I recently wore my trail running Toe Buckles on a 2 day backpacking trip on The Colorado Trail. I was so impressed, I figured I should modify it and offer it for sale to fit the niche of an all-around hiking sandal. It's basically a beefed up Toe Buckle. Changes include:
-Wider 1 1/4" Ankle Tab
-Wider/stronger 5/8" buckles
-Wider 5/8" poly webbing around the ankle
-Silicone Elastic sewn to the heel to reduce slippage
-Memory Foam standard
-Offered w/ the ridiculously grippy Vibram Zegama, Freestone or equal trail tread
At 12.8 ounces, I think it's too heavy for running but will be perfect for hiking and general wear.
Each sandal is hand crafted to match the provided barefoot dimensions. (Extra space is allowed on the edge of each sandal.) Please email me a picture or scan of your barefoot trace on 1/4" graph paper. See YouTube Paisley Running Sandals - Graph Paper Trace. I can use the same trace for both the Buckle Tie and 7-Hole. Please make sure the graph paper is 4 squares per inch. Please measure it especially if you print it yourself!
Mix and match all the crazy colors to make a completely customized sandal.
Your template is saved for future orders.
Webbing is super strong. 1 piece design allows for pull/push adjustment for perfect fit. It is screwed to the toe cord for easy replacement.
Cordura ballistic nylon/leather tabs under the ankles provide strength and the perfect angle to reduce heel slippage. I glue, sew and hammer super soft deer skin or sheep skin leather on the inside of the tab. The cordura is sandwiched between the midsole and tread.
The webbing passes through 2 slots cut in the reinforced cordura. The tension is held by a small triglide buckle w/ a small 1/4" brass screw on the vinyl ankle posts. The screw digs into the underside of the webbing to hold the tension without having to install grommets. You can push/pull to make adjustments for the perfect fit. Once adjusted just use the buckle to tighten / loosen.
Heel area has silicone elastic to reduce slippage.
Tri-glide buckle for infinite adjustment.
A non-slip fabric is glued and saddle stitched to the midsole. Memory foam or leather is an option.
Toe cord is made out of colorful parachute cord or bubble lace (name your color and I will get it for you!).
Please note, due to excessive shipping costs I typically only ship w/in the USA. Please contact me if you're willing to pay for international shipping. It's typically prohibitively expensive, but I'm willing to get a quote and pass the shipping cost to the buyer.
Last but NOT least, They are 100% serviceable. When the time comes, you can mail them back for service or better yet, get to know your local cobbler. They're a dying bread and we need to send them business and retain their much needed skills! I'm happy to mail you a service kit for your cobbler for a nominal fee.