Men's Original Universal

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Original Universal

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$40.00
Model: 1004006
Nearly 30 years ago, a Grand Canyon river guide forever changed the way people experienced the outdoors. By blending the best parts of shoes and sandals, he created the world’s first Sport Sandal. Today, we honor that heritage by reintroducing one of our very first products – the Original Universal. Featuring our traditional nylon webbing, a contoured EVA topsole and a durable rubber outsole, the Men's Original Universal is as valuable today as it was on those first days on the river.

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Durabrasion™

Durabrasion™

You don't want to bring a knife to a gunfight, but you also don't want to bring a gun to a pillow fight (that would just be weird). Our Durabrasion Rubber gives you a solid balance of performance and durability without being overkill for everyday activities.

  • Open toe construction doesn’t allow water to pool.
  • Webbing Upper
  • Hook and loop strap lets you skip the laces.
  • Multiple points of adjustment allow for the perfect fit
  • EVA footbed for cushioning
  • Microban® zinc-based anti-microbial treatment keeps the stink down.

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4.3

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  • Comfortable (6)
  • Lightweight (3)

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    Best Uses

    • Kayak / canoe / rafting (3)
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    3.0

    Coming back - with room to improve

    By Digger

    from Bethlehem, PA

    Pros

    • Style

    Cons

    • Functionality

    Best Uses

    • Around town
    • Beach

    I am a long time owner of the Teva Universal style having bought my first pair in 1993, and still have my 1995 pair. I am pleased that Teva brought back this style but disappointed with two features of the new Universals. First, is the omission of the adjustable rear strap; that allowed the wearer to position his foot arch exactly on the footbed arch support. Second is the very soft and spongy foam footbed on the new Universal. I now feel every pebble through the sole; it is a bit like wearing bedroom slippers outside. The original Universals had a much firmer, almost hard footbed which I prefer.
    Still, it is a move in the right direction by Teva to return to the minimal strapping of this style.

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    3.0

    I don't love them

    By Joshua

    from NY

    Pros

    • Fit

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Hikes
      • Longer walks

      I purchased these as a substitute for $2 flip-flops hoping they would be more solidly constructed and not fall apart in the middle of an airplane flight like happened with my flip-flops last year. They performed satisfactorily in that role.

      However, I've only had them a bit over a month and the strap material is already fraying into a fine fuzz at the edges. I haven't worn them that much so I'm a bit disappointed -- for the price, I hoped for something that would last several years of regular use, but I don't expect that at this rate.

      They are also much harder to put on than flip-flops -- obvious if you think about it, since there are two velcro straps that have to be maneuvered (I can usually slide my foot in under the front one and only have to undo and redo the back one) -- but I didn't expect it. So, I'd say they are better used for longer walks, hikes, and treks, just like the description suggests, not for casual wear in and out of the house (if you take your shoes off in the house).

      The size was exactly right (I measured my feet according to the sizing chart) and the velcro straps can be adjusted to hold them to my feet solidly, without any of the sloppiness you get with flip-flops. I also like the styling and might have bought another pair if they fit my lifestyle better.

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      5.0

      Finally I've found it!

      By Kampungkid

      from Fort Wort, TX

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Easily adjustable
      • Fits great
      • Inexpensive
      • Lightweight
      • Quickly Molds To Feet

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

        After an extensive search of trying on various sports sandals to trek in, I've finally found THE ONES! These sandals are super comfy, lightweight, and do not hurt my feet. Last year I purchased "another" expensive brand and they just killed my feet with the super high arches. I even took them to Guatemala with me and I would be so relieved to take them off. BUT these however, I absolutely love! I know that I will be purchasing more! I am looking forward to taking these sandals to Thailand this summer. Please, please, please Teva keep these in stock! Buy a pair, you won't regret it!

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        • Q:

          How much does this weigh (specifically compared to the Terra Fi Lite)? Thanks.
          Asked on 5/29/2014 by S from Bozeman

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            A:

            Each sandal weighs 6.65 oz. This is based on a size 9 and will vary with size. The Terra Fi Lite weighs approximately 9.6 oz per sandal.

            Answered on 5/29/2014 by Teva Product Specialist
        • Q:

          Is this product able to be used in the activities category? I will be using this sandal in all types of ways and I would like to know how well this sandal can hold up to a challenge. I will be running around in a grassy field playing ultimate Frisbee and stuff like that as well as hiking and white water rafting in the mountains of Georgia. How would these hold up?
          Asked on 5/11/2014 by Jake from sandusky, Ohio

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            A:

            These can be used for many different activities and sound like they will work great for you.

            Answered on 5/12/2014 by Teva Product Specialist
        • Q:

          What is the sole thickness of this shoe? Also, what is heel/toe drop difference? Thank you!
          Asked on 4/23/2014 by lindsey

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            A:

            The heel drop is 9mm. Sole thickness at heel is 24mm. 15mm at forefoot.

            Answered on 4/25/2014 by Teva Product Specialist
        • Q:

          My husband wears a 3E width shoe. Would this sandal be able to adjust to that width?
          Asked on 4/8/2014 by Patty from Butler, PA

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            A:

            The most this sandal can adjust to is approximately 5 inches wide.

            Answered on 4/9/2014 by Teva Product Specialist
        • Q:

          Do you make these shoes in anything smaller than a size 7? I like the men's colors better than the women's but would need a size 6!
          Asked on 4/2/2014 by Rose from Boulder, CO

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            A:

            Unfortunately, our mens styles smallest shoe size is 7.

            Answered on 4/3/2014 by Teva Product Specialist
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          Q:

          Where are the sandals made?
          Asked on 10/6/2013 by Tony from Salt Lake City, Utah

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            A:

            All of Teva footwear is made in China.

            Answered on 10/7/2013 by Teva Product Specialist
        • Original Universal

          Q:

          I have a narrow foot and would probably benefit from ordering the women's version if there's no other noticeable difference. What would the equivalent to a men's size 9 be?
          Asked on 6/11/2013 by Mud Doping Scandal from Houston, TX

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            A:

            Other than the sizing and color options, there is no difference! If you wear a men's 9, then women's 11 is recommended.

            Answered on 6/11/2013 by Teva Product Specialist
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          Q:

          How does this sandal size please ? I'm between a 9,5 in us size for most of my shoes.
          Asked on 6/10/2013 by Etienne from France

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            A:

            If you are in between sizes we recommend ordering 1/2 size up in this style.

            Answered on 6/10/2013 by Teva Product Specialist
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          Q:

          I am wondering to things: first, I am purchasing a men's sandal because they are usually wider. My foot is an 81/2 women's, so what size do I purchase in a men's?
          How wide are the sandals?
          Asked on 6/8/2013 by suz from Wilmington, DE

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            A:

            You should order 2 sizes down in a men's style. Since this style is only available in whole sizes, a size 7 is recommended for you. Our men's styles are made in a "D" width.

            Answered on 6/10/2013 by Teva Product Specialist
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          Please let me know the weight of this item.

          Thanks...
          Asked on 5/1/2013 by Fwysurfer

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            A:

            Each sandal weighs 6.65 oz. This is based on a size 9 and will vary with size.

            Answered on 5/6/2013 by Teva Product Specialist
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