When Sundried got a chance to review Teva’s new active trainers, we jumped at the chance. Who wouldn’t? 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!
Who are Teva?
The history of Teva is based on a brand that loves adventure and that’s what drew us in here at Sundried.
In 1984, a Grand Canyon river guide has a thought that would change the footwear world: inside every person is an adventurous spirit waiting to be tapped. He realised that the only thing holding anyone back from the lifestyle that he loved was a simple invitation. Something to reassure them...to give them the confidence to jump in. So, he built that invitation.
The Teva Original came from humble beginnings -- an old Velcro watch strap attached to a flip flop -- but it has grown into an icon that speaks to the masses. People around the world have accepted the invitation to adventure and adopted the "strap in and go," spontaneous, go-anywhere, do-anything mentality that the Original stands for. Everything that Teva do, and everything Teva make is in service of the adventurous spirit, because unscripted moments are the ones that turn into the best memories.
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
Bearing in mind this is brand founded on a love for adventure; to review the Teva Arrowood Swift Lace, that’s exactly what I did. I took the Teva’s on my own little adventure, granted it wasn’t up a mountain, but heading up north is close enough haha!
During the trip to Manchester the trainers experienced a morning run, torrential rain and a day spent at the Tri Expo entirely on my feet. So there were a lot of little mini adventures for the shoes to help me conquer.
First up, the run. This was a reasonably flat run 7.5km around my local park and housing estates. The Teva 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 Teva 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 soggy and slippery grass (even clumsy old me managed to avoid slipping over) however, when it hit around 4 km I started to wish I had a more supportive sole.
Overall rating: I didn’t fall over and I can’t blame my achy legs on the trainers - I just worked hard, however I did wish I had some more ‘cushin for the pushin’ later on in the run - 7/10.
Next up was the rain, and boy did it rain. The Teva Arrowood is designed to be water resistant and quick drying. After spending an hour in solid downpour dashing from puddle to puddle, I think the Teva’s did a good job. Were my feet perfectly dry? No, but I think that would have been impossible without a pair of wellies. The Tevas didn't leave my socks feeling soggy and it wasn’t long before I noticed my feet had dried up - it’s a shame the rest of me looked like a drowned rat, but hey, you can’t have it all.
Overall water rating: 8/10
After a full day on my feet, I have no complaints about these trainers. They fit comfortably and are perfect for those with active lifestyles. Size wise, I opted for a half a size up from my regular shoe size (as I do with all trainers) and this was a great fit.
Overall daily activity rating: 8/10
Teva Arrowood Swift Lace Review Verdict:
Diversity - Great for short, flat runs, days on your feet or active fashion.
Comfort - 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!
Look - 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, light gym sessions and for rainy days, something we have plenty of!
You can buy the Teva Arrowood Swift here at Teva.