Keen Clearwater CNX Sandals

Keen Clearwater CNX Sandals

Product review by Colin

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The Clearwater CNX is a brilliantly slimmed down take on Keen’s original sandal concept; and notwithstanding bedtime, I’ve pretty much lived in a pair this summer.

Synonymous with footwear with large rubber pebble kickers covering the toe area, the stripped-back Clearwater CNX Sandals sit comfortably within the company ethos, but even without their trademark yellow badge sitting like a fat wasp on the heel, you’d know in an instant that the Clearwater Sandals belonged to the Keen range.

To be honest though, I’m not normally a sandals kind of person (visions of bearded types wearing woolly hats and white socks with their sandals have kept me away) flip-flops, yes, but sandals, no …

… Until the Clearwater’s caught my eye that is!

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Super-lightweight and comfy as old slippers is how I’d best describe the Clearwater sandals, the mix of a Polyester webbing over Keen’s more traditional fabrics ensure they have kept their shape and looks, even after a good dousing of surf and wet Purbeck sand.

They’re dead easy to slip on too: just slide your toes in, pull the heel tab back, a quick tug on the bungee lace and you’re away, safe and secure – simples!

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The non-marking rubber soles are soft, sipped on the tread for extra security, yet feel supportive all day long; like I said, I have pretty much worn them all-day, every-day over the last month or so (bought mid July 2013 – yes, I actually bought them, that’s how keen I was!) and coming in at a paltry 238g there’s not exactly a lot of weight to lug around, and finally, the hydrophobic mesh repels water like a rabid dog; ok, not the best simile … but you get the picture.

So, what’s the verdict on Keen’s Clearwater CNX Sandals?

Well, I bought a pair; my wife now has a pair, my children each have a pair, and the dog …