Take your time to get your new pair of Panta's to fit perfectly.
Our sandals feature a 3-in-1 strap system and we ship them set-up in what we call the diagonal-fixed set-up. This is the most all-round set-up that we've chosen as the standard set-up for our sandals. Some runners prefer the axial set-up for fast pace running. The diagonal-movable set-up is often used for technical trails in combination with instep straps. You sandals are accompanied by a guide to reconfigure your sandals. Below we'll give you some pointers on the most common adjustments to dial them in.
When you first try on your sandals they most likely need to be adjusted to your feet. They might be tight in places and loose in others. So it's time to make some adjustments. The easiest way to approach this is by thinking of the strap system as consisting of three loops. The three loops are; the toe loop, the heel loop and the instep loop.
Make adjustments by making the loops smaller or larger and moving strap back and forth from loop to loop. The buckle and strap are fixed in place by a small rubber lockring. You need to pull it out from behind the buckle and over the buckle in order to make any type of adjustments. Start by pushing the heel loop down to slip the sandal on. Determine where it feels tight and where it feels loose. Start with the toe loop. The buckle should be free to move sideways somewhat. Pull the strap through the side slot to adjust tension. Work around the sandal from toe loop to heel loop to instep loop, moving strap back and forth from loop to loop. Feed extra strap or pull slack through from loop to loop until you get a comfortable fit. You may need to make smaller adjustments based on how they feel while using them. When you get everything set up just right use the lockring to fix everything in place. Push the heel loop down to slip the sandal on and off.
ADJUSTING THE STRAP ANGLE
Another adjustment is the angle which the strap makes where it folds over the base of your toes - grab the strap near the toe plug and turn it to adjust the angle and to make the contact area as large and smooth as possible.
You need the right amount of tension to keep sandals locked in place. Most people like to wear our sandals pretty tight but this takes some getting used to. Try to find the tension where they're tight but you're not getting discomfort between your first and second toe. Work around the sandal from toe loop to heel loop to instep loop, pulling the slack through to get the right tension.
BACK AND FORTH ADJUSTMENTS
You'll know you're positioned too far forward when you can feel the sandals front edge when you're running, or when you're landing on the 'thong' between your toes, which will probably feel uncomfortably between your toes. You'll need to create a bit more room in the heel loop. Start by wiggling a small length of strapping; say about half a centimeter, through the slots in the sole from the instep loop to the heel loop. You're too far back when you feel the edge of the sandal between your heel when walking. If that's the case, make the heel loop smaller and the instep- and toe loop bigger.