Verdict from 1 expert and 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The majority of 5-star KEEN Bali Strap reviews talk about its stellar comfort.
  • Many are amazed by the anti-slip soles that are firm and robust.
  • Lots of happy customers adore the durable straps that keep the foot secure and comfortable.
  • It has a soft and lightweight footbed that makes walking more comfortable, according to some.
  • A significant percentage of wearers who suffer from joint pain issues find relief when wearing the KEEN Bali Strap walking sandals.
  • An overwhelming number of reviewers find these outdoor sandals really cute and stylish.
  • This versatile footwear makes hiking, kayaking, and strolling around the town more enjoyable, say several customers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some people are bothered by their pinky toes sticking out once in a while.
  • Several wearers say that the KEEN Bali Strap women's sandals are lacking in arch support.

Bottom line

A perfect option for anyone who prefers to hike in sandals but wants extra coverage and protection, the KEEN Bali Strap gets overwhelming positive responses for its overall feel and performance. It ticks the boxes for comfort, durability, and versatility. The minimal strapping is a big plus and its close-toe construction means you'll do away from stubbing your toes.

While it doesn't have a lot to offer in terms of support, these sandals from KEEN are great for light hiking in and around the water, and definitely won't disappoint.

Tip: see the best hiking sandals.

Good to know

-These cute, stylish KEEN sandals feature adjustable straps for a comfortable fit, compression-molded EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning, and a non-marking rubber outsole that delivers traction on wet and dry surfaces. 

-These sandals have polyester uppers with hydrophobic mesh lining so you can confidently hop in and out of the water without getting your feet soaked. Additionally, these sandals are machine-washable for convenience of cleaning.

The KEEN Bali Strap sandals are specifically designed for women. They feature a closed-toe construction for extra coverage and protection around the toes. There are no straps around the midfoot for maximum breathability but there is an adjustable hook-and-loop strap over the instep for support. 

This walking sandal from KEEN uses a non-marking rubber sole with siping around the edges so you don't slip as you traverse wet and slippery rocks. Soles with lateral grooves have much better breakaway traction and rolling traction, which is very important when hiking in and around water. However, the KEEN Bali Strap doesn't have deep indentations in the outsole so they don't hold up very well in mud and loose dirt.

For the midsole, this sandal uses EVA - a very lightweight foam that delivers nice cushioning and responsiveness. It's attached to the upper using KEEN's metatomical technology in which the insole and last are built around the overall shape of the foot to provide better support.

The footbed is thick enough so your feet don't feel uncomfortable as you step on hard and sharp objects like rocks, pebbles, sticks, and large debris. Furthermore, they are treated with probiotic technology that naturally breaks down the odor in sweat without leaving a trace in the environment.

The KEEN Bali Strap feature a chic and stylish design and is available in different colorways. They have uppers made of polyester webbing that's breathable and quick-drying. Lining its interior is a hydrophobic mesh fabric for added comfort and protection. This versatile sandal is best used in the summer when you're navigating well-managed trails and getting into some water adventures. 

-The KEEN Bali Strap sandals are machine-washable. Use a small amount of detergent and wash on a "gentle" cycle and then air dry.


How KEEN Bali Strap ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 25% hiking sandals
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Bottom 13% KEEN hiking sandals
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Bottom 21% multi-sport hiking sandals
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