KEEN is best known for rugged hybrid sandals that are part shoe, part water sandal — and the KEEN Astoria West are a modern, women-specific edition of what the company does best. The Astoria West are modeled on the iconic Newport — the same durable, webbed hybrid sandals that landed the company on the map 17 years ago. (Yes, it has been that long.)
KEEN kept the best qualities of the hybrid sandal for the Astoria West, including a rugged toe bumper, non-slip outsole, simple shock-cord lacing, and the webbed design that allows your feet to breathe while offering impressive, shoe-like comfort.
Then it updated it with a women’s specific fit (made by women, for women), eco-friendly materials, a quick-dry lining, and removable EVA insole. The Astoria West was built for women who want a one-and-done summer sandal. Take it to the creek, to the campsite, and wear it all day around town.
Unique Features of the KEEN Astoria West
One claim to new-age fame of the KEEN Astoria West is the eco-conscious push in materials. This is happening with brands all over, but with a shoe company the size of KEEN, it has a real impact. Part of KEEN’s Consciously Created line, the Astoria West has a handful of recycled components that greatly reduce the impact it makes on the environment.
The Astoria West uses recycled PET plastic, most commonly found in water bottles, for a number of its components. PET plastic was used to create the bungee cord and lace-lock system. The upper, which is durable and water-friendly, is also made of recycled PET.
Another big update is the ECO Anti-Odor that KEEN now uses. Sandals like this, which are built for all-day use in hot and wet climates, have to combat stink somehow. The new anti-odor tech uses a natural probiotic that breaks down the odor in your sweat without the use of any heavy metals or hazardous chemicals.
A Woman’s Touch
The KEEN Astoria West are made for women, by women. Because of this, they have a dialed in fit. The main feature here is a wedge heel, which provides a bit of lift, making it feel like other women’s shoes, and a lot of cushion for all-day activities. KEEN also narrowed the Astoria West’s front toe box (which is notoriously wide) in order to fit women’s feet better.
It’s a crazy comfortable, almost bouncy shoe that you can use to hike, walk your city’s streets, and paddle down a river. KEEN included a stability shank to create this support, yet the shoe remains lightweight, at just a pound per pair.
The outsole uses KEEN’s Aquagrip rubber for excellent wet-rock traction, and you can slip them on with one hand. For active, water-borne women in warm climates the Astoria West is ideal.
Who is KEEN?
KEEN is one of the largest outdoor shoe manufacturers in the world. Hiking shoes, boots, and sandals make up their product line, and water sandals are at their core. They are known for innovative product with distinct styling.
This article is sponsored by KEEN.
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