Great sandals and not just for hiking!
I bought these sandals originally for a trip to Kauai where I knew I would use them for hiking,kayaking and snorkeling. What I didn't expect was to be wearing them after my trip for every day use. The sales guy said he owned 3 pairs and used them like slippers and daily sneakers. I have been wearing them often at home and have found them to be so comfortable, while also providing support. I end up on my feet a lot during the day and they often are so achy at night. I have been wearing the Keen sandals and have noticed a dramatic reduction in aching legs and back at night time. Now, while they may not be cute and fashionable little sandals that you could wear with a sun dress, they actually look great with shorts and jeans. It would be nice to see them add some more color options for women that would go with more items, but the blue has worked out for me so far. I would definitely recommend these sandals to anyone, both active and non active people. The support is great and the traction and stability never let me down on the wet and slippery trails in Kauai. I will definitely buy another pair when the time comes to replace these. One other note....these shoes tend to be wide at the toe area, which for me worked great because of a bunyon problem. Due to the ability to tighten and loosen for a perfect fit, I do not think this would cause a problem for a person with narrower feet.
LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM OVER & OVER, OH YES!
I live in these shoes now!!! After making the mistake of wearing another shoe one day & my poor feet suffering tremendously from this, I haven't made that same mistake twice. These shoes fit to the tee in every way possible. As if your feet were poured into them creating the perfect fit. I own a lot of shoes & these are the most comfortable, durable, well-designed & thought out shoe I've ever owned or tried on. My poor, aching, sore feet from walking on cement floors for many years @ work, no longer hurt whatsoever. I was so impressed that I bought 5 more pairs of different colors to match my clothes. My boyfriend tried a pr.on & was so impressively pleased from the feel of them that I surprised him with 2 pairs. I wanted him to feel good on his feet like me, plus I was concerned for his well-being especially that he has medical issues with his back, hips & ankles. He loves them!!! Says they have helped him feel better. He also has wide feet & says he can't believe how well they fit & they're the most comfortable shoes he's had. I have recommended them to family, friends & co-workers. They are definitely worth the money. You can't put a price on a pair of great feeling feet. Thank you so much for producing such a wonderful shoe. I will be a loyal customer for sure. For those of you that don't own a pair, at least try a pair on. You won't be disappointed.
Durable, Comfortable... but chafe!
I have had my Keen sandals for 4 years now, and I love them. They're especially great for short hikes on really hot summer days, when just the thought of lacing up hiking boots makes my feet start sweating. And whenever I go to Lake Powell, UT (every year or so), I don't even bother packing another pair of shoes because with all the rock climbing, cliff jumping, and swimming, I won't be wearing any other shoes. I've even worn these on overnight backpacking trips without any major chafing or comfort issues. I usually strap them to my pack on backpacking trips anyway because they're great around the campsite.
That said, I am on my third pair of Keen sandals, not because they wear out or break (they don't!), but because the first two pairs I purchased were just TOO SMALL. I wear an 8 in everyday shoes, and I've had to size up to a 9 for these because they run so small and the ankle strap starts to chafe after only about a mile walking (or after tehy get wet at all).
Bottom line: these sandals are super comfortable, don't require any breaking in, and slide off and on pretty easily (getting them off is a bit more challenging when they're wet, but they do dry easily). Just be sure to buy a bigger size than you think you need!!!
Glad I Took Them
I love kayaking and bought these to wear while in my kayak. I also used them at Boy Scout Camp 3 years ago. They are comfortable and I get excellent traction. This year I was packing to work the 2013 National Jamboree and threw them in the car at the last minute as I already had several pairs of shoes that I was taking, a pair of tennis shoes and two pairs of Merrell shoes, a pair of Sirens and a pair of Moabs. Well, the terrain there was covered with large, fresh gravel and I had foot bruises within 2 days of being there. I pulled out my Newports to try them on the rocks and they were my go to shoes for the entire 2 weeks. They offered much better protection from the rocks and gravel and were so comfortable to walk 8 - 10 miles a day. My only complaint was that some of the stitching had pulled out. I took out my sewing kit and stitched it back by hand, my efforts held up for 85 miles of hiking/walking. In water, it can be a challenge to clear out all of the sand and small rocks but I usually take my shoes off in the boat. For hiking, they beat my shoes that are designed strictly for that purpose. I will be buying another pair shortly, I LOVE them.
the lime green arrived today, and felt comfy straight out of the box! I saw all the reviews online, tried a pair on in the store. They seemed true to size length & width for me. My feet are slightly wide, but not wide enough for wide shoes but tend to feel a bit squeezed in some brands of sneakers. These felt perfect in width. They seem to have a firm sturdy base and sides. And are cushy for your foot in the bed part if that makes sense. very cozy yet supportive too. And no foot farts. I can't wear crocs because they make horrible unflattering sounds when I walk in them....these, no problem. I liked them so much that now my 2 little girls own them too for this summer.I tried on the Whisper that is similar to this when I was in the store. The whisper wasn't as comfortable to me. The straps are thinner on the whisper, but seemed to hit my toes at the wrong spots. The Whisper seemed lighter on my foot (just slightly), but this one seemed better for activity and use. I don't think the Whisper would have provided comfort after a long day of playing and walking. The Whisper just didn't seem as cozy.
I love my Keens, they have become an all-year round shoe; even in the snow! They are exceedingly comfortable and dry very quickly. I wore them rafting on the Colorado River last spring and they stayed put and did not give me blisters even when wet. I also wore them hiking throughout the SW US. One thing to remember is that they are water sandals, but not necessarily beach sandals. They do have holes in the sides which makes them awesome for rafters and kayakers and the like, but as for walking down a super-sandy beach, stuff will get in.
I will say that when I first tried them on I thought they were horribly tight, but after wearing them for a day, they were much easier to put on and the material relaxed enough that they fit perfectly.
The only negative is that my feet do sweat while I am wearing them, I think the foot bed material is so synthetic that it just makes my feet really hot. And then, since the material does not absorb the sweat, my feet smell super-sour after even 20 minutes of wear. The good news is that the smell hasn't been transferred to the shoe.
Couldn't love them more
I got my first pair of Keen Newports 5 or 6 years ago, and have been a fan ever since. When I first got them, I wasn't impressed because the bottom of my heel kept blistering. I tried completely loosening the elastic cord, and the problem went away. Since then I have never used the cord to snug the fit, and have had no troubles. Never had an issue with stinky feet, either, but don't normally. I wear my Keens just about every chance I get. They are wonderful for walking around town all day, light trail hiking, scrambling around on rocks, wading in rocky streams...except for work, I can't really think of a situation where I couldn't wear my Keens. I would recommend wearing light socks if going through sand, because the toe guards make it impossible to just shake the sand out. However, those toe guards have saved my toes several times. The sandals keep my feet cool in hot weather (I live in southern California), and haven't had a problem with sweaty, slippery feet in them. Sadly, I managed to leave my last pair at a campground in Yosemite, so I will have to get me a new pair!
Great all around sandal
My first intro to the Keen line, these are amazing sandals. I have a wide foot and really high arch and have never found a sandal with the right amount of support. The sole moulds to your foot quite well and in a seemingly short period of time. This sandal had little to no break-in time. I have also walked many miles in these sandals with no blisters.
I have put these sandals to the test in extremely varied conditions. Some of the stitching between the nylon fabric and the neoprene looking foam material has completely blown out. However, the shoe still works just fine if you can handle aesthetic defects.
There are two major issues with these sandals. First, they stink terribly and embarassingly. I've surveyed many others with the same sandal who gave the same feedback. Expect to wash these sandals periodically. Secondly, the toe traps sand and small pebbles, more than your average sandal, which usually can only be removed by taking off the sandal. I just recently purchased the Keen Venice sandals (which I actually recommend over these) and the pebble/sand trapping problem is not as significant.
Overall a great sandal and highly recommended.
Just Bought Them Today
I'm a seasoned hiker/backpacker and have in depth knowledge about sandal/shoe quality from being a runner/hiker since the late 70's. Have wanted to get Keen's for many years and finally got them with my dividend today during the holiday sale. Love the color (Black). Tried on a different right foot to get the proper fit (The toe box was too tight), walked out of the store with them (Street shoes in the Keen box), and went home to clean the pool cover that has been sitting outside with a tarp over it all winter.
The Keens got soaked during the pool cover cleaning, though my feet felt stable in them and they were easy to clean after all the junk got in them and in the sole's. This was about 5 hours ago. I am wearing them in the house to dry them off. Today has been a very high humidity day and the house is extremely damp so they were still wet when I returned home. That's not unusual though, the Teva's I own often take overnight to dry.
Will update this in a few weeks if there are any issues. Doubt there will be.
We took a trip to the Oregon Coast over Spring Break, and expecting colder weather, I didn't bring my old Keen Venice shoes. I needed something other than flip flops to walk on the beach in and go tidepooling at Yaquina Bay, all the while climbing up and down the beach cliffs and trails going down to the ocean that was also comfortable. My old Keens are looking ragged, and though they're still physically intact and in good shape, I needed new ones anyway-so I purchased a pair from the Portland store.
I've owned Keens before, which is why I opted for hte Keens over another pair of Chacos for walking along the coast. They were a little tight at first, because I have extremely high arches, (thus the "too small), but they ended up doing their job beautifully: I walked many, many miles around town, on the beach, on beach dunes, up and down cliffs and hills to get to the water, etc., and my picky feet were happy the whole time. Though it was an impulse purchase while on vacation, they fulfilled my needs and made my feet happy!