Keen Howser II slide shoe

Keen’s Howser II slide is one part sneaker, one part slipper, and one part moc. Equally at home on your feet around the house as they are in the ski warming hut or at that hostel you can’t wait to try once international travel opens back up, the Howser II manages to effortlessly combine style with comfort and convenience.

There are a lot of different options in the Howser, so buckle up. The slide I tried featured the quilted nylon outer with the plush microfleece liner, which I choose for its weather-resistance. These shoes are perfect to slip on to enjoy an outdoor socially-distanced event or around a campfire. The memory foam footbed cradles your foot, so you could easily wear this shoe outdoors when taking short walks around a campground. And though it primarily functions as a slipper, you get a rubber outsole, which means your toes will stay warm and dry even if the ground is wet.

Alternatively, there is a version with a plush fleece outer, which can’t stand up to drizzle or snow as well as the nylon, but may keep your feet even warmer. There’s also a Howser II boot if you need extra warmth and coverage, or the Howser II Chukka boot if you want the added security of lace-up.

The slide works great for me, as I love the ease of slipping it on and off at the door of my camper van or in our cabin when we’re exploring, but if you want even more options, the original Howser is still available, with quilted and wrap outer options. Colors abound, and there are men’s, little kid, and big kid options, too.

The Howser II retails for $85 in six colors, in sizes 5-11 in women’s. Pick up a pair or two or three for this holiday season!


Amy Whitley is a freelance creative and travel writer and founding editor of the family travel website Pit Stops for Kids. An avid lover of the outdoors, Amy makes her home in Southern Oregon, where she, her husband, and three school-aged children spend much of their time backpacking, camping, skiing, and hiking. When not exploring her own backyard, Amy and her family hit the road for travel reviews of resorts, tour operations, and hotels across the country and abroad. Follow Amy Whitley on Twitter and Facebook.

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