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New shoes! New shoes!

Lookie, I got my Keen Calistoga's

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They are perfect.  The fit is just right for my super-wide feet.  No blisters or rubs even without socks.  If all the styles are like this, I found my shoe company.  Next will be a brown pair.  But we're into prime Birkie/Naot wearing season so I can wait until fall.

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Those are SERIOUSLY cute! I have a pair of Keen "Seattle" that I adore; they are similar mary-jane style, and very comfy. If only I could afford a pair of Keens for each day of the week . . . !

Ooh! Those are perfect for showing off hand-knitted socks.

Wow! I really love those shoes! I had never heard of them until I read your post and I'll have to check them out, but if they're perfect for your wide feet, I suspect they'll be terrible for my narrow feet. :(

Your new shoes are so cute! I can't wait to see your next pair of socks peaking out of them. :)

I just ordered mine yesterday, in Driftwood. Now I wish I would have been daring enough for the Red! Question: did you order a half size larger, as some sites have advised?

This is not about the shoes which are fabulous but to ask a question about knitting in Toronto.
I am staying briefly 10th, 11th and possibly 12th May, and wondered if there are ant daytime knitting hang outs. I will be visiting yarn suppliers at the same time so don't know how much spare time I have. I would be grateful for any suggestions.
Janet MF; isolated in Yellowknife

Great tip Steph. I have quite wide feet too, especially in the toe-box. My brother and his wife, avid outdoorsy Vancouverites, have been plugging Keens to me for years, but I may have to give in now.

*gasp* Those are perfect for showing off socks! I should get a pair. ;)

Oh, Naots! They aren't well-known down here, but I hunt them down all over the place. I have found a few shops that sell them in and near Sydney, and also an online place that is expensive but always has a good range. Their sandals, especially, are always so strong, hard-wearing and supportive. If I'd been wearing them on 19 Feb I wouldn't have snapped my achilles tendon.

They look great on you! You're lucky we wear a different shoe size, 'cause I *love* me some Keens. ;)

Those are really cute.

I LOVE these shoes. Now I have to get me some.

Great looking shoes. Do they make them for those of us with big feet?

I brought three pairs of Keens with me to Florida. Theme park commandos, and no blisters. Rock on.

It's wrong that they have not included Canada in the love. I'm glad you could import. :) Now I want those, even though I have an old pair of red MJs without the cutouts.

Those are awesome!! I've been drooling over the same kind. I have some Keen hiking shoes that are wonderful. I'm actually looking to replace my brown birkis with something else and although these aren't particularly summery, I might just have to give up and dive in.

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I am totally stealing those shoes! and your shrug rox!

I am totally stealing those shoes! and your shrug rox!

Very cute! I only ever see the walking sandle thingies around.

This is a copy of a comment on a post at 'sew green' 4/11/07 - another reason to buy Keens!

Following up; it's long, but here's the email I received back from Keen Footwear -- a line of outdoor shoe/sandals (they are hybrids).

Jennifer,
We applaud your interest in supporting products made under good environmental and working conditions. Ecologically friendly and sustainable practices are of the utmost priority in the development and production of our footwear. A few of our current practices and projects include:


- Designing the first 100% biodegradable shoebox

- Creating design patterns that, when cut out of material, produce as little waste as possible. We are also introducing a new product line made partially out of our own materials scraps.

- Using organic cotton for our canvas

- Using only leather that comes from the US , and is a bi product of the beef or dairy industry; and ONLY supporting tanneries that follow all the standards to be certified for environmental quality and humanitarian regulations.

- Developing water-soluble and vegan solvents, and using vulcanized rubber instead of glue


As for labor standards, our US based product development team is in constant contact with the factories, and visits them regularly to ensure that they fully adhere to our labor standards. The standards address the following issues:


NON-DISCRIMINATION
Keen will seek business partners who do not discriminate in hiring and employment practices, and who make decisions about hiring, salary, benefits, advancement, discipline, termination and retirement solely on the basis of the person's ability to do the job.

WORKING HOURS/OVERTIME
Workers shall not work more than 60 hours per week, including overtime, except in extraordinary business circumstances. In countries where the maximum work week is less, that standard shall apply. Workers shall be entitled to at least one day off in every seven day period.

FORCED OR COMPULSORY LABOR
Keen will not work with business partners that use forced or compulsory labor, including labor that is required as a means of political coercion or as punishment for holding or for peacefully expressing political views, in the manufacture of its products. Keen will not purchase materials that were produced by forced prison or other compulsory labor and will immediately terminate business relationships with any sources found to utilize such labor.

FAIR WAGES

Keen will seek business partners who share our commitment to the betterment of wage and benefit levels that address the basic needs of workers and their families so far as possible and appropriate in the light of national practices and conditions. Keen will not select business partners that pay less than the minimum wage required by local law or that pay less than the prevailing local industry practices (whichever is higher.)

CHILD LABOR
Keen will not work with business partners that use child labor. The term "child" generally refers to a person who is younger than 15 (or 14 where the law of the country allows) or younger than the age for completing compulsory education in the country of manufacture where such age is higher than 15.


FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION
Keen will seek business partners that share its commitment to the right of employees to establish and join organizations of their own choosing. Keen recognizes the right of all employees to organize and bargain collectively.


SAFE AND HEALTHY WORK ENVIRONMENT
Keen will seek business partners that strive to assure employees a safe and healthy workplace and that do not expose workers to hazardous conditions.


NON-RETALIATION POLICY
Every factory producing Keen products will publicize and enforce a non-retaliation policy that permits factory workers to speak with Keen staff without fear of retaliation by factory management.


APPLICATIONS OF STANDARDS
Keen will apply these Human Rights Production Standards in our selection of business partners. Keen will seek compliance with these standards by our contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and other business partners.


To assure proper implementation of this policy, Keen will seek business partners that allow Keen full knowledge of the production facilities used and will undertake affirmative measures, such as on-site inspection of production facilities, to implement and monitor these standards.


Keen takes strong objection to the use of force to suppress any of these standards and will take such actions into account when evaluating facility compliance with these standards.


Thank you again for your inquiry, as well as for your commitment to supporting ecologically responsible and humanitarian products and companies.

Sincerely,
Keen Footwear
www.keenfootwear.com

great shoes. I wonder if they make 12s......

Oh, I love those! I didn't know that Keen makes shoes for wide feet. I only have a pair of their open sandals, so I wasn't too sure about the width of their regular shoes. I have super wide feet. . . and I'm definitely going to try them for regular shoes. Thanks for the tip.

Love 'em! Keens. Ah, Keens. I do love their sandals, too - the bumper toes are really nice for clumsy folk like me. :)

They're darling, Steph!

FANTASTIC! Like many others who've commented before me... I didn' tknow about this company 'til now. Thanks for the heads up. :)

Ooooh. I may have to try a pair of these too, especially if they are good for wide feet!

I have little tiny Barney Rubble feet, and my desire for cool shoes is at constant war with what they're actually going to look like on, or what kind of torture they'll inflict on my feet. These are da bomb. I'm so checking out that shoe store in Montréal, now....

hi steph - how's the arch support in the keens?

ohhh how i love keens. i stumbled across them at a Sams (like LL Bean ish) up in vermont, and i fell in LOVE. i have a pair of bostons, boots, and sandals... all red, hah. oh my i love those shoes... except for the sandals. there's no elastic or adjustability, so since leather stretches, the sandals dont stay on too well... but the bostons and the boots? my LOVES.

i'll be going back for more again soon... possibly your style! totaly cute.

ohhh how i love keens. i stumbled across them at a Sams (like LL Bean ish) up in vermont, and i fell in LOVE. i have a pair of bostons, boots, and sandals... all red, hah. oh my i love those shoes... except for the sandals. there's no elastic or adjustability, so since leather stretches, the sandals dont stay on too well... but the bostons and the boots? my LOVES.

i'll be going back for more again soon... possibly your style! totaly cute.

I have a pair of keens and I like them, but NAOTs! My true shoe love...

Love them!

You're killing me! I'm in love with those shoes but they only come up to size 10 -- at least according to Zappos.com. Oh, the poor wide-footed, large-footed girls like me...

I just discovered Keens this winter when I was looking for a good pair of water shoes that have arch support. I found Mions, made by the same company, and they are the BEST sandals I've ever had. They're the only shoes I took to Belize (and I don't travel anywhere with only one pair of shoes). I've worn them ever since with socks while the weather was cold, and without when it's warm enough.

They're the only shoes I'll take to Florida, too, this summer. I just wish I'd found them before we went to Europe last summer.

I'm a Birk-wearer too and still love them, but the Mions are now my first love. I have a narrow foot, and Mions have an adjustable cord running through them so I can make them fit right.

I have the funniest-looking tan on my feet from a week in Belize and then a week in Florida......

Curious where you got them in Toronto?
Very nice, I'd love to get a pair for myself too :)

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