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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
    $110
  • Weight
    Women: 12.1oz
  • Width
    Women: Normal
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Summary

We spent 6.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Dozens of faithful Keen patrons admired the Sarasota’s stylish looks.
  • This hiking sandal is versatile, according to a considerable number of users.
  • A large percentage of reviewers regarded this footwear as unequivocally comfortable.
  • The Sarasota received compliments from many owners for its arch support.
  • Many wearers praised the sandal’s almost non-existent break-in period.
  • A number of wide-footed hikers found a nice fit in this strappy sandal.
  • Based on a handful of reports, the Keen Sarasota had remarkable surface traction.
  • The sandal earned accolades from a handful of users for its open-toe design.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Dozens of wearers came away irked by the Sarasota for running small.
  • The sandal’s lack of color options was the source of much dismay for quite a number of Keen supporters.
  • With its stiff footbed, the Sarasota didn’t win the favor of several owners.

Bottom line

Keen is known for making quality sandals, and with the Sarasota, they appear to have made yet another wearable wonder. The majority of its acclaim may be linked solely to its attractive looks and comfort, but leaving out its versatility and supportive arch zone would be criminal. However, it is not all ups for the sandal in question, as fans didn’t take too kindly to its sizing issues and unimpressive color variations. To sum up, if wearers could be patient with picking the right size and forgive its rather simplistic color choices, the Sarasota still makes for a must-own hiking sandal.

 

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Expert Reviews

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Updates to Keen Sarasota

  • The Keen Sarasota is an open-toe, multi-sport sandal with a part mesh, part leather upper. It is engineered to be odor-resistant, thanks to the Cleansport NXT technology.
  • Primarily delivering comfort and stability on the trail is the sandal’s compression-molded EVA midsole. Giving surface traction, on the other hand, is the footwear’s non-marking rubber outsole.

Keen Sarasota size and fit

A fairly true-to-size, medium-width hiking sandal for women is the Keen Sarasota. It is offered in a fair range of sizes, both whole and half. Getting a quick and personalized lockdown is all thanks to the sandal’s Secure Fit Lace Capture system.

Outsole

With its non-marking carbon rubber outsole, Keen’s Sarasota is capable of producing and maintaining traction on surfaces characterized by mild to moderate ruggedness. Its shallow lugs, tread patterns, and grooves allow wearers to gain a secure footing over loose soil. 

Midsole

To provide users with ample stability and cushioning whether stationary or on the move, Keen engineers gave the Sarasota a compression-molded midsole made of ethylene-vinyl acetate—a rubber-like foam that is both tough and flexible. The sandal’s Metatomical footbed comes extra thick for added comfort. It is made with a combination of sponge rubber and cork.  

Upper

Keen’s Sarasota has that classic look thanks to its oiled nubuck leather upper. Its hydrophobic mesh lining minimizes the amount of water the sandal absorbs, and thus keeps the user experience as light as possible, especially after going through shallow waters. 

The Sarasota’s Secure Fit Lace Capture system trades the usual hook and loop fasteners for synthetic speed laces. It comes with an adjustable locking clip.