Staying indoors with the air-con blasting on hot summer days may be a cool and comfortable option, but the best way to really soak up the summer vibes is to get outside and embrace nature. American outdoor footwear brand KEEN has been one of the go-to labels for water sandals since its launch in 2003, and this summer it’s released an updated water sandal collection with new styles and improvements.
NEWPORT is the OG KEEN sandal that started it all. Famous for being part water sandal and part hiking shoe, it features all-around protection including toe cover to prepare the wearer for any kind of adventure. Its multi-directional lug pattern and non-marking rubber outsole with razor siping guarantees increased ground traction, while the compression-moulded EVA midsole offers great support. A microfibre footbed cover provides quick-drying for walking in and out of the water.
The SOLR sandal doesn’t just take its name from the sun; it stands for “Sea, Ocean, Lake, River”. This high-performance water shoe is unique with its Aquagrip rubber and Aqua Stop zonal siping, making it ideal for different kinds of water sports. Extra bonus points for the fact that its webbing is made from recycled plastic bottles.
The award-winning EVOFIT One sandal features a synthetic upper with a sock-like fit. Again, it features an Aquagrip rubber outsole with razor siping for maximised traction. The TPU reinforcement is there to add durability in key zones, and the convenient removable PU footbed with arch support is a great design feature, especially for walking on sandy beaches.
For something more versatile, the open-air ZERRAPORT II created by KEEN’s Tokyo Design Centre would be your best choice for its simple and sleek design. The essential KEEN water sandal, it looks just as good paired with casual streetwear.