Verdict from 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Numerous owners were astonished by the KEEN Venice II H2’s arch support.
  • The majority appreciated the comfort granted by this closed-toe sandal for hiking adventures.
  • Its lightness won the approval of many female hikers.
  • The footgear’s durability was applauded by a bunch of users.
  • A handful of consumers were impressed with its roomy toe box.
  • The outsole of this KEEN product gripped well on challenging surfaces.
  • It virtually had no break-in period, as testified by the minority.

1 reason not to buy

  • Several purchasers said that the Venice II H2’s heel strap kept folding in on itself when used outdoors.

Bottom line

Outdoor enthusiasts who want to tackle trails with sufficient arch support and comfort may do so with the KEEN Venice II H2. Those who also value surface traction, durability, and lightness may find these qualities in this sandal.

However, they didn’t like the heel strap for not staying in place during the whole trip. Taking all of these things into account, the Venice II H2 from Keen can still deliver results to female adventurers with its set of strengths.

Tip: see the best hiking sandals.

Good to know

  • The Venice II H2 allows outdoor enthusiasts to experience water hiking trips with comfort, support, and grip. The Venice H2’s successor features an updated upper with mesh windows for optimal breathability. It’s also treated with Cleansport NXT technology to counter odor-causing microbes and keep the wearer’s foot fresh.
  • Just like its predecessor, the KEEN Venice II H2 cushions the user’s stride with its compression-molded ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) midsole. That said, this version comes with an ESS shank for added support and rigidity, in place of one made of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) found in the first edition.
  • Keeping the wearer stable over uneven terrain is the KEEN Venice II H2’s non-marking rubber outsole. Also, the designers removed the pull tab at the back in this iteration.

The KEEN Venice II H2 is a closed-toe hiking sandal that caters to female adventurers. It is offered in standard width and comes in whole and half size. Wearers can personalize its fit with the use of a secure fit lace capture system and an adjustable heel strap. Moreover, this footgear runs relatively true to size.

This women’s hiking sandal from KEEN employs a non-marking rubber outsole to deliver traction. The component’s ability to render grip on virtually all types of terrain comes largely from its arrow-shaped lugs. Its front end contains several grooves which grant added control when tackling downhill conditions. The outsole also extends towards the toes to provide protection from stubbing.

The KEEN Venice II H2’s compression-molded EVA midsole is designed to yield lightweight cushioning, responsiveness, and shock reduction. It works in tandem with an ESS shank to create rigidity and support.

This KEEN product is equipped with a metatomical footbed made of EVA foam. It is anatomically crafted to cradle the natural contours of the user’s foot and provide it with arch support.

KEEN’s Venice II H2 features an upper made of polyester webbing. It’s coated with a PFC-free water repellent solution for added protection from the elements. Breathability is delivered by its mesh windows.

The sandal’s secure-fit lace capture system uses several eyelets and a toggle. These components work with an adjustable heel strap for fit management. A pull tab is found on the top of the tongue for easy on and off.

These two sandal models from KEEN are crafted exclusively for female hikers. Both of these closed-toe models use an upper made of polyester fabric. The Whisper features several vent holes for breathability while the Venice II H2 employs mesh panels to achieve the same benefit. The latter has a larger toe cap than the former which yields added robustness and forefoot protection. Moreover, the KEEN Whisper’s pull tab is located at the back, unlike the Venice II H2, which has one on its tongue.

Both of these KEEN hiking sandals come with compression-molded midsoles and metatomical footbeds made of EVA foam for cushioning, stability, and arch support. They are also treated with Cleansport NXT - a technology that combats microbes to keep the wearer’s foot fresh. For rigidity, the Venice II H2 uses an ESS shank while the Whisper has one made of TPU.

These closed-toe sandals from KEEN are fitted with rubber outsoles to help the user stay grounded on various trails. The Venice II H2’s outsole has arrow-shaped lugs to deliver grip while the Whisper comes with an irregular lug pattern for traction.

- This KEEN water sandal can be cleaned by hand or with the use of a washing machine.

- Set the machine on a gentle cycle while using a small amount of detergent to clean the KEEN Venice II H2.

- Place this footgear in an airy spot to dry after washing it.

-Male outdoor lovers who are seeking for a KEEN hiking sandal may consider the Newport H2 or Clearwater CNX.

-Buyers who prioritize ankle coverage, protection, and durability can opt for a sturdy pair of hiking boots, such as the KEEN Targhee III Mid Waterproof or Timberland Euro Hiker.


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