In a time when getting what you pay for is so vital, hearing that KEEN was thinning out their comfortable, durable, form-fitting sandal soles raised red flags they were trimming cost, which almost always damages quality. KEEN has built and maintained a reputation with sports enthusiasts around the globe for producing the most comfortable, durable and longest lasting shoes of all types. The world should have known they knew what they are doing and resisted the knee-jerk reaction. They are simply following the trend of losing weight, slimming down, dressing up, feeling good and looking fabulous.
The Clearwater CNX (a mere 8.4 oz) features a webbing upper with traditional KEEN sandal style with a bungee lace that allows for customized fit. Multi-directional flex grooves on the low-profile sole enhance the natural flexibility of the foot and improve ground contact, the razor siping provides advanced traction on slick surfaces, while the contoured arch supports the foot. Clearwater is 1 of 20 styles being released under the CNX line, all weighing under 10 oz. with the low-profile sole.
Besides durability and solid construction, another big reason KEEN sandals last for years is the Aegis Microbe Shield™ treated lining that controls the bacteria and fungi that cause odors, stains and product deterioration. What makes the CNX a hybrid (more like a water shoe and less like a sandal) is KEEN Patented Toe Protection where the shoe outsoles wrap up and over the toes for ultimate protection.
NOTE: the new design conforms to your feet, which may feel tighter or narrower than a typical shoe or sandal. The size will be a true size, so if you prefer something with a little room, it is highly recommended to order a half to full size larger.
Once a KEEN customer, always a KEEN customer. Few have strayed over the years to try other brands, likely trying to save a few dollars, but always return after Brand X fall apart in the first year. When you think about that factor alone, its actually cheaper to just stay with KEEN in the first place.
In polling consumers of this product, they overwhelmingly favor KEEN for:
I love the new Clearwater CNX! They are so light on your feet! It felt like I didn’t have anything on at all!
comfort and support
I found these comfortable to wear, and they did a good job of providing enough traction and support for what they are.
I don’t really like sandals, so this more hybrid design worked well for me. These are less bulky and are lighter weight and they are so comfortable when I have to walk long distances or be on my feet all day. Super happy with them.
Better than barefoot–no smashed toes!
I chose KEEN to wear when kayaking, boating, bowfishing, or generally being around the water. And they float.
I almost forget I have them on. These are one of my best purchases of camping/outdoors related items to date.
I have owned other KEEN shoes and sandals in the past and have never been disappointed but these are even more impressive. They are bombproof with great protection and awesome comfort.
With an agenda full of SUP, bike riding, and beach walking, they were put through their paces. They drain exceptionally well and also dry pretty quickly, so you don’t have to worry about sloshing around for hours after you have been in the water.
I like Keen’s for travel in case it is rainy, you don’t have to worry about walking around in wet feet.
KEEN on and raise your feet high in the air. Love life outdoors.
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