KEEN Newport H2
In a search of a great lightweight sandal that you can wear every day but also wear it while you are doing some water activities and sports? Well, look no further as we have a great suggestion for you, today.
KEEN has done it again with another excellent Newport model of sandal! The KEEN Newport H2 is a very comfortable water shoe that protects the toes like a regular shoe and wears like a light sandal. It is best as an everyday shoe but is ideal for water activities and sports, such as kayaking, fishing, and around the beach or pool. Plenty of happy customers wear it for walking, hiking, backpacking, camping, and travel. It features an EVA footbed that will conform to your individual foot shape and Cleansport NXT that controls odors.
What makes the KEEN Newport H2 an ideal water shoe is that it has superb traction from the rubber sole that is razor-siped and 3mm lugs to grab onto anything on dry land or in the water. Nothing is better for walking along and in streams, ponds, shallow lakes, and low rivers. Wherever you must do a lot of walking, it is perfect for that too, such as cruises and sightseeing on trips and vacations. There is a protective end cap over the toes and a single-pull lace system for the closure.
Many customers love this model and wear it exclusively during the summer months. If you want to check out what other brands are there to make a comparison, we can help you. All you have to do is read our guide on the best water shoes. And maybe if you do not want to look further and check this model, let’s start with our detailed review on this KEEN’s model.
- Very comfortable for walking a lot
- Traction is razor-siped for dry and wet surfaces
- Highly breathable open shoe
- Leather upper is water-resistant
- Protects like a shoe and wears like a light sandal
- For biking, hiking, backpacking, and camping
- Good for water activities and sports
- Perfect everyday footwear in summer
- Small pebbles can get in - must be taken off to get them out
- Can be shorter than regular sandals or footwear
- Stitching in the heel may come unsewn easily
One potential buyer wanted them compared to Crocs since they are so similar. The answer from a user was that these are better than Crocs for the outdoors with the aggressive sole and the security of the extra straps to hold the foot. We found out that Keen has plenty of loyal fans for the excellent Newport models.
-EVA metatomical PU footbed is removable
-Has a stability shank of TPU
-100% rubber outsole is non-marking
-3mm lugs in the soles are multi-directional for traction
-Toe has a durable and thick end cap
-Polyester webbing is washable
-Leather upper is water-resistant and lined with foam
-The closure is a single-pull elastic cord with Quicklocks
-Pull loops on the heel are reflective
The EVA metatomical footbed will conform to the shape of the foot for the best personal comfort. You can see in the photos how cushioned and comfortable the inner section of this footwear is. The mesh lining is breathable, and the EVA midsole is compression molded. There are countless places and times that are perfect for these protective, breathable, and comfy shoes, such as cruises, festivals, fairs, sightseeing, and exploring on vacations and trips.
They did have wide feet, of course, but it is worth a mention if this will be an issue. We noticed several remarks from customers concerning rocks and pebbles. If you walk through or on pebbled or graveled areas with these sandals on, they could pick up these miniature torture items. You will have to completely remove the shoe to get them out. It is an open sandal but is closed enough that pebbles can get in but not out with shaking them out.
The heel stitching might be the first place it shows wear, as it could come loose, said fans of this brand and model. This was noticed after wearing the footwear for some time, but eventually, the stitches were coming loose in that area.
One person knew how to sew, so they handled the problem on their own by patching them. This problem could be caused by machine washing on a cycle other than the gentle one, but this is just a theory. Users did recommend the gentle cycle which we mention in the Ease of Use section below. Just know that the heel is a sensitive spot for the stitching of the shoe.
The footbed is made using probiotic technology which breaks down sweat naturally without the use of hazardous chemicals or heavy metals. This footbed is removable for possibly replacing or washing it without washing the shoe. plenty of buyers love this shoe for the comfort of the midsole saying that it is long-lasting for many years of luxurious wear.
This model will not show wear on the soles even after much use in rugged environments, such as on mountain rocks that are sharp according to buyers. This superb traction makes the Newport H2 perfect for places where you will be in shallow water and on lands, such as hiking through creeks, ponds, streams, or low places along riverbanks.
This toe protection is patented by Keen. Many people purchase this sandal because of the protective toe piece since they will be in places where that feature is needed yet gives them the freedom of a sandal. It is great for sightseeing and doing a lot of walking outdoors, especially for travel purposes.
Whether you like the colors or not, the names sound fabulous! We just love some of the names they came up with for the color combinations! We do want to mention that the manufacturer says the Newport H2 runs small for about ½ size so order up a ½ size for the best fit. Buyers agree that this is good advice for future buyers, especially if you do not want it to be too snug on the foot.
We did find that the majority of customers wear it for hiking, backpacking, or camping, but any kind of activity is perfect. The highly breathable open shoe is so comfortable that once people try it, they wear it all the time in summer and whenever the weather allows a breathable shoe.
The excellent traction makes them all the more suitable for almost anywhere you decide to go. We think the best places to wear them because they are so stylish and trendy for travel purposes where there is a lot of walking to do. Even on cruise ships, you can wear this model as it is sporty and fashionable.
Ease of Use
Once you have these laces set to your ideal position, you can probably remove them by slipping them off quite easily. This marvelous shoe is best machine-washed and air dried for longevity but be sure to use the gentle cycle for the washing machine. This will prolong the life of the footwear for you. Just slip them on and enjoy!
You must remove the shoe to get them out every time. As these are not major flaws of the footwear and the majority of customers absolutely love this brand and model, it is truly worth considering for purchase. Loyal fans would not wear anything else on their feet every day during the hot summer months, and you may find that you love their comfort and durability that much too.