Ready for Any AdventureKeen Sandals, Shoes & Boots for Everyday Adventures & Outdoor Sports
Design that was inspired to solve a problem, the need for shoe that combined the best sneaker and sandal features, KEEN was born out of necessity. Founder Martin Keen grew tired of stubbing his toe while working on his sailboat, so he set out to redesign the outdoor sandal. In doing so he revolutionized the outdoor shoe market. His early designs, used real people's foot shapes and focused on function, instead of fashion. He widened the toe box, allowing more room and comfort, enclosed the front of the shoe in rubber to protect the toes, and added an aggressive rubber sole to the bottom. He kept it light and breathable with the sandal straps on the top and added bungee laces that allowed for quick and easy on and off. This new shoe would be a true hybrid offering both the protection and versatility of a sneaker and the breath-ability and water resistance of a sandal. By 2003 Martin Keen, and his partner, Rory Fuerst, were finally ready to release their first shoe. The KEEN Newport water shoe was a big hit.
The unique look of KEEN sandals stood out then (and still do today) for the protection they offer from the elements in their rubber closed toe cap, non slip rubber sole, and adjustable straps. Another well-know feature of KEEN sandals and boots is that they require NO break-in period, they are immediately comfortable because the KEEN footbed contour keeps your foot in place. The KEEN mid-sole and out-sole are designed to design create an amazing base for stability, a perfect balance between being both firm and giving at the same time.
Although they started with just the one outdoor shoe/sandal hybrid, they have expanded their line to include hiking shoes, boots, open toe outdoor sandals, durable work boots, and men's, women's, and children's shoes. At OutlandUSA.com we love KEEN and own many pairs ourselves. We choose to wear KEEN because it's hard to beat their style, durability, breath-ability, and comfortable fit. Some of our favorites are the Men's Targhee II, Women's Newport H2, and Women's Terradora Boot. If you have questions about sizing, see our FAQ's and sizing chart below.
How Steve Jobs and Apple got KEEN off on the Right Foot!
This is the story of how Martin Keen had chance meeting with Steve Jobs that resulted in Apple Computers helping to get KEEN off on the right foot, told through the eyes of a 9 year old boy and his Lego toys.