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Very nice, but a little slick around rivers
I am a big fan of Keens, and these are very comfortable. The size 11 fits my 10.5/11, somewhat wide foot very comfortably, and I could easily wear them all day long. I have hiked in them with no problem, and also wear them for kicking around. They have a little more lateral stability than my Venice and Newport H2's. They dry very quickly.
However, I don't agree that they have "excellent traction on slick shoreline rocks." I spend a lot of time flyfishing mountain streams, and had high hopes that these would be good wading sandals. Obviously, most non-studded shoes don't do great on submerged, mossy rocks. However, I found that when these shoes are wet, they don't provide very good traction on dry, slick rocks (and this is usually where I come closer to breaking my neck :) When dry, the traction is decent, but when the shoes are wet, their traction on dry rocks seems decreased.
For hiking, occasional stream crossings or even on boats or the beach they work very well. But for going in and out of the water and scrambling on slick rocks, I'd recommend the Simms Pursuit sandals or Chaco Z2 pros. It's a real shame, because otherwise these sandals are great.
So Far So Good!
Just got these for my husband and he loves them! They fit great, look good and dry faster than the other H2 keens. These still run true to size but do fit a little narrower than the other H2's but still work with wide feet since most Keens run wide anyways.
I've ordered both a 9.5 and a 10. The 9.5...
I've ordered both a 9.5 and a 10. The 9.5 is a bit snug. My heel extends a little over the heel lip and when pushing forward my big toe comes into contact with the front. With the 10 my heel still overlaps the heel lip but there's a little slip with the heel strap. My instep and ridge feel more comfortable in the 10 than the 9.5 and my big toe doesn't come into contact with the front when I push forward. I like points of both. I feel the smaller is more technical... I can be sure of my footing, but the comfort of the larger is nice. Which pair should I keep?
will you ever wear socks? normally the smaller shoe will break in and get looser. the bigger shoe will not shrink.. both pair would probably work fine for you, but if you'll be hiking or on trails in teh sandal, think about the fact that you might be mashing your toe in the smaller pair.. tough call, go with your gut.