KEEN changed the water shoe scene forever with the introduction of the Newport sandals more than fifteen years ago. With its distinctive rubber toe bumper, grippy, supportive sole, and 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 young and old all over the world with our protective, supportive and versatile sandals. Grab a pair of KEEN water shoes and open up every river and waterside adventure you can imagine.
KEEN Water Shoes for Women
The top-rated KEEN water shoe for women is the Newport Hydro sandal. Designed to be completely submerged with quick-drying PFC-free webbing, the Newport Hydro features a siped sole for better 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 shoe is the Whisper sandal. With a pared-down outsole, less bulky webbing, and a huge selection of colors, this is the shoe you want on your feet 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 higher-traction sole, it’s ready whenever the river (or the trail) calls.
If you love KEEN’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 sandal’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 trail.
KEEN Water Shoes for Men
If you bleed river water and dream of SUP spots, the top-rated Newport Classic sandal is the shoe for you. With a razor-siped sole and stability shank, it’ll help you keep your footing at put-in. Wear them for hiking, kayaking, campfires, and everything in between—the Newport sandal has stood the test of time for good reason. Check out the Newport Retro for limited-edition colors celebrating the sandal’s long and adventurous life.
For a water shoe that fits more like a water sneaker, the KEEN EVOFIT ONE shoe brings modern knit technology to the uppers, adding more coverage without sacrificing drainage. An anatomically engineered bungee lace system gives you a quick, snug fit, and the siped soles will help keep you planted on wet surfaces. Plus, the KEEN EVOFIT ONE is proudly assembled right here in Portland, Oregon, from materials gathered around the world.
If comfort is your main goal, the KEEN UNEEK sandal offers our revolutionary paracord-inspired construction which adjusts 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 better traction.
If your idea of enjoying the water includes a lounge chair, an umbrella, and a refreshing drink from the resort, then a laid-back slip-on or flip-flop might be more your speed. KEEN offers a variety of slip-on sandals with our signature support and comfort.
The men’s Waimea and women’s Bali offer the toe protection of a shoe and the look of a flip-flop, with quick-drying webbing uppers designed to be flattering and secure. The lightweight sole is grippy and flexible, offering sporty performance in a casual package.
The men’s and women’s Kona Flip sandals are our take on technical flip-flops, with a supremely comfortable lightweight molded sole, arch support, and great traction. Wear these for your whole trip or slip them on after a long day on the trail, they’re a treat for your feet whenever you wear them.
KEEN Water Shoes for Kids
With their amazing ability to find every 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 grippier 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 paddling, KEEN “big kid” water shoes have them covered with secure closures, better grip on wet rocks, and the same support and quality you expect from KEEN water shoes. The Big Kids Newport NEO H2 sandal offers an athletic fit and feel, while the Moxie sandal has a more lightweight coverage (less fishing pebbles out from under little toes!).