Water Shoes for Water Fans: Keen SOLR Sandals

Water shoes often suffer from the “do it all” syndrome. Acknowledging that all-terrain needs require on-water performance while also handling land-based features sometimes means that shoes fall short in one area or another.

The Keen SOLR Sandals (SOLR stands for Sea, Ocean, Lake, River) focus extensively on high-performance in the water. The low-profile sandal is lightweight and flexible, with a non-marking rubber outsole. That sole itself—Aquagrip rubber with AquaStop zonal siping—has some serious amphibious grip for maximum traction on wet surfaces, whether that’s next to the pool, on wet rocks, on a paddleboard, or on a boat.

The EVA midsole has lightweight cushioning combined with the EVA footbed with arch support are comfortable enough for all-day wear. The footbed is also infused with probiotic technology that naturally breaks down odor in sweat without heavy metals or hazardous chemicals. The webbing in the shoes is upcycled from recycled plastic bottles, for another environmental helping hand.

Once wet, the lining dries quickly, so you don’t have to wear soggy shoes for very long after your watery adventures. And when you think they need more than a little rinse, toss the sandals into the washing machine (gentle cycle, please) with a little bit of detergent and then air dry for to freshen your kicks.

I’ve been enjoying wearing these sandals lately while paddleboarding, kayaking, and sailing. And when I’m done, they’re still good for walking home along the beach and ocean bluffs.

The women’s SOLR Sandals come in color combinations of black/steel gray, navy/blue mist, raspberry wine/black, and light gray/ocean wave, and list for $82.50 (on sale!) on the Keen site. The men’s version of the sandal comes in black/gold, steel gray/magnet, dark olive/taupe, and navy/steel gray, and list for the same amount (also on sale!) on the Keen site.


Jill Robinson is a freelance writer who lives in a small California beach town near the big wave surf spot, Mavericks. She divides her time between writing about travel, running a kayak business and trying to wring awe-inspiring adventure out of every day. Her articles have been featured in the AFAR, National Geographic Traveler, Outside, the San Francisco Chronicle, and more. Catch up with her adventures on www.dangerjillrobinson.com and IG/Twitter at dangerjr.

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