If there is one major thing that has changed since becoming a runner, it is the way that I treat my feet. Even while trying out new running gear, training to increase my times, and utilizing technology to get the most out of my runs, if my feet are hurting it doesn’t really matter what else I have going for me. I have had two significant injuries in my running “career” – plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis – and both were some of the most depressing times in my lives. While injuries aren’t always preventable (though admittedly the risk can be lessened), they have made me increasingly in tune with ways to keep my tootsies safe and comfortable.
One such way I have done this is by ditching dollar store flip-flops for arch supporting sandals, as well as forgoing bare feet for comfortable and supportive slippers. My feet thank me every day as a result. We recently received a pair of slippers from Chaco – the Revel:
…[A] brand new slip-on at the intersection of cozy and comfortable. A little bit casual, a little bit campfire, the Revel takes Chaco’s APMA accepted comfort and LUVSEAT™ arch-support and marries it with warm fleece-lined felted uppers to create the perfect post-activity slip on. Featuring a step-down heel for easy on and off. Totally vegan.”
The fleece-lined felted uppers look great and operate more like a shoe than nearly any other slipper I have worn. The gender-specific, and removeable footbed (called their LUVSEAT EVA) is made with a recycled polyester sockliner. The textured rubber sole has 2mm lugs and provides ideal strength and support and allows you to run out to the garbage or mail in the rain without being destroyed.
They have a cool kickdown heel that makes them easy to wear hands free. I think these may be more constructed as a way to easily kick them off and transition from slipper to snow boot (and vice versa) but I think the same sort of thing could apply with going from slipper to running shoe and back again. I know I have used it many times – as it’s nice to just be able to toss them on and wear them hands-free until there is time to flip them back up. My other slippers definitely do NOT allow for this. It’s really a simple construction modification that you don’t really realize how awesome it is until you try it.
As mentioned above, the fleece-lined felted uppers of the Revel are really stylish, and the overall vibe of the shoe screams more casual shoe than it does slipper. They come in two color styles for men and three for women, and all of them have sort of a muted color style (light grey/dark grey/brown) that pairs well with anything and doesn’t go over the top. I have actually worn the Revel’s out a couple times with a pair of jeans and it looks completely normal.
On that note, wearing slippers in public is vastly underrated.
I would have to agree with Chaco’s descriptor of the Revels – they are a nice balance of cozy and comfortable.
While they are definitely functional, they are also comfortable enough to wear while kicking back in front of the fireplace and sipping on some wine after a long day. I literally can’t wait to slip these on after my runs – and I highly anticipate loading these into my car for immediate post-race relief.
The Revel’s do run around $75, but they are definitely worth it if you are on the fence. $75 now to keep your feet healthy will pale in comparison to the monetary cost therapy/PT if your feet get injured, or the mental cost of running uncomfortably due to foot fatigue.
If you wear slippers a lot, want some footwear that can be worn in a variety of settings, or just need to do a better job at keeping your feet supported, I highly recommend Chaco. They have a few different stylings available, so if the Revel’s aren’t your style, make sure you check out their other options.
- Revel | $75
More About Chaco:
In 1989, a Colorado rafting guide had a vision: To create the ultimate footwear for outdoor adventures in and out of water. He gave it a symbol — the gecko — because of their ability to adapt and thrive in nearly any environment. Then he gave it a name, Chaco.
Thank you to Chaco for providing us with a sample pair. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.