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A pair of collaboration sandals with deer horn motif embroidery providing a strong sense of atmosphere and aesthetic.

About KEEN

Portland-based label KEEN takes a contemporary approach to outdoor footwear, using innovative techniques to create ergonomic and sustainable pieces. KEEN started in 2003, launching with the Newport sandal design, exploring whether sandals could remain open but also protect the foot. The UNEEK style launched in 2014 and has remained a core brand staple ever since. The UNEEK shoe blends the comfort and durability of a trail shoe with the design of a sandal for the ultimate hybrid style


Founded in 2003, based in the Northern Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido. With its name, taken after the address of the Sapporo flagship store, and the theme of “fishing” with vast nature of Hokkaido as its backdrop, the brand offers the duality of function and fashion via authentic ideas and technical capabilities. Within the broad field of fishing, SOUTH2 WEST8 directs its focus on traditional Japanese method of fly-fishing “Tenkara”, and have a total collection of not only wears but gears like the original waders and rods. Untethered by its common customs, the brand’s boundless creations and distinctive angle has acquired approval and support worldwide.

SOUTH2 WEST8 and footwear brand KEEN from announce the release of the ‘KEEN X SOUTH2 WEST8 WAIMEA H2 – DEER HORN EMBROIDERY’ sandal.

A man wearing SOUTH2 WEST8 clothes

The ‘WAIMEA H2’ model is equipped with toe protection specifications, a lightweight and durable EVA midsole which absorbs shock while providing excellent stability. The style also boasts an internal support mechanism anatomically engineered to provide excellent arch support cradling the foot’s natural contours.

This collaboration product features South2 West8’s signature deer horn motif embroidery on the sandal strap. With a slip-on style that boasts outstanding comfort, this pair has a strong presence for the active summer season.

The first collaboration between the two brands, the ‘WAIMEA H2’ drops at the Nepenthes store / and will also be available at Nepenthes London, END clothing and KEEN.