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My name is Kristin and I have been wearing KEEN Newport Sandals for the past six years. They are my go-to sandals whether I am going to the river, beach, on a hike or just walking around the city. That is why I turned to KEEN before I headed off to South America for nine months.
Prior to this trip, I graduated from University with a Soil Science degree and decided to take a year break before facing the inevitable job search. My boyfriend and I needed gear for our South American adventure that we could rely upon for a decent price. That is why I purchased Genoa Peak WP, Newport H2 Sandals and Florence Flip-Flops. I instantly found comfort, stability in my Genoa Peak Trainers. It was great to have a shoe that has a bit of flex in the sole, solid for hiking, walking and best of all waterproof. With my three pairs of shoes Genoa Peak WP Cross Trainer, Newport H2 Sandals and Florence Flip-Flops, I was set for my nine month South American adventure.
My three functional, comfortable, affordable, stylish shoes traveled with me from San Francisco, California to Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Ecuador. My Genoa Peak WP Cross Trainers made it possible for me to hike the Incan Trail to Machu Picchu, hike to the depths of the deepest canyon in Peru, walk across the desolate Bolivian salt flats, volunteer at an organic farm, and hike in many National Parks while keeping my feet dry, cool and comfortable. I found my Newport H2 Sandals to be extremely versatile from day hikes to bike riding to visiting the Galapagos Islands and Amazon Rainforest. Whiles my Florence Flip-Flops made me not only feel a bit fashionable with the fancy straps and flower button but allowed me to walk the sandy beaches in Uruguay and keep my feet safe in showers.
These are just a few of the amazing stops during me nine month travels.
I wanted to thank the KEEN for proving my feet with comfort, support and durability. You continue to reassure my trust in KEEN to be the best possible and diverse shoes on the planet. I will continually support KEEN in future shoe purchases.
Before leaving South America from Quito, Ecuador to head back to California I donated my “broken-in” shoes to three women who walked the streets barefoot and farmed in the fields. They were very appreciative and will hopefully find as much love (if not more) out of those shoes. Oh, the places my feet have gone; I guess I should say, the places my KEENs have gone and will keep going!
Aventuras de Sudamérica
Right, so after making a vow with myself to ring in the new year with a hardcore run (and set the tone for ’09) I stumbled upon the Angel Island 25k organized by Pacific Coast Trail Runs. Despite growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, I’d never actually been to Angel Island so it had an air of mystery to it. From what I’d read, the crew that plans Pacific Coast Trail Runs had a relaxed vibe and really took care of their runners in terms of well marked trails and thoughtfully stocked aid stations, so I was like “done and done”.
Fast Forward to January 11th – after a short ferry ride from Tiburon to Angel Island I was absolutely giddy with excitement. My brother Joe (a very wide size 14 who ran in the Wasatch Crest) and my cousin Laura joined me for the run. The start was at Ayala Cove, on the North side of the island facing Marin. The first 5.5 mile loop circled the perimeter and the next 10 miles consisted of two different loops that explored the middle of the island to its summit. Each loop began with 140 lovely stairs. Fortunately, it was 70 degrees that day, so no warm up was needed for me, thanks. The course was hilly but the views of San Francisco, the North Bay, and the ocean beyond the Golden Gate Bridge were worth it.
The energy that day was infectious, the people I met were keeping it real (thanks Carol for chatting it up from mile 6-11!), and the weather was perfect. I didn’t have to worry about getting off course or being on the wrong trail, AND they fed me well. I look forward to the race up here in Portland, Oregon in Forest Park this May. I’m officially addicted to the Pacific Coast Trail Runs. Period.