Oboz Footwear is known for crafting quality hiking shoes. I’ve tested quite a few pairs in the past, in fact, serving as one of Oboz’ ambassadors for several years. In the process, I felt I got to know the brand pretty well; what they excelled at (making seriously rugged hiking shoes and boots) and what they didn’t (making lighter trail shoes and sneakers). However, I have to rethink everything now that I’ve tried the Oboz Selway Flip. They are so understated and lightweight! (This sandal comes in a men’s and women’s version, by the way, and is essentially the same for both sexes.)
So yes, the very first thing I noticed about the Selway flip-flop was the fantastic airiness, so different from the many Oboz boots I’ve worn. It weighs in at only 6.3 oz, which makes them a winner to strap to my backpack for overnight trips when weight on my shoulders is to be avoided as much as possible. That said, this sandal still has Oboz’ Headwaters outsole, which offers substantial grip and traction. In fact, I haven’t seen its equal in a flip-flop, ever. I was able to grip rocks on the river bed during a family float trip, navigate a lake shore on a backpacking trip, and walk the dogs in our neighborhood with ease. I am one who likes to be as close to barefoot as possible during warm weather months, and I didn’t have to sacrifice any activities while wearing the Selway.
The signature Oboz O FIT insole conforms nicely to your foot (it’s the same one you’re probably used to if you’ve tried other Oboz shoes or boots) and the springy EVA midsole gives me enough cushion for my foot all day long. The straps are nylon-polyester that hug your foot but don’t pinch or squeeze. I like the dual-strap design on each side; they give the Selway just a little bit of style and flair while remaining classic. The rubber soles make them perfect for splashing in and out of water, too.
The women’s Selway comes in two colors: Moroccan blue or pebble gray, both of which have nice design accents. They come in size 6-11 with a medium-width. The men’s version comes in Rio red or river blue, in sizes 8-14. Both versions are $55 at your local outdoor store such as REI, or on Amazon, a fair price for a quality flip that will last you plenty of seasons.