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It all started with a question

What if sandals could protect your toes? With a rubber bumper to fend off painful collisions, Keen sandals aren't your typical water shoes. Rugged soles offer traction on rocky beaches and slippery cobblestones. Moulded footbeds keep you comfortable while portaging to the next lake or wandering around a night market.

But it’s not just sandals – Keen’s wide range of footwear has the whole family covered. Burly winter boots feature grippy lugs and waterproofing to block out powder and slush. Lightweight trail shoes offer support from trailhead to viewpoint. And Keen kids’ shoes keep up with little ones wherever their feet may roam.

Need help deciding? Check out tips on choosing the right hiking shoes or boots or chat with MEC staffers in-store or online.

A keen attention to sustainability

Durable water repellent (DWR) treatment is common on outdoor gear, but most DWR finishes use PFCs. Concerned with the lasting effects of PFCs, Keen found alternatives – and today, Keen footwear is 97% PFC-free.

Plus, winter boots feature Keen.Warm insulation made from recycled plastic bottles, some of which have been collected from beaches and rivers.

Looking to minimize your impact even more? Keep your gear in play. Follow these tips to wash and waterproof your hiking boots so they’re ready to tackle trails for years to come.