Who should buy the KEEN Rialto

The KEEN Rialto is tank-like on the outside yet sumptuously soft on the inside. Purchase it if:

  • You want something that works well with your narrow heel.
  • Hiking sandals that keep you walking as upright as possible are what you need.
  • You strongly prefer kicks with remarkable workmanship (no glue marks or ugly stitching).

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Who should not buy it

If you want a considerably cheaper sandal with zero break-in period, opt for the Chaco Odyssey instead. Also, trade the Rialto for the Teva Hurricane XLT2 if extra space, particularly around the toes, is what you need.

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Super-comfy for real

Despite having a bit of a break-in period, the KEEN Rialto has an off-the-charts comfort level, according to numerous hikers. Here's what they have to say about it:

  • "Wonderful comfort and cushioning."
  • "Unbelievably comfortable."
  • "They provide incomparable comfort."
  • They "feel like pillows."

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One-for-the-books arch support

Many trail-goers are very impressed with the KEEN Rialto's supportive midfoot. "You can walk in them all day without a complaint," says one of them. Another one promotes the featured sandal as "great for flat feet."

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The KEEN Rialto's adamantine shell

There are those who are floored by the Rialto's protective leather upper, with one referring to it as a "rock-solid exterior." Its shield-like toe bumper, which some are quite fond of, adds to the overall toughness of the sandal.

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Not a budget-friendly sandal

With its initial list price of $150 a pair, the Rialto isn't going to wow a lot of thrifty outdoorsy guys and gals. It's indeed a pricey kick, considering that the average MSRP of closed-toe sandals is only $101.

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KEEN Rialto: Built to impress and last

"They last for years!!!"—this is how an experienced adventurer finds their KEEN Rialtos. Besides fantastic durability, the featured sandal has astonishing workmanship as well, according to reviewers. Its "craftsmanship is above and beyond," says one of them. Its "overall build is excellent," says another.

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Performs convincingly well on pedals too

Outside hikes, the KEEN Rialto is also satisfying on bike rides. It latches onto the pedal just right, and its low profile doesn't feel bulky while pedaling.

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The Rialto's snug heel

"They fit perfectly," says a narrow-heeled hiker about the sandal's rear zone. The said adventurer and a few others link this quality to the Rialto's super-adjustable heel strap.

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Stout-toed individuals beware

One of the Rialto's few minor misfires is its narrow-ish silhouette. It's "less roomy than my old Newport H2," says a not-so-amused trail-goer.

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Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 420g
Update: KEEN Rialto II
Use: Day Hiking, Multi-sport
Features: Closed toe / Orthotic friendly / Lightweight
Waterproofing: Water repellent
Width: Normal

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.