Chaco is an American footwear brand best known for their iconic Z strap sandal, the one that started it all. Chaco provides a variety of outdoor influenced footwear. A Colorado Rafting Guide, Mark Paigen decided to create an outdoor sandal that allowed feet to easily dry in the sun while also providing support. Mark first began making these sandals in his spare room and eventually started to sell his products in a small shop in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
Founded in 1989 by a Colorado rafting guide, Mark Paigen. He had an idea to create the ultimate footwear for outdoor adventures in and out of water. The Gecko branding came from their ability to adapt and thrive in nearly any environment and so the name Chaco was formed.