KEEN Hybrid Footwear began with a moment of pure vision, with a simple design challenge: Can a sandal protect toes? The answer was yes. The answer was the Newport. The result was the outdoors, reimagined. Funny how this one radical departure for sandals inspired the philosophy behind the entire line of KEEN Hybrid.Footwear. KEEN Hybrid.ology boils down to the three simple things that make KEEN shoes what they are: superior fit, extra durability, and exceptional performance.