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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2012
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OK, I am abashed. I wrote two 5-star reviews of Chaco's sandals in the last couple of years and now I am back to Teva's. So why? First the sizing. Chaco's US9 is slightly small for me and US10 is slightly big. I made do with US9. Was quite happy in fact, until my bone spur returned--out of the blue. Nothing special happened. Just went for a walk and the pain in the heel was so severe I could barely walk for a couple of days. So bad that I remembered Teva's 'shocpad'. I never thought it was just a gimmick but I never paid it much attention either. Now I decided to pull out my old Dozers--not really sandals, but my favorite Teva's up to now. Lo, I could walk again. Still some pain, but I could walk. I immediately decided to get real Teva's (i.e. sandals) again. On the Teva website, there were these new Lite sandals. They looked and sounded good. I ordered by first pair from Teva (not Amazon). They are good. If you are NOT overweight, they will be the best Teva's you ever wore. They ARE light (lite)--seriously light. But strong enough if you are not too heavy. On sizing, although a Chaco 9.5 would probably be perfect (if they produced such a thing), I had always worn US10.5 Teva's. Always worried I would stub my toe, wanted to see the sandal out in front of the foot. With considerable trepidation, I followed the Teva sizing chart (on the website) and ordered US9.5. It is exactly my size, and I now realize that most of the problems I had with Teva involved my oversizing of the sandals. The 'spider rubber' sole continues to be the best on wet surfaces. The Lite is very flexible--great for a supinator. The sole is NOT the best on north Texas clay. That clay will clog Teva's very quickly. Well, small price to pay for protection for the nerve ganglia at the bottom of the heel. These sandals are adjustable at 3 points (like all Teva sandals). You should adjust them at ALL 3 points and insure that your heel is in the right spot and that ankle and toe straps are not too tight. And do not oversize. Just follow the Teva chart. I bought my second pair from Amazon, and I now rotate them for my daily 1.5 hour walks. Kudos to Teva for an outstanding sandal.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2013
Size Name: 11 D(M) USColor Name: Docker GreyVerified Purchase
Received my order today and I am loving these even more than my first pair!

I bought these to replace a pair of Torins (6584) which I have worn all year long (rain, snow, you name it) for the past 5 years. I didn't think anything could beat them, I was wrong. These are 100 times better than what has been my favorite shoe of all time.

My Torins were comfortable, the Terra Fi Lite are like wearing clouds!

The heel shock pad is great, and the padded straps are excellent.

Teva really out did themselves with these! Here's to, hopefully, another 5+ years in my favorite shoes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2013
Size Name: 9 D(M) USColor Name: Firetread BelugaVerified Purchase
My boyfriend has worn the Terra Fi for years and was disappointed when we went to buy a new pair and this was all we could find. I took the risk and bought him a pair in his usual Teva size for Christmas and after a couple weeks of wear he says they are even better than the originals.

Similar to Original Terra Fi:
Fit is the same
Aesthetic is the almost identical
Comfort is no different
Tread is equally deep/similar traction

Different than the Original Terra Fi:
Lower profile (the bottom sole is not as thick but appears to be a sturdier material)
Lighter weight overall, but the canvas on the straps is just as thick and the quality seems the same
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2014
Size Name: 8 D(M) USColor Name: Firetread BelugaVerified Purchase
I'm a huge fan of Tevas, but the Terra Fi Lites fit much smaller, are less comfortable, and just seem like they have a cheaper construction than the Tanzas. I returned them the day I got them and exchanged for a new pair of Tanzas (which I couldn't find a thing to complain about if I tried)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2014
Size Name: 11 D(M) USColor Name: BlackVerified Purchase
I was a Teva sandal wearer for years. My first pair lasted for exactly ten years. My second pair, similar to the Terra Fi, but an early 2000's model, fell apart before the two year mark. Both of these models were the most comfortable shoe I had ever worn. Period. However, frustrated by the poor quality of that latter pair and moving towards close-toed designs, I opted for a pair of Chacos.
The Chacos were well made and an interesting design... in fact they were so well made they just haven't quit. I did notice the Chacos seemed increasingly to be pinching my footbed and I had gotten to the point where I just wanted a new pair of sandals and was moving back in favor of an open-toe design.
Circa 2014 I found the Terra Fi Lite's here on Amazon and the reviews were excellent. I could sense from the photography that these sandals were a very similar design to the last pair of Teva's I had had and the Terra Fi's looked very comfortable. I ordered them.
Well, let me tell you, this is an excellent sandal right out of the box. I picked up the neutral black color. The webbing features a deep, dark dye, and the black goes with any outfit. The nylon webbing on these sandals is thick and supportive. My size 11 fit is perfect. I wear an 11 in boots, sneakers, and these Teva's feel like a custom fit. Quality is excellent. The tread is aggressive and even this morning, out in a campsite, I was moving gear in and out of my truck and this sandals anchored my feet right into the soft mineral soil.
The biggest deal however is the cushioning. As I have aged my feet have become very sensitive and I have a lot of problems with shoe comfort and might even be suffering the effects of an early-onset osteoarthritis on the footbed. In the course of my day I often carry a heavy backpack around +/- 15 pounds, and these Teva's support the weight of my pack and with each step I feel the cushioning effect on my footbed and it even feels like the cushioning radiates up into my knees! The cooling effect of the open toe is very appreciated in the triple digit heat where I live and work.

Now, I have had these sandals for only about a week so I have no idea where the long-term quality is on these things. Will wait and see and update on Amazon if there are any problems. Hopefully that last pair of Teva's I had was an anomaly.

My recommendation presently is... If you have foot issues, want an open-toed sandal, that is comfortable, supportive, looks good and breathes in the hot weather, you will not be disappointed with the Terra Fi's.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2013
I really like these sandals. They're a cross between the Hurricane and the Terra FI 3. The strapping system is more comfortable than the Hurricane and the internal shock pad is more comfortable than the Terra Fi 3. The only thing I don't like is the price. To me it should be priced somewhere between the Hurricane and the Terra Fi 3 for such a lighter weight sandal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2014
Size Name: 10.5 D(M) USColor Name: Firetread BelugaVerified Purchase
Over the years I've come to expect quality and comfort from TEVA. They do not disappoint and I've been pleased with each pair purchased.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2014
Size Name: 12 D(M) USColor Name: Firetread BelugaVerified Purchase
I'm giving 5 stars because they are very comfortable sandals, for the price you are getting a good quality product. I recommend them....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2013
Size Name: 10.5 D(M) USColor Name: Firetread MidnightVerified Purchase
This is my third set of teva's. They wear well, last a very long time and are extremely comfortable. I would recommend Teva's for anyone who enjoys the out of doors during the summer. Wear them while walking along in a stream or rocky beach.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2014
There are two things that made me very satisfied with this sandal : they are extremely comfortable for me, and I received great customer service from Teva. This model fits so well and feels so natural on me, that I hardly feel their presence, even when I'm tired or have walked a lot. My previous pair was a Terra Fi 3, and I was a bit apprehensive ordering the Lite model (I had to order the Lite model without a chance of trying a pair first), as I had worn the Terra 3 for quite a few years and was completely satisfied with it. But it took only a few days to get the feel of this model, which as I said, is in my opinion even better than the 3 because of its lightness and small improvements. It is simply an extension of my feet - flexible, snug, comfortable and strong.
I had ordered two pairs, wearing both regularly, when after 6 months one of the sandals developed a deformation, which I could only conclude was the fault of a very small defect in the sandal. I sent the pair back to Teva, and received a new and more expensive pair as compensation. Not much more you can ask for from a business.
I work and hike with these in fairly extreme conditions - heat, dryness and generally abrasive environments - and after 6 months use they are holding their own very well. I can't even remember how long I managed to wear the Terra Fi 3, I hope to get a similar experience of durability with the Lite model.
My recommendation - try this model or something similar from Teva, this is great design and execution.

Edit, a few months later : less positive.

I wrote a review in April of this year, after using my first pair of Terra Fi Lite sandals for a few months. Now, in August, things look less good.
The bottom heel part of the soles on both sandals is breaking down and becoming detached. I won't be able to continue to use these for much longer - so I'll be getting less than a year's use out of this pair.

In Teva's defense, I will say that I have used these in very tough conditions, especially very hot and dry ones. Days of 45 degrees C. are not unusual here, and I've been wearing the sandals in very abrasive conditions. I guess too much even for this relatively rugged type of rubber.
Also, fine sand particles have a tendency to make their way into the sandal through the very small gaps between the straps and the sole. So if you do a lot of walking on sandy beaches or dunes, take this into account. There is no easy way to remove the sand, and the soles will start to bulge. I have used compressed air, but this is not perfect.

I have just ordered another pair of these, because they are still the most comfortable sandal I have owned, and for what they do, I don't think there is a better type out there. Fifty-sixty dollars is not too expensive for what they give you.
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