KEEN Rialto II vs I


  •  Unlike its predecessor (the original Rialto), this iteration is now built free of any kind of PFCs (perfluorinated compounds)—water-resistant chemicals that become non-degradable pollutants when released into the environment.
  • It inherits the first version’s removable footbed. This time around, however, instead of being topped with microfiber, it is covered with microsuede for improved comfort.

KEEN Rialto II leather hiking shoe

  • Making a comeback in this new edition is the Cleansport NXT technology. This imbuement uses naturally occurring microbes to proactively fight off stink.

KEEN Rialto II: Reliable on whatever surface

The men’s KEEN Rialto II is capable of sticking to a variety of outdoor surfaces thanks to its non-marking outsole. Its entirety is made of heavy-duty rubber.

KEEN Rialto II outsole

Its ability to produce grip in almost every direction comes largely from its low-profile lugs. It promises a secure footing over slopes with its ridged heel and forefoot zones.

KEEN Rialto II toe cap

Protecting the toes is a front bumper called KEEN.Protect (also seen in other sandals like the Newport and Newport H2).

Solid durability but easy on the feet

With the Rialto II’s sturdy yet comfy midsole, those who choose to don this sandal for hiking can expect to experience the trail with sufficient cushioning and stability.

KEEN Rialto II cushion

Since it is made of polyurethane (PU), it possesses high abrasion resistance, lasting durability, and lightness.

It comes built with KEEN.Zorb—a proprietary technology applied to the sandal’s heel for optimal shock mitigation on every landing.

KEEN Rialto II durability

Sitting atop this single-piece stabilizing layer is the hiker’s default insole. This underfoot component is lined with microsuede for added comfort and engineered with a contoured medial zone for extra arch support.

KEEN Rialto II support

It is completely removable, giving users the liberty to replace it with their preferred insert whenever.

The Rialto II wicks away moisture

This closed-toe hiking sandal from KEEN envelops the foot in its protective upper made of LWG-certified premium leather (LWG stands for Leather Working Group).

KEEN Rialto II leather upper

It has a waterproof finish, preventing wet elements from seeping into its straps, thereby keeping its frame as light as possible even in the rain. The soft padding that serves as its liner is quick-drying.

Trusty lockdown

The Rialto II’s closure system is made up of two subcomponents: a stretchy cord and a heel strap.

KEEN Rialto II lockdown

The former comes with a locking mechanism (slider) made of hard plastic, while the latter is engineered with hook-and-loop fasteners.

Additional info on the KEEN Rialto II

KEEN Rialto II rubber outsole

  • The leather used in its upper has the approval of the Leather Working Group—a collective that seeks to improve the industry of leather manufacturing. This means that a pair of KEEN Rialto II sandals are environment-friendly when it comes to the use of leather.

KEEN Rialto II closure

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 15oz
Use: Multi-sport, Day Hiking
Features: Lightweight
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal
Material: Leather

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