Portland, OR – Creator of the original protective sport sandal, KEEN debuts a new level of amphibious performance with the Rapids Collection for Spring/Summer 2014. The Class 6 and Class 5 sandal styles offer classic KEEN fit with the benefit of ultra-durable, lightweight materials making them ideal for both raging river adventures and lazy afternoon floats.
“KEEN has been the go-to protective sandal for the last 10 years. The Rapids Series builds off of that reputation. These performance-driven styles are true to KEEN’s DNA, while taking a huge leap forward with new design,” says Jeff Dill, KEEN’s outdoor business unit director. “We spent a lot of time creating the perfect combination of protective performance and stable traction. The Rapids series gives water enthusiasts exactly what they need.”
The lightweight and technical KEEN Class 6 sandal(MSRP $90) features a PU upper constructed in a 360-degree cage, providing incomparable fit and protection at just 8.5 ounces. A super-soft EVA footbed provides optimum comfort. Swift-moving currents are no match for the Class 6’s adjustable heel fit and bungee lace system. The moisture-wicking microfiber tongue dries quickly for those moving in and out of the water. A soft rubber outsole with beefy lugs for added traction on wet and dry surfaces is ideal for water adventures. The Class 6 is also available in a men’s Slide version(MSRP $50) for lightweight easy-on/easy-off comfort.
The performance-focused KEEN Class 5 (MSRP $80) uses a soft, wicking and quick-drying microfiber upper, making it lightweight at a mere 7.6 ounces, and a technical stand out among water sandals. A PU midsole offers long-wearing durability underfoot protection – perfect for raft guides and water recreation professionals. The Class 5 is also available in a Flip version (MSRP $50) for high-traction, casual comfort.
KEEN, Inc. manufactures hybrid outdoor and casual products, including footwear, bags and socks. Founded in 2003 with the launch of the Newport sandal known for its patented toe protection technology, KEEN creates innovative and comfortable products that transition seamlessly from work to play, and enables people to pursue a Hybrid lifestyle: create, play and care. Through its Hybrid.Care giving program, KEEN supports social and environmental organizations around the world. The company recently launched the KEEN Recess Revolution, encouraging adults to take 10-minute outdoor "Recess" breaks every day to re-energize at work and be healthier and happier. Named one of "America's Best Places to Work" by Outside magazine, KEEN is headquartered in Portland, Ore. KEEN products are available in more than 5,000 retail locations in 60 countries. Discover more about KEEN at keenfootwear.com, facebook.com/keen and twitter.com/keen.