Since the company’s conception in 2003, Keen footwear has cemented themself as a frontrunner in walking sandals. From the original idea that there should be footwear on the market that guarantees toe protection, they have built a company that is known for their innovation as much as their philanthropy.
Keen footwear is dedicated to making a difference, so they follow the ethos of ‘improve the world that improves you’. When buying a pair of Keen sandals you can trust that you are not only purchasing a pair of quality shoes, you are also making a positive difference in the world.
Let’s take an in-depth look at two of the 2 best keen sandals for men.
Keen Men’s Clearwater CNX
The Keen Men’s Clearwater CNX Sandal is a lightweight comfortable walking sandal. It has a low profile and is considerably thinner than other sandals in the Keen range.
The outer fabric on the Keen Clearwater CNX is a polyester webbing, which is machine washable. The inner lining is a hydrophobic mesh, which does its utmost to repel water.
The Keen Clearwater CNX has a two millimeter bungee and toggle lacing system on the shoe. This allows the shoe to be tightened to a comfortable fit for your particular foot size and shape, thus providing adequate support around the base of the foot and the ankle.
There are two finger tabs, one on the tongue of the shoe and one at the top of the heel. These finger tabs allow for quick and easy putting on of the walking sandal. The tabs are made of a 3M reflective material which gives off a light when being worn in poor light conditions.
The contoured midsole is designed with comfort in mind. The low profile outer sole of the shoe is only four millimeters thick, which gives the wearer the sensation and comfort of walking barefoot with the protection of a Keen sandal. It has a cushioned heel cradle, and a metatarsal arch hugging the bottom of the foot.
This cradle and arch position the foot into the ideal position for an even spread of weight and shock distribution. By doing so, no one muscle or joint is taking the brunt of your body weight which can lead to injury. It also means that you can wear these shoes for hours without getting tired feet and ankles, which allows you to enjoy the great outdoors for longer.
In the sole, Keen have used a super lightweight PU compound promoting a longer shoe life than many other walking sandals on the market. It is made from non-marking rubber and has a multi-directional tred for flexibility. As with many of Keen’s walking sandals, they are designed to be worn both in and out of the water.
The sole is moulded into a razor siping which ensures that no matter the terrain, your feet will stay firmly on the ground. Being completely non-slip, they are the ideal choice for sailors and other water spots lovers such as kayakers and river rafters. Find out more about the Clearwater CNX in our full review.
Keen Newport H2 for Men
The Keen Newport hiking sandal is another great option. It too has a cushioning in the footbed combined with the ergonomic arch in the mid foot to provide maximum comfort and support.
As well as having a comfortable midsole, it also provides great shock absorption meaning that the wearer can hike, run and jump without fear of putting excessive stress on any singular muscle or joint. These walking sandals are designed with length of use in mind. So, even after a full days hike, your feet will be protected and supported.
The Newport has a metatomical footbed which conforms to the shape of your foot, providing enhanced fit and comfort. The mulitdierctiional lug pattern on the rubber outer sole of the sndal allows for superior traction in all conditions.
The Keen Newport features a handy pullcord that can be zipped closed to provide maximum ankle support, which is something that many sandals fail to provide. The Newport also has a rubberized protective toebed which prevents stubbed toes. The Newport is a durable sandal that will give you reliable foot support, comfort and safety both in and out of the water, and over all sorts of terrain.
Outdoor pursuits can leave the adventurer hot and bothered. There is nothing worse than a shoe that smells after a long day’s hike. Both the Keen Newport and the Clearwater CNX are treated with an AEGIS microbe shield treated lining.
This lining repels bacteria and fungus meaning that it will not make a home in your shoe or in between your toes. So no matter how rugged your journey becomes you can confident it won’t be noticeable by the smell of your shoe. If they do get dirty, they are machine washable, which results in them looking like new after a wash.
Keen footwear is known for manufacturing waterproof shoes. Each pair of Keen shoes are tested and guaranteed waterproof before it leaves the factory. Both the Clearwater and the Newport have fast drying straps that are backed with neoprene, meaning that they will go from wet to dry in no time at all.
As with all Keen footwear, both these hiking sandals feature the rubber protective toe box. There will be no fear of stubbing delicate toes in either of these hiking sandals.
Keen footwear has a great fit, is made to last and gives optimum performance no matter what the adventure. If you want a hiking sandal that is good for dry rugged terrain, something that will hold up in wet conditions or something that combines both, Keen footwear will provide the quality sandals for your needs.