The ’80s are back and they have your san­dals

Albuquerque Journal - - GO! - BY STEPHEN REGENOLD FOR THE JOUR­NAL Stephen Regenold writes about out­doors gear at gear­junkie.com.

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.

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 Cha­cos.com for $130. That’s 520 quar­ters if you’re head­ing to the ar­cade.

STEPHEN REGENOLD/FOR THE JOUR­NAL

Chaco’s Pac-Man san­dals are aimed at peo­ple who want to rem­i­nisce about sim­ple plea­sures from the past.

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