Specterwrote a review of KEEN Arroyo II Hiking Shoe - Men's on June 20, 2007
Okay, after reading one of the previous reviews here on BC, I was a bit reluctant to try a pair of Arroyos but I'm so glad I took the plunge!
I wore these for about 5 days straight in sandy beaches, rock climbing, peabled uneven winding trails, and uneven cobble stone streets with hills here and there and lots of heat all over. The were very comfortable and proved to be very durable. I made the right choice since these have a more rigid arch platform than the other Keens. If you examine the different Keen hybrid sandals, some have a softer foam arch area which is good for water and walking but not as much for rocks or twigs digging into your foot. The Arroyos provided a bit more protection from jagged rocks and branches. No complaints here, however I might put in a more aggressive sole for more aggressive hiking.
I have to warn you, these do seem to fit a bit large. Let me explain, I normally wear a 11.5 or 12 depending on brand but with Keens, an 11 proved the best fit. I would definitely try some on in real life first! If not try ordering a half size to one size smaller depending on your arch. Now when I say your arch, I mean with weight. If you notice many people are one size by measure, but about a half-to a full size more with their body weight on their feet. Add in some swelling after 12hrs of hiking and you have a foot screaming for breathing room.
These Keens are outstanding in terms of versatility, durability and breathability. I've taken them with me on two different trips and they have faired very well. The tread on these was surprisingly agressive! They almost felt like I was wearing my boots. Not only was I NOT but my feet were 'in the nude'...partially anyways...and loving the extra ventilation.
The fact that they are waterproof was just 'icing on the cake'. I was able to take these kayaking, beach walking and even had to swim with them. I will say that if you are looking for a dedicated watershoe, the open-healed Keens made out of Polyester webbing (H2s) are better but these faired VERY well. These proved more for hiking, walking and the occasional H2O dip.
I would recommend them without reservation. Especially if it involves water and fast-paced outdoor madness.