Tried TEVA Lava Falls and several Keen models. I purchased…
Break-in Period: none
Price Paid: $59.91 w/ tax
Tried TEVA Lava Falls and several Keen models. I purchased the TEVA Omnium 1/2 size larger to accommodate neoprene socks in the fall. The adjustable heal strap and adjustable instep strap along with the self tightening laces, also adjustable made the fit excellent. The shoe/sandal has a quick release buckle to allow easy on and off. The shoe has a sock neck for a snug fit. The footbed is very comfortable, better than the Keens, by my standards.
I purchased these for kayaking and they are great. Water empties quickly, they are surefooted and they dry fast. I picked the right shoe for water sport.
The Omnium is a new synthetic sport sandal from Teva…
Materials: rubber nylon
Use: beach, pool, well marked trails
Break-in Period: 2 weeks
Weight: not sure, pretty light
Price Paid: $80
The Omnium is a new synthetic sport sandal from Teva designed to challenge the likes of other high performance sport sandals. This might lead some readers to ask, how does a company whose reputation is built on casual sandals compare to the industry leaders in performance. The answer is simple. They compare very well. Teva seems to have pulled out all the stops for this sport sandal. The Omnium is available in both leather and synthetic.
The model I wore was synthetic. The first thing I notice is that the Omnium is styled much like a cycling shoe. However the traction and high arch support quickly dispel the notion that this is some flimsy hybrid. The toe is protected by a rubber upper that’s attached to the top of the sandal guaranteeing your toes don’t hit the rocks.
Despite being a true sandal with nylon covering my instep, these sandals are very cool and comfortable even in the hottest weather. The straps on this sandal are simple to work. One goes around the heel and one across the instep. This 2 strap system is simple and sufficient for a comfortable fit.
Finally, the engineers at Teva who designed this sandal did a superb job using materials that dry quickly. Combine this feature with antimicrobial footbed and you have the Teva Omnium.
Priced at $80 the Omnium compares well with much more expensive sandals in the sport sandal market. It is entirely appropriate for the beach, a well marked trail, the pool, or a night out at the boardwalk. If you’re looking for an all purpose sandal that performs well in watery environments, Teva’s Omnium is stylish option that won’t hurt your wallet.
Got these shoes recently for an upcoming trip. My…
Materials: Inner soles use Microban - breakthrough tech in anti-foot funk built directly into the rubber - never washes out or off!
Weight: 1.6 lbs (for pair)
Price Paid: $74.95 at Zappos.com
Got these shoes recently for an upcoming trip. My needs were:
All-terrain shoe adequate for hiking in hot and wet conditions, water-wear, and not stinking after wearing them for the first few days was a plus.
Other reviewers on other sites say that these shoes are very comfortable once you get past the initial break-in stage. I am still in the break in stage, and couldn't say conclusively. But my initial impressions are:
-fully adjustable (adjustment straps for top of heel, top of front part of foot, as well as a bungy cord with pressure clip for width of foot)
-wide width capable - I have a wide foot and these fit me width-wise fine
I am a full size US 10. I am glad I didn't get the 10.5. These are definitely true to size, and fit great.
My only two complaints:
-pair I got came with tiny rubber dots (not intentional dots, miniscule- but just noticeable enough to be annoying) on the inner sole. It could have just been my pair, but it appeared to be a result of the manufacturing process used to produce the sole. I took some sand-paper to them and was able to grind them down enough to the point where I was comfortable with wearing them (they initially were causing pain to the upper part of the sole on my left foot)
-I have bony protrusions on the outside part of my heels - the straps dug into those during a few initial test with these shoes, and really felt like they were rubbing my heels raw! I also own Sketchers Safari Sandals, and don't remember such irritation with them. But, like I said, I am still in the process of breaking these in, and it could be just that - once broken in they may act like a second skin - I don't know.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
When your adventures take you back and forth between water and terra firma, the Teva Omnium Water Shoe is a functional alternative to traditional sandals and hiking boots.
On Sale. Free Shipping. Teva Men's Omnium Sandal FEATURES of the Teva Men's Omnium Sandal Spider Original rubber outsole for uncompromised grip in wet environments Increased rubber surface contact at the heel and forefoot to maintain traction Multiple openings in the upper allow water to drain freely Multiple points of adjustment for the perfect fit Integrated toe protection keeps your feet safe in rugged terrain Non-abrasive and breathable stretch mesh liner Microban zinc based anti-microbial protection Shoc Pad in the heel for shock absorption
Great for amphibious hiking, canoeing, and kayaking, Omnium Sandals protect your feet, dry quickly, absorb shock, and keep you grounded with Teva-tested Spider Rubber soles.
The Omnium Men s Sport Sandal is versatile enough for all of your adventures as it provides additional coverage for protection quick drying materials to keep you comfortable and Teva tested Spider Rubber to keep you on your feet. This shoe is great for water activities such as canoeing and amphibious hiking.