A shoe called Owyhee you say? As in Ow-Eee! I just stood on something that bit me? That noise you make when something hurts, like, really hurts… a bunion …?
Well that sounds the ideal name to give to your brand spanking new shoe creation doesn’t it. But -wait a minute, what is this? The promotional literature about this great new sandal hybrid is at pains to tell us exactly how to pronounce the Owyhee. And, apparently it’s oh-waa-hee and not Ow – Eee at all. Phew, well that’s a relief then – in more than one way!
So, having gotten through the correct way to pronounce this sandal, the next thing we need to do is to actually look at them.
On first inspection, this would seem to be exactly what walkers in warmer climes have been crying out for years to get. A shoe with all the advantages of a sneaker or better still, a hiking boot, but with the comfort and airiness of a sandal.
If this is as good as it looks, we should be in for a treat indeed!
Available in seemingly only one color – so slate black/rust is it then -these are a sturdy looking design with big chunky soles, made with non marking rubber and razor siping.
These promise not to let you down or slip you up in wet terrain – which is actually quite important as these do claim to be ‘water shoes’.
They are made of manmade synthetic materials so should be bunny hugger friendly and have a rubber toe cap protection to guard against any of the small lumps and bumps that might befall your precious pinkies.
Made from synthetics and with huge chunky rubber soles, razor siping and multi directional lug patterns, these also have an EVA foot bed, to help ease your plates of meat into their comfort zone and the soles should provide tons of protection.
There’s hydrophobic mesh lining and completely washable and water friendly polyester webbing uppers. The laces are never going to trip you up because of the secure fit and there’s a loop on the heel to help pull them on, because, you know, using a shoe horn may be slightly impractical when you’re using them in extreme situations.
The metatomical foot bed has been designed with maximum arch support in mind, providing comfort for everyone, but especially those who have podiatry problems.
The heel is enclosed, with a meshing on it to filter out any small pebbles or stones from entering it (although they can obviously get in from other angles, this being a sandal).
All in all, not only do these look good and solid and as if they would be up for a challenge, but they also don’t look – now how can we phrase this diplomatically – as hideously ugly as some hybrid sandals are.
Because, let’s face it, men’s sandals are not usually the most graceful of God’s creations (to be fair, neither were men’s feet…)
Probably if Adonis himself were to have donned some of the creations we have come across, he’d have been left on his own, at the end of the night. But not with these babies. These actually look alright. And in the world of men’s sandals, trust us alright is praise indeed.
So, having established that these both look practical and will not turn your significant other to stone– what is the fit like on this particular model from Keen?
77% of people think that these fit as expected, which isn’t bad and a minority think they run a little small. If you think that this might be the case for you, then go up by half a size.
Actually getting them on your feet is one thing, but what is it like when you have them there? Can you move at all or does the Owyhee live up to its namesake of Ow-Ee!
It would seem not, fortunately, these are as comfy to have on as they look and are more or less a hug for your feet. The metatomical foot bed is there to protect and maybe even cherish your foot sole.
Of course, you can’t please all the people all the time, but with these Owyhee sandals Keen have got pretty close to doing so. With comments such as “the most comfortable sandals ever” cropping up time and again, we are confident that you will love them too.
So far, it’s all looking pretty rosy for the Owyhee. Even it’s strange name doesn’t put us off – it’s comfortable, the fit is good, they are waterproof, you won’t slip or trip in them. They’re easy to pull on are washable and the meshing will help stop stones getting in.
But how long will they last for and will they stay the distance, literally? After all, these are not exactly cheap at only-just-under $100.
So, you have the right to ask exactly what you are getting for your money.
In terms of longevity, the prognosis is good. These should last you a good few years – or at least a couple – with the right care and attention.
Yes, it will depend on how much you use these. Because of their versatility you may find you are wearing these far more than for the one single sporting pursuit you originally bought them for.
These are just as good for cycling with as they are hiking or climbing. Or you may just find yourself wearing them for a day at the beach, simply walking through the sands. This is quite besides the other aquatic pursuits that you will be more than able to take part in, wearing them.
So, the Owyhee sandal, are they more Ow Ee than Oh-Buy-Me? Well, happily, we think not.
Despite their odd name, these are extremely comfortable, durable and versatile. They are waterproof and will dry if you get them wet, they protect your feet far more than most sandals and allow you to climb, hike and cycle or do whatever you will in them.
In short, their devotees and indeed we too, think they are fully worth their price tag.