Chaco, NRS Collab Supports DEI Paddling Via Nonprofit “Diversify Whitewater”


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Call them friends in footwear. Released in a limited edition, throw-back style, Chaco Footwear — an outdoor lifestyle brand known for its iconic river sandals — has launched its latest collaboration with Northwest River Supply (NRS).

To support the water sports community, $10 of each sale from this collection will be donated to Diversify Whitewater, a nonprofit organization that works to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in paddlesports by holding free community paddling events.

“At NRS, we are committed to cultivating common ground, making outdoor recreation welcoming and accessible to all—and building a bigger tent of people who care about the outdoors,” says Mark Deming, Chief Marketing Officer at NRS. “Diversify Whitewater and Chaco have been great partners in this work, and this collaboration gives us an opportunity to have some fun on the water, while giving back.”

The Chaco x NRS Collection is available in Chaco’s Z/1 and Z/2 Classic styles in both men’s and women’s sizing and feature limited-edition webbing inspired by NRS’ iconic blue and yellow tie-down straps. The unique webbing adds a touch of color and style and pays homage to both brands’ rich heritage on the river.

“We first launched a collection with NRS in 2018 and our loyal Chaco lovers have wanted a relaunch of the iconic collaboration. We’re excited to give the ChacoNation what they’ve been asking for,” says Lauren Poole, Sr. Director of Marketing at Chaco. “Our Z/Sandals are made for adventures on the water. We’re thrilled to partner again with NRS, another iconic river brand, and support Diversify Whitewater to encourage more people to try paddle sports for the first time.” Featuring fully adjustable straps for a customized fit and Chaco’s podiatrist-certified LUVSEAT footbeds for premium arch support, the Chaco x NRS sandals ensure all-day comfort for water enthusiasts and adventure seekers. The sandals are also fully repairable at Chaco’s ReChaco facility and have webbings made with recycled REPREVE materials.

The Chaco x NRS collaboration will be available to the public on June 8th. They can be purchased on both brands’ websites and retail for $100. You can shop and learn more about the collection here.


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