by Sue Freeman
I’ve owned Tevas for years – you know, the versatile sandals that work well for kayaking and short summer day hikes. In fact, I wear them so much that I go through several pairs each year.
So, when Teva introduced their expansion onto dry land with the TevaSphere hiking boots, I was intrigued. They bill it as having a modular pod-based arch support and a spherical heel. I wanted to know what that meant to me – in terms of hiking comfort.
The pod-based arch support looked good to me. I have always had to add arch supports to my boots. And, my ankles have a propensity to turn, resulting in far too many sprained ankles. So the wideness under the arch looked like it might give my weak ankles some added stability without adding height to the boot. Another problem I face with boots is that my feet get hot and then my toes blister. By keeping the boot low I can keep foot heat to a minimum.
The spherical heel was supposed to offer a natural stride. Time to hit the trail…..
The first thing I noticed was the lightness. The TevaSheres felt lighter on my feet than typical sneakers and certainly lighter than most hiking boots. The lightness and the rounded heal meant that my steps glided along – a very smooth, effortless stride.
I’ve tried other lightweight hiking boots that offered the same supple comfort when you slip them on, but they lacked any lateral support and exacerbated my weak ankle problem. TevaSpheres cure this problem with the “pod” under the arch area. The wideness in the middle gives the boot stability, so as I glided along my feet were supported from lateral movement – a pleasant experience.
The TevaShere boots I have are the TevaShere Trail. These are designed for women and are not waterproof – two attributes I very much appreciate. TevaSpehres also come in two other models. The TevaSphere Speed is for men and women and offers quick-dry materials. The TevaSphere Trail eVent is for men and women and offers a breathable waterproof membrane and added protection such as a toe bumper. I’d probably opt for this model if I was preparing for an Appalachian Trail thru-hike. But for this day-hikes and short backpacking trips I do now, the TevaShere Trails will suit me just fine.
Years ago Teva changed the market with their sandals. They’re on track to do it again with their TevaSphere boots.