Take your time to get your new pair of Panta's to fit perfectly.
There are many points of adjustment you can focus on and it can feel a bit daunting when you're just starting out. But your perseverance will pay off. We'll be posting videos soon, but in the meantime we'll give you some pointers on first adjustments and on common adjustments to dial them in.
Start by stepping into the sandals and adjusting the length of the toe strap. The buckle should be free to move somewhat sideways. Pull the strap through the side slot to adjust tension. Then pull the heel strap tight and pull the slack through the side slot. Now determine where you want to place the buckle on your foot. You can pull the buckle backwards or forward and you can place it inward or outward on your foot. Some people like the buckle on the outside of their foot all the way back, other people find that this position causes discomfort in the crevice between their first and second toe. Turning the fold on the toe strap can be a solution. Other people like the buckle to sit in the middle of their foot. Feel what's comfortable for you, close the velcro fastener and start walking and running on your sandals. You may now need to make smaller adjustments based on how they feel while using them.
You'll notice each buckle has a rubber ring around the single end. These are lockrings designed to secure the buckle in the position you prefer. Slip them underneath the buckle around the double side to lock the buckle in place.
DIALING THEM IN
We will touch upon the most common adjustments, which are tightening them and moving the sandals forward or backward so they're better positioned underneath your feet.
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 in the crevices in between your first and second toe. Work around the sandal from toe-strap to heel to fastener, 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', which will probably result in blistering. You'll need to create a bit more room where the strap wraps around the heel. Start by wiggling a small length of strapping; say about half a centimeter, from the front to the back through the slots in the sole. Do this either on the side of the velcro fastener or try both sides at once. Then check if you've gotten the result you need. If not, repeat. If the strap on the front starts to get too tight you now need to create more room there as well. Do this by adjusting the Velcro fastener to give a bit more room, and then passing this extra length through the first slot, and back to the front through the other slot.
If you have sandals with an instep-strap, tightening it will also move you backward on the sandal. You might need to adjust both straps. Obviously you need to work the other way around when you are too far back on the sandal. You're too far back when you feel the edge of the sandal between your heel when walking. The 'thong' will probably rub uncomfortably between your toes.