Outdoor enthusiasts are embracing walking sandals for summer. We review best selling walking sandal, the Merrell Chameleon II Kahuna.
Walking sandals are quite simply technical walking shoes broken down into their essential elements and restyled to look like a pair of fashionable sandals, but with all the comfort, support and tread of your favourite hiking boots. Obviously, this gives walking sandals a broad appeal to all manner of outdoor enthusiasts and fashionable folk seeking comfort, performance and style. Plus, they’re incredible lightweight, cool and breathable, making them ideal for hot weather conditions.
So what makes the Merrell Chameleon II Kahuna so special when it comes to this new breed of walking footwear? Well, it’s clear to see why it’s such a big seller simply from looking at it. First of all, Merrell shoes are renowned for their comfort, fine quality and longevity. The classic taupe colour has a good earthy feel to it and the hi-tech design is definitely eye catching.
Technically speaking, the Chameleon II Kahuna is an excellent performance walking sandal. Fashioned from pigskin leather with a neoprene lining, the Kahuna is soft, breathable and moisture wicking for fast cooling comfort and a fresh dry feeling on the feet. The DeepDish 3D Contour foot bed is also anti-microbial, which will stop these walking sandals from retaining a decidedly ‘feety’ smell after a long walk. As for the sole unit itself, this is where the Merrell Chameleon II Kahuna really shines compared to the other walking sandals brands. The air cushion midsole keeps things comfortable for walking on hard and rocky surfaces while the forefoot flex plate supports the foot while overcoming obstacles and aids the natural walking gait. But when it comes to giving great grip, the Vibram Chameleon Sport Sandal outsole is quite simply outstanding. Vibram are the industry leaders in high traction outsoles and make all manner of rubber outsoles for parkour and other extreme outdoor activities.
While the Merrell Chameleon II Kahuna may not be quite as advanced as the Teva brand of walking sandals, it costs a good deal less and a looks far better. Teva has established themselves as a technical walking sandal specialist, so for high performance and waterproof construction they will always win hands down. But for a pair of walking sandals that tick all the boxes without breaking the bank, the Chameleon II Kahuna is an excellent choice and it looks really cool too. Walking.org recently reviewed the Merrell Chameleon II Kahuna in its top 5 walking sandals for summer, hailing it as the best looking and most comfortable. While it wasn’t the most technical or affordable walking sandal, they praised the Chameleon II Kahuna for its style, support and broad appeal.
So if you’re thinking of putting your hot and sweaty walking shoes to one side this summer, perhaps a pair of walking sandals will be a better choice for your long walks during the warm weather conditions at home or abroad. All styles of the Merrell Chameleon II Kahuna for both men and women can be found at www.fitnessfootwear.com who offer the web’s widest choice of sports and outdoor shoes.