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thing I like: Teva Kena shoes

I have gone on and on before about the fact that I cannot (no matter how often I try) wear shoes with straps that go between my toes. This leads to some serious summer flip flop envy. But I’m saved! Teva makes a flip flop like shoe called the Kena that is the answer to all my whining.

The Kena shoe is like a flip flop in all the ways it counts, the soles are light weight foam, the straps are able to get wet or sandy and you can just step into them and kick them off. The straps form two Xs that go across the tops of your feet and they really just look like a flip flop rather than a strange alternashoe. I wore these new for a significant amount of walking and they were just comfortable from the start, there was no rubbing at all. They also never feel like they will fall off, which is a common problem with me and my narrow feet. There is a little bit of arch support, but these are not sport sandals by any means. Here is one positive thing about my broken camera: you’ve been spared a picture of my feet with their freakishly long toes.

The Kena shoes are perfection. Now I just have to buy as many as I can sanely get away with before they discontinue them. You can find them on the Teva site as well as at Endless. Thanks go out to Mandy who pointed me towards these!

· comments [21] · 09-25-2008 · categories:shopping ·

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  • 1 martha in mobile // Sep 25, 2008 at 8:36 am

    These are brilliant! I also have narrow feet (but not freakishly long toes, thankyouverymuch) and undergo the agonies of “toe-wedgies” every summer. I will check these out!

  • 2 Kitt // Sep 25, 2008 at 8:45 am

    Oh yeah, “toe wedgies” are no fun. Flip-flops are made for people with short toes, I think. On every pair I’ve tried, my toes hang over the end of the footbed. I’m a big fan of Naot sandals, which are super-comfortable and attractive. I’ll have to check out the Tevas.

  • 3 Kate // Sep 25, 2008 at 9:06 am

    Hmm, those look like a cute replacement for my black Teva Olowahu flip flops that I need to admit are worn out.

  • 4 sassypriscilla // Sep 25, 2008 at 9:07 am

    Thanks for the tip. I have hated flip flops, too. However, I bought some from LL Bean last year and absolutely love them. They don’t hurt or bother me at all.

  • 5 Krista // Sep 25, 2008 at 10:08 am

    Yes,buy a ton of them if you like them. I had the more conventional flip flop built on the same base. The foam is soft so it erodes and compresses very quickly. Comfy, but not really built to last.

  • 6 megan // Sep 25, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Krista – Thanks for the warning.

  • 7 Annette T // Sep 25, 2008 at 10:54 am

    I have these exact Teva flip flops and they are SWEET!

  • 8 Smitteniche // Sep 25, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Ooh, I heart Tevas! Those and Nike Straprunners are the only sandals I’ll wear for long stints of walking. For a gal who never wears socks and is the queen of flip flops, these look perfect!

  • 9 Laura // Sep 25, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    I’m on my third pair of Teva flip flops (not because they wore out, more because I can’t get enough of them) Great find! they are very comfortable IMO and all I wear during the summer!

  • 10 suzer // Sep 25, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    While I don’t really want to see your toes, it occurs to me that your new iPhone sports a camera, no?

  • 11 megan // Sep 25, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Suzer – It does. For some reason while I thought of my cell phone more as a small camera, I just cannot remember that the iPhone has a camera too. I’ll spare you the view of my toes anyhow.

  • 12 Michelle // Sep 25, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    I for one am glad to hear that I’m not the only woman with freakishly long toes. Seriously, my toes are longer than some friends’ fingers. (Of course, I’m comparing my longest toe with their smallest finger, but still.)

  • 13 Lauren // Sep 25, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Long-toed people unite! I’m glad to know I’m not alone.

  • 14 floridagal // Sep 27, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    I bought the orange and red ones from endless. Love that free overnight shipping! The flipflops are so fun to wear.

  • 15 Flo // Sep 27, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    FYI, there is a $10 off $100 coupon for Teva under the Shoes section at

  • 16 Foxy // Sep 28, 2008 at 8:57 am

    loooove these

  • 17 nap // Sep 29, 2008 at 6:54 am

    Another more durable option would be the Chaco Wrapsody –

    The straps adjust to hug your foot and after breaking them in they area amazingly comfortable! Breaking them in can take a week or two :(

    They are pricy for a pair of sandals but I’m seriously addicted!

  • 18 courtney // Sep 29, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    I have owned several pairs of regular Teva’s and tend to get heavy use out of them. I have a pair that are at least 18 months old that get year round use, and I am just now starting to think about replacing them (the plastic logo on the sole has twisted, and is starting to poke my foot, which is a first). They do “mold” to your feet, so the foam won’t bee as thick as the day you bought it, but still quite comfy. I live in Fl, so I wear them year round. So 18 months for me is probably a good 3 or 4 years in a climate with a long winter.

  • 19 becky // Oct 1, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Just to let you know I own 20 pairs of teva flip flops…..obsessed with these things….

  • 20 Marlena // Apr 6, 2012 at 8:49 am

    After you posted this, I went right out and bought a pair and have completely worn them out. Imagine my horror and sadness when I went searching for a new pair and discovered they don’t make them anymore. Have you discovered any other thong-free flip flops?

  • 21 megan // Apr 6, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Marlena – Sadly no! I can find a few sport slides but they don’t have the same foam soles that are so nice poolside. I always have my eye out and I’ll definitely mention if I find anything else.

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