Patagonia Maha Strap

Ever since I broke my foot last year, I have had a hard time finding shoes that are comfortable enough to last on an all day long walking excursion yet nice enough to wear out to dinner that same night. My fancy tennis shoes work great throughout the day but don’t cut it as a shoe for a dinner out. My favorite flats can barely get me through a grocery store before they start to bother my feet.

The Maha Strap by Patagonia is a nice mix of both shoes. The shoe is made of nubuck leather and mesh breathable fabric.  The inside lining is soft so that the shoe is comfortably worn without socks. The strap wraps around your ankle and through a hook and loop velcro closure. It can be removed if you choose but I left the strap on when I wore the shoes. The shoes come in Black and Espresso, a brown and tan color combination.

When I first pulled the shoes out of the box, I wasn’t sure how I felt about the style of the shoe. After putting them on, I decided that I did like the style. I was also concerned that the barely there, recycled rubber sole would not be supportive enough for my foot. I wore the shoes on a recent cruise while I was taking a self-guided tour of the ship. I walked for about three hours without stopping except to snap a picture here and there. They held up well and besides a small blister because they are just a touch too big, my feet were happy. When it was time for a more formal dinner that night, I was able to pair the shoes with a long black skirt and blouse without looking sloppy. I also wore them throughout the airport as I raced from one side to the other. They are supportive, yet stylish.

This pair of shoes seemed to run a little bit big but I don’t think the size below would have fit as comfortably as the original size I tried.

My favorite part about this shoe is that they are compact and can be easily packed into a small suitcase without taking up too much room.

The Patagonia Maha Strap is available through PlanetShoes.com for $95. From now until April 2, Patagonia will donate $10 to the Appalachian Mountain Club for each pair of Patagonia shoes purchased.

Thank you to Planet Shoes and Patagonia for offering a pair of shoes to facilitate this review.  As always, opinions are all my own.