Who should buy the KEEN Newport

All the necessary benefits can be enjoyed upon owning this KEEN product. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking sandal that provides traction on various obstacles encountered during hikes.
  • Prefer a hiking sandal that grants ample toe protection.
  • Prefer a hiking sandal that keeps the user’s foot comfortably dry and fresh during hikes.

KEEN Newport logo

Excellent traction on challenging ground surfaces

KEEN Newport's rubber outsole features 3 mm lugs which provides traction on challenging ground surfaces. It is razor-siped, meaning it has thin slits across its surface which further enhances its grip on wet rocks. This design also makes it adherent on boat decks. Additionally, this sole is non-marking which ensures a high friction coefficient, making it suitable for a variety of environments.

KEEN Newport outsole

Provides toe protection

It has the proprietary KEEN Protect, where the outsole wraps up to form a toe guard. It prevents injury from stubbing on roots, rocks, and sharp objects.

KEEN Newport outsole 1

Comfortable cushioning

The midsole of the KEEN Newport houses the compression-molded ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) foam. It is the conventional form of EVA midsole, which is able to provide both comfort and flexibility to the user for a considerably long period of time. The Metatomical footbed features an anatomical design, supporting the natural shape of the foot with an emphasis on the big toe (the first metatarsal joint).

KEEN Newport midsole

Supportive cushioning

Sitting between the midsole and the outsole is a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) shank that gives stability to the wearer. It also prevents the shoe from bending at the midfoot portion. TPU is a lightweight and flexible material. When used in sandals, this component gives the foot enough flex while maintaining a supportive structure.

KEEN Newport midsole 1

Lightweight and durable

The footbed is designed to form according to the shape of the user’s foot. As a result, personalized comfort is delivered. It also comes with a microfiber cover. Microfiber is known for its lightness and durability. It is also water repellent. Antibacterial chemicals can also be applied to this kind of material.

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Keeps the underfoot environment fresh

The microfiber cover is the reason why KEEN is able to infuse the Cleansport NXT technology. This is a natural odor-fighting agent that keeps the underfoot environment fresh. For every square inch of fabric, there are thousands of beneficial microbes that lie dormant. They become active once they come in contact with sweat. They continue to work until they’ve broken down all the organic odor-causing material and become inactive after fighting all the microbes. The entire process repeats once they detect the presence of odor.

KEEN Newport insole

Easy to clean

The upper is made of leather combined with a hydrophobic mesh lining for fit and comfort. Both materials are washable, making the sandal easy to clean. The KEEN logo can be seen on the lateral side, along the ankle section of the sandal.

KEEN Newport upper

Secure fit

This lightweight hiking sandal from KEEN uses the secure fit lace capture system, maintaining a snug fit throughout the hiking session. The technology keeps the upper wrapped around the foot in a manner that the foot neither slides uncomfortably inside the shoe nor does it undergo painful chafing against the inside walls. It has a single-pull design for the wearer’s convenience. Users tighten the strap by pulling it and then locking it with a bungee.

KEEN Newport upper 2

Ensure visibility in low-light conditions

The 3M reflective pull tabs ensure visibility in low-light conditions. The feature is useful when hiking during the night or when going to dark places, such as caves, where the visibility is poor. These tabs, which are found in the tongue and heel areas, allow quick donning and doffing of the sandal.

KEEN Newport loop

Facts / Specs

Weight: 15.2oz
Use: Water hiking
Features: Closed toe / Lightweight / Non-marking
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal
Construction: Closed toe

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