Many moons ago I invested in a good pair of sports sandals. I wore them everywhere - walking, hiking, boating, loafing. But after 12 years or so I had to admit I'd worn every bit of life out of them, and it was time to seek out a new pair. I know I could go for hiking boots or running shoes, but my feet like to breathe, so I spend as much time in sandals as humanly possible.
My new love? UNEEK, by KEEN.
Ditching traditional machinery, glues and conventional materials for a simple two-cord construction, UNEEK Open Air Footwear is unbelievably versatile and comfortable. Every aspect of UNEEK compliments the natural shape of the foot providing a balance of superior feel, movement, and comfort.I was familiar with the KEEN brand already, and I own a pair of their hiking shoes, so they were on my radar for my new sandals. This design really stood out as utterly new, so I jumped at the chance to review them.
The first day I wore these I received compliment after compliment. Everyone noticed their unique (get it?) design and commented on the fun colour. At first glance they kind of look like a running shoe, but then you notice they are just cord. Huh? I have been fielding lots of questions as I stroll around the neighbourhood.
Aside from looking good, the shoes are super comfortable. Incredibly lightweight, with great air circulation, it almost feels like going barefoot, but without pebbles sticking up in your foot. The foot bed conforms to the shape of your foot, and provides excellent arch support. Flexible soles with great treads make these shoes a perfect choice for hiking or water sports.
I've been wearing these daily, and they have provided day-long comfort even when I've spent most of the day on my feet. I haven't yet had a chance to hit the trails with them, but I can tell they will give me the grip and traction I need for hiking with the dog.
This video explains the construction and technical aspects of the shoe much better than I can, so I'll let you have a look.
What do you think? The cords may not sound comfortable, but they really are. I love how open they feel.
UNEEK sandals are available in both men's and women's sizes and retail for $120. You can purchase directly from the KEEN website, or find a retailer near you.
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