Ahnu Footwear

Keen Footwear exploded onto the market five years ago, selling millions of its innovative toe-bumper-equipped sandals in its first year of business. Now, Jim Van Dine, the former president of Keen, has formed a new footwear company he believes will garner similar response.

Ahnu Footwear (www.ahnufootwear.com) is, for the time being, a small operation in San Francisco, staffed by a core set of former top designers with Keen.

Its first shoes debut this summer. The shoes have a modern aesthetic + are made to perform by blending “the support of a hiker, the stability of a skate shoe, the fit of a runner, and the go-anywhere versatility of a sandal.”

See the sneak peek images below.

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.