Newport vs. Newport H2
The Keen Newport was the first footwear designed and sold by the Keen shoe company. The Keen Newport first arrived on the market in 2003 and took the outdoor community by a storm. Many long time wearers of sport sandals abandoned their Teva or Nike ACG sport sandals for the Newport. The Keen Newport was the first true sport sandal that was designed to protect your toes.
Sport sandals are nothing new, but in 2003 the unique toe bumper guard was introduced and the shoe became very popular. The Keen Newport has a rubber bumper to protect your toes which also works great to shield your toes from the wind if you are cycling in them.
The Keen Newport sports a leather upper that is waterproof. The leather, as is the entire sandal, is designed to be submersed into water. The leather is designed as waterproof so it will resist attempts at shrinking cracking and rotting. Keen advertises that you can wash any of their sandals in the washing machine including the leather Newport.
The Keen Newport does not dry out as fast as the Newport H2 sandal, but it is more durable in some aspects then the Newport H2 which has a synthetic upper. The Newport beats out the Newport H2 in durability because of the side piece. On the Newport it is one piece of leather where as on the H2 the synthetic upper is stitched into the side which can loosen over time.
The Newport H2 is very durable overall, but if you are hard on sandals then you can expect the sewing to loosen on the side after 6 months to a year of heavy wear. Most people will not experience the separation problem with the Newport H2 but it can happen.
The Newport H2 is lighter than the leather Newport, but some people choose the leather Newport over the synthetic upper of the Newport H2 for comfort. Some Keen sandal wearers swear that the leather is more comfortable than the synthetic upper.
Other people prefer the H2 because their feet do not sweat as much as compared to the leather Newport. Whether you choose the leather Newport or the lighter weight Newport H2 is usually just a matter of choice.
Do you prefer a lighter sandal or do you like the feel of real leather? Do you get you sandals wet and then rapidly get out of the water or are your feet submerged for long periods of time? Either sandal performs great in the water but the Newport H2 will dry out faster than the Newport. The Newport H2 is also designed a little bit different with the midsole. The design difference means that the Newport H2 will be lighter in the water. The Newport will retain more water in the EVA midsole so it will feel slightly heavier when you’re in the water and also when you initially leave water and walk around.
Both sandals are very popular and you really cannot go wrong with each choice. The Newport is the foundation that the entire Keen shoe company was built on. The Keen Newport is now in its’ 9th year and is still a huge seller, but the Newport H2 drastically outsells the original Newport.
Sales of the Newport H2 dwarf the sales of the Newport. Most people are buying the Newport H2, but the Newport is still a great sandal. Look at your specific needs and desires in a sport sandal and then decide which Newport Sandal works best for you.
The Newport and the Newport H2 are very close to being the same shoe. The main differences lie in the upper material. Both of these Keen sport sandals have their outsoles sipped which helps to provide excellent traction in wet conditions. Both of these sandals grip extremely well, even in wet conditions.
If you are a cyclist Keen also makes a sandal designed specifically for you with the Keen Commuter. The Keen Commuter has an SPD insert so you can attach cleats if you like to be “locked in” while cycling. The problem with the Keen Commuter is that it is built way to narrow, even for a cycling shoe. Many cyclists use Keen sandals, but will usually opt for the Newport tor the Newport H2 over the Commuter model sandal.
If you are a cyclist and are not spending a lot of time in the water then the original Newport is the sandal you may choose to purchase. The reason many cyclists choose the Newport over the Newport H2 is because of the thread separation problem that occurs on some of the H2 sandals after extreme use. The leather Newport with the one piece leather on the side has no seams with thread to come loose so it is much more durable in the long run then the H2 model.
Both the Newport and the Newport H2 are excellent choices in sport sandals. You do not have to be a hardcore athlete to enjoy the comfort of these sandals. Both of these sport sandals break in quickly and will mold to your feet. Most people are choosing the Newport H2 over the leather Newport, but you should be happy with either of these Keen sandals.
There are many great Keen sandals available, as well as Teva and other brands. Keen has proven to be one of the most popular sandals on the market and are taking a lot of market share from Teva. Keen and Teva continue to compete against each other and this benefits everyone who wears sandals. The continued eveolution of the basic sandal will continue with new and innovatie features introduced each year.
Some people do not like the rubber nose guard that Keen has on their sandals, but it does protect your toes. If you are looking for a cool shoe that can be worn with or without socks that is well ventilated yet also will protect your toes more than a basic pair of flip-flops then take a look at all the great sandals available by Keen.