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These are awesome shoes for the kiddos. 4 of my kids have them. The keens provide protection, are durable, and best of all, washable. They allow the kids to have a sandle-like feel, with the protection of a sneaker. My kids wear them everywhere, backyard, beach, hiking, summer camp. The kids love that I'm not nagging them to keep their shoes clean and dry. They do get a little stinky on the older kids, and the youngest complains that they are hot, but he can just dump some water on his feet to cool off, then he's fine. One child has minor compalaints about rocks getting in. These are a bit more stylish and sturdy than Crocs, but not as lightweight if you are packing for a trip. I LOVE these shoes.
Name brand is worth it
I bought a pair of the Newport H2 sandals for both my 6 year old and 9 year old. I bought similar cheaper brand sandals last summer for them but this year I decided to pay the difference and get the Keens. I'm glad for this decision, they are awesome. Easy to slip on, but don't slip off their feet easy. Love the toe protection! Love the upstanding quality and the versatility of being able to get them wet and then dry quickly. Worth the $ to pay for the name brand in this case.
If only it adjusted for a narrow foot!
Daughter has been in the Newport since she could walk. Love these shoes and they always have plenty of wear left when it's time to hand them down. Only thing is that they don't adjust to a narrow foot (or at least *her* narrow foot). She gets used to it, but they never really fit just right. She uses them for hanging out at/in the lake, day camp, etc. Her favorite thing about them is the closed toe so she can wear them for archery!
A hit straight from the box
Delivered quickly and just in time for a family camping trip. Our son loved them straight out of the box, and there was no break-in time. He hiked several miles in them within the first two days with no chafing or blisters. The were great for trails that crossed water frequently, and he event took them wading in the Colorado. Don't know yet how durable they will prove, but at least they didn't disintegrate on the first outing like some bargain shoes have.
Last pair of water shoes I'll need
I wear my Keens to all water activities, on most camping trips, and even just to walk the dog through the dew-covered grass. They're really comfortable. I bought this style because I thought the extra straps at the heel and arch would stop rocks from getting into my shoe, but I was partially wrong. On the few occasions that I have gotten a rock in my shoe, it was very difficult to shake loose. I'm still really happy with the shoes.
Great summer shoes!
I've tried other summer sandals for my kids and nothing holds up like Keens. My 7 yr old twins wore these almost EVERYDAY from May-Sept last summer; I wash them at least 1-2 times/week and they still looked good at the end of the season. The best part was no matter how hard they played, their feet were protected, despite being in sandals. No more stubbed toes!
I purchased these shoes a year ago and my son wore them every day in the summer. The rubber started to separate from the fabric and I called Zappos. While it was a manufacturing defect, Zappos still replaced the shoes at a size bigger and they arrived the very next day. Customer Services at Zappos is the best online. I highly recommend the shoes and Zappos.com.
My son is two years old and unbelievably hard on his shoes, We would go through atleast 5 or 6 pair of $15-20 shoes within a few months. These shoes are a little pricy but when you only have to buy one pair it makes a huge difference! My son wears these shoes everyday and they still look brand new.Well worth the price.
best summer shoe for active kids
this will be our 3rd summer buying keens for both our kids (boy & girl). Although they are expensive, there simply isn't a better all-round summer shoe for active kids. Sandals/flip flops don't work for little ones running and climbing trees. These feel like tennis shoes, but with ventilation for hot weather. We wear these out from May-Sept.
Tuff and versatile kids' summer shoe
Ordered a pair for each kid. They wore well all summer. Threw them into the washing machine several times because these do get stinky with sweaty active feet. Good for beach, grass, light-hiking,boating, all-around summer play.
Worn with socks on cooler Spring and early fall days.
As long as straps were attached well, no chafing resulted.