Camping beside a pristine mountain lake. Jetting off to a tropical getaway. Introducing your new puppy to your favourite mountain trail. We got you! Whether your itinerary involves sandy beaches, cobblestoned cities or muddy creek beds, there’s a pair of KEEN adventure sandals that will keep you comfortable and protected. Not sure which ones to choose? Pick a statement below that best matches your needs, then read on to learn more.
Sandals for Trail & Water
“I’m looking for trail-ready sandals.”
If you need a rugged sandal built for navigating fallen logs, scrambling over scree, and traversing muddy trails, we recommend the men’s Targhee III Open-Toe sandals. Based on the design of our best-selling hiking boot, it has a waterproof, leather upper and a quick-dry lining, so you can cross chilly streams and just keep going. A burly KEEN.ALL-TERRAIN rubber outsole with multidirectional lugs offers high-traction grip as you explore the high desert or the Lake District.
If your outdoor pursuits include boating, rafting, fishing, or floating, check out the men’s Targhee III Open-Toe H2 sandals. This water sandal has the same high-traction outsole as the leather version, but adds a quick-dry, polyester-webbing upper.
KEEN fans say:
“I really like these sandals. Great fit, comfortable, and very rugged. I chose the KEEN Targhee III for hiking, its aggressive traction sole, and to use [it] in the water for kayaking. They have done amazingly well; very impressed!” – Joseph J.
“Bought a pair of these after toe surgery. They have saved my life as I can't wear any other footwear at the moment. The reflective strip at the rear of each sandal is a great safety feature for cyclists like me! Really well made with excellent heavy-duty soles and well-designed adjustable straps.” – Peter T.
For all the best features of a hiking boot in a sandal that lets your feet feel the cool breeze, you might also consider men’s and women’s Arroyo II sandals. Open vents in the water-resistant, leather upper add breathability. A dual-density EVA midsole absorbs the shock of every step to keep your tread light, even under the weight of that heavy pack. A multidirectional lug outsole keeps your footing secure on rocky ridges, sandy creek beds, and slippery paths.
KEEN fans say:
“These sandals are the best. Great support. The sole is tough. Like a boot sole. You can hike anywhere in these. Hose [them] down if they get dirty, and let them dry in the sun. What’s not to like?” – John S.
“When I was looking for a shoe to wear while traveling and hiking in Costa Rica, I came across Arroyo II. These shoes easily hide the inserts I need to wear. It soon became my "go-to" shoe for walking the Discovery Trail on the Olympic Peninsula. These are shoes that can be worn all day in comfort, and they are also supportive. I now own two pairs.” – Karen H.
Newport Water Hiking Sandals
“I’m looking for versatile sandals to wear for a variety of summer activities.”
Our first design ever, the Newport Water Hiking sandals are still our best-selling style. KEEN’s founders were looking for a comfy, water-friendly, sailing sandal that could guard your toes against the many hazards found on a boat. When they couldn’t find one, they made one themselves, and the rest is KEEN history. Since its debut in 2003, it has become the go-anywhere, do-anything sandal for people who love the outdoors.
Airy yet supportive, men’s Newport sandals have a waterproof, leather upper and the famous rubber toe bumper. The all-terrain tread is siped, with small razor slits cut into the rubber for increased traction on any surface, from algae-covered rocks to wet boat decks.
KEEN fans say:
“I wanted something rugged for climbing and all-day activities in North Africa. After testing these by walking around my local area, I can honestly say these are the best sandals I have ever worn—definitely the most comfortable. Excellent fit and, most of all, breathable!” – Dave B.
“Love my new sandals. Had my last pair for seven years!! Feel like I have new tires. Just completed a tour of six western National Parks!! Only footwear I took with me!! Fantastic!!!” – Drew H.
“I hike exclusively in these until it gets too cold. Just the thought of going back into a running/hiking boot is agonizing! This is how comfy and incredibly sturdy these amazing sandals are! Your feet will thank you!” – Happy F.
“I’m in and out of the water all summer. Which water-friendly sandals do you recommend?”
Looking for a true water shoe with serious amphibious grip? Check out the men’s and women’s SOLR sandals. SOLR stands for “Sea, Ocean, Lake, River,” and that’s exactly where these sandals are meant to go. Built for water pursuits like kayaking, fishing or rafting, they have a water- and abrasion-resistant TPU upper that’s made from recycled plastic bottles. The Aquagrip rubber outsole has Aqua Stop zonal siping to keep your footing secure while canyoneering or exploring ocean tidepools. Want to learn more about what makes our sandals so grippy? You’ll find more info on our tread technology here.
KEEN fans say:
“Purchased for the whole family before cruising to the Bahamas. Perfect for every occasion. Ship, beach, ziplining, climbing, island adventures…” – Jules
“I bought a pair of these shoes before I went to live on a tropical island for five months. I planned on wearing them in the ocean and on rainy days. Instead, I wore them on hot days, wet days, muddy days, in the ocean, in the city, up mountains and hills, over rocks and fallen trees, through a typhoon, while chopping wood, repairing the house, chasing cows, on boats, buses, and motorcycles. If I went more than a few meters from the house, the shoes went with me. Not once did I step out of my shoes while tromping in the mud, which happens with so many other shoes”. – Darren
The world is your playground, and KEEN adventure sandals help you make the most of every hike, paddle, and float. Strap yourself into a pair and get out there.