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Teva Riva eVent Shoes

I’ve been wearing Teva’s Riva eVent shoes for weeks now, and the only time I take them off is when I go to bed!

Made out of contrasting waterproof grey nubuck and suede, and lined with breathable, waterproof eVent material, the Riva eVent trail shoe is highly functional. It’s also attractive in a low-key “casual shoe” kind of way, so I can wear it around town and for my outdoor adventures.  Living in the perpetually moist Northwest, I’ve had plenty of time to hike and walk in the rain, and every time I’ve returned with dry feet.

The Riva eVent shoe does a good job in hot weather, too. I recently wore these shoes, right out of the box, on vacation and was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable my feet stayed – whether I was logging miles walking airport terminals or along hiking trails, wandering city streets in 90 degree heat, or standing for hours in museums and at backyard barbeques. The liner does a great job of breathing and wicking.

I’d never worn Teva shoes before I tested the Riva eVent trail shoe, and I’ve been pleasantly surprise by its fit and performance.  I like heavy, stiff-soled shoes, so most trail shoes don’t work for me because they’re too light and too flexible through the forefoot. The Riva eVent  trail shoe might not be as light as some shoes out there, but it’s also not what I’d consider heavy. Having said that, the shoe feels substantial on my feet, and most important, under my feet—and that’s what I like.
 
I need serious soles that provide stability, as well as a fairly dense type of cushioning.  The Reva eVent has a nylon shank, extra cushioning in the heel strike area, and a nice, wide forefoot.  I have Frodo-like feet that splay out at the forefoot, and it’s surprisingly hard to find shoes that are wide enough in the forefoot that don’t have too much volume or that aren’t too big in the heel. 

The real test for me is how long I can stay on my feet before my “bad” foot starts getting sore.  So far, so good with Teva’s Riva eVent trail shoe.  I’ve been wearing them most days since I got them, and haven’t had any issues with soreness, even after being on my feet for a few hours.  Having a solid sole that’s more stable than flexible is ideal for long wearing periods.  The tread on the Riva eVent trail shoe is great – nice, big lugs like a real hiking boot would have!  The Vibram soles provide great traction on a variety of surfaces, even when it’s wet and muddy.  

Finally, I like the simple design of this shoe. The laces run through nubuck eyelets, so there’s nothing to dig into the top of my feet when I cinch the shoes tighter.  The top laces holes have metal loops, but  there’s enough padding under them that I never notice the.  I also like the rubber toe bumper on the Riva eVent trail shoe; it’s covers the front and sides of the forefoot well, but doesn’t wrap up over the upper.

Available in men’s sizes 7-14, in beluga (grey/blue) and charred (brown/tan). Also available in mesh and in leather. I found this shoe to run a bit small.  I’m usually a size 9, but needed to go up to a 9.5.

Bottom Line: A durable, solid waterproof trail shoe that gives me feet a sold, supportive base.  Like! – E. D. (June 2012)

BUY ONLINE: $140, Shop REI.com! HOME PAGE Link.

Manufacturer's Site: www.teva.com

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When hiking or camping, always carry the "10 Essentials":

Extra clothing, extra food and water, lighter or water-proof matches and fire starter, map in waterproof envelope, compass, pocket knife, sunscreen and sunglasses, flashlight or headlamp, first aid kit, emergency shelter.

Source: Seattle Mountain Rescue and Seattle Mountaineers.