Teva’s Sky Lake eVent are a light weight hiking shoe designed specifically for women. With a Spider365 Rubber sole, eVent waterproof membrane, Shoc Pad heel and Mush Infused insole, they have all the technology to keep your feet comfortable on the trail, while the coloured bands and sleek design make them look great too.
I was pretty excited to get into a pair of Teva Sky Lake shoes. For the longest time I had been hiking through the Adelaide hills in whatever sneakers I had available, dismissing the idea of buying hiking specific shoes since I didn’t want a pair of big, bulky boots that were complete overkill for the amount of walking I was doing or looked like ugly, miniature men’s boots in fifty shades of grey or brown. I don’t particularly like the feel of hiking boots either, as I find the additional ankle and calf support weighty, rigid and restrictive of my feet’s natural movements.
Enter the Teva Sky Lake eVent Women (in “Very Berry”). After my first few wears I knew these were the hiking shoes for me. They took little to no time to wear-in and fit true to size. They’ve been the perfect balance between sturdy and light weight, providing enough support and protection yet plenty of freedom to allow my feet to move and respond naturally to the terrain. Additionally, weighing in at just 320 grams (11.3oz) per shoe, they don’t feel like you’re walking around with concrete blocks on your feet – always a bonus! Ensuring that the laces are tightened properly, which is simple to do, holds your feet firmly in place and prevents rubbing on the heel or toes. I haven’t had a single blister in these shoes when I’ve worn them correctly.
The ultimate test for my Tevas, however, came recently on a 6 week trip to New Zealand. Four ‘Great Walks’, an excess of 250km, and all weather conditions – the shoes were certainly put through their paces. At times the walking terrain was jagged, rocky, steep and slippery and, although my feet were understandably tired by the end of the day, the shoes supported them no matter the trail surface. The Spider365 Rubber soles protected my feet from sharp rocks and prevented many slips and trips, while the Mush Infused insole kept them comfortably cushioned. The Shoc Pad heel absorbed contact force during the steep descents, making the shocking smack as your foot hits the ground that little less noticeable.
And then there was the matter of the waterproofing. At the time of purchase, my Teva Sky Lakes came with eVent waterproofing technology. I had never walked on any wet days in these shoes, let alone crossed any sort of river, or stream for that matter, prior to our trip so New Zealand was the shoe’s first test against the wet element. I’m not going to lie, after 3 hours of walking in over 100ml of rainfall, my feet were wet – but so were everyone else’s. The shoes, however, did delay my feet from becoming saturated and on all the other days where we did not receive a ridiculous deluge of rain, my feet were dry and comfortable for the duration of the walk. As an added bonus, the mesh upper meant that my shoes dried out much more quickly than others. It should be noted that Teva Sky Lake WP now include a T.I.D.E Seal waterproof membrane which, as Teva describe, “will keep your feet dry as you trek through water”, although I can not comment on whether it is any better or worse than the eVent waterproof fabric.
In summary, Teva perfectly achieved what they set out to do when designing the Sky Lake for women. They are a great, light weight hiking shoe that fits well and successfully addresses both style and performance.
At this point in time the Teva Sky Lake WP are selling for US$110. For more information, check out the Teva website at www.teva.com