Teva Omnium Hiking Shoes Reviewed
If you are a hiker, you know how problematic finding the right footwear can be. The terms “hiking shoes” and “fashionable” are seldom used in the same sentence; in fact, some might consider “stylish hiking shoes” to be an oxymoron, and with good reason. Typically, we picture hiking shoes as being heavy, clunky, bulky, uncomfortable, and expensive. They often require a break-in period prior to actually going hiking in order to avoid blisters and twisted ankles due to extreme stiffness. However, hiking shoes have evolved as hiking has increased in popularity in recent years. Enter the game-changing Teva Omnium, offering style, comfort, safety, practicality, and versatility.
The Teva Omnium are stylish hiking shoes (which are technically closed-toe sandals) made for both men and women. There are the original, highly-reviewed Teva Omniums as well as the Omnium IIs. They are noted for their durability and “rugged comfort”. The hiking sandals are a practical choice for outdoorsmen and women who are looking for hiking shoes that are not clunky and do not require a long break-in period.
What follows is an overall review of the sandals, including a general overview, some key factors to consider, pros and cons and general remarks to keep in mind.
Highly durable; designed to take abuse
Comfortable; breathable mesh material
Advanced ventilation; your feet will not become too hot
Adequate warmth in cool temperatures and wet environments
Short break-in period
Bungee lacing system
Rapid release buckles
Fashionable, unobtrusive and sleek
Loaded with safety features
Water-resistant with a drainage system
Available in wide, medium and narrow width
Adjustable and customizable; will fit your feet properly
Men’s and women’s options
Strong arch support
Some friction at heel area reported by customers with wide feet
Blisters occasionally reported during the break-in period
A few complaints of heels coming apart after heavy use
Some reports of issues with adjustability
Size & Weight
Compared to similar hiking shoes, these sandals are extremely lightweight, which can be advantageous when hiking in terms of speed, comfort, and agility.
Airflow & Waterproofing
It is important to note that the Teva Omnium will prevent your feet from overheating, due to their mesh construction and ventilation. That said, they also provide excellent warmth if worn in cool temperatures or in wet environments. Your feet will be kept at a constant, comfortable temperature regardless of the weather and/or environment in which they are worn.
They are deceptively sturdy, rugged and tough, able to stand up to even the most challenging terrains. Your feet will be kept comfortable and dry at all times.
Comfort & Cushioning
Hiking is obviously physically taxing, and it is of the utmost importance that you are equipped with sturdy footwear. Each pair is as durable and rugged as the heavy, utilitarian hiking boots of yesterday which dominated the market for years, yet they are a fraction of the weight. They are a true example of thoughtful design and engineering.
They are unobtrusive and sleek. This allows the wearer to not feel goofy or self-conscious while wearing them. There’s no need to throw a change of shoes in your backpack. You will absolutely feel comfortable wearing them while running errands or relaxing at home. The Omniums are attractive, comfortable and practical, as well as easy to take care of. Finally, hiking shoes that don’t look like hiking shoes.
Longevity & Overall Quality
In terms of quality, Teva is an extremely reputable, trusted brand. They are arguably one of the best manufacturers of hiking shoes in the industry, and the Omniums are an excellent example of Teva’s high-end design, engineering, and craftsmanship.
Teva is also known for selling comfortable, durable sandals. It is no surprise that they are the best of both worlds; hiking shoes and sandals. They have earned a reputation for offering some of the best hiking footwear available on the market.
Additionally, the sandals are an example of not having to spend an arm and a leg in order to buy a high-value product. They are designed with customer satisfaction in mind, including in terms of the price tag.
Support & Balance
Cost & Value
The Teva Omniums are a good choice for casual and serious hikers alike. Also, it is important to note that they can be worn out while doing errands or meeting friends. They are fashionable and functional in a wide variety of settings. The shoes offer the benefits of traditional hiking boots and then some, without the hefty price tag.
They are truly a good find and an excellent value, all available at a low cost.
Breathable mesh and polyester material
Lightweight and extremely comfortable
Cushioned, strong soles
Spider Rubber traction; grips all surfaces
Excellent arch support
Superior shock absorption system; patented design
The quick-release bungee lacing system
Good airflow and ventilation
Synthetic leather construction
Work well on all terrains
Can be worn in a wide array of environments
Unobtrusive and sleek
Available in men’s and women’s sizes and styles
Whole and half sizes
Narrow, medium and wide sizing available
Minimal price tag
The sandals include advanced safety features, from toe protection to cord locks that keep the laces securely in place. The superior arch support reduces the risk of twisted ankles and sprains, especially when paired with the excellent gripping ability of the sandals.
Do not be misled by the fact that these shoes are considered sandals. They offer excellent safety features, support, and toe-protection. You will feel confident even on slick, slippery or rocky terrains thanks to the Tevas’ exceptional gripping ability and traction. They also boast a fantastic built-in drainage system, allowing them to dry quickly if accidentally submerged in water.
Additionally, the sandals are stylish enough that you can wear them out after you are done hiking without needing to change your footwear. They are unobtrusive and lightweight and will keep your feet comfortable and cushioned all day long. Sold at an extremely reasonable price, it is no surprise that the Teva Omniums are so well-received by customers and experts alike.