Zanda Chacos And How To Make A Shoebox Guitar

The Chaco bug bit our family back in 2005. We still have our first pairs. In 2008 we bought some for our oldest son, and they’re still kickin’ around as the best hand-me-downs yet.

Although Chaco is known for their sandals they’ve recently introduced a nice lineup of shoes and boots. I think it’s mostly because the diehards were wearing their sandals in the winter with socks. And that’s such a no no in the fashion world. [guilty]

One of the newest additions to the Chaco kids line is the Zanda. Our little Scout has broken in a pair of her own…

The #1 thing Scout said she loves about her Zandas is that she can put them on herself and with the bungee laces they stay on tight. She doesn’t have to tie them, just tighten the toggle.

My #1 like as a parent is that they are super durable and they clean up easy. But a close second is that I don’t have to help her put them on and there’s never any laces she’s draggin behind her or tripping on.

These are already proving to live up to the Chaco standard and will be an everyday part of Scout’s outdoor adventures!

Now we’re all about upcycling around here so we took the shoebox Scout’s Chacos came in and made a snazy guitar out of it… Scout shows you how it’s done below.


You didn’t think we’d leave you without a giveaway did you?

Here’s your chance to make your own guitar and win a pair of Chacos of your choice for your little guy or gal! Just leave a comment below telling us what your favorite Chacos for kids are.

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winner is Maura Lansford! Congrats Maura!

If you want to increase your odds at winning you can also enter to win (and read reviews about other types of kid Chacos) at the following sites:

Review of the Zanda by and
Review of the Paradox Ecotread by
Review of the Otis by Review of the Z/1 by

One winner will be chosen between this blog and the blogs listed above, so enter away! Good luck!!

Rules: You MUST answer the question (above) to be eligible. You must supply me with a valid email address when you enter (so I can contact you if you win). You can only enter once on this blog. You must be 18 or older. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. The contest starts now and entries must be date stamped by our server no later than Thursday, November 15th, 2012 at 9:00pm Mountain Time to be eligible. The winner will be chosen using the number generator at and announced on this post, November 16th, 2012! Winner will be notified by email and will have 72 hours to reply to my notification. If I don’t hear back, I’ll pick another winner.

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Shawna is passionate about getting kids outside, a pro at procrastinating laundry day and an advocate of impromptu road trips. She's been in the recreation industry for 18 years.

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30 Responses

  1. Dan says:

    The Z1 Ecotread!

  2. mttwinmom says:

    i think we’d love the Zandas!

  3. Scout – nice work! Those are SOME TUNES!!! Looks like we’ll be making one of these today too! 😉

  4. Deliamo says:

    The Eco-treads look fabulous for the summer!

  5. Carly Yates says:

    Zanda for sure!!!!

  6. James Elam says:

    I love the Zandas! They look awesome.

  7. Jentri King says:

    I would totally pick the Belyn Big Kids boots mostly because they’re so cute and I want a pair for my self!!!

  8. Carla says:
    These are versatile, look comfy, and easy to put on.

  9. Sadie says:

    I like the loyalist Eco tread. But I want them in my size. Sorry kids. :)

  10. NeKisha says:

    Now that I look some more, I think the Loyalist EcoTread are a mighty cute pair!

  11. Emily R says:

    My Son Brodey rocks the Z1 ecotread but he would totally love the Zanda or the Paradox for the ability to pull something on the bike ride in cool weather! Great review because my son really appreciates a shoe he can easily and independently slip into!

  12. Heather says:

    Otis. I’d like a pair myself.

  13. Amy says:

    The loyalist ecotread are adorable and versatile. Love them!

  14. Kara Musser says:

    Zandas would be perfect!

  15. Lex Miller says:

    I’m digging the Zanda, but the entire line looks out of sight!
    My kids would rock these shoes while we explore the redwood forests of the Pacific northwest this fall…and the deserts of the southwest this spring!

  16. DebbieKL says:

    I really like the Zanda Little Kids in brown!

  17. Andy says:

    We’d probably most like to rock the Zanda Big Kid. My daughter could cover some miles in those.

  18. Sarah says:

    I’d love to try the Zanda’s for my daughter!

  19. amy marshall says:

    Zandas would be amazing for my Flintstone footed babies!

  20. Michele S says:

    Hard to decide! Love the Paradox Ecotread for Little Kids or the Zanda Little Kids in Gunmetal.

  21. Andrea W says:

    Those Zandas look pretty cook, but honestly, I think nothing beats the classic Z1 or Z2!!

  22. Cassandra H says:

    Z/1 Unaweep are my faves for me, but Zanda looks like the best for my little one!

  23. Melissa says:

    Z/1 would be the best for our climate.

  24. Lara S. says:

    Since we’re moving from south TX to cold snowy MI, I think that the Belyn Little Kids would be one of my favorites! They’re cute too!

  25. I love the Parodox shoes and my son would too!!! Thanks!!

  26. We LoVe! love! lovE! Chacos! We could really use the z/1 ecotreads…. *fingers crossed*

  27. j carpenter says:

    our almost 2 year old has outgrown his baby shoes and with the new wild brush area and mountain terrain we live in couples with his balance bike, we desperately need new solid shoes that fit an adventurer!

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