
For Chaco Leather Products:
Hand wash with a damp cloth & gently blot the area that needs cleaning.
Air dry Allow wet sandals to air dry. Do not place leather sandals in the dryer or near any heat source .
Leather conditioner is your friend. Use a high quality leather conditioner to help preserve your sandals.