Price: $154 Arch Support: Neutral Weight: 181g Drop: 0mm
Reviewer: Ian MacNairn – writer and anthropologist, studying ultrarunning
IMPACT Rating: 4.5 out of 5 RunRepeat.com Rating: N/A
I wore my first pair of Luna sandals in 2009 – the Leadville Pacer. The Gordo is an updated and greatly improved sandal. The sandal is a minimal alternative to shoes and is handmade in Seattle. It was a pleasure to run in and offers a thick yet lightweight (mouldable) footbed. The strapping is comfortable and I experienced no hot-spots. The Gordos exceled on trail and transitioned seamlessly to hanging out in town after runs.
The Gordo is the thickest sandal Luna makes. It means greater cushioning and protection underfoot from roots and rocks. I have never suffered a bruise or blister in any pair of Luna sandals I have worn. The Gordo is very comfortable and a fun alternative to wearing shoes.
Luna’s new Tech Strap lacing system means an improved secure foothold compared to models from previous years. Each part on the sandal is replaceable, which means the sandals will last far longer than any pair of shoes with minimal upkeep (i.e. new laces, new plug, new footbed).
For those running in consistently wet or cold climes, the new Tabu (a water-resistant two-toed sock modelled after the traditional Japanese footwear, tabi) offers additional protection from the elements. The Tabu can be paired with any pair of Luna sandals, weighs less than 30 grams, and is machine washable.
- Very comfortable.
- Exciting and free feeling alternative to running shoes.
- Transitions from run to hanging out in town easily.
- Easy to clean and care for; all parts are replaceable (footbed, strapping, plug).
- Lacks the protection of an actual upper.
- Can become slippery underfoot in very wet and/or muddy conditions.