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KEEN Women's Newport H2 Sandals Review

By Marco Pulisci When exploring the great outdoors, one needs to be prepared for a bit of everything—whether hiking through the rainforest or taking a long walk on the beach. No matter the location, a solid pair of shoes is essential to keep one's feet comfortable and protected.

Enter the KEEN Women's Newport H2 Sandals, which are designed for hiking, walking, and water adventures. But do they hold up to the test? Read on to find out.

Design: 

The KEEN Women's Newport H2 Sandals are available in a wide variety of color combinations, including stone and fire red, black and multi-color coral, navy and smoke blue, black and raspberry wine, grey and ocean wave, and magnet and hot coral. These shoes feature a closed-toe design, which is particularly important for hiking as it helps prevent toe injuries while rock scrambling. 

Materials: 

The KEEN Women's Newport H2 Sandals are crafted entirely from PFC-free materials. However, their waterproof polyester webbing can cause feet to sweat quickly. Despite this, the sandals are equipped with Cleansport NXT, a technology that uses natural probiotics to combat odors. Even after a 3-mile hike through mud, no unpleasant smells were noticeable, suggesting that the odor-control feature is effective.


Additionally, these sandals are machine-washable, a crucial attribute for footwear used on muddy trails. The manufacturer recommends using a small amount of detergent and setting the machine to a gentle cycle, followed by air-drying the sandals. This care method ensures the sandals remain in good condition even after heavy use.

Performance: 

The KEEN Women's Newport H2 Sandals performed exceptionally well in poor conditions. Even after walking a mile through mud, the sandals maintained stability and ensured the wearer's safety, thanks to the excellent traction provided by their soles. Additionally, the sandals impressed with their lightweight and bouncy feel during a three-mile hike.


They provided great foot comfort and the arch support felt like it was made to fit the foot perfectly. These sandals have removable insoles that allow for custom orthotics to be inserted if needed. Their lightweight design, weighing only 10.5 ounces, significantly contributed to their overall performance and comfort during the hike.


Price: Pricey but high-quality

The KEEN Women's Newport H2 Sandals are priced at $110, which may seem expensive for users who don't plan to wear them frequently. However, for those who use them regularly and can justify the cost based on their frequency of use, these sandals are a great investment due to their durable build and comfortable, adjustable fit. Additionally, KEEN often offers discounts throughout the year, so if you're willing to wait, you may be able to purchase them at a reduced price.

Finding the right footwear for your outdoor adventures is crucial. The KEEN Women's Newport H2 Sandals are a fantastic investment for those looking for a durable, safe, and comfortable water hiking option. 

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