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The sea is a harsh master, so bring good shoes.

Even in a well-maintained boat, the chances of getting your feet wet are extremely good. If you're getting in and out of a kayak or canoe, there's no avoiding it. Enter the Keen Newport H2 Sandal. The Newport H2 protects your toes from rigging and rocks, and its sole grips deck and ground without leaving marks. The fully synthetic hydrophobic uppers guarantee your feet will feel dry minutes after stepping out of the water. The Newport H2's hybrid shoe/sandal design breathes better than a full shoe and protects your foot better than a sandal. The unique anatomical outsole gives superb traction and support, and an anti-bacterial footbed controls moisture and keeps the stank under control.

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3 5

Already falling apart.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Purchased: 7.5

I have always loved Keen, but (like many companies) I think they've given up on much commitment to making durable, long-lasting products. This is my third pair. My first (bought around 6 years ago) were great until I decided I wanted a change about 2 years ago. My second pair was of the "Whisper" variety, and only lasted a few months before starting to rip. I thought I'd try the Newports for some more heel support, thinking the ripping on the Whispers was an anomaly, but the same thing has started happening with these. I've only worn them for two months, but they are already starting to rip at the seams of the elastic. It's pretty disappointing, and I am contacting the company about this.

Unanswered Question

Do you happen to have a 7 1/2 medium width on the women's keen Newport 2 neutral gray/ misty jade ? Thank you for your help.

1 5

TERRIBLE durability!!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

I bought these sandals while on a roadtrip to wear on a 21 mile desert hike. The sandals started to fall apart at the joints of the rear heel strap on both sides and on both sandals, while I was only on mile 16, literally during my first day of use. I was surprised to see that the webbing that connects the rear heel strap to the rest of the sandal is not a continuous piece. This is clearly a huge design flaw since the heel strap is a major structural component! VERY disappointed in Keen - I've had several pairs of Keens in my life, and they've always been awesome, but these sandals clearly FAIL in quality. I would expect more than 1 day of use in a $100 pair of sandals. Not to mention that I was worried I couldn't even finish my hike!

TERRIBLE durability!!
5 5


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

I've had the pleasure of owning a pair of these for 6 years now and there's NO SIGN OF WEAR!! Worth every penny. I also use these either road biking or riding trails, and wore them for 3 days of Ragbrai this summer. However you don't want to run in them, they will give you blood blisters after the first mile, and then you will have to carry them in your hands while you walk the next mile back home.

why do I need the socks if i'll be in the...

why do I need the socks if i'll be in the water?

Responded on

Hey marilyn,

Thanks for your question.

I would not recommend socks if you will be in water.

Best Answer Responded on

Yo Marilyn,
I don't mean to stick my nose in other people's business, and I'd never doubt a gear guru (they are always right!), but in case you you are interested.... If the kind of water you are in involves walking in streams with lots of sand and small rocks for any distance, it's easy to get abrasions on your toes when wearing sandals. That's about the only case I'd recommend socks - but not your normal sock... In this case I'm a fan of neoprene socks to keep the debris out and also add a little warmth if your hiking down a cold wet canyon!

5 5

Keen Newports : best shoe in the world

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

I am hard on shoes .. always have been, but Keen Newports are the greatest . I have other Keens -- Newport's are the most supportive :and comfortable : if you are between sizes - go up

2 5

Good but not a great canoe-camping shoe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

I've had these shoes for a few years and used them on multi-day paddling-camping trips. I love that the toe is protected - it's great to walk through the woods carrying a kayak or gear and not have to watch out for twigs. I also like that the sole is pretty sturdy and has "siping" (like car tires!) to increase traction on wet rocks. These features are key in the great lakes where stepping out of your boat might mean hitting a razor-sharp zebra mussel. I really want to love these shoes but for one the stitching came lose after the first few times I wore them. The second issue I have is they take a long time to dry. Wearing wet shoes around camp after a day of paddling isn't fun. They also collect a lot of water in the toe when canoeing so I usually end up taking them off in the boat. Keen only has one shoe style with drain holes in the sole - I wish more of their shoes had this feature. I wish I could say this was a great paddling shoe but I will have to continue my search. I sized-down half a size.

3 5

Maybe I have exprected too much

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

I might have expected too much from these sandals, so my experience is not very happy. While Keen is perfect for my daughter, and I order lots of various Keens for her, these were a bit too small for me, it took them too long to get try and the back belt wore out after a couple of hikes. I had them repaired, and now I need to repair them again in order to use. From all other points of view, great shoes!

Which Keen women's sandal has the...

Which Keen women's sandal has the highest arch support please?

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I would recommend the Keen Newport H2 or the Keen Venice (H2) for the best arch supprt.

I need a pair of water shoes for water...

I need a pair of water shoes for water aerobics...does anyone have experience with the Newport for that use?

Responded on

I would not recommend these for aqua fitness. These shoes take a while to dry and are a little too clunky - good for walking over rocks but heavy and annoying for aqua-fit. I've tried swimming in these shoes and they cause a lot of drag. I would recommend a small neoprene water shoe over these.

I have higher arches. I read somewhere...

I have higher arches. I read somewhere else that the Venice sandal might be better for high arches. Any thought on this?

Best Answer Responded on

Hey Meghan,

You are correct! The Newport H2 sandle has what is called a Metatomical Footbed Design, which means that there is an internal support mechanism that is anatomically engineered to provide excellent arch support and cradle the natural contour of the foot.

5 5

these are the best

These are my second pair of Keen Newprot H2s. My first lasted through several years of kayaking and walking miles on the beach. They are incredibly comfortable, durable and (most importantly) provide stability on all surfaces. Cannot praise them enough. Worth every penny.

I have wide feet, and these don't seem to...

I have wide feet, and these don't seem to be available in wide widths. Do they tend to run wide, by any chance?

Responded on

yes kathleen, i too have wide feet, keen's are one brand that i can wear. because of the straps you can adjust them.hope this helped.

5 5

Keens kick some ass!

I recently wore my pair of keens on a mountaineering trip to Kings Peak, UT. THE highest peak in UT. I thought about bringing a second pair of shoes, but thought the less to pack the better. I hiked to the top of Kings peak (no socks) and back with not one sore toe, not one blister and feet that felt better than my husbands (who was wearing VERY expensive hikers). Amazing, a 30 mile hike, one pair of shoes and left feeling great. Highly recommended!!

Keens kick some ass!
5 5

Great Buy!

I am a true size 8 but I usually have to go up a half size in Keen because they run a little bit smaller than usual except for in the Newport H2's I wear a size 8 and they fit perfectly. These shoes are way comfortable and you could walk in them for hours. They were great for our Hawaii trip, great for our fishing trip, and just an all around great shoe for every day wear. I would definitely recommend these shoes!

5 5

Awesome shoes!

I bought these shoes when I kayak, but because they are so comfy, I wear them everywhere. As an added bonus, I'm constantly getting compliments on them. I'm getting ready to purchase another pair. I would highly recommend them. They are true to shoe size.

5 5

Recommend Keen Newport H2

Great shoes!! They were shipped and 2 days which was awesome! Would definitely shop at Back Country again and again. I got the half size bigger as recommended by Keen and they fit perfect.

4 5

Keen Newport H2 Sandal - Women's

Love them. Climbed the acropolis and walked all over Greece and Croatia in them. After reading reviews, tried on 1/2 size larger, but ended up purchasing in my normal size since they are wide. I did get a blister from wearing the first time but after that, they were totally comfortable, although a little slippery.

5 5

Great Outdoor Summer Shoe

I have an older pair of these and they are still holding up great and they have been all over the place! I just bought these for my Mom because she had been dieing for a pair, and she absolutely loves them! Now a few of her friends have ordered them too. If you are in the market for a good, solid, comfy summer shoe that has great support and can also get wet, I would highly recommend this shoe. They are a Keen Classic and have been around forever for a reason. Another great feature is that they dry super fast!