How We Tested Sandals for Women
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.
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.