KEEN-parison: Which Casual Sandals are the Right Ones for Me?
There is something about slipping into a pair of sandals that’s almost like celebrating. Like, we made it through the winter and now, for the next few months (more if we’re lucky) we don’t have to worry about de-icing the car or accidentally throwing those wool base layers in the dryer. You can show off your painted toenails if you want. You can unbox your shorts and sundresses. (Remember to find your sunscreen and sun hat, too. You’ll be needing those.)
Together with longer days, chirping birds, and the smell of barbeque wafting through the neighborhood, spring and summer bring the need for sun on your skin, wind between your toes, and some casual sandals that can help you soak up the easy summer vibes.
Get in on the sunshine and check out the chart below for a breakdown of our casual sandal offerings for women. And since warm weather tends to make for sweaty conditions, each sandal in this line-up features pesticide-free odor control, so you can cruise through hot days without funky feet.
|Protects toes||Arch support||Water-ready||Leather option|
Charts are helpful, but let’s take a closer look at our picks:
Rose: The Rose sandal has feminine proportions that pair well with a breezy summer sundress, but unlike your average pair of strappy slides or ballet flats, it's ready for hours of standing and strolling. These closed-toe sandals are our made-for-whatever-happens-today sandal, made with a KEEN toe bumper for extra protection. The elegant webbing design and adjustable ankle strap keep your feet supported and comfortable for everything from gardening to grocery shopping.
You’ve got options: Go with the tried-and-true polyester webbing version, or opt for our Environmentally Preferred Leather option. Either way, you’ve got durable, waterproof sandals that will continue to look and feel good summer after summer.
Elle: Meet our eco-chic strap-sandal. Simple, solid, and made with eco-friendly materials you can feel great about wearing. The stretchy straps are made from 100% recycled P.E.T. plastic bottles, and a jute-infused outsole uses less rubber than a standard sole. Pair that with a supportive insole and lightweight design, and you may consider wearing these sandals all year long. (Which you can easily do if you up your socks-and-sandals game).
You’ve got options: Slide or backstrap, the Elle comes in two styles depending on what you’re looking for. Got kids or a dog to run after? We recommend the backstrap version so you’re always prepared for a sprint.
Elle sandals feature a jute-infused outsole and stretchy straps made from recycled plastic bottles.
Lana: When people think of KEEN sandals, usually webbing and bungee cords come to mind. But the Lana takes our traditional sandal style into new territory. An easy-to-wear and easy-to-care-for leather sandal? Yup. Whether you’re looking for a slide, cross-strap, or z-strap, the women’s Lana has classic styling that goes with everything from a linen skirt to a pair of quick-dry shorts (or how about a swimsuit?). We source all our leather from Leather Working Group-certified tanneries to reduce chemicals and help preserve and protect our waterways. That means you can feel good inside and out when you slip on a pair of sandals with a lighter footprint.
Bali: The name says it all. This pair is inspired by what we’d want to be wearing on a tropical trip spent exploring the waterfalls, coral reefs, and Banyan tree-filled forests of Bali (we can dream, right?). These strap-back sandals protect your toes and support your feet so you can make this summer an active one, even if you’re just spending time at home. The waterproof design makes them a perfect backyard sprinkler-jumping shoe, while their streamlined look feels polished and put-together even as your feet are saying, “Aahhh . . .”
Bonus: They also come in a closed-toe flip-flop version for those who prefer to just slide right into their sandals. (If that sounds like you, check out these slip-on options)
Sure, all of our sandals in this line-up are a little bit different. But you better believe they’re ready for adventures big and small. Take a read through some of the places that KEEN sandals have ventured in the past and start dreaming of future adventures (someday . . . ).