A lot of times, a sandal is something that if you’re lucky, you just about manage to get from one end of the beach to the other in, before they become uncomfortable or difficult to walk in.
So Keen has created this, a slightly more robust version of their classic Newport sandal (which we have already reviewed here).
These are an entirely synthetic creation, so are good news for any vegans not wanting to use animal products in anyway at all.
They are closely related to the ‘plain’ Newport sandal, but no identical twin, by any means. As we have already mentioned, these have a synthetic upper, and not the leather one of the Newport.
If Walking Shoe Reviews had to pick a word to describe the first impression that the Keen Newport H2 makes on the eye, it would be ‘practical’. Shortly followed by ‘rugged’.
These are primarily sandals for hard wearing practical and sporting use. They weren’t designed to look pretty or blend into smart casual situations. If you’re looking for something to look good with a pair of designer jeans, then jog on my friend.
And jog you may! Because the Keen Newport H2s are really made for walking… and running…and climbing…or kayaking… or doing anything that involves getting wet and dirty.
Of course, you don’t have to be sailing coast to coast in order to wear a pair of these. You might just want to wear them because they’re comfortable and supportive, and that is just fine as well. Plenty of people buy these just to go about their daily business, and never go near a kayak or mountain side. But if you are looking for a sporting sandal that kicks some serious ass, then you’re in the right place!
Generally, it seems to be accepted that Keen sandals run about a half size smaller than advertised. Even Keen’s own website advises that people order a half size bigger than they usually take. Having said that, 80% of people state that they are happy with the fit, and they arrive as expected. Whether these were the ones who already ordered half a size larger is unclear.
With a bungee lace that hugs the foot, these are comfy and cozy and fit the foot nice and tightly.
As mentioned, these are designed to be waterproof, and can be put through a variety of muddy and wet conditions, which make them perfect for summer sports at the beach or on the lake. They are machine washable, so if you do jump into a muddy swamp, they will clean up nice and easy.
Made from a non-marking rubber, the traction on these soles is second to none. The soles have razor siping and a multi directional lug pattern. This means that they should not slip or trip on a variety of terrain.
Inside, there is a washable polyester webbing. The metatomical foot bed design gives plenty of arch support, so these are a good choice for anyone with any arch, or any other type of podiatry condition.
Also, your big toe, which could take a bashing in outdoor pursuits, should remain protected with the patented Keen toe protection.
It is all very well that these are designed for a variety of terrains, but are they actually comfortable enough to wear on a long trek ?
The one thing that we have discovered by looking at what owners have to say about the wearing Newport H2s, is that they are comfortable to have on. Even people who have other negative comments to make about them, have said how comfy they were to wear.
One reason for this may be the hugging nature of the laces, which snap to your feet. Because of this, they won’t slip or slide around, and it is actually possible to run safely and securely wearing them – which is a damned site more than you can say about most sandals!
Even if you are not planning on wearing them for any outdoor adventure, you might just find your feet gravitating towards them anyway, simply because they are easy to have on, and they might surprise you by becoming your new favorite pair!
When it comes to scoring these Keen Newport H2 Sandals, it has to be said, that they are a long way from being the cheapest on the market. Although the starting price for these multi-purpose sandals is advertised as being lower, the average price seems to hover around the $99 mark (correct at the time of writing) with some being lower and some higher. This is considerable $ to pay for some sandals, but we think that these ones are worth it.
Apart from a very small minority of respondents, most seem satisfied that these sandals will outlast other cheaper models, as they are far more durable.
You can do a lot more than just air your toes wearing these. In fact, you can protect them from stubs, trips and small rocks falling on them. Once they’re all dirty, they can be simply washed, and best of all, they won’t slip or trip you up, even in water.
These are highly versatile and very comfortable, and we think that they are well worth the investment.
Even if you’re not planning on a decathlon, or white water rafting in them, you could just wear them shopping!