Made of lightweight materials. They don't have much top-of-the-foot coverage so they're mostly suitable for well-maintained trails and summer hikes. Also useful for crossing rivers and streams. They come in open and closed-toe designs. See the best hiking sandals.
The low-cut equivalent of hiking boots. Comfort is paramount in the creation of these shoes so they often have flexible materials. Generally used for day hikes. See hiking shoes.
Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking boots.
Specialized footwear. Often insulated and used in technical routes, ice climbing or expeditions. See mountaineering boots.
Good to know
For hikes that won't last for more than a day, go with hiking sandals or hiking shoes. Tackling trails with greater challenges will require hiking boots or mountaineering boots.
WeightMen: 13.7ozWomen: 11.7oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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49 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews
The Arroyo is a good design, but its flaws made us miss our Newport H2 or our Dozer sandals.
These shoes will never replace a sturdy pair of walking boots, but they are a great option for walks on footpaths and they cope well with uneven ground and mud.
Updates to Keen Arroyo II
- The Arroyo II is a waterproof, closed-toe sandal with a hydrophobic mesh. Across the leather upper are ample vent holes which add to its breathability.
- The sandal features extra stretchy, adjustable speed laces which allow wearers to achieve a custom fit. The laces are secured by a built-in clip mechanism.
- The midsole is supportive as it is engineered with torsion stability ESS shank. The S3 heel support structure also contributes to the stability that the Arroyo II provides.
- On its rubber outsole are low-profile lugs that provide surface traction. They are multi-directional and non-marking to boot.
Keen Arroyo II size and fit
The Keen Arroyo II is a shoe-like sandal that comes in standard width for both men and women. The men’s sizes are from 7 to 17, with half sizes until 11.5. The women’s version, on the other hand, comes in whole and half sizes from 5 to 11. The sandal runs half a size larger, and Keen suggests getting a half size down than the buyer’s normal size. The sandal’s quick lace system plays a virtually exclusive role in giving wearers a secure fit.
The non-marking, carbon rubber outsole of the Arroyo II is both tough and flexible. It’s constructed with low-profile, 4mm lugs which make the sandal bite into most surfaces. Their multi-directional form and systematic placement on the outsole allow traction from practically every angle.
The outsole’s arch zone is curved, which exposes a portion of the midsole. This exposed part helps the midsole in giving the sandal flexibility.
With its dual-density, compression-molded, EVA midsole, the Arroyo II sandal absorbs shock upon landing. This midsole also gives wearers torsion stability as it comes embedded with an ESS shank. Torsion stability refers to the steadiness of the wearer’s balance when performing actions that require twisting and tilting of the foot.
Resting on the bottom of the sandal’s interior is a removable, Metatomical EVA footbed that provides extra cushioning. It’s also perforated, which makes the insole quick-drying and breathable at the same time.
The S3 in Keen’s S3 heel support structure refers to shock, stability and suspension. This component dissipates shock from the heel while keeping it stable. It also lessens the risk of sprained ankles.
The Keen Arroyo II’s upper is made of waterproof leather and features vent holes and mesh webbing which provide breathability. Pull tabs are also present in the upper for on-and-off convenience.
The upper’s lacing system, which primarily gives wearers ankle support, is made up of quick laces, hook eyelets, and a clip mechanism. The uppermost hook eyelets are actually part of a single-build strap which hugs the heel part of the sandal. This strap adjusts the fit of the heel zone depending on the tightness applied on the laces inserted in the uppermost hook eyelets.
- The Keen Arroyo II was formerly known as the Taos.
- Keen recommends the use of leather cleaner and conditioner to improve Arroyo II’s longevity.