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Teva Northwater Sandals Review

An attractive sport sandal is hard to find, but Teva has found a way with the Northwater, merging practical features with elegant details.

Teva Northwater Sandals Review

Price and Where to Buy Teva Northwater Sandals: $35-$80 on Amazon; $80 on Teva.com.

Pros: This shoe is a nearly perfect companion for travel to places where it’s hot but you’re spending a lot of time navigating uneven surfaces. The front of the hybrid sandal protects the toes and the back cradles the heel. The sole has excellent traction and is sturdy enough to take on dirt roads and uneven pavement. And it’s got style.

Cons: The strap has a snap; this is a pro in that it keeps the sandal securely in place, but a con because it can’t be adjusted, so if it’s too tight or too loose for your shape of foot, it may be uncomfortable. And because it’s a fairly minimalist insole, there’s not much in the way of arch support.

How Teva Northwater Sandals Rate:

  • Usefulness: 9/10. I put these shoes through a series of tough tests on a trip to Myanmar, where there are a lot of dirt roads and uneven walking surfaces. They aced every one of them, though the snap did mean I needed a bit of extra time to take off and put back on the shoes at temples and pagodas where I needed to be barefoot.
  • Value: 8/10. An attractive sport sandal is hard to find, but Teva has found a way with the Northwater, merging practical features with elegant details.
  • Durability: 9/10. This sturdy shoe can take on the world and come back to tell the tale.

Final Verdict: I looked at hundreds of sports sandals before discovering the Northwater. My expectations were high, and on a really tough journey the shoes did not disappoint. They offered great performance and always looked good.

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 editor@smartertravel.com

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By Christine Sarkis

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Christine Sarkis is an SATW-award-winning journalist and executive editor at SmarterTravel. Her stories have also appeared on USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler, Huffington Post, and Business Insider. Her advice has been featured in dozens of print and online publications including The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, and People magazine. She has also shared travel tips on television and radio shows including Good Morning America, Marketplace, and Here & Now. Her work has been published in the anthologies Spain from a Backpack and The Best Women's Travel Writing 2008. She is currently working on a travel memoir.

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