How We Tested Sandals for Women

By:
Shey Kiester and Joanna Trieger

Last Updated:
Tuesday
June 5, 2018
Deep within the Outdoor Gear Lab testing quarters  our testers worked hard to get to the bottom of the Sandal Traction Test.
Deep within the Outdoor Gear Lab testing quarters, our testers worked hard to get to the bottom of the Sandal Traction Test.

These contenders walked, jogged, flew, scrambled, and loitered with the best of them. Their performance qualities and a few extra characteristics were thoroughly tested according to our six metrics: comfort, stability, traction, adaptability, style, and adjustability.

The REAL weight test...
The REAL weight test...

Aside from daily use from multiple testers over a period of three months, there were specific tests we did to differentiate between the performance capabilities of each shoe. These tests included comparing the shoe's traction on wet and dry terrain as well as testing how well they supported underneath the weight of a heavy pack. The daily use of these products consisted of about 70% hiking on dirt trails and 20% standing/walking in urban, around-town scenarios.

No one said testing is an easy job  buy someone's got to do it. One of the testers contemplating the performance of the Enoki.
No one said testing is an easy job, buy someone's got to do it. One of the testers contemplating the performance of the Enoki.