As with much of the Keen footwear range the Owyhee benefits from a large toe bumper that extends from the sole unit to provide a unique look and protection for the foot. The upper is more shoe than sandal, but there are plenty of gaps to allow airflow too. There is a shoe-style lacing system as well, rather than Velcro straps, while the heel straps are stretchy for a comfortable fit. Underfoot you get a stiff sole that resists pressure from uneven ground well, making this good for more challenging paths. There are decent lugs too for biting into softer ground. A very useful design for more
challenging terrain. But the Keen Owyhee may be more shoe than you want as the toe area is particularly enclosed, which can allow bits of grit to get trapped in this area. The price is quite high as there is a lot of shoe here, and for less you can get a very good sandal that may suit your needs better.
Upper synthetic, polyester webbing, neoprene padding
Sizes 6-12 (men’s); 2½-8 (women’s)
Weight 704g (pair, size 8)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 25
The Keen Owyhee is a great alternative to an open sandal if you prefer more of an enclosed design, particularly for rougher terrain.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2011