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At the crack of dawn on the river you slip on the KEEN McKenzie Shoe and crack open a cold one, because the canyon heats up quick and you have to keep up with your super-hydrated river companions. No matter how much you drink by lunch, this water shoe-sandal hybrid grips the raft and drains the water after mandatory dips into the slow-moving vein of mud.

  • Bungee drawcord closure and polyester web straps make this shoe fit like a sandal while the mesh and toe rand adds the protection of a shoe
  • Quick-drying Aegis lining and footbed fight the growth of microbes so your shoes stay fresh after nine days of drinking and paddling
  • Rubber sole with multi-directional lug pattern and an EVA midsole provide security and comfort for spur hikes into random canyons
  • Shoe runs about a half-size big, so order a half-size smaller than normal
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Perfect shoe!

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

I recently bought KEEN McKenzie shoes for my husband and 15-year-old son -- they needed versatile shoes for a trip to Guatemala. They're spendy but they fit great without a break-in period, and they hold up to really hard use. The mesh keeps gravel out -- a big improvement on most sandals. Also, they don't look like water shoes so they work great for most occasions. This is my older son's second pair of McKenzies -- he wore his first pair every day for an entire year, and when he grew out of them, my younger son started wearing them and they're still functional. One pair of KEENs will outlast several pairs of other shoes.

Perfect Boundary Water Canoe Shoe

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

Dries very quick with insoles out. Very comfortable. Perfect for entering/ exiting canoe, gathering water, or crossing streams. Don't recommend for difficult portages, but my Keen Targhee II hiking boots were great for that. Wide foot people rejoice.

Not a Keen

    I have come to appreciate the Keen sandals and shoes because of the exceptionnal support the inner soles/bed offer for my feet. I already own many pair of sandals, shoes already. Those shoes unfortunately are very disappointing as they are like wearing a big pair of rubber overshoes. NO support in there at all. I had to return the shoes.

    Good River Shoe!

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    I just returned from a 3 week Grand Canyon river trip and I purchased these shoes specifically for the trip. I had hesitations about buying another pair of Keens because my last pair were slippery than snot on wet rocks and the toes tended to fill with sand, making an uncomfortable hike.

    I will say I was far more impressed with this shoe. They are wider and I had to accomodate for the size, but the toe box gave me plenty of room and they are very comfortable to wear with or without water socks. The tread held up to daily hikes and rock scrambles both in wet and dry environments. They had much better grip on wet surfaces than my last pair. That was a big plus! Only very fine sand was able to get through the mesh and build up in the toe area. They also dry quickly! I hiked and climbed in them and they handled very well. Overall, this is a good multi-use river shoe for on the boat, around camp, and for day hikes!

    Good River Shoe!

    Very comfortable water shoe

      After suffering through several pairs of more sandal-like water shoes, I began looking for a more sneaker-type shoe and decided on the McKenzies. I have worn them on about ten river trips over the last few months and really like them. They are durable, comfortable, and very versatile. They dry fairly quickly and are good for off-river hiking. I used them on a 3-day trip on the Devils River in Texas, which is known for its extremely sharp and coarse limestone. These shoes help up very well while dragging boats across shallow spots in the river and were great for side hikes over nasty, rocky terrain.

      Fantastic Water/Hiking Shoe!!

        Bought these shoes with the intent of needing them in the water, and also using them for some light hiking that comes-up as well when you are in the great outdoors.. And they met every challenge admirably...
        I expected them to be fine water shoes, but with a pair of socks they handle light hiking over rocks and trails just as well... The toe box and sole protect your feet from any sharp rocks or twigs, and they drain and dry quickly after being in the water...
        I do wish they had a bit more arch support in the removable liners, but other than that, they work great...
        Also, order 1/2 size smaller than your regular shoe size, and you'll be good-to-go with socks or no socks...

        Otherwise, great shoes and am quite pleased with them...

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        I have the older model of this shoe' I...

        I have the older model of this shoe' I have had them for at least 5/7 yrs. The size is 10.5. I can only find 9.5 and 12 is there any possible way to get a 10.5 or maybe a 10