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Chaco Introduces Revolutionary Sport Sandal Design

March 31, 2014 (Rockford, Mich.) Chaco, which launched its iconic sport sandals 25 years ago this month, is once again pioneering outdoor footwear designs with the unveiling of its Barefoot Z sandal. The new Barefoot Z is the lightest minimalist sport sandal ever created.

“We stripped away all the clutter and went back to the basics—way back—with our new Barefoot Z sandal,” says Gary Banik, Chaco’s lead product developer. “Our hyper-minimal silhouette is so low-profile, you won’t even realize they’re on your feet.”

“The Barefoot Z, to me, represents the culmination of a quarter-century of Chacos’ research and development of the ultimate sport sandal,” notes Chaco Ambassador, Brendan Leonard. “I’ve worn mine for hiking, trail running, bouldering, and even a few pitches of ice climbing. Really, if you want to go truly light and fast in the mountains, I don’t know why you’d wear anything else. Including clothing.”

The Barefoot Z features a new Paleolithic design with a GroundTouch footbed that has been millions of years in the making. Jacquard webbing wraps across the foot and finishes in a toe loop for total forefoot control. The minimalist outsole design will leave feet calloused, creating luggy knots of hardened skin for a tread that can take on any trail. 

The new Barefoot Z is available for purchase at

Product details:


• Polyester jacquard webbing upper, with toe loop, wraps around the foot for the ultimate customized fit 

• Adjustable and durable webbing heel risers

• Custom injection molded ladder lock for a secure hold


• Earthy GroundTouch footbed with slip resistant footprint pattern design


• Non-marking ultra-minimalist design with calloused skin for tread

• Weightless outsole for versatility

About Chaco: Born on the river in 1989, Chaco builds premium footwear for the outdoor-minded. As a result of the brand’s proprietary LUVSEAT™ footbed, the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) has awarded the Seal of Acceptance to many Chaco footwear styles. The APMA Seal is intended to raise awareness by identifying products of exceptional quality that are manufactured with comfort, health, and safety in mind. Simply put, Chaco is fit for adventure. Please visit us at, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter: Chacousa.

Chaco is a part of Wolverine Worldwide’s Performance Group, which also includes the notable lifestyle brands Merrell, Saucony, Cushe, and Patagonia Footwear. 


Chaco Barefoot Z
Chaco Barefoot Z