Stomping Grounds: Photo Shoot and Shoe Test in ‘Urban Outdoors’

Our home state of Minnesota is bursting into spring, and with it we used the occasion to get away from our daytime duties for a bit and into the urban outdoors of Minneapolis right from the GearJunkie office’s back door. The excuse was an afternoon gear test and a photo shoot for KEEN to highlight its new CNX line, which are lighter, more flexible versions of the brand’s hallmark sandal and shoe designs.

Lacing up for a walk down the old rail line

Here we look at four CNX models, the Tunari and Cascade for men, and the Haven and Clearwater for women. As all-around outdoorsy shoes we found these models to work well — from hiking paths to shorelines and, with the sandals, even into the water of the still-cold Minneapolis urban lakes. Like all the shoes in the CNX line, these ones are lighter (under 10 ounces), more flexible, and have a low-profile 4mm drop to keep feet planted more naturally on the ground.

(See more photos from the shoot on this page.)

Take a look at our daily stomping grounds in the photos below (and on page 2 of this post), all within a mile or so of the GearJunkie headquarters building on the Greenway Bike Path in Minneapolis. Bonus: We have several pair of CNX shoes in-house to give away. Comment on this post below which model you like (and why) and we’ll ship CNX shoes out to a few lucky readers next month.

Hazle Park getting yogic before a photo shoot

Along the Greenway Bike Path

CNX Haven shoes

Tomfoolery on a tree in a park

Going aquatic along the shore of Lake of the Isles

CNX Cascade model, a lighter and more flexible KEEN sandal

Skate test on the Greenway Bike Path

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Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder 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 two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.