The idea for the original KEEN sandal started with a simple question: “Can a sandal protect your toes?” In 2003, we answered by creating the Newport collection and launching a totally new category of footwear. Today, nearly 20 years later, the iconic KEEN Newport sandal still stands as the OG KEEN shoe and remains our best-selling, do-it-all sandal.
Newport sandals were born out of a need for toe protection, but comfort and function were high priorities too. ‘Cause what fun is a sandal that’s not comfy and versatile, right? With all-terrain traction and water-friendly materials, the Newport is the sandal you can really do a bunch of stuff in. From dusty trailheads to wet boat decks and stream crossings to backyard barbecues, they’re built to go places. But which pair of Newport sandals should you choose? Find the statement below that best describes you.
“I’m looking for versatile sandals that I can use for hiking, travelling, and general summer wear.”
Why pack multiple pairs of shoes when one pair can do it all? We like the way you think! If an all-purpose adventure sandal is what you’re after, the OG KEEN Newport sandal is the one for you. It has a rugged, grippy rubber outsole and the support you need to scramble and hike your way to the best view of the day. In fact, it’s our most supportive sandal, so it’s made for adventurous exploring. It also happens to be nice and airy, so your feet stay cool and dry whether you’re exploring a forest trail or strolling through town.
The all-terrain tread is siped,which means it has small razor slits in the rubber for increased traction on wet rocks, slippery boat decks, and slick concrete. Available for men, women and kids, the original Newport sandal looks as great as it feels, thanks to the refined style of the waterproof leather upper.
When the day calls for a little extra colour, consider the Newport Retro sandals or one of our collaborations, such as the Newport x Garcia or the Newport x Outdoor Afro. The Garcia collaboration features original artwork from the one-and-only Jerry Garcia from the Grateful Dead, with 1% of its proceeds being donated to The Wilderness Society to protect the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. The Outdoor Afro collaboration features a limited-edition design and helps fund Outdoor Afro "swimmerships" for Black kids' YMCA swim lessons.
“This is the second pair of these shoes that I've bought. The first pair was 10 years ago and they are great. These shoes are a wonderful option for warm weather to be worn with shorts at social functions or bumming around the farm doing light work or in the mountains wading trout streams and fishing.” — Johnny C.
“I want an outdoor sandal that I can wear to hike, swim, and explore on the beach and in the mountains.”
Do most of your hikes end up with a dip in a refreshing mountain lake or crystal-clear stream? The Newport H2 sandal is our true amphibious, hybrid shoe. H2 in the name is short for H20 — the chemical symbol for water — so it's made to get wet. Like the original Newport, it packs all the support and protection of a rugged shoe with the airy freedom of a sandal, but it’s 100% water-ready. Quick-drying webbing and a water-friendly lining let you move seamlessly between land and water. Just cinch it up and jump in!
“I would highly recommend this sandal for anyone looking for a sandal that is both stylish and comfortable. The Newport H2 performs great on the trail and in the water, so you only need this sandal instead of separate sandals for each activity. I get lots of compliments wherever I go.” — George R.
“I’m looking for a lightweight yet rugged sandal that I can wear for hiking, camping, and general summer wear.”
Light always feels great. The real trick is finding outdoor sandals with that just-right balance of rugged support and airy, lightweight comfort. The Newport Canvas sandal is the latest addition to the Newport family. It blends the same rugged support, trail-gripping traction, and comfy fit of the original Newport with a new, lightweight canvas upper that’s soft, flexible, and quick-drying.
They’re so comfy, you might just find yourself extending sandal season by wearing them with socks. Don’t worry, we won’t judge. In fact, we fully support the socks-and-sandals movement, of course!
“This pair of men’s Newport Canvas Keens look SO good that I’ve deemed them “My Formal Attire KEENs.” They’re my third pair of KEENs. I have the Newport for everyday wear and the Newport H2 for the beach, kayaking, and fishing. The Newport Canvas are for when I go out at night to meet with friends for dinner, music, or any occasion where I want to dress up. They’re comfortable and good looking.” — David K.
No matter which Newport sandal is your favourite, you can count on a comfy fit right out of the box, plus the all-terrain grip and support you need to match your adventure ambitions. Going out and having fun is as simple as cinching them up and getting out the door.