When Sundried got a chance to review Teva’s new active trainers, we jumped at the chance. These are a cool looking pair of trainers, breaking the mould of the traditional Teva style. Let’s hope Teva got it right with style and function, then they really have it all!
Teva is a brand born out of a love for adventure and the notion that people just need an invitation to go out and explore the world around them.
Teva was developed in 1984 by Grand Canyon river guide Mark Thatcher. He realised that everyone has an adventurous spirit inside them that just needs to be invited out by something that gives them confidence. The original Teva shoe was made with an old watch strap attached to a flip-flop to create a sandal and the brand has evolved over time to a hugely successful shoe brand. Thatcher wanted people to adopt the motto 'strap in and go' so that they could have spontaneous adventures and do anything they wanted. Teva believes that unplanned adventures are the best ones.
Teva Arrowood Swift Lace Features
In the words of Teva, these trainers feature:
- Water-ready Ariaprene upper is soft and quick drying
- Breathable mesh upper keeps your feet cool and comfortable
- Breathable mesh lining is cool wearing and comfortable
- Speed lace closure lets you dial in the perfect fit
- Our Float-Lite outsole is super durable and feather light
- Individual rubber outsole pods strategically placed for superior traction
Teva Arrowood Swift Lace Review
Seeing as this brand is founded on a love for adventure, I decided to take my pair for an adventure of their own to test them! I put the trainers through a morning run in torrential rain and a day spent entirely on my feet at a fitness expo.
The run was a reasonably flat 7.5km around my local park and housing estates. The Arrowood Swift Lace trainers have a speed lace upper, which initially made me a little nervous that I wouldn’t get the snug fit of a traditional lace however once on, they were easy to adjust and the upper lays smoothly against your foot. The trainers are indeed very light, however I did find for running they lack cushioning. The sole is durable, but there is not that extra cushioning feedback I am used to from the Adidas Boost technology. I found this was fine for the first few kilometers, and the pods held me steady running across the soggy and slippery grass, however when it hit around 4 km I started to wish I had a more supportive sole.
The Teva Arrowood is designed to be water resistant and quick drying. After spending an hour in a solid downpour dashing from puddle to puddle, I think the trainers did a good job. Were my feet perfectly dry? No, but I think that would have been impossible without a pair of wellies! The trainers didn't leave my socks feeling soggy and it wasn’t long before I noticed my feet had dried up.
After a full day on my feet, I had no complaints about these trainers. They fit comfortably and are perfect for those with active lifestyles. Size-wise, I opted for half a size up from my regular shoe size and this was a great fit.
Great for short, flat runs, days on your feet, or active fashion.
After days entirely on my feet the shoes fit comfortably, the speed lace is easy to lock and fits snug around the upper which fits smoothly around your foot - like a sock!
I love the style of these trainers; they are by far the most modern of the designs available by Teva, making them more accessible to a younger audience, as well as die-hard Teva adventurers.
I would recommend these trainers as an everyday active shoe, great for those who are on their feet all day, for light gym sessions, and for rainy days.