First, you start leaving the windows open. Then, you forget your jacket for the first time. And suddenly you have an overpowering craving for iced coffee. No doubt about it, summer is here, which means it’s time to start thinking about sandals. Unless, that is, you’re one of the many women who wear their sandals year-round. (We get it. We’re pretty big supporters of the socks and sandals movement ourselves.)
Let's not overcomplicate summer gear. We like one pair of shoes you can do a whole bunch of stuff in. Our women’s sandals, flip-flops and slides are built to go many places, from rocky riverbanks to dusty trailheads, black sand beaches to your neighbor’s backyard birthday party. But which pair is The One? To figure it out, find the statement that describes you best:
“I’M LOOKING FOR OUTDOOR SANDALS TO GO WALKING IN (THERE'LL BE STREAMS TO CROSS AND MAYBE A LAKE OR TWO TO COOL OFF IN).”
The trick for outdoor sandals is finding that just-right balance between breezy comfort and rugged support. The Newport sandal is just that. It’s well-ventilated and airy feeling, but still protects your foot with a closed-toe as you’re scrambling over felled logs or scaling a rocky outcropping. The most supportive walking sandals for women in the KEEN family, they have a heavy tread outsole that keeps you from slipping on wet or muddy terrain. They also come in a bunch of colors, including a rainbow tie dye print that’s our personal fave (we’re hippies at heart).
Pro tip: If a Newport (or any KEEN shoe) has “H2” in the product name, that means it’s ok to go in the water - so jump in!
“I like the one-handed adjustment when going from land to water. … The toe protection is critical on rocky trails, creek beds and thick brush.” - American Botanist in Tennessee
Also take a look at the SOLR sandal. It stands for Sea, Ocean, Land, River (and we recommend it for all of the above). The Aquagrip rubber outsole gives you confidence when going across those smooth, slick river rocks that can be so hard to get a grip on.