KEEN Footwear changed the water shoe scene forever with the introduction of the Newport sandal, more than 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, travelers 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 shoes and open up every river and beachside adventure you can imagine.
KEEN Water Shoes for Women
The top-rated KEEN water shoe for women is the Newport Hydro. Designed to be completely submerged with quick-drying PFC-free webbing, the Newport Hydro 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, less bulky webbing, and a huge selection of colors, 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 Footwear’s legendary comfortable sole but want a sandal that pairs well with jeans or a skirt, the Bali Strap offers the perfect balance. You get the same hydrophobic mesh lining and arch support of some of the Bali’s burlier sisters, 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.
Looking for a full-coverage water shoe? Try our McKenzie II. Mesh coverage keeps debris from getting into the shoe, while drain ports in the toe bumper easily let water out.
KEEN Water Shoes for Men
If you bleed river water and dream of surfing holes, the top-rated classic Newport 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 colors celebrating the Newport’s long and adventurous life.
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.
KEEN Kids Water Shoes
With their amazing ability to find every gutter, puddle, and stream, nobody needs KEEN water shoes as much as kids. That’s why we adapted the Newport 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 colors to match mom or dad’s.
For when your kiddos venture into the raft or start practicing their rolls, KEEN Kids 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 Newport NEO H2 offers an athletic fit and feel, while the Moxie sandal has a more lightweight coverage (less fishing pebbles out from under little toes!).