The original Teva Wraptor really grew on you. A genuine running sandal, it was great for holidays because you could wear it to the beach, and then strap it up a bit more securely and run for an hour or two quite comfortably. It had a real running-shoe midsole, and a clever, highly adjustable strapping system that was particularly snug around the midfoot. You wouldnt exactly race in it, but you could quite easily forget that you werent wearing a running shoe.
Not so with its replacement. It has been bulked up with a ridiculously thick outsole, which stiffens the sandal and makes it heavier than the beefiest motion control shoe. Its still runnable the upper is much the same, for instance but if you wanted to do more than a few token runs youd definitely opt for a proper pair of running shoes.
Its hard to imagine what kind of feedback caused Teva to turn an innovative running sandal into an open-toed brick. It certainly couldnt have been feedback from anyone who used it for running.
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Teva Wraptor (£90)