How Do Kids’ Keen Sandals Fit? – Let’s Compare the 5 Most Popular Styles!

Keen sandals are hands-down the most popular sandals for children to wear during the summer season. Parents love how versatile these sandals are since children can wear them to the beach, summer camp, go hiking, ride their bicycles, and walk for long periods of time as the sandals offer excellent support and durability. Some of the most common questions parents ask me at the shoe store that I work for are: How do kids’ Keen sandals fit? Do they fit big or small? Should you get a half-size or a whole size larger than your child’s current foot size to allow for growing room? Let’s find out!

One of the most common mistakes that I see parents make is to generalize and assume that all Keen sandals fit the same way. There are several different kids’ Keen sandals styles, and they all fit a little differently. For example, some models fit a lot narrower or wider than others. I will expand on this shortly.

Why Are Keen Sandals Considered the Best Summer Choice for Children?

Keen sandals are the most versatile type of sandals. They are mostly known for the good support and comfort that they offer to children’s feet, and also for being practically indestructible.

All Keen sandals provide an internal support mechanism that cushions the child’s feet and significantly reduces the impact that the feet and legs take when they come in contact with the ground. However, if the sandals are not fitted properly, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the sandals have to offer. What’s even worse, you might end up creating all sorts of foot issues for your child’s feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns.

How Do Keen Sandals Fit? – Find Out Now!

Let’s take a look at how each Keen sandal style fits so you can order the correct shoe size online:

➡️ Keen Newport 

The Keen Newport is one of the most popular Keen styles and my go-to style for children who require extra support from their sandals. This style comes with a substantial outsole that helps cushion and protect your kids’ feet.

The Keen Newport sandals can fit children with medium or wide feet, and they are capable of accommodating the shape of children with high insteps. This model won’t fit children with narrow feet. In this model, I suggest getting a half size larger than your child’s current foot size. Please note that if summer is just starting where you live, you should consider getting the sandals a whole size larger instead, so your child can wear them for the whole summer season.

➡️ Keen Seacamp 

The Keen Seacamp is very similar to the Keen Newport, but it doesn’t provide the same amount of support. It is the perfect choice for children who don’t have any foot conditions but will be walking long distances during summertime.

This style is ideal for children with narrow or medium feet. As far as sizing is concerned, I suggest getting a half-size larger than your child’s current foot size.

➡️ Keen Moxie 

The Keen Moxie is one of the most fashionable Keen styles and my go-to one for children with narrow feet. This model is very lightweight and flexible, and while it doesn’t offer the same amount of support as the Newport, it still offers a good amount of support for your child to wear the sandals for most of the day.

This style fits children with narrow or medium feet only. I suggest getting a half-size larger than your child’s current foot size.

➡️ Keen Knotch Creek

The Keen Knotch Creek is one of the newest Keen styles and one of the kids’ top choices in terms of comfort and style. This style fits children with medium or wide feet and won’t work for children with extra wide feet. I suggest getting a whole size larger than your child’s current foot size.

The Best Keen Sandals for Kids

Below I have put together a selection of the best Keen sandals for kids based on my many years of shoe fitting experience. Disclosure: Some links in this post may be affiliate links and we may receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) when you click our links and make purchases.

As a standard rule, if you are fitting your kids’ Keen sandals at the beginning of the summer, you should leave 3/16 of an inch or 0.4 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the sandals to allow for growing room. However, depending on how that particular Keen sandal style fits, you might need to allow for more or less growing room.

For example, if that particular Keen sandal style that you are getting for your child fits:

  • Short: you will need to provide your child with a whole size longer instead of a half a size longer.
  • Long: you will need to provide your child with the same size that he/she measured on the foot measuring scale.
  • True to Size: you will have to provide your child with half a size longer.

If there is a particular Keen sandal style that you are unsure of how it fits please do not hesitate to contact me and I will tell you exactly how it fits:

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We all know how children like to go barefoot in the sand, but days at the beach often involve walking around boardwalks and being active. Providing your child with the correct amount of support during the summertime will keep your child’s feet and legs healthy.

Keen sandals have been the most popular type of sandals for the last 10 years. There is no other sandal brand that offers the support and comfort that these sandals provide, and parents love how they are practically indestructible. Your child will outgrow these sandals before anything happens to them.

Do you agree with my statement about how each Keen sandal style fits? Have you tried any of the Keen sandals before? Please share your thoughts below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.