Keen attempts to reboot its pro water shoe

11:17 a.m. on July 6, 2015 (EDT)
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one of my favorite water shoes is the Keen Hydro-Guide.  the lack of any hardware to foul with gunk, open construction and holes in the sole to allow water drainage, toe bumper and sticky/siped sole are made for the water.  as with any first shot at a new design, it had its flaws.  the fit of these was somewhat loose, and they had a few spots that could cause blisters.  (They fit extremely well with thin neoprene booties, and that may have been the intent of this design). as far as I know, Keen discontinued this shoe a couple of years ago - I have mine and still like them a lot.

I recently noted a new Keen water shoe that looks pretty similar to these - the Zambezi.  The reboot appears to have removed one of the blister spots and to have done a better job shielding bare feet from chafing.  they also seem to have eliminated the hole in the sole.  

8:59 a.m. on July 7, 2015 (EDT)
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Thanks for the heads up Andrew!

I have found that there is no "one great water shoe" but rather each design lends itself to a particular set of activities & environments, not unlike any other kind of shoe.

For me - I need protection from sticks & roots as I walk about on land close to the water, and a shoe that either keeps sand out (yeah right!) or one that is easy to remove and clean out as needed.

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