Get to know Chaco Ambassador Susan Shain

Home Town: Hamilton, NY

Currently residing: Ketchikan, AK

Chaco sandal or shoe of choice: My incredible Chaco flips!

Do you have a nickname: Suz, Suzie, Sue


Where is your favorite place in the world? There’s no way I can narrow this down to even five places! Let’s just say anywhere that I’m enjoying good food, good music, and good company.  

What is playing on your iPod? Everything from Taylor Swift to The Grateful Dead to Pretty Lights. 

Best paddle of your life? Any day spent in the Misty Fjords National Monument in Southeast Alaska

If you were a super hero, which one would you be, why? I’d be Wolverine -- he’s tough (and hot!). Plus, I went to the University of Michigan, so it’s a natural choice for me. 

Where is the strangest place you’ve worn your Chacos or the strangest thing you’ve done in them? I’ve worn my Chacos all over the world. As for the strangest place? Maybe while eating camel cheese in a Mongolian yurt in the Gobi Desert. 

Favorite quote? “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.” - Roald Dahl

About Susan Shain: working seasonal adventure jobs and traveling the world since 2008, she's worked everywhere from Colorado to Korea and traveled to all corners of the earth -- Chacos in tow! She's worn her Chacos everywhere from exploring the deserts of Mongolia to kayaking in Southeast Alaska to working as a volunteer teacher in Nicaragua. She writes for Chaco and in her travel blog at


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