“ Brand: Teva / Type: Sandals „
I've had Tevas for many years. I bought these because my old pair were beginning to look their age after nearly 10 years of heavy use. I got them from the Teva website for £30.00, although I have recently seen them on Amazon for slightly less. In the UK they are only available in 2 colours; butterfly scene blue or hazel black, but if you can get them from the US there is a wider range of colours (the picture above showing the sandals in green is not a colour currently available in the UK). As with all Teva sandals, they come with a one year guarantee for normal wear and tear.
Teva is a subsidiary of the US company Deckers Outdoor Corporation. They started producing their own Deckers sandals in the 1970's, and now have four brands in addition to Deckers; Teva, UGG, Simple and TSUBO. The original concept of Teva sandals came from a Grand Canyon river guide who couldn't find suitable footwear for river rafting, so he designed some himself. This was in 1984, and now the company has grown to sell a large range of mens', womens' and childrens' footwear worldwide. Teva produced the worlds' first sports sandal, and all of their range is designed and marketed as outdoor adventure footwear. They still produce a wide range of sandals, shoes, and flip flops to be worn both in and out of the water, but they have now diversified into leather footwear as well. The Teva brand philosophy is "Go.Do.Be", and they base their ranges around this. The travel inspired collections relate to "Go", the performance collection relates to "Do", and the relaxed casual collection relates to "Be". As a company Teva supports and sponsors a variety of sporting events It also has excellent green credentials and is well known for supporting conservation initiatives, particularly those involving water, for example they have recently committed $100,000 to help clean up the Gulf oil leak.
These sandals come in a really sturdy beige cardboard box, with the Teva name and logo on, the sandals inside are wrapped in tissue paper, again with the Teva logo on, all this packaging is made of recycled materials and is fully recyclable. The sandals have a black rubber sole, heavily textured and rippled on the bottom, with a light grey flash running through the centre, and the Teva name written small in pastel pink. The texturing and dimpling on the bottom of the sole provides excellent grip on most surfaces, even in the water. The upper surface of the sole (the bit you stand on) is also textured, with small shallow dimples, all Tevas have a textured surface and I've never found any official information about the reason for this, although Teva aficionados have told me it's a form of reflexology to prevent your feet getting tired. The straps are made of extremely strong webbing, and are anchored securely to the sole at four points. The two anchor points at the front of the sole attach the webbing strap which runs across the forefoot, this strap is fully adjustable by the Velcro fastening. Another webbing strap runs along the outside length of the foot to connect the forefoot strap with another strap that runs around the ankle, and is attached to the sole by the two anchor points at the rear of the sole. This ankle strap is also fully adjustable with the Velcro fastening. The strap to the rear of the ankle has 2 inches of soft shaped padding, which covers the Achilles tendon and offers additional protection.
The sole is impregnated with Microban antimicrobial protection. This is a zinc based technology, which is designed to prevent the growth of fungus and bacteria that would cause unpleasant odours. Although this technology is designed to last the lifetime of the sandal, with my old ones it wore off after a few years and they started to smell (this wasn't a major problem as I just used to pop them in the washing machine when it started to happen).
The Hurricane 3 is a basic, lightweight, amphibious sandal. This model comes up slightly small, so it is advisable to buy a half - one size larger than you would normally get. There should be no problem for those with broader feet as the adjustable straps mean you can get them exactly right for your feet. It is an sandal ideally suited for activities both in and around the water e.g. gentle kayaking, pebbly beaches etc. Because it is lightweight, with a thinner than usual sole, I don't think it would be as well suited to the more challenging activities I used to use my old pair for e.g. hiking up volcanoes over very rough terrain etc. The up-side of this is that I have found the thinner sole to be much better for use when windsurfing (I always felt the heavier soles on other models interfered with the 'feel' of the board and my ability to 'read' and react to small changes of the waves). The sole is sturdy and comfortable enough for general use though. I took my new pair of Hurricane 3's on holiday to Italy recently, and wore them every day for general walking, sightseeing and lake swimming. I found them to be totally comfortable and ideal holiday footwear. As well as a thinner sole, this model also has slightly narrower straps than most models, making them look less chunky and a little daintier - ideal if you think form is more important than function.