KEEN-parison: Which Sport Sandals Are the Right Ones for Me?
The days are heating up and getting longer, which probably means that your warm-weather bucket list is getting longer too. Camping trips with the kids, weekend hikes, finding those secret swimming holes? Yup. You’ve got big plans in the works. Sort of makes your feet tired just thinking about all those jam-packed weekends doesn’t it?
Well, tired doesn’t have to be a bad thing. After all, chances are that since you’ve found yourself here, reading about sport sandals, you kind of love that tired feeling. You know the type of tired we’re talking about. That just-tried-stand-up-paddle-boarding-for-the-first-time tired. That weekend-rafting-trip, sunrise-hike, or long-day-out-on-the-boat tired. Nobody’s got time for the other kind of tired (uncomfortable shoes, no arch support, strap rubbing in the wrong place). Nope. That’s why here at KEEN we make performance sandals where comfort is a given, not a bonus. Have a look at the handy chart below to see which sandal checks all of your adventure boxes.
Before you dig in, take note that all of the sport sandals featured below have secure bungee lacing, arch support, and the iconic KEEN toe bumper to protect you from stubbing your toes. Why? Because in our opinion, no adventure should have to hurt.
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Still want to know more about KEEN’s athletic sandal lineup? Read on:
Newport: Called the icon of adventure for a reason, our Newport sandals for men and women know their way around the great outdoors. They have a rugged outsole with a multi-directional lug pattern and razor siping on the bottom, (which basically means they have very thin slits that provide additional traction edges on wet or difficult terrain). Weekend hike and fly fishing anyone?
Psst...hey parents, bringing your little one along on some of your adventures this year? Get them a matching set of kids' Newport sandals so they feel ready to take on any new challenge. Plus, the photos of you guys in matching adventure uniforms are going to be just perfect for this year’s holiday card.
Clearwater: Light on your feet. And we mean light. Blaze through creek beds, hop between river rocks, or stroll down a pebble beach. These sandals are made for the water (but can help set up a tent too). Razor siping on the rubber outsole provides excellent grip on wet ground (or roots, rocks, or boat docks). The low-profile design gives the Clearwater an almost-barefoot feel, perfect for SUPing or running rapids, because you can wedge it into the crease of the raft for stability. Shop men's and women's Clearwater sandals here.
Astoria West: This one is just for the ladies. Solid yet streamlined, this sport sandal has a women's-specific fit and heel lift, which creates a versatile look and also puts you in a more athletic stance (like a running shoe). It features Aquagrip traction for slip-resistant grip, even on wet surfaces. Bonus: It has a 10-point bungee fit so you can dial in your comfort with a quick cord-cinch system. Shop Astoria West here.
SOLR: We love hybrid because outside spans land and water, and we want one sandal that can go everywhere. Our SOLR sandals for men and women are hybrid, too, but they lean WAY into aquatic territory. Our design team focused a lot of their attention on the outsole — how it flexes, grips, and wraps up on the sides for additional protection. It has serious amphibious grip — our Aquagrip traction with zonal siping is designed to grip when wet. And with its low-profile design and ultra-secure, adjustable fit, you're able to be more agile.
Ready to put a little more active into your summer, and maybe try a new outdoor sport? Whichever pair of hybrid sandals you settle on, your feet will thank you.