Gear review: Pac Man Sandals |

Gear review: Pac Man Sandals

Stephen Regenold
The Gear Junkie

Chaco's latest sandal is a big step back. About 30 years back, to be specific.

Citing "a major fashion trend in the marketplace," Chaco unveiled the limited-edition Z/2 Classic PAC-MAN sandals for men and women.

The yellow wonder and all four ghosts grace the straps and webbing of the USA-assembled sandals.

The noted trend is a recent love of all things dated and formerly hip. Think PBR, pinball and Charlie Sheen—all of which are inexplicably no longer uncool.

Born in 1989, Chaco technically has a claim to '80s Americana. And, despite originating in Japan and not having feet, Pac-Man is about as '80s and American as it gets.

"Throwbacks to the '80s and '90s are part of a larger consumer shift where we're seeing our fans want to reminisce about simple pleasures from the past," said Chaco brand manager Josh Weichhand.

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The sandals, available this month, have an iconic 8-bit arcade print on the webbing. But buyers can customize the Pac-Man graphics specifically where they want them, adding other colors to the stitching, buckles and straps. You can grab a pair at for $130. That's 520 quarters if you're heading to the arcade.

Stephen Regenold writes about outdoors gear at

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