- Hydrophobic mesh lining
- Metatomical EVA footbed
- Non-marking rubber outsole
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If you love the suport of the Keen's Rose and whisper shoes than you will not find the same in this shoe.
If you have problems with your arches then this is a shoe you can not wear all day.
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As for the rest of the sandals, they are comfy and great for women with wider feet. They are what I was looking for, functional, comfortable and cute. I don't care for the look of most of the other boxier Keen sandals. The straps on these make them look more feminine but they still maintain the comfort Keen is known for. When I started looking for sandals for my upcoming vacation, I was torn between these and the Keen Rose. I ordered both to compare. I have wide feet with high arches and the Rose didn't fit me as well because of the non-adjustable ankle strap. As I did with my Rose review, I've included a comparison between the two below just in case anyone else is having trouble deciding between the two styles.
I will also update this review when I receive the replacement sandals that *hopefully* don't have the same defect.
KEEN Bali Strap vs Rose Comparison:
-Rose has non-adjustable ankle strap; Bali has two adjustable straps at the ankle area.
-Rose straps are made of softer material against the skin. It feels velvety as opposed to the typical cloth material of Keen Sandals. Both are comfortable but if the Rose straps fit me better, I would prefer their material.
-Rose feels more secure because the toe straps go up higher on the foot.
-Rose has a more cushioned sole. Bali Strap has a more contoured sole. In my opinion the sole of Rose would be better for long distance walking on relatively flat surfaces. Bali Strap sole would be better for climbing, or walking in rocky/unstable areas as the contoured sole gives the foot a better "feel" for the ground under the shoe.
-Bali Strap has an awkward opening near the small toe which can allow the small toe to "escape" (especially if there is a manufacturing defect making the opening larger than it should be; see my Bali Strap review). The straps on the Rose are closer together, which effectively keeps those rouge little toes contained.
If both sandals had fit me, I would have definitely preferred the Rose. However, the Bali Strap is the better option for my feet
I was really hoping these would be those sandals.
Fit - They seem comfortable, but the toe area is a little weird where my pinkie toes meet the straps. They are much lighter weight than other keens. The footbed is a lightweight foamy-plastic, not the heavier plastic they use (or used to use?) in the newports.
Aesthetics- My feet look crooked in them. I think it's the way the toe box straps are set. Where the straps meet the toe is designed slightly off center and it makes me feet look like they are pointing in and much wider than they are. It's also possible I need a smaller size, but I don't want to have to deal with returning them more than once if the smaller size doesn't fit.
For reference I wear an 8.5-9 typically. I bought these in an 8.5. I can get them to fit by tightening the heel strap, but there is still a considerable amount of room in the footbed.