Active Bees..need your advice..Teva vs. Keen

posted 3 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Billsgirl:  I like Keens a lot, but nothing can beat Merrell for me. I’ve worn Merrell sandals for hiking when I’ve crossed streams and things and they’re fine wet/dry, but if you want a complete wet show for boating, I would vote Keens. If you can find a Merrell that seems like what you’re looking for, I’d go with them based on quality/comfort– they are my all-time fave!

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I prefer Keen. I wore them all over Europe at archaeological sites, throughtout cities, etc. and also in the mountains of Pennsylvania. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I haven’t used those, but just gonna put a plug in for CHACOS!  They are amazing.  Jut make sure you break them in first, the straps can rub a bit at first.

Where are you going?  Sounds awesome.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Billsgirl:  I have the Keen Whisper in beet red, and I love them. Not only are they slip-proof, but they are very durable in situations where your feet may get wet. I never had an issue with sand either.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Backyard

I’ve never had Keens, but the nylon straps on my Tevas rubbed the dickens out of my feet.

I have had fantastic luck (and longevity) with Merrels and Chacos, however. I would recommend them.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods

I’m an aquatic ecologist- I’m in streams and wetlands for hours most days. I love Keens. If you get the closed toed ones they do have a tendency to get small rocks stuck in them though. I won’t buy Teva after two different pairs gave me issues. On my first pair the soles peeled off. I gave them another try because they were sooo comfy, but within a few weeks the velcro on the straps began to peel off. I think Teva has a problem with their glue. Merrells are also amazing. They have super comfy hiking boots/shoes, but I haven’t tried their sandals. I can’t handle Chacos because my feet are 1/2 size different than one another and the rigidity is a problem for me, but others rave about them.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

I prefer Keens as well. I don’t have a problem with sand, but sometimes (as a PP stated) small rocks come in through the holes and can’t find their way out. But they are comfy and have awesome grip when wet. I wore Keens and my Salomon hiking shoes in Hawaii and was happy with both.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

If you will be anywhere that isn’t paved or sandy, get the closed toe keens. They are great! 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods

@Billsgirl:  I think that the grip is as good as you are gonna git in a multi-purpose shoe. Hiking boots/daytrekkers will obviously have better traction, but the Keen’s are top of the line for multi-purpose. I think they’ll be great for what you have planned. I wore mine in Costa Rica for similar things. I also agree with the PP, get the closed toe ones if you’re wearing them hiking. Also, look at the treads if you’re worried about grip. Some have better traction than others. More grooves usually means better grip.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009 - Mountain Meadow/Mansion

lolot:  Yes! I was also going to say Chacos! I love mine, think they’re better looking than the other options (though this is personal preference) and enjoy that they will resole their shoes as needed.

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