The perfect shoe for young adventurers

Isaac beach

We have been fans of KEEN children’s shoes since we first discovered them in 2016.

Their shoes are renowned and respected for comfort, performance, kid friendly features and fun, contemporary styling. With a fantastic range of colours and styles coupled with unique features such as protective toe boxes, robust grippy outsoles and highly cushioned midsoles and arch supports, they are the perfect shoe for young adventurers.

It’s been a busy couple of months for KEEN – In March this year, they provided 100,000 pairs, (about $10,000,000 worth of shoes) to those on the front line of the pandemic as part of their Together We Can Help initiative. This month, they have committed to helping in the fight against COVID-19 by donating 100,000 KEEN Harvest Face Masks (manufactured in their own Thailand Factory) to front line retail workers including customer services staff and their families across the world.

Eliza seaside

KEEN are also keen to help families across the UK adapt to social distancing measures, to help to ensure that the whole family get the important benefits of nature and keep little ones active, healthy & happy by spending time outside or adapting to new ways to bring the outdoors inside during this time.

Boys running

With a little imagination, there are a number of ways to get the boost of an outdoor fix whilst exploring outdoor spaces in a way that is safe and responsible. As the UK heads into summer conditions, the team at KEEN have come up with a variety of suggestions of some simple nature based activities that can be enjoyed in your garden, at home or in a local safe outdoor space

  • Go hunting for Mini-beasts: Gardens and parks are teeming with wildlife now Summer conditions have arrived. From butterfly’s basking in the sun, worms wiggling in flower beds and pretty ladybirds hiding in the grass, take a closer look and earn points for every different type of bug you spot.


  • Make a splash on a summer’s day and bring the beach to your back garden! Play water balloon catch, fill up the paddling pool, fire up your garden sprinkler, or grab a hose and a sheet of plastic and coat with washing up liquid to make your very own water slide!

Garden Water

  • ‘Camp-in’ at home. Take a staycation in your own backyard. Put up your tent in your garden, slip into a sleeping bag and enjoy a night under the stars.

Tent Garden

  • Get twitching! There’s never been a better time to start birdwatching – listen out for the dawn chorus and see how many different varieties of bird you can spot each day from your kitchen window.

Blue Tits

  • Polish up on your map skills – get planning for your next post-lockdown adventure, grab some maps and brush up on your navigation skills. There are some great tips from National Mapping Agency Ordnance Survey.

Eliza River

  • Grow your own! Flowers, fruit or vegetables, whether on a windowsill, on a balcony or in your garden, get green fingered by planting some seeds and watching them grow. This is deeply rewarding and connects us with the outdoors.

Watering garden

  • Explore local – observing the two metre social distancing rule, take a stroll with family members in either your local neighbourhood and see what you can spot. From rainbow or ‘bear hunting’ in windows, through to looking for different tree varieties if you are lucky enough to live near a park or woodland space, getting outside and under the sky will do body and mind the world of good during these times.

Christchurch Harbour

We were invited to review some shoes from the KEEN summer range and the kids could not wait to get choosing their perfect pair.

Newport Keen

Eliza and Sebby both opted for the Newport Sandals in their respective sizes. This supportive sandal can take anything kids throw at it, with an adjustable hook-and-loop strap which lets kids put them on themselves, quick-drying webbing which is perfect in and out of the water and a good, grippy sole.

Keen Sandals

Isaac, at 12, didn’t want sandals, so instead opted for the Targhee Vented Sports Trainers which have cushioned support, all-terrain traction, and a vented upper for breathability on warm days.

Isaac Keen Trainers

They have all lived in their shoes since they arrived as they are so comfy and they have worked as well on visits to the beach as they have in the forest, or just on the road.

Keen Trainers

Disclaimer: We were sent KEEN shoes for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.


15 thoughts on “The perfect shoe for young adventurers

  1. Those shoes look really comfortable and well fitted. Perfect for kids delicate growing feet. I like the pretty colours too.

  2. I love how they’ve supported the front line during all of this. The shoes look so comfortable for the kids.

  3. Neha says:

    What a great initiative by the shoe brand and they definitely look so comfy on the young ones. Look like they are perfect for all the summer adventures and love the green colour

  4. These look like the are really good quality and they are stylish too.

  5. Love the look of the shoes. Never heard of the brand before but think they sound great and perfect for kids. Amazing that they’ve supported those on the front line during the pandemic.

  6. Melanie williams says:

    Good foot wear is key. It makes the day go better and prevents sore feet and moans after long walks/busy days etc x

  7. Sarah Bailey says:

    This sounds like a great shoe brand for youngsters who love to be on the go! They look both comfortable and perfect for all those adventures.
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  8. Kristina says:

    Love the photos – the shoes look so good and comfortable 🙂 perfect for this warmer sunny weather!

  9. Niraj Shah says:

    I really would love a camp in for a night!! Unfortunately we don’t have a tent that would enable us to do this, but it would be fun!

  10. KEEN sounds like a fab shoe to walk in but still keeps the feet airy and refreshed for tired and sweaty feet. I will need to get these for my kids.

  11. These sound like some great shoes. I struggle to find shoes for the kids that are airy and comfortable enough for their feet.

  12. Linda Hobbis says:

    Those shoes look so light and airy and are obviously tough enough to withstand the beach. I love the colour of your daughter’s shoes too.

  13. These look like great shoes for kids this summer, safe and secure but also like a sandle and air can circulate

  14. I do love that these have a closed toe, my youngest has hypermobility so falls frequently which makes traditional sandals a no-go. I’ll have to take a look at these for her.
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