Keen Uneek review

The Keen Uneek hybrid sandal is an eye-catching, adaptive sandal that works well for short hikes, water sports, and daily wear. This hiking sandal comes in a TON of colors to match every personality and offer a supportive and comfortable fit. 

Who should buy it

People looking for a comfortable, and quirky sandal should give the Uneek a look. It’s quite unique (pun intended) in its looks but if you can get past that, you’ll experience the comfort and support these offer.  

Who should NOT buy it

Look away if you:

  • want a multi-sport hiking sandal (the KEEN Clearwater CNX is worth checking out)
  • prefer a more performance-oriented sandal (in this case, consider the water-repellent Arroyo III)

Fun and comfy sandals for daily wear or general outdoor use

The Uneek Sandal is pegged as a general-purpose outdoor shoe/sandal, but it offers amazing arch support and a fun look that breathes quite well. 

A sandal consisting of 3 pieces is hard to mess up

These are proving to be quite durable and haven’t shown any signs of premature wear or tear. I’ve worn them for daily activities (going to the farmer’s market, grocery store, playground, and dinner) as well as some light hiking and creek play, and the paracord upper is just plain tough! The PU sole is light and bouncy with feels great underfoot. 

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Uneek outsole is great for everything

Keen put a siped (little zig-zag cuts) in the outsole so when the foot bends they open up to offer more grip. It works great and is a no fuss setup. They aren’t, in any way, a hiking sandal and therefore aren’t soled as that. No real lugs exist.

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One pull adjustment

The “lacing” is just a piece of elastic cordage and a toggle. Pull it to tighten the sandal and loosen the toggle to loosen the sandal. Easy!

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Comfort is top-notch

Keen is known for making comfortable shoes and they are no exception. They offer excellent arch support and great room for your toes to breathe. I never experienced any hotspots or blisters and while the paracord upper is a little stiff at first, that only lasted a couple of days. 

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The Keen Uneek is light on foot

The Uneek is definitely light on the foot and makes a great option for all-day wear. The midsole is bouncy and responsive and hasn’t lost its supportive feel even after close to 100 miles of wear. 

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 369g / Women 284g
Use: Light Hiking, Water hiking
Features: Closed toe / Lightweight
Width: Narrow, Normal / Normal
BRAND Brand: KEEN
Construction: Closed toe
Material: Rubber sole

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Author
Bob Browning
Bob Browning

Bob has been an avid backpacker and outdoorsman for well over a decade. Hailing from the beautiful state of Colorado, he now lives in the Ozarks Mountains of Arkansas with his wife, two amazing kids and dog, Hugo. He frequents the local state parks, wilderness areas, long distance trails all while passing on his love for the outdoors to his children. Bob has been a product reviewer for startup companies and larger outdoor brands for the past 8 years and loves to really examine gear to see if it'll hold up to the rigors of the Ozark Mountains.