Teva Terra Float Universal. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Teva Terra Float Universal. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Price: £60
Weight: 466g/pair (size 10)
Colour: black
Construction: webbing/leather uppers; EVA sole
Country of manufacture: Vietnam
Sizes: men’s 6-13

For warmer days, a walking sandal is worth considering as an alternative to a trail shoe or lightweight boot.

One note of caution is that your foot is largely exposed to rocks and other obstacles you may encounter on the trail, so care needs to be taken not to turn over stones while striding out.

The advantage of sandals is that your feet will be nice and cool on those days when the temperature rises.

Teva’s Terra Float Universal sandals are very light and comfort overall was good.

We tested the sandals in the dry and the wet. The front strap protruded markedly when fully tightened. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

We tested the sandals in the dry and the wet. The front strap protruded markedly when fully tightened. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The webbing instep, heel and toe straps are lined with full-grain leather and there was no rubbing of the skin while walking. The toe and instep straps have Velcro adjustment. The size 10s supplied by Teva (there are no half sizes) were probably a touch on the large side. I also have a fairly low volume forefoot, resulting in us needing to adjust both straps to their shortest length.

This meant the toe strap’s excess protruded markedly to the side of the sandal. As it was on the outside edge of the footwear, it didn’t catch, but it does look odd.

The sole is very comfortable, with lots of underfoot cushioning and just the right amount of arch support. The outsole provided good grip on all our test surfaces, both in the dry and the wet. Traction uphill and braking downhill were both very good on rock, gravel paths and grass.

In the wet, the Teva sandals were less comfortable coming downhill as the foot had a tendency to slide forward within the sandal, even with straps full tightened. This was less of an issue in the dry, as the foot was held better by the topsole. Uphill, this wasn’t a problem as the heel strap held the foot well.

The Teva Terra Float Universal gets a grough 'good buy' rating. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The Teva Terra Float Universal gets a grough 'good buy' rating. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

On easy trails in warm weather, the Teva Terra Float Universal sandals are a good alternative to shoes and boots, and cushioning and overall comfort were good. The light weight of the footwear means rapid progress can be easily achieved with less fatigue on the feet and legs.

Performance 34/40
Comfort 34/40
Quality 8/10
Value for money 6/10
Total score: 82/100

Women’s models were not directly comparable as they differ from the men’s version

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