Chaco gal here!
echo warrior, I think I love you- you got the main points out.
I had tevas & asked my Chinese SIL to read the writing inside the strap. She did and said, "that's a bad prison."
I came to Chacos www.chacousa.com
by photographing String Cheese Incident.
At the time (98) they all wore the sandals, if tehy bothered to wear shoes at all. I tripped over the pile stage right one night and after the show asked if the shoes were really all they seemed to be.
One loaned me his pair (yay huge snowshoe feet) and told we to just walk. once I was oon the floor, he tossed me a hula hoop and said: "dance."
been in them since, year round. in Colorado. In snow (Ok I have snow boots for walking)
I have two pair, bout the first in 98 the second in 2002 (the day Denver could see the Hayman fire plume- I packed pair one up to send it to Paonia for resoling and discovered I had no other shoes- off to REI) I think each have been resoled with the thin sole twice.
I'll be going for the new mid thickness sole on one and the clunky on the other.
And now I know what the W on my shoes means: snowshoe feet. (I've been thinking it meant women's, not wide)