Keen's Turia Water Shoes - Gear Review

review by Greg "Mr. Montana" Reid

On our annual trip to the Boundary Waters I tested out the Keen Turia water shoes and could not have been happier.  I am the eldest of our group and I have gone for the past four years.  I have recently had a bout with Planter Fasciitis so my participation in the testing trip was in question.

While still trying to decide if I would venture on the trip and attempt portaging with sore feet, I decided to try these shoes out doing yard work and chores around the house.  I first found that they were easy to get on and off, they were comfortable and nice looking.

Maybe it was because I wished it so, or maybe because of the great support from the shoes, but my feet felt much better just from wearing them.  This made me decide to take that trip and I had a great time with little discomfort.  Not only did I have a great time, but I was able to carry my load during the excursion (I was told that since I was writing this, I could tell it how I wanted to tell it).  I credit KEEN’s S3 heel support structure for this.  KEEN says “S3 – is engineered to support the foot on impact, dissipate shock and reduce your odds of twisting an ankle.”  Sounds about right.

These shoes are built to get wet.  Grip in the water and on the rocks was good.  They shed water and dried out quickly.   

Being a flip flop kind of guy these are right in my wheel-house with the comfort of a shoe and no socks necessary.  I found my camp flip flops to be a little tougher to walk in, but of course that was after some liquid refreshments by the campfire.  I love these shoes and highly recommend them; they did what I asked them to do and still look great even after the trip. 

I urge anyone wanting to stay active, but has foot problems, to try out these shoes.  

MSRP: $100

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