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Keen's Newport Eco Sandals

Whether you are heading out on an urban sprawl or are planning to backpack the countryside, you need good quality footwear that is comfortable as well as protective. Not many realise that happy feet are an important aspect of one's outdoor experiences. Footwear needs to be designed to cater to the weather, the terrain and the activity that you are planning to undertake. And on hot summer days like what we are experiencing currently, a good pair of sandals can help you beat the heat while enjoying a comfortable hike or walk.

KEEN create premium quality footwear and accessories. The brand was founded in 2003 with a toe-protecting sandal - the Newport sandal. Today the iconic sandal has become a global symbol for travel, outdoor fun, and footwear innovation. In addition to Newport, KEEN today has a vast collection of boots, shoes, and sandals to suit all kinds of travel and outdoor activities.

Keen Newport Eco Sandals

2018 sees KEEN celebrating the original Newport sandal by launching a new range featuring the Newport Eco, Newport Hydro and Newport Retro Hemp - all providing a secure fit and out-of-the-box comfort.

KEEN Newport Eco Sandals


The Newport Eco stays true to KEEN's core brand value of sustainability. It boasts of a washable & recycled webbed upper, salt resistant leather panels developed with an environmentally-preferred source and an environmentally friendly Cleansport NXT™ technology that keeps feet smelling fresh.

The unusually hot weather this Summer has seen Bhavin put these sandals to a lot of use - from short walks in the local park to long days spent outdoors, and so far he absolutely likes them.  Let's take a closer look at the Newport Eco.

Keen Newport Eco Sandals

Keen Newport Eco Sandals

Keen Newport Eco Sandals

Build and design: The Newport Eco features a metatomical footbed design that provides excellent arch support while cradling the natural contours of the foot. It has waterproof, salt-resistant leather panels and an environmentally-preferred premium leather from an LWG-certified tannery. The sandals look a bit chunky but they are built to last. The patented toe-guard which is a key part of the design protects the toes from any small rocks or twigs while out on your walks. The grip on the soles (multi-directional lug pattern with razor siping) is also very good, whether it is dry tracks or wet & rock-strewn paths.

Fit: The sandals offer a snug and secure fit due to the pull-on lace design. The lack of laces also means that you don't have to worry about the fit becoming loose over time. However, if you prefer a looser fit, it would be a good idea to probably go up half a size.

Comfort: According to Bhavin, the sandals are one of the most comfortable pairs he has ever worn. The sandals are wide enough to offer a comfortable and non-squashy fit. The arch support is excellent and even after long hours of walk or outdoor activity, the feet don't feel tired or pinched. The open to air design allows your feet to breathe better and combined with the Cleansport NXT™ technology (which uses naturally occurring beneficial microbes to reduce odour causing organic material) it ensures natural odour control which is quite welcome. And the best part, the sandals have no break-in period. They are ready to use out of the box!

Durability: Bhavin hasn't had these sandals for long enough to comment on their durability but based on our earlier experiences with KEEN, we can tell that their footwear is always well made, functional and durable.

Keen Newport Eco Sandals

Keen Newport Eco Sandals

Verdict


Overall, the KEEN Newport Eco sandals offer excellent support and comfort. The toe protection with the added benefit of good airflow makes them ideal for countryside walks, wet weather walking, camping trips or general walking. Waterproof, washable, with quick-dry lining and a non-marking rubber outsole the Newport Eco sandals offer good grip on most surfaces and depending on how often you wear them you can expect a good few years of use from them. And priced at £84.99, they are definitely good value for your money.

Available from: www.keenfootwear.com

Keen Newport Eco Sandals
KEEN kindly sent us a pair of the Newport Eco sandals for review. All opinions, as always, are our own.

4 comments:

  1. I purchased Uneek last year from Keen and love my pair. Durable and stylish.

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  2. Comfortable footwear is so important. It's amazing how much a blister or other foot pain can take away from an otherwise great day! Thanks for helping steer us towards warm weather hiking sandals. Everyone I know seems to swear by Keen.

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  3. I've never heard of this brand, but they look and sound like a great choice. I don't do much hiking or long walks, but for travelling I think they'd be perfect. The colour is very striking too!

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  4. The Keen's sandals looks so good. I have been looking for sandals like that. I have feet problems where I tilt my feet when I walk so proper shoes that cover the sides like these ones are good. I now only use sneakers because I haven't found good sandals yet ūü§£ I would definitely check out these more. Thank you so much for the reccommodation.

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