Part two of the Colorado Daily saga: Footwear. I really wanted sandals but my snow-white feet said no. I needed the protection of a river shoe. And it was a bonus mid-trip when we stopped near Salt Creek to hike around some ruins.
The McKenzie is a capable hiking shoe with excellent traction, and it’s incredibly comfortable as well. Especially in the hot weather in a sockless mode. River water drains quickly–only a touch of silt left behind. Keen claims the McKenzie is more sandal than shoe.
Or maybe just a sandal with a bit of mesh to keep the debris out. You get the best of both worlds with ultra light, debris-stopping mesh and comfortable compression molded midsoles. Both airy lightweight sandals and great hikers, especially when you want to wade up the middle of a stream. Removable footbed. Completely machine washable.
We like the way the stretch-cord laces turn these into slip-ons, with a drawcord to tighten it up. Sure the Macs were a bit sandy at the end of day, but a quick hosing took care of that.
Lining: AEGIS microbe shield treated hydrophobic mesh. Upper: Polyester webbing. Non-marking rubber outsole keeps the black off the linoleum, with razor siping, for extra grip in the wet.