Flip-flops may pack flat, but they don’t usually hold up to outdoor adventures that require more than a few blocks of walking. Next time, pack Keen Venice H2 shoes along on your trip.
The polyester and polypropylene webbing straps are quick-drying and also make it easy to toss the shoes in the washing machine. Walking warriors can wear them for miles—the molded footbed provides cushiony comfort and solid arch support. I’ve worn mine to hike on a volcano in St. Kitts, do some canyoneering in Utah and hike to the Boiling Lake in Dominica.
The rubber soles have a grippy, razor-cut pattern that offers incredible traction and helps disperse water—unlike those flat flip-flops. The sandals are treated with antimicrobial technology that helps prevent odor and staining, so kick your feet up and dismiss your fears of shoe stink.
The only minor downside: If you’re hiking somewhere where there’s lots of pebbles or scree, you’ll get rocks in your shoes. It can sometimes be a pain to stop every so often to shake them out. Also, while the Keen toe guard helps keep toes safe from getting snagged on twigs and sharp items, it may be irritating if the fit is too small. Consider buying a half size up.
Now, you don’t have to say no to that island hike. Leave everyone in the dust instead.