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  • Subcategory

    Hiking Sandals

    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.

    Hiking Shoes

    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.

    Hiking Boots

    Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking boots.

    Mountaineering 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.

  • Use

    Day Hiking

    Shoes or boots for hikes that only last for half a day. Flexibility and lightness are the highlights of these kinds of footwear. See the best day hiking shoes and the best day hiking boots.

    Backpacking

    For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots

    Speed Hiking

    Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.

    Winter Hiking

    Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.

    Multi-sport

    Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.

    Good to know

    Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.

  • Price
    $100
  • Weight
    Men: 14.2oz
    Women: 10.5oz
  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
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Summary

We spent 7.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

13 reasons to buy

  • Many serious Keen loyalists obsessed over the Newport H2 for being offered in many colorways.
  • Quite a number of reviewers, an expert included, praised the high level of traction this sandal provided on both wet and dry terrain.
  • The Newport H2 has an excellent arch support, according to many satisfied users.
  • An expert and a handful of consumers lauded the sandal for providing great stability on uneven terrain.
  • The Keen Newport H2 got excellent remarks from many satisfied owners for its amazing comfort. Most of these owners attributed this level of comfort to the sandal’s soles.
  • A majority of buyers appreciated the sandal for its quick-drying characteristic.
  • According to many customers, the Newport H2—although a bit expensive—gave a lot of bang for their buck.
  • This Keen footwear requires minimal-to-no break-in time, based on scores of positive reviews.
  • The Keen Newport H2 is feather-like, according to a combination of experts and numerous consumers.
  • Many wearers applauded the sandal for performing well against foot odor.
  • Several verified Newport H2 purchasers admired the sandal’s overall performance in wet conditions.
  • A handful of happy owners gave props for this strappy footwear’s spacious toe box.
  • Its outstanding toe protection was a delight to a small percentage of hikers.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Quite a number of reviewers expected more from the Newport H2 in terms of durability. Many of these people reported ankle strap stitching problems after only a few months of use.
  • Many buyers disliked the inaccurate sizing of the sandal. Most of them had to reorder a half size larger to achieve a better fit.
  • Removing debris while wearing the sandal was quite impossible, according to some disgruntled owners.
  • A small percentage of users experienced excessive foot sweating with the prolonged use of the sandal. Most of them attributed this sweating problem to the footbed's design.

Bottom line

With excessive amounts of comfort, support, and stability, Keen’s Newport H2 is truly a must-buy among hiking sandal enthusiasts. This exceedingly lightweight footwear provides exceptional traction and requires virtually zero break-in time, perfect for the agile adventurer. Its further upsides include a quick-drying upper, roomy toe box, and anti-odor footbed. The wealth of colors the Newport H2 is offered in is also a definite plus. Many people, however, weren’t appreciative of the sandal’s below-average stitching and underperformance against intrusive debris. A few owners also didn’t like the sandal for running small and the footbed for making their feet sweat more than usual.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are hikers, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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89 / 100 based on 24 expert reviews

  • 100 / 100 | Glacier National Park Travel Guide

    Perfect for day hikes, casual lounging & any water sports, these sandals are bound to keep you happy for years.

  • 100 / 100 | Trevor James

    Things are really comfortable and are perfect for the outdoors.

  • 80 / 100 | OutdoorGearLab

    Despite a few issues such as the lack of stability and traction not quite as strong as its competition, we were impressed with the shoe as a whole.

  • 100 / 100 | OutdoorGearLab

    If you want a sandal that is comfortable out of the box and will last you several seasons, this is your pick.

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Updates to Keen Newport H2

  • The Keen Newport H2 is a comfortable yet supportive multi-sport sandal made of PFC-free materials. PFC, or perfluorinated compound, is a harmful substance that does not degrade when released into the environment. The sandal’s lightness is primarily linked to its polyester webbing upper which is both washable and fast drying.
  • Firm lockdown is achieved through Keen’s Secure-fit Lace Capture system. This closure system makes use of stretchy cords for laces which are conveniently secured with an adjustable locking clip.
  • The curvy design and engineered thickness of the EVA midsole provide wearers stability and protection. It comes with a non-removable footbed for extra cushioning and support.
  • Newport H2’s surface grip is made possible by the reinforced rubber outsole and its multi-directional lugs. This textured outsole is also razor siped which contributes to the sandal’s traction.

Keen Newport H2 size and fit

Keen’s Newport H2 is a hiking sandal for both men and women. Both versions are offered in standard width. The men’s sandal comes in sizes 7 through 17, with half sizes until 11.5. The women’s pair, on the other hand, is offered in whole and half sizes from 5 through 11. The sandal runs small, and Keen advises purchasers to consider ordering a half size larger. Keen’s quick lacing system gives wearers a custom fit.

Outsole

The Newport H2’s traction is chiefly provided by the sandal’s non-marking rubber outsole. It features low-profile, multi-directional lugs that allow the footwear to bite into uneven terrain and urban surfaces, whether wet or dry. The outsole also underwent razor siping—a process by which the sole is given precise incisions that provide extra grip when the footwear flexes during transitions and maneuvers. Additional traction during lateral movements is also possible as the designers placed extra lugs on the sides of the sole.

Midsole

Giving wearers underfoot cushioning, shock absorption upon ground contact, and stability when navigating challenging terrain is the Newport H2’s compression-molded EVA midsole. This piece of rubber-like material has a decent amount of flex, allowing users to negotiate demanding trails with confidence. It also comes with a TPU stability shank—an embedded component that provides extra support and adds to the sandal’s flexibility.

The sandal’s Metatomical footbed—a Keen-patented insole—cradles the foot with its contoured design and provides ample arch support. It is engineered to be odor-resistant. Its textured surface also prevents underfoot slippage.

Upper

Thanks to its polyester webbing upper, the Keen Newport H2 is undeniably lightweight and flexible. Its hydrophobic mesh lining allows the upper to shed water, maintaining the wearer’s mobility even after wading through shallow waters. Ankle lockdown is made easy by the sandal’s bungee lacing system. Also, the pull tab stitched at the tongue and heel strap makes on and off convenient.

Acting as the sandal’s toe bumper is a reinforced rubber cap called Keen.Protect. This patented toe guard gives forefoot protection and prevents toe injuries. It also blends with the Newport H2’s outsole, giving the sandal its streamlined front profile.

Additional Info

  • The Keen Newport H2 is washer-friendly. Wash the sandal with a small amount of detergent on gentle cycle. Let it air dry.