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The Most Lightweight, Versatile Summer Sandals

Traverse the trails, the urban jungle, and the waves with a single pair of go-anywhere summer sandals.

It’s easy to take the heft out of your luggage when packing such footwear essentials as each Umara Z-Trail sandal weighs little more than four ounces. And at just 10 millimeter thick, the entirety of the sandal rolls as small as a fist.

The shoemaker, Xero Shoes, guarantees their product with a 5,000 mile warranty.

Price and Where to Buy: Available for $80 on Amazon and Xero Shoes’ website.

How It Rates:

  • Usefulness: 10/10. It’s a travelers dream to find a single pair of footwear that’s versatile for many activities, yet light.
  • Value: 8/10. $80 teeters on the expensive side for sports sandals.
  • Durability: 10/10. These sandals are well constructed with high-quality materials, and the company backs them with a 5,000-mile guarantee.
  • Cool Factor: 8/10. Comfortable, barefoot-like feel.

Final Verdict: The Umara Z-Trail sandal is best suited for the ultra-light packer—a backpacker, even—that needs attire versatility without the clunkiness of various pairs of footwear.

Patricia Magaña is a Senior Editor at SmarterTravel. Follow her on Instagram @PatiTravels and Twitter @PatiTravels.

Editor’s Note: Reviews are based on usefulness, portability, durability, value, and “cool factor.” Some review products are sent to us free of charge and with no incentive to offer a favorable review. We offer our unbiased opinions, positive and negative, and will never accept compensation to review a product. If you have any questions or comments concerning our reviews, or would like to suggest a product for review, please email us at

(Photo: Xero Shoes)

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By Patricia Magaña

Always on the lookout for value-oriented travel, Senior Editor Patricia Magaña has trekked throughout the States, Latin America, and Europe. Follow her on Instagram @PatiTravels.

Since joining the editorial crew in 2005, Magaña has pounced on incredible deals to Amsterdam, Madrid, and San Pedro Sula—each for less than $300. Her favorite travel experiences involve discovering street art while meandering a city, chatting up locals, and day drinking.

Her stories have appeared on USA Today, Huffington Post, Yahoo!, TripAdvisor, AirfareWatchdog, and other publications.

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