KEEN Footwear changed the water sandal scene forever with the introduction of the Newport walking sandal, over fifteen years ago. With its distinctive rubber toe bumper, grippy, supportive sole, and lightweight upper construction, it quickly became a staple for the sailors it was developed for. But then it caught on with hikers, river guides, travellers and pretty much everyone else too.
Since then we’ve been outfitting adventurers all over the world with our protective, supportive and versatile sandals. Grab a pair of KEEN water sandals and open up every river and beachside adventure you can imagine.
The top-rated KEEN water sandal for women is the Newport H2. Designed to be completely submerged with quick-drying PFAS-free webbing, the Newport H2 hiking sandal features a siped sole for grip on slippery surfaces and the same support and toe protection you expect from KEEN. Wear them day in and day out on your next river trip—then simply toss them in the wash afterwards to fend off the funk.
Another popular women’s water sandal is the Whisper. With a pared-down outsole, daintier webbing, and a huge selection of colours, this is the shoe you want in your bag when you don’t really know where your day will take you. The Whisper is light and stylish enough to kick around town—but with a quick-drying hydrophobic lining and high-traction sole, it’s ready whenever the river (or the trail) calls.
If you love KEEN’s legendary comfortable sole but want a sandal that pairs well with jeans or a skirt, the Astoria West walking sandal offers the perfect balance. You get the same quick-dry webbing, slip-resistant Aquagrip rubber and arch support as most KEEN water sandals, but with a look that’s a little less “all terrain.” It’s a great choice for a day on the boardwalk, or a quick jaunt to find that secret beach.
If you bleed river water and dream of surfing holes, the top-rated Newport Classic is the shoe for you. With a razor-siped sole and stability shank, it’ll help you keep your footing at put-in, and the washable polyester upper will stand up to river rocks, branches, and whatever else you can throw at it. Wear them for hiking, kayaking, campfires, and everything in between, the Newport has stood the test of time for good reason. Check out the Retro for limited-edition colours celebrating the Newport’s long and adventurous life.
For a water sandal that fits more like a water trainer, the Clearwater walking sandal brings modern technology to the uppers, adding more coverage without sacrificing drainage. An anatomically engineered bungee lace system gives you a quick snug fit, and the siped soles will help keep you planted on wet surfaces.
If comfort is your main goal, KEEN Footwear’s UNEEK sandal offers our revolutionary two-cord construction which adjusts itself to fit your foot perfectly. With a bungee closure and a supportive sole, it’s not just insanely comfortable—it’s also great for water with outstanding drainage and a siped sole for traction.
With their amazing ability to find every gutter, puddle, and stream, nobody needs KEEN water sandals as much as kids. That’s why we adapted the Newport walking sandal for little feet, with the same durable webbing construction, supportive grippy soles, and yes, washability, you’ll find on the original. It’s also available in many of the same colours to match mum or dad’s.
For when your kids venture into the raft or start practicing their rolls, KEEN Kids’ “older kid” water shoes have them covered with secure closures, improved grip on wet rocks, and the same support and quality you expect from KEEN water shoes. The Kids’ Seacamp water sandal offers an athletic fit and feel, while the Moxie sandal for girls has a more lightweight coverage (less time spent fishing pebbles out from under little toes!).