Keen Men's Newport H2

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Keen Newport H2 -

Designed to perform in adverse conditions, the Men's Newport H2 Sandal by Keen has a razor-siped outsole and 3mm lugs to provide excellent traction. Keen made the Newport H2's a true hybrid, the synthetic uppers withstand the abuse of saltwater and dirt, while providing supple comfort and stylish looks. Designed for sailing and watersports, enjoy wearing the Newports out on a race. Enjoy the trademark toe protection that Keen offers.

FEATURES of the Keen Men's Newport H2 Sandal.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Keen Men's Newport H2 Sandal.

Support and Cushioning:

  • Metatomical EVA footbed is anatomically engineered to provide excellent arch support and cradle the natural contours of the foot


  • Non-marking rubber outsole with razor siping
  • Non marking outsole rubber compound provides superior coefficient of friction for all environments.


  • Elastic Closure with Cord Lock creates a quick, snug fit, while allowing flexibility.
  • Secure Fit bungee lace system for quick and easy cinching


  • Nylon webbing uppers are lined with hydrophobic foam for comfort and fit, and are lighter than the original leather model
  • Washable polyester webbing upper with Aegis microbe shield™
  • Polyester webbing upper material / hydrophobic mesh lining
  • Nylon upper wraps around foot for stability, allowing generous ventilation.


  • Compression molded EVA midsole is contoured for superior comfort and support of the foot structure.
  • EVA midsoles provide cushioning while Clarino™ Serdia™ antimicrobial footbeds help keep foot odor under control

Lining and Layers:

  • Aegis Microbe Shield™ treated lining controls the bacteria and fungi that cause odors, stains and product deterioration

Traction and Grip:

  • Razor siped pods on outsole provide increased surface area for greater traction on smooth surfaces.
  • Multi directional lug pattern for increased traction
  • Non-marking rubber sole for solid traction
  • Nonmarking carbon-rubber outsoles offer long-lasting durability; knife-cut siping delivers reliable traction on wet surfaces


  • Uppers are laced with elastic cord and secure with Quicklocks; 3M® reflective pull loops allow easy on/off


  • Washable for easy care
  • Toe guard so you can worry about the activity, not your toes.
  • 3M Reflective pull tabs provide added visibility during night time adventures.
  • Patented toe guards protect feet for hiking, biking and more
  • Multi-directional lug pattern with razor siping
Fuse your multi-sport endeavors with the versatility of the KEEN Newport H2 sandal. The polyester webbing construction of this men's sport sandal is lightweight with quick-dry abilities. Quick draw symmetrical lacing system contours your foot with a secure fit. The Aegis lining reduces anti-bacterial growth for a healthy foot environment. The non-marking carbon rubber outsole of the KEEN Newport N2 sport sandal easily moves from deckside to trailside with efficient grip and traction. Fit tip: This style runs about a half-size short. KEEN recommends ordering a half-size up from your normal size (if you normally wear a 10, order a 10.5).
As an all-access urban shoe mixed with a multi-sport function, the Newport H2 from KEEN fulfills its purpose. Whether taking it to the streets, playing in the river or hiking a forest trail, the Newport H2 from KEEN offers maximum toe protection, 3mm lugs for traction and elastic closures with cord locks for a snug contour to your feet. KEEN's H2 is ready for a variety of conditions and terrains, and features 3M protective reflective pull-tabs for a nighttime adventure. The Aegis Microbe Shield® reduces odor and the synthetic provides a multi-functional quick drying shoe.
Order up some adventure with a side of water in the Newport H2 from KEEN. Ready for adverse conditions, the razor sipped outsole and 3mm lugs provide excellent traction. The washable polyester webbing upper features the odor-reducing Aegis Microbe Shield®. KEEN patented toe protection lets you follow any path, whether to rivers or trails.

• Weight: 14.3 oz/405.4 g.
• Type: Bungee Styles, Sandals.
• Fit Tip: We find this style runs about a 1/2 size small.
• Lining: AEGIS microbe shield treated hydrophobic mesh.
• Upper: Washable polyester webbing.
• Rubber: Non-marking rubber outsole with razor siping.
• Aegis Microbe Shield™ treated lining.
with razor siping.
with Aegis microbe shield™
• AEGIS MICROBE SHIELD: Aegis Microbe Shield controls the bacteria and fungi that cause odors, stains and product deterioration. Aegis technology is free of environmentally harmful substances.
• METATOMICAL FOOTBED DESIGN: This internal support mechanism is anatomically engineered to provide excellent arch support and cradle the natural contours of the foot.
• KEEN.PROTECT: Can a sandal protect your toes? The answer is yes. The reason is KEEN Patented Toe Protection where the shoe outsoles wrap up and over the toes for ultimate protection.
Even in a well-maintained boat sans holes, your chances of getting your feet wet are extremely good. Enter the Keen Newport H2 Sandal with a design that protects your toes and a non-marking sole to keep the deck clean. A fully synthetic upper puts hydrophobic material against your skin and keeps it dry. The Newport H2's hybrid shoe/sandal design is more comfortable than a full shoe and protects your foot better than a sandal. The unique anatomical outsole gives superb traction and support on sea and land, and an antibacterial footbed controls moisture and keeps the stank under control.

The Keen Newport H2 Sandals feature tough uppers with a rugged external frame that stands up to a wide range of punishing environments, but remains open to keep feet cool. Soft hydrophobic foam linings treated with the Aegis antimicrobial process offer odor-reducing comfort. The soles cradle your feet with anatomic, extra-wide footbeds for comfort and security. The footbeds also have the AEgis antimicrobial treatment for fungal defense. Metatomical strap design for a secure fit. Polyester webbing dries quickly. Precise, knife-cut siping on the nonmarking outsoles for exceptional traction. 3M reflective pull loops on the back for safety. Imported.
Men’s sizes: 8-14 medium width. Half sizes to 12.
Colors: Black, Bison/Wet Sand (Cabela's-exclusive color), Raven, Black Olive, Raven/Bossa Nova.


Guys love the Keen Newport H2 Sandals because they're so convenient. Outdoor adventures that involve mud, water, or long hours on your feet are exactly what the Newports were made for. They're cushioned for comfort, and there's a toe protector to guard against debris. You can definitely get these sandals wet and muddy - they won't be ruined. Best of all, you can toss them in the washer at the end of the day and they'll be ready to go again tomorrow.

Rock/Creek Outfitters

The Newport H2 is the foundation of the KEEN Footwear line. Designed to perform in adverse conditions, the razor siped outside and 3mm lugs provide excellent traction. A true hybrid, the synthetic uppers withstand the abuse of saltwater and dirt, while providing supple comfort and stylish looks.
All KEEN water sandals are machine washable and have been treated with ÆGIS Microbe Shield®, antimicrobial technology that helps prevent odor, staining and deterioration. KEEN has also taken great care to develop leather uppers that will not crack, shrink or stretch when washed.

Wearing a sandal shouldn't mean sacrificing your toes! The Newport H2 from Keen features a tough rubber toe bumper so you can avoid nature's obstacles and the first aid kit. The nylon webbing dries quickly, while the Aegis Microbe Shield® reduces odor-causing bacteria from stinking up your feet. Razor-sipped outsole gives you plenty of grip on slick boat decks, rough trail, and smooth asphalt.

Mountain Gear
Tromping through the surf is stable and comfortable in Velcro-free Newport H2 Sandal from Keen.
Like the Newport, the H2 is designed for function. The all synthetic upper is extremely durable and quick drying. The patent pending toe guard offers more protection than any other sport sandal, and the multi-lug outsole will serve you well on the street, trail, river bed or boat deck. A hydrophobic foam lining is comfortable against the foot, and will not absorb water.
is contoured for superior comfort and support of the foot structure.
AntiMicrobial EVA footbed inhibits foot odor and controls moisture.

Made with nylon webbing, the all-terrain Keen Newport H2 Sandals provide protection, function and freedom for your feet.

Rugged, comfortable multi-use sandal is at home on land or at sea. Multi Terrain lug sole offers excellent traction. Compression-molded EVA midsoles. Comfortable hydrophobic foam linings. Antimicrobial footbeds for odor and moisture control. Imported.

The essential hybrid sandal.

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Average footwear weight (pair):1 lb. 12 oz.
Care for Water Sandals:All KEEN water sandals are machine washable. Use a small amount of detergent, wash on gentle cycle and air dry.
Fit:We find this style runs about a 1/2 size small
Fit Tip:This style runs about a 1/2 size small
Footbed:Metatomical low durometer EVA molded footbed with Microban
Footwear closure:Single-pull lace
Liner:Hydrophobic Mesh
Lining:Hydrophobic mesh
Midsole:Compression molded EVA Midsole
Outsole:Non-marking rubber
Rubber:Non-marking rubber outsole with razor siping
Shoe Lining:AEGIS microbe shield hydrophobic mesh
Shoe Sole:Non-marking rubber outsole, razor siping
Shoe Upper:Polyester webbing
Sizing Scale:US
Strap:Secure Metatomical strap design
Toe coverage:Closed toe
Type:Bungee Styles, Sandals
Upper:Washable polyester webbing upper with Aegis microbe shield
Upper Material:Polyester
Weight:13.9oz / 394 grams
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Keen Newport H2 Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

served its purpose well and then some..

Ok, this is my first pair of sport sandals I've ever bought (bought on 5-23-09), I've only ever had flip flops for home or kicking around town. I was looking for something to bring in my pack for a "at camp" shoe to wear and something that was waterproof and lightweight. The Keens were not the first on my list, after hours on the net looking, I broke it down to either Teva spoilers which have a good traction looking sole and are very light weight or the Chacos because of the rave reviews or the new balance 920. When I got to REI and started looking the funny part was, all of the sandals on display just happen to be my size (8.5) except the Tevas, I tried on both 8.5 and 9 in the Teva spoilers and the strap on the top just hurt me, so then I looked at the Chacos, all I did was lift the one off the display shelf and it felt like a brick, it was just too heavy for what I was looking for, I did try it on anyway and it did feel pretty good. The new balance 920 were very comfortable, but they are a shoe, I wanted something to fit more compressed in my pack. So I start putting them all on, one at a time, walking around, the Keen h2 was the last one I tried on because honestly, I just didn't like the way they looked, but you know it turned out to be the most comfortable one I tried on, I went back to a few others, then came back to the keen h2 again, still the most comfortable, I was a little leary of the sole because I wanted something with more of a grit to it, and it looked sort of flat but I took the chance and bought them. I wore them the rest of the day and night, still comfortable and my foot is a wide and pretty flat, I felt the arch cause minor pain for a second, but haven't felt it but that once. Ok, so the next weekend I give them the test, I went to the San Gabriel River East Fork to the "Bridge to Nowhere" and even a couple miles past through the narrows, all together up and back it's 14 miles, with lots of river wading, rock hopping, scrambling, sand and gravel and all kinds of goodies. Before I even made it up there I went to a local fast food establishment, they had the wet floor sign up at the door as the lady was mopping, right when I walked in I almost hit the floor, the keens were so slippery on the wet ceramic tile, I mean more than usual, I felt like I was in the ice capades, be careful of that. During the hike, the keens were very comfortable the whole way through, they handled great through the river then out to the trail, a few rocks were slippery on the soles but on most of the rocks they gripped well when wet, on the trail they did really well too climbing up and down rocks, the sole had more of a grip than I gave them credit for before I bought them. A few times I got a pebble inside my foot but it's a sandal with openings, in the 14 miles I took them off about 4 times, and a few times times I just walked through the river and it seemed to lodge whatever pebble out, except once, I tried to kick really hard back and forth and more pebbles came in, good try anyway. On my other trail shoes or sneakers in general, the toe area tapers off a bit, and on the keens the "toe box" doesn't really taper, it's pretty blunt on the main "toe" and the one thing I did enough times to get to me was graze my ankle bone with the toe box, maybe I just need to learn how to walk better but it's something to keep in mind and I've never done that before with any shoe. As far as smell goes, I haven't noticed anything bad yet. I'm now contemplating just taking them as the main hike and camp shoe instead of having something extra in my pack, although I don't know how well they would do with 25lbs. on my back, but I'm considering! I didn't notice any "fast drying" that some have said, they weren't completely dry in 10 or 20 minutes or anything, they weren't sopping wet either though. You can check out the video on vimeo (San Gabriel River East Fork to the bridge to nowhere and beyond)to get a better idea of the terrain I tested them out in. All in all the keens held up well in both water and trail so far they get a "thumbs up".
LBDONP at REI on 06/06/2009

Fantastic sandals

I bought a pair of these sandals in August 2009 and wore them for over three years. The soles of all my shoes tend to wear out more on the outside of the heel because of the way I walk. This is the only reason why I am retiring these fantastic sandals in April 2013. Yes...43 months later.

I wore them mainly in North Florida 9 months out of the year. I did not wear them to work but I wore them if I was going anywhere other than to the office. I walk my dog every day, walked all over town on grass and pavement, walked all over Stephen Foster State Park, waded through the Suwanee several times each year, walked on wet rocks, wet sand, dry sand, all without any trouble. They are good enough to wear with jeans to a causal dinner or with shorts on a hike. They even made great cycling shoes. I used them to ride my bike from Jacksonville, FL to Gainesville, FL. and every other trip around Jacksonville.

The only problem is that they take a time to dry when wet, which is normal considering all the material on the uppers. The closed toe is very handy when hiking.

I am going to try Teva Taochi 2 water sandals next to see if they dry any faster. I do a lot of walking in the rain and I need sandals that can dry quickly. Other than that, I highly recommend the Newport H2 to anyone and everyone. Other than the outer edges of the sole, nothing else has any significant wear. I won't be throwing the Newports away. I plan to keep them handy as spare sandals.
busmagnet at REI on 04/04/2013

My favorite pair of shoes!

Alright so first off I will say that when I was trying these on I couldn't quite decide between a men's 10.0 or a 10.5. For my running shoes, I wear a 10.5 in Nike if that is any indication. I ended up going with the 10.5s and they fit perfectly. I would say that these have become my favorite pair of shoes.

They are awesome for walking in creeks, kayaking, hiking, anything where your feet could be exposed to water. You will get some gravel and rocks in them from time to time, but it is much easier for me to get it out of the Keens than a pair of Chacos. They don't "stick" to slippery surfaces, but they do provide better traction than most shoes. THE COVERED TOE BOX IS AMAZING. I don't know how many times this has saved my toes from a rock or stick.

Lots of people say that these shoes will smell terribly after a while. I do notice a slight smell if I have not taken them off in a while and my feet have been exposed to water/sweat. But just let them dry and they will smell like new (I just sniffed mine and they smell just like they did when they came out of the box).

I have worn mine pretty extensively for 4 months and they have held up well. The only thing that I have noticed was that some of the stitching on the outside had come undone. I don't know if this was my doing or a quality issue...but it's nothing that a little super glue couldn't fix.

Bottom line, these shoes are awesome and you should own a pair.
DAJRun at REI on 09/09/2012

Great water shoes!

I have to disagree with Urban Commuter. I used these for a week in the BWCA this past July/August and thought they performed wonderfully. I would highly recommend them to people going on a summer BWCA trip. Wore these while paddling and portaging then had dry shoes for camp while my Newports dried out by the campfire.

I thought the laces were great and when pulled tight they became an extension of my foot. Very important to tighten the laces, though. If you don't, you're going to hurt yourself if you slip at all because your foot will slide right off the sole into the side webbing (found that out quick and didn't get hurt but didn't make the same mistake again). Don't even think of tackling a portage w/ a pack and canoe on your shoulders without tightening those laces! Only thing I might do different next time is to wear a pair of Smart Wool running socks as this would help keep the grit and rocks from getting in between my toes…and would help keep the tiger stripe tan lines off my feet like I got.  No ankle support but you aren't going to get that from any water shoe. If you have bad ankles and want that support, best to go with a real boot.

Additionally, these are fantastic for getting around Chicago in the summer. If you walk a lot, these are extremely comfortable and can be left loose enough to slip on and off easily.
KBOH at REI on 09/09/2009

Great water shoe but slow to dry

I bought these for kayaking and general swimming and wading in the river. They are absolutely the best water shoes I have ever had. You get what you pay for. They fit snugly which is an advantage in the water - even great for water skiing - no worries about losing them. They are very durable with three layers of material - look closely at the picture - underneath is neoprene like layer that hugs your feet, stitched over that is a leather like layer that provides support, on the outside are canvas straps that provide durability.

Absolutely would recommend them for any water sport. They also work great for light hiking or when you are in and out of the water all day. However, because of all the layers they do NOT dry quickly - which is great on a hot day but not so great if you intend to do something else later besides staying outside. So I find myself having to pack a second set of dry shoes for extended plans.

Once you have the laces tightened where you like them - they slip on and off pretty easily. The trick is to pull the tongue forward after they are pulled over your heel.

As others have mention they can trap small debris but they also can shake it loose - especially in the water. Basically it's a compromise - you'll want either flip flops or hiking boots if you don't like the middle ground.
dthurney at REI on 07/07/2008

Best Shoe I've Owned

I've now had my Keens for 4 years and its to the point where I should probably think about getting another pair. From the moment I bought them they became my favorite pair of footwear (they work great when you need shoes and great when you need sandals). Up until this winter, when I moved back north, I wore them on average 4 or 5 days a week, so they have been well used and are still holding together. I've seen some people mention differences between the current Newports and the old ones, I can't comment on that since this is the only pair I've had.

They can get to smelling after a while, but just throw them in the wash and that goes away. However in my experience shoes usually get smelly when you wear them, even flip-flops, so it's kind of unreasonable to expect these to be odor free. As for getting sand or pebbles in them, it's going to happen because they're not a closed shoe. But it takes about 5 seconds to stop, slip it off, shake the pebble out, and put it back on. I've worn these hiking and to the beach many times and for me going through this process just hasn't been an issue.

Overall, these are a great shoe and sandal. They're super comfortable and conforming to your foot and extremely versatile. I also think they look great, even with some matching color socks.
JaredZ at REI on 03/03/2012

A good product, but ...

I have had a pair for 2 years. After a year I conviced my wife to get a pair. Both of us are hard to fit. She has flat feet. I have a high arch. They work for both of us, but I'm more comfortable with a "Good Feet" arch support. We have worn them for moderate hiking, travel across the US, incluing Hawaii's beaches and cities, and the Diamond Head trail, as well as in Alaska's woods (Wrangell-St. Elias NP in late Spring). The soles and straps are as good as new, but I caught hell from a fastideous boater when the soles scuffed the white deck. On mine the tensioning elastic is wearing smoothe and doesn't hold the setting for more than half an hour. This [$]. piece of material (apparently non replaceable) is quickly rendering a[$]. shoe useless. We always wear them to get through airport security as they are easy off and easy on. They are also great for long flights when feet tend to swell. No problem with smell, perhaps because we occasionally soak them in a baking soda solution. Keen, like most companies, probably uses its customers as testers (everything is Beta). So, maybe the next generation will correct the few deficiencies that we experience. I didn't check "stylish," but my wife wears hers for social occasions, including eating at one of Cincinnati's posh restaurants. Maitre d's tend not to look at feet.
fotogato at REI on 07/07/2008

Great Sandals, 2 Issues

My go-to footwear for nonwinter months.The Good- Comfort: Tremendous fit and comfort; great arch support.- Utility: I use mine for knocking about town, serious hiking, wading and swimming.- Traction and Support: I took my Keens and hiking boots with me during a 10-day trip to Acadia and ended up not wearing the boots a single time. I used my Keens to climb the 5 highest peaks, many of which required significant scrambling on rocks. Traction, support and comfort were great.The Not-So-Good- Smell: These suckers can get more a little ripe, i.e., they start to reek. Not that big an issue: when needed, per Keen's instructions, tossing 'em in the washer (cold water) does an acceptable job of ridding them of the, um, aroma.- Durability: The stitching beneath the ankles on both sides of each sandal has failed on all 3 pairs of Keens that I've owned (see below pics of the failed seams on my right sandal). The first time this happened, I had them restitched ([$] at a shoe repair shop. Now, however, I just take them back to REI for a trade. Since the same failure has occurred with 3 different pairs, think it's safe to say this is a design or production deficiency. BUT I haven't found a competing product that offers comparable fit, comfort and utility. So, I will keep using them (and returning to REI when they fail).
Steve_WDC at REI on 04/04/2009

My Second Pair

I first bought a pair of these a few years ago. I have dunked them in countless lakes and streams and the ocean, too. I have logged many miles on trails, beaches, rocky scrambles, tree climbs, sidewalks--you get the picture. I basically live in these sandals for half the year, and my original pair is still going! They are a bit shabby now, and the end is coming, so I bought a new pair to wear as my primaries (letting the old ones retire into the role of yard and camping slippers). The new ones are a little classier than the originals, with a few more visual details and added color accents, but they fit just the same and promise to deliver several more years of extremely rugged service.

I love the balance between sturdy, comfortable foot covering and open air straps to keep my feet ventilated and let water in and out. If you are someone who can't stand the occasional rock or twig getting into your shoe, then you might not enjoy wearing these in place of a hiking shoe. I have learned how to flex my foot inside the sandal to eject such "nature thingys" without breaking my stride, so it's not a negative for me.
Mr. Toad at Mountain Gear on 07/07/2013

A nearly perfect sandal

I bought these shoes as a sort of hiking/bicycling cross, and to replace a truly ancient pair of Teva sandals. I have -very- wide feet, and the size 14 I picked up fits nearly perfectly, so I'm definitely happy with their sizing. As other reviewers have noted, sand and gravel does tend to get caught in this shoe more often than in other sandals, but I think it's worth the hassle given how much more versatile and robust these shoes are than most sandals.

The only problem I have noted with them so far is that the foot bed ridge, just behind my toes, isn't quite far enough back. It's not painful or blister-inducing, but if they offered replaceable foot beds or just moved it a few millimeters further from the toe, I'd have given these sandals a 5 star. As it stands, the ridge is annoying, but not so much I would hesitate to recommend these to a friend.

If you're not in the market for beach-combing sandals, and you're looking for something that breathes more than your hiking boots, these are the best option out there. No blisters, no hot spots, and no problems after 4 weeks of moderate use, and well worth the price.
Phineas Rhyne at REI on 09/09/2007

Negative Reviews:

Comfortable sandal, but......

First off, I have to say that these are the most comfortable sandals I have ever come across. The reason for my low rating is the sandal's durability. I have had two pair of these sandals and within a couple of months, they started to fall apart in the toe and heel area. I didn't bother to contact Keen when the first pair came apart, since I bought them at an outlet store. I fixed them with my Speedy Stitcher, and they are still hanging in there.

I called Keen customer support about the second pair. I have had them 5 months and they are starting to come apart. Unfortunately, I didn't get a favorable response from customer service. My wife is active duty military and we are stationed in Puerto Rico. The representative said that they can't ship a replacement pair to Puerto Rico (surprising since there are Keen dealers here in PR). She said to fill out the warranty and they'll "see what they can do..." Time will tell if I can get a replacement pair.

Again, they are super comfortable and I have been using them for all kinds of outdoor activities (hiking, biking, kayaking, etc.). It's just a shame that the quality is just not there.
DanKehlenbach at REI on 08/08/2013

comfortable shoe with a smelly surprise

I love Keens. They have provided some of the most comfortable shoes on mine and my family's shoe-rack. My dirty secret is that I rarely wear anything other than Keens (and Chakos, in the summer). I was excited to purchase a pair of these sandals. The beginnings were great -- they are comfortable, versatile, do not need substantial breaking in. After about 10 days, I started noticing an unpleasant odor and realized, to my endless embarrassment, that my feet are not breathing sufficiently. Washing the shoes helped, temporarily, but not for long. I thought that this was one of those moments of "it's not you, it's me," but then realized our kids had the same issue. And our neighbors. And the lady who took the pair back mentioned that this seems to be a pervasive reason for their return. Maybe she was just nice...and it is just me, and my kids, and neighbors. But there it is.
marc at REI on 09/09/2007

Don't buy - not worth it

I purchased these for a trip to India, wanting protection for my feet. They did protect my feet, and were very comfortable. The soles started to wear after only a months use, but that was not my concern. My concern was the HORRID STENCH that arose from these sandals. After only one week of wearing them, I had to place them in a plastic bag upon returning to my hostel at night or else my entire room would stink. I had to wash my feet every night, and scrub the sandals with soap a cloth every other night to keep the smell down. After my trip I threw them straight in the trash - what a waste of [$].I am sure there are other sandals that provide comfort but not a foul odor. These would work if a person is in the water on a daily basis, but other than that don't buy.
Jon the world traveler at REI on 07/07/2009

Poor Quality

I needed a new general sandal and wanted something that would be durable and quick drying. I stopped buying Birkenstocks due to poor quality. I was planning on using theses in the BWCA. I usually wear a 12. My foot measures 11 1/2. I had to purchase a 13. It started to tear, at the heal, after two days. I did not even put them to a full test. Another owner stated that he had problems with the seams. He had pictures showing the same type of tear, but on a different location of the shoe. I am hoping that I am wrong, since I had hopes that this sandal might work. I might give the sandal one more chance. There were a few good reviews out there.

At this time I would not recommend.
Three strikes and KEEN is out!
Sauer at REI on 05/05/2009

SHOE GOO any one?

I do love my KEEN NEWPORT H2 sandals, it's a bloody shame the sole of the left one started falling apart after 30 days of use (kayaking and pyramid climbing in the Yucatan).Style wise they are awesome, very comfortable, amphibious, and toe protective. Unfortunately it looks like the glue they use to secure the insole to the sole of the sandal has issues and fails. I would guess a production defect, not necessarily a design flaw.The downsides are they they may fall apart, and for an amphibious sandal they seem to absorb water and take hours to dry (wish they used a different webbing!).Unfortunately REI cannot replace my pair because they are no longer available (black colour). They did offer a refund, but that means I'm out my sandals I'm off to get some SHOEGOO for an attempted repair.
QuebraRegra at REI on 08/08/2008

Blown Sewn Seams

I used these new hybrids for the exact purpose in which they were designed...a week long canoe trip down the Colorado River. They were in and out of the water several times a day and stayed on my feet for various hikes up the washes and canyons that dot Black Canyon below Hoover Dam. On day three the sewn seams that secure the elastic ankle strap to the sole unraveled... rendering the shoes useless for the remainder of the trip. I have purchased Keens in the past and loved them...not sure why the quality has taken a dive (my second newer pair gone bad) but my guess is a lack of quality control due to expanded production. I am hanging on to my original twelve year old Arroyos but sadly, no more Keens for this once loyal customer.
jeffcmac at REI on 04/04/2012

All Show & No Go!

I bought these to wet wade while fly fishing. They offer good toe protection from boulders and rocks but that is about it. I returned my 1st pair after only one week long trip of use. The stitching on the sides of heel strap started to come apart. I returned them and now after hardly any use, the same is happening again and the sole on the heel is peeling off. Feet tend to shift and slide around inside when wet, since they have a smooth inside sole. They need to improve this since they were designed for water use. They tend to make the feet sweat so they are on the hot side, and eventually they get funky. I am returning my second pair since they are not very durable. All show and no go...
Louiebluerazzberry at REI on 10/10/2010

Beware: VERY slippery on the boat!

Non-marking sole, waterproof river sandals, protected toes - perfect for a sea sailing trip, right? Wrong!

The soles, stiff rubber akin to those on lightweight hiking shoes, turned out to be incredibly slippery on the wet yacht deck. More slippery than bare feet. Much more slippery than flip-flops. Than keds even. To the point of being dangerous.

I didn't find them too hot, but other people's complaints about difficulty shaking out dirt that gets inside are right on - you basically have to take them off, which is not trivial.

I would recommend them as great summer light hiking sandals - they're very comfortable and protective and have great traction on the rocks - but not for beach or water sports where traction on wet slippery surfaces matters.
Sashok at REI on 07/07/2011

Excellent concept, poorly constructed

I purchased my first pair of Newport H2O's in May and used them for saltwater flats fishing, the stiching failed on the heel strap area after just a couple of trips. I had a Boundary Waters canoe trip planned for August and exchanged the damaged pair for a new set at the Minneapolis REI, the sales rep informed me this is a common problem and returns occur frequently. I took my second set of H2O's on my trip, and the stiching in the same heel area failed within the first 2 days. I plan to return them and will look for another water sandal. I have the leather Keen sandal and it has held up well, it is just slow to dry, heavier and is not the ideal water shoe.
Tom in Florida at REI on 09/09/2013

Not impressed

I purchased this footwear for all terrain and amphibious uses. I love to kayak and spend time around the water but once wet, these sandals take forever to dry! Plus after less than a year of use the stitching came loose around the heel of one of the shoes. I would have expected much more considering the price. If you are looking simply for casual footwear and have money to replace them annually, these are nice looking and comfortable. If however, you are looking for something to perform well around the water and don't want to have wet feet for the next several days or something that will last find something else. I am going back to the chaos I loved so much!
jeepindavis at REI on 05/05/2012

Neutral Reviews:

First off, I can't say that these were not comfortable, because they were, as long as you wore a sock with them. I initially started testing them for a long beach hike (Lost Coast, CA) by wearing them around the neighborhood walking the dog. They were relatively comfortable without socks, but I think anything longer than 2 miles would start to get a bit too clammy for my taste. Also, I think a hike longer than that could potentially start to create hot spots.
Next, I tried them while wearing socks...nice, comfortable, could hike/wear them for hours or all day use. Felt like an air-ry light hiking shoe.
My plan was to wear them down the beach for a 26 mile hike along the surf. I was going to be wearing some sort of water sock (ended up being the NRS Hydroskin), and I was hoping this combination would make for a great "forget what you're wearing" shoe along the tides.
Well, it didn't take long for myself and brother, who was wearing the same shoe, to realize we'd made a huge mistake. Within a hundred yards or so there was quite a bit of sand in the shoe...okay, no big deal. Within a couple miles we'd stopped so many times to take the rocks/pebbles/rough sand/etc out of our shoes we were getting pretty annoyed..... Okay, just deal with it we thought.
After some time our feet eventually got wet. Well, this just added to the problem, as now very course sand was sticking everywhere to the shoes and our feet...washing them off was pointless.
By the end of the trip, both our feet were significantly tender, raw in spots, and blistered from trying to adjust foot position/stride to minimize soarness.
Again, they were comfortable under non-sandy/wet conditions. They also did not fall apart, or show any signs of it, after a difficult three-day hike is conditions that we thought would make them fail if they were going to.
These would be great on a boat or at the pool, but those don't apply to me, so I'll be returning them.

Phil Edwards at on 07/10/2013

I really want to like these...

I got these shoes as a go-to sandal for every condition I might encounter hiking, biking, kayaking, camping, et al. I was drawn in by their stylish looks (still am), and their boasted waterproof webbing and no-stink sole.

I probably won't say anything that hasn't been said already, but here goes.

-'Waterproof', as far as I can tell, is meaningless. If these get wet, be prepared for them to be wet the rest of the day. It won't be as uncomfortable as a wet pair of shoes- but I can't see any way in which these are waterproof. I figured it meant the webbing was coated and wouldn't soak through- that it isn't it.
-I have clammy feet, and I recognize that, but these make my feet clammier than any other shoe/sandal I own. Even Crocs. And they stink, and I don't normally have stinky feet. It's surely because of the clamminess.
-They collect debris in the sole area when hiking in particular. I found myself shying away from these for hiking and camping for a number of reasons: mosquitoes and dirt/rocks/dust gathering in the sole area being the main ones.

Those are the main downsides. Somehow I still really like the shoes. I think I just had the thought that they would make all my outdoor adventures more exciting. They are very comfortable, seem very durable, and otherwise do a decent job on a decent trail. There hasn't been much stretch in that back strap around the heel, which I had been concerned about during uphill hikes and such.

I had a friend tell me to try baby powder on the soles for the whole clammy issue. I haven't yet, but it sounds like a plan.

Bottom Line: if you don't sweat in your feet- go for it! Honestly that's the real reason I'm frustrated with them! I would probably wear them a LOT more if it weren't for the clamminess.
The A Machine at REI on 07/07/2010

Not the best for canoeing and portaging

I purchased these for my regular canoe trips in the BWCA and Quetico. I was looking for a solid water shoe because I have a new kevlar canoe that requires more care around the portages. Upon REI staff recommendation I bought the Keen H2 sandal, being told that it was a solid performer for canoe trips.

First the pros: easy on-off; the bumper toe is great; good traction on rocks; a comfortable (but wide) fit (I also had to buy a half size smaller than normal); breathable; water drains out quickly.

The cons: the main one is that the open design allows mud, pebbles, and grit in which then gets trapped underfoot - unless you take the sandals off and clean them out you will be walking with pebbles and grit, which is NO fun with a pack and a canoe on. They also are extremely slippery on wet mud; the bungee laces don't do a good job of keeping the shoe snugly on your foot for support; they do not dry out quickly, which is only a minor concern in the summer.

A great sandal for splashing around at the beach or in less adverse wet environments. I definitely do not recommend them for BWCA/Quetico outings if you are truly into the "wet boot" style of getting in and out of the canoe in muddy, gritty water. Hope this helps.
Urban Commuter at REI on 08/08/2009

Take them to a shoe repair shop

A month after buying these sandals (about 50 miles of hiking in New Mexico) I noticed that the stitching was coming out on the part that connects the heel strap to the sole. I figured I might have gotten a bad pair and exchanged them for another pair. Another month and 50 miles later I saw the same problem again!

Since I like the way they feel and the compromise between a completely enclosed shoe and a wide open sandal, I took them to a local shoe repair shop and asked them to sew it up properly. They said they have seen a number of these sandals come in and suspect that Keen used cheap cotton thread. We'll see if a higher quality thread does the trick.

I almost always wear socks with these sandals so I can't comment on the the smelliness complaints - the sandals have never been stinky, although the socks have!
JLT3 at REI on 06/06/2011

Nice Shoes, But...

My husband and I each own more than one pair of these shoes, the first purchased several years ago. We live in the mountains and wear them almost daily during the summer months. This pair was ordered without hesitation for my husband. Upon arrival, he immediately tried them on, expecting them to fit the same as his other pair the same size and style. Needless to say, that was not the case. They were too small. After comparing them to one another and measuring them back to back, heel to toe, we discovered this new pair was about 1/2 inch shorter in length. Sadly they were returned. As a result of this issue, we were out $12+ in postage costs for the privilege of trying them on. I would definitely recommend the shoes, but would suggest they be purchased instore rather than online.
MsMike at Mountain Gear on 07/07/2013

Very good sandals, BUT...

These sandals worked great as hiking shoe replacements on hot days when I wanted the foot the breath. They've also been very durable, with the soles showing very little wear over the years. They are a bit bulky, but you should immediately notice this when you see them in person. The BIGGEST complaint I have with these shoes is the total lack of traction when the surface is wet. I'm not talking about walking over flowing water, just wet surfaces after a rain storm. I've slipped while walking down an aluminum boat ramp after a rain. Check out the review of this boat on [@], the general feedback is not good due to the lack of traction when wet.
REI Shopper 2 at REI on 08/08/2011

Very nice while they lasted...

I have worn my Keens for several months, and have enjoyed them greatly. They don't work well in creeks or water with sand or small pebbles, though, and I stopped using them on hikes where I knew there would be water crossings. Overall, I thought they were great. Unfortunately, the stitching has recently broken on the shoes, despite them being double-stitched. I am highly disappointed given my $30 sketchers are still in great shape after a year and a half of hard use while my [$], 5 month old Keens have already bitten the dust.
Austin96 at REI on 08/08/2010

Solid rubber toe gets hot and sweaty

Everything about these were good an as expected, except for the hot toe box. I guess my Keen shoes (and anything else I've worn) are less sweaty because I wear sox under that big rubber toe. The rubber is great for protecting toes outdoors, but why not perforate the toe some? This would allow breathability and better water drainage in streams and rafts. They got hot in hot weather, opposite of what you expect from a sandal. But I kept them, for cool and wet uses.
HotFoot at Mountain Gear on 08/08/2009

need half sizes...

I normally wear a size 11.5. I got these in a size 12 and my toe was right up against the front, painfully so. I returned them and got a 13. Those are a little to big. They don't make a 12.5, which is obviously what I need. I think I would love these if they actually made all the sizes available and/or sized them in some reality that is somewhere close to the consensus one we all live in.
MunchyBugs at REI on 03/03/2008

A decent water shoe

Overall a pretty decent sandal. However, I've seen this touted to be a great water shoe, so I bought it for that purpose. It does an outstanding job of protecting your toes, which is a major fault of most water shoes. However, the 3 star rating is due to the very poor traction of the shoe on wet surfaces. You're most likely to slide off of wet rocks than be able to maneuver safely over them.
Masked Moose at REI on 09/09/2013