SHOEME.CA BUYER'S GUIDE: ATHLETIC & OUTDOOR SANDALS

Hiking muddy trails, crossing rocky rivers, paddling down rapids... these are the types of adventures that complete Canadian summers. When it comes to hot summer days and water sports, outdoor sandals are as essential as sunscreen.

From minimalist design to solid vibram soles, choosing the right pair for you depends largely on how you plan to use them. Having a pair with proper support can also help to prevent or alleviate any leg, knee and back pain. So before you head out for your first rafting or camping trip of the season, take a look at our top picks for athletic and outdoor sandals.
 
- Our Picks for the Guys -
 
Order up some adventure with a side of water in the Newport H2 from Keen. Ready for adverse conditions, the razor sipped outsole and 3mm lugs provide excellent traction. The washable polyester webbing upper features the odor-reducing Aegis Microbe Shield, while Keen patented toe protection lets you follow any path, whether to rivers or trails. 
 
The Teva Terra Fi Lite offers all of the performance details of its iconic predecessors in a leaner, lower profile. More agile, fast and flexible, three-point strap adjustment fine tunes the fit and provides optimum support off-road or off-shore.
 
Tackle the terrain in pure comfort in this performance sandal featuring a rubber outsole and an EVA footbed. Stretch-fit material lining offers superb flexibility, and although the nubuck uppers are highly durable, they are better suited for dry land adventures.
 
- Our Picks for the Girls -
 

 

In addition to a plush microfibre-wrapped footbed, one of the best features of this sandal is an air-cushioned heel that effectively absorbs impact. The breathable, mesh-lined leather straps have been treated with Aegis antimicrobial solution to resist odor, while a molded nylon arch shank and a QForm comfort provides women's specific stride-sequenced cushioning.
 

Looking for a lighter sandal with great support and protection? With the Clearwater CNX sandal, the essential Keen fit and protection has been lightened up to make every step a natural connection. Combining a webbing upper with traditional Keen sandal style, the bungee lace allows for customized fit while the contoured arch supports the foot. Last but not least, multi-directional flex grooves on the low-profile sole enhance the natural flexibility of the foot and improve ground contact while razor siping provides advanced traction on slick surfaces.

 

 

The Tirra was designed specifically for a woman's foot in order to provide unmatched comfort and performance in the water. With a feminine strap configuration and multiple adjustment options for a secure fit, the Tirra can tackle any obstacle with grace.
   

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