I'm writing this review because I love the shoes and I want to get better at writing reviews. No one is paying me or giving me anything to write this :)
I have been wearing Keen Sandals Newport H2 since mid-July and I have to say that they are by far the most comfortable and supportive sandals I have ever worn.
I don't normally pay attention to the sandals I wear. I grab some cute pair for about $20.00 at the start of the summer at whatever store I happen to be in and go until they fall apart. All of this changed when I first met with my gym trainer. She took one look at my cute black sandals and asked why I was wearing them. My answer... "um... I don't know. They're all I own."
"Are the supportive?"
"No, not really."
"Are they comfortable?"
"Well, as long as I don't walk too far."
"So why are you wearing them?"
"Um, because it never crossed my mind to get anything better?"
"Okay, I want you to go home, find a place to buy Keen sandals and never, ever wear those shoes again."
Did I mention that I love my trainer?
Anyway, back to the sandals. I did some research and found a few stores that carried Keen sandals. I specifically focused on Keen because that's what the trainer said to get. After finding out that Dick's Sporting Goods only carried the ones for men I turned to a smaller store that I constantly heard advertised on the radio: Ted's Shoe and Sports, and I have to say that the service we got there was outstanding. The person was very friendly, helped me figure out my shoe size and worked with me to find just the right shoe. I've never actually bought sports shoes before but I will definitely be going back to Ted's the next time I need some.
Ted's only had two pairs of Keen's for women (but many, many other brand choices) which made my choice fairly easy. I could have bought the shoes online but I wanted the perfect fit because if I was going to spend big money on shoes (anything over $20.00 is big money to me) then I wanted shoes that would be comfortable and last me a long time.
I do recommend trying on several different kinds of Keen's if you can because the fit does change. The shoes that I bought, Newport H2, fit me very well but the other pair that I tried on didn't fit as well and my pinkie toe ended up right between the side straps and felt very uncomfortable so I went with the H2.
These shoes are incredibly comfortable, hugging my foot and offering full support with plenty of space for all of my toes. They also feel well padded at the bottom so my feet don't hurt when wearing them even while walking long distances. The straps don't rub against my skin at all and I've yet to get a blister or be uncomfortable in them. They're padded for toe protection which I find very useful since I stub my toes a lot. They also have great traction and I've had no problems walking through puddles, dirt or gravel in them.
These shoes are very easy to tighten and loosen, using the short strap at the top. You hook the bottom black part into the last straps on the shoe and use the top "slider" to move along the strap in order to tighten or loosen the shoe. It took me a couple of days to find just the right amount of tightness but I haven't had to adjust it again since I found the right one for me.
The shoes are waterproof and can be used for general walking or exercising such as walking, hiking or even water sports. They are also machine washable.
These are not cheap shoes but they are definitely worth the money I spent on them.
You can read more about these sandals and many others made by Keen of their Keen Footwear website.
I highly recommend this shoe, will definitely buy more shoes by this brand and can't see myself switching to another sandal without good reason. I'll be very sorry to put them away once the cold weather gets here!