You may think this is about money, but it’s not; it’s about a really great pair of shoes.
Keens–most versatile shoes ever
Five years ago I bought a pair of Keen sandals. I think I paid about $95. What I have discovered since then is that these shoes are the greatest and most versatile all-purpose, all-around shoes ever made. They are remarkably durable and comfortable.
If the gods came down from Mount Olympus and decreed to me that I could have only one pair of shoes–only one–I would choose these.
This is why:
- When these shoes get dirty, I just throw them in the washing machine, and then let them hang dry. Clean shoes again.
- I can wear these things anywhere. I can go up to the ocean’s edge and walk right into the water (not on the water–yet). No need to worry. They will dry just fine.
- If I am wearing long pants and going to dinner, all I need is a pair of appropriately colored socks, and I’m ready for the restaurant. Only for the most formal occasions would I scratch my Keens. In most travel situations, that would never be necessary.
- Hiking, walking, and running are no problem. I typically do not tighten the drawstring, but if I am hiking through the woods or engaging in some similar activity, I do. Same goes for exercise walking; I will cinch the shoes tight if I’m going out for exercise. These shoes are excellent for biking as well. If you’re really into biking, you can get a pair of Keens with pedal clips. (I’ve got those, too.)
About the only time I do not wear Keen sandals is in deep snow or really cold weather.
We’re in Curacao, now, as I write this. When we were packing, my wife asked me which shoes I was taking to Curacao. I said, “I never really thought about it. I’m wearing my Keens.”
We’re going to China next year. Guess which pair of shoes I will take.
When I bought my Keens, I thought they were a little pricey: $95. But really, they’re cheap. They have cost me less than $20 a year to own.
I learned from my mother to buy quality stuff. I have followed her example most of my life, and been disappointed when I haven’t.
I once worked with a guy who had a saying: “Cheap shoes are not a bargain.”
Odd—it turns out that quality shoes ARE a bargain, and over time prove to be rather inexpensive.
I certainly am no expert about shoes. However, I have peripheral neuropathy in both of my feet, so they are quite sensitive, which means I have difficulty walking without shoes. My Keens give me no problems; they are completely comfortable.
Disclaimer: This article is generated completely on my belief that these shoes are excellent all-around shoes, and especially suited for travel. I have not been in touch with the Keen Company nor have I requested or received any remuneration from Keen for my remarks in this article.