Upon first look, you might wonder about the Keen Uneek sandal. As a long time boot only hiker, they do appear to be a little away from the norm in terms of outdoorsy footwear. That said ever since their release, the Keen Uneek have turned heads everywhere they have trodden. Now, they have been awarded the accolade of ‘Gold Award’ at the OutDoor Industry Awards in Friedrichshafen.
Ever since I had first seen these advertised in ‘Trail’ magazine, I did wonder how the industry and consumers would take them. But by all accounts, having asked around other media within the outdoor industry and of course; the OutDoor Industry Awards are reaffirming the company’s enthusiasm for the footwear.
Sandals seem to be becoming more and more popular as summer footwear on shorter distance hikes, with Keen’s own Newport sandals having been around a while and Teva’s offerings making more appearances treading the path. Comfort around camp springs to mind when looking at these, for me and so I may have to pick up a pair of Keen Uneek myself to see if the award is justified.