Mobility is important but so is being comfortable. While wearing flip flops isn’t exactly optimal neither is sporting a dedicated full hiking boot while in warmer temps. There has to be a good solution, a hybrid of sorts which would allow one’s feet to breathe but also be sturdy enough to navigate some decent terrain or even jog through broken glass and jump a fence (think worst case scenario). Enter the Keen Newport H2, referred to by many as the mandal.
I’ve had my Keen’s for 6 months and have worn them in a tropical rainforest, in the rocky mountains, in pools / waterfalls, everyday around town wear and have even jogged in them (long story). They are a great all around sandal/shoe hybrid which allows one to recreate while still providing a decent amount of support and protection for the feet. Here’s the rundown.
- Closed in toe box just like a regular Keen hiking shoe which is great for protection, unlike a standard sandal which leaves the toes exposed.
- Great fit all the way around, no sliding around while wearing them.
- Sole is great, nice grip for moving around over land or in a stream on slippery rocks.
- Good arch support, definitely not an afterthought when producing this model.
- Webbing material which the sandal is made of dries easily after getting wet.
The Not So Good.
- It’s a sandal and therefore your foot is not entirely closed in while wearing it, as such if you are on a dusty trail little rocks can get inside and get under your feet which can be annoying.
- Not the most fashionable sandal ever, pretty ugly as a matter of fact.
- You will drop over $100 for a pair of these so they aren’t exactly cheap.
The Bottom Line.
I purchased the Keen’s because I was looking for a good warm weather shoe/sandal which would still allow for good mobility while not sacrificing comfort. They have exceeded my expectations and have proven to be one of my favorite pair of footwear. If you are in the market I highly suggest checking them out at your local retailer.