- SHOE TYPE: SANDAL
- SIZES: 7-16 (D) M US
- HALF SIZES: NOT AVAILABLE
- MATERIAL: TEXTILE
- OUTER SOLE: RUBBER
- DIMENSIONS: 14 X 5 X 5 INCHES
- HEEL HEIGHT: 1.5”
- ITEM WEIGHT: 10 OZ APPROX (SIZE 9)
- SHIPPING WEIGHT: 2 POUNDS
- WATERPROOF: YES
- FIT AS EXPECTED: 81%
- COLORS: WAVY TRAIL/INSIGNIA BLUE, BLACK, WAVY TRAIL/OLIVE, PUEBLO GREY, AZTEC NAVY, AZTEC CHOCOLATE BROWN, DARK OLIVE, AZTEC RED, GREEN, MEDIUM BLUE, SHARP WAVES BLUE, YELLOW/WHITE, BLACK/RED, GEOMETRIC BLACK, MOSAIC BLUE, MOSAIC ORANGE, BLACK/BLUE, GEOMETRIC GREY/ RED, MOSAIC BLUE/BLACK
- BRAND: TEVA
- MODEL NO: HURRICANE XLT-M
- OUR RATING: 4.5 OUT OF FIVE STARS
- PRICE GUIDE: $27.97-$99.00+
THE FIRST IMPRESSION
Well how can we put this nicely. The Teva Men’s Hurricane Sandals aren’t going to win any beauty contests anytime soon.
In fact, if this was a ball and they were being judged purely on terms of looks, they would probably be sitting in the corner, sobbing quietly and waiting for their chaperone to take them home.
So, thank God we are not so shallow as to merely judge a book, or a sandal in this case, by its cover, or outward appearance.
Because the Teva Hurricane is as the name rather implies, a sporting creature, meant for a life of action and practical use and looking pretty comes a very distant second.
That said, this sandal comes in an impressive array of colors and designs and some of them are actually quite funky!
Choose between such exciting hues as Aztec red, mosaic orange or geometric grey. There’s even a rather lively shade of yellow that no-one will be able to ignore. In short, there is a Hurricane to suit every taste and to match with every type of sporting outfit.
No, it’s probably unlikely that you will be able to wear these anywhere that requires smart dress, but you probably knew that anyway from just looking at them.
The first impression that you will get from looking at these is more a ‘now there’s a sandal that can be safely taken on holiday with me and worn whilst kayaking, surfing or climbing’ rather than ‘I can wear these to the office’.
A first glance reveals a more than impressive looking wedge of a sole, which is rubber. This looks like something that not only won’t ever wear out on you, but it also shouldn’t let you down when it comes to the all-important grip.
Because these were actually designed by someone who worked as a river guide, these are exactly meant for watersports of all types.
And, although these are not dirt cheap, at around the $30-$40 mark for the majority of the sizes and styles available, these aren’t the most expensive of the sandals that we have reviewed either.
With 81% of customers stating that these fit as expected, it would seem that most people are happy with these sandals in terms of the fit.
A small minority advise you should size up, maybe by about half a size – if your feet are a half size – as these do not come in half sizes.
There is also a chance that you may be one of the few for whom a larger size is the best option all round. All the same, 81% is a reassuringly high number of people quite satisfied with the fit.
So how do these Teva Men’s Hurricane Sandals actually feel to have on?
Judging by the mainly positive feedback from customers, these are snug and will hug your feet tightly.
The nylon straps and the loop and cup fasteners make them fit nicely and they should not come off easily. Some people use these to wade through water and rock pools.
Inside is polyester webbing, which should make it easier for your foot to glide through water without getting waterlogged. So, if you want to wear them at the beach, on a boat or in any other nautical scenario, then go ahead.
They should be just fine for this, but don’t expect them to look – or smell – pristine afterwards!
One thing that should provide ample succor for your feet is the generous rubber soles. It comes with a cushioned protection for your heel.
Although most people find the fit of this sandal more than comfy, we’d be lying if we said everyone did. But 66% gave this a five star feedback and another 22% a four star rating. So, that’s nearly ninety percent of people who are more than happy with the comfort.
However, for a few, the nylon straps can rub a little bit, so that is something to bear in mind. Mostly, though, any teething troubles are overcome after a wearing in period.
Also, there is nothing to stop you enhancing the comfort of these sandals by wearing socks with them. Although we understand that for some, this is fashion crime of the decade, it might be worth it for the extra comfort it brings!
In terms of performance, we are pretty convinced that these will stay the distance. Yes, there are dark murmurings that the ‘new ones are not as good as the older ones’.
To be absolutely honest, we’ve heard this about every single pair of shoes that have been in production for longer than five minutes.
This is not to say that maybe there is something in it, but the vast majority of people buying these are re-buying these sandals, not because they fell apart quickly, but precisely because they did not.
And of course, because all of those funky colors out there to mix and match them with!
The bottom line is, these are highly durable and shouldn’t crumble on you in a crisis. You should be also able to trek for miles and play various sports in them. The grips are razor sharp and don’t slip in wet conditions.
The webbing and the nylon upper should mean they dry out after your aquatic pursuits.
Just one word of warning though if you do put them through their watery paces – they may not smell the greatest, despite the manufacturers best efforts to banish odors and pongs.
Also, these are water resistant, but not actually neoprene fins. In other words, if you take a dip in them, they will cope, but take some time to dry out.
SO DO WE FORECAST A HURRICANE THIS SUMMER?
Overall, we feel that for the price, these are a resilient and hard-wearing sandal, often worn by people who want the cool and the ease of a flip flop, but don’t want them to fall apart on them.
In other words, these are a sports sandal with the sole of a decent pair of sneakers, which can get wet to boot.
We think this amphibious hybrid offers a compromise between the best of both worlds.