|Who needs winter boots when you've got KEEN?|
So I kind of cheated and wore socks in them but still, I wore these amazing sandals on ice! And not just any ice - that's a glacier I'm standing on! We'd won tickets for a Snow Coach Tour on the Athabasca Glacier (another blog topic completely) and I didn't feel like putting my hiking boots on. I was also sporting nasty blisters from my hiking boots and these sandals were the only thing I could comfortably wear.
|Hiking on the Athabasca Glacier in my KEEN Willow Sandals|
While I think boots are probably to be recommended when walking on snow (or glaciers) I never fell down, I had great traction, and my feet were warm - thanks to the fact that socks fit really well in these sandals (try to do that with flip flops!)
After completing our glacier tour we proceeded to do a short hike up a nearby ridge and while I normally wear hiking boots even on a walk around the zoo, I thought - these aren't just any sandals I've got here. These are KEEN sandals - the true and original hybrid sandal! I'd also chosen the Willow Model because they were supposed to be well suited for a multitude of outdoor sports from paddling (which I love) to hiking (which I also do a lot of). So, up the ridge we hiked and as expected - the sandals were great. I did not sprain my ankle (something I'm prone to do in bad shoes), I got no fresh blisters, and there was no chaffing. In fact, I felt so free in my light footwear I felt like I was flying to the top of the ridge. It was one of the easiest hikes I've done in... - can't remember honestly! A long long time!
|KEEN will take you places!|
|Free as a bird in my new KEEN shoes|
|How fast can you run with KEEN?|
Why you should shop with KeenThe Keen website is one of the best websites I've seen for outdoor gear. It's unique in that it allows you to compare the shoes you are interested in side by side. Just click on the shoes you're interested in (there's a "compare" box) and select "view comparison chart." It's Brilliant! I mean, Keen has a lot of shoes! How else do you choose between the various models of sandals and keep track of the many features unique to each model? I compared about 5 models side by side when I was shopping from the Keen Canada website and chose the sandal that truly seemed to stand out as an all around hybrid shoe.
Another fabulous thing about shopping with keen is the customer service you get. My shoes were shipped to me in under a week. I was shocked when I saw the box in the mail! Absolutely shocked because I think it had only been a few days since I'd placed the order. Then Keen went above and beyond when I discovered that my shoes were a half size too small. I seriously expected a bit of drama to return them. I was in for a big surprise when I was simply told to put them back in the same box, to print out a pre-paid return label from their website, and mail them back. I immediately got to order a new pair of shoes and again they were at my house within a week. Wow!
There's one final thing I want to draw your attention to in case you've somehow missed all the fun magazine ads everywhere for Keen. Keen is passionate about Outdoor Play! Keen wants you to know that Recess is back and the possibilities are endless! In my own life, I hike, paddle, bike, camp, and play. My shoes have to keep up with me. I'm excited for next summer because rather than bringing three or four different kinds of shoes on our camping adventures, I'll be bringing my KEEN sandals. Period. I will be able to canoe in them. Bike in them. SUP in them. Hike in them. And chase my son over hill, across creek, and through mud in them.
|Recess is Back with KEEN|
The ContestKEEN Canada wants to give one lucky Canadian family a pair of Keen children's shoes. You can choose a pair of back-to-school shoes that will help your child become king of the playground or you can choose a pair of sandals for next year's Summer adventures.
To enter the contest:Leave a comment below telling Keen Canada what your winter pledge is as a family for outdoor play and how you plan to get outdoors regularly this winter.
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Bonus entry for any family who's attended one of the Calgary Outdoor Playgroup Events
Leave a comment below for each extra entry.
The contest closes at midnight mountain standard time on Friday October 12th. Winner will be announced Saturday morning. The winner will have 48 hours to respond once they are contacted. If the winner doesn't respond in that time, a new winner will be chosen.