The bottom line on these sandals: I will not be buying another pair of these sandals until Keen fixes two main issues:
This has been a huge disappointment for me. I wear shoes hard. I wore my Shimano SPD sandals every day for a couple years. They failed eventually, but it took about a year before I saw actual failure. In the first couple weeks I had this failure on my Keens:
A chunk of the sole, from the tip of the toe box peeled off. I tried Sho-Goo'ing it but it didn't hold so I had to chop it off.
To Keen's credit, they were quick to offer a replacement pair of sandals. So that's good. The bummer is that I wouldn't get a replacement for 3 months (they are due "in May" -- I've not gotten a replacement yet). So it's cool that they fessed up and will replace them, but come on, with a $110 retail cost, waiting 3 months for a single pair of replacements, is cheesy. They are clearly putting me behind the queue of the retail outlets. I'm not feeling the love here.
If that was the only failure, I'd be sort of ok with it -- even with the slowboat replacement policy. But after two and a half months I started to see stitching coming undone around the heel strap on the left sandal:
As I said, I'm hard on shoes. Which only means I wear them daily. Again, I think Keen needs to better understand the users of their SPD sandals. They're comfortable shoes; I love walking in them. When I wear my Shimanos now, I feel like Frankenstein clumping around in them. My bike is a part of my day. I will not buy an SPD shoe/sandal that doesn't work with my daily life. My goal is to wear the same shoes/sandals all day so that when I hop on my bike, I don't need to change. This means they need to be built for daily use.
In my opinion, the v1 Keens are not there yet. I'll wear these until my replacements come. Then I'll wear my replacements until I kill them, because they are damn comfy. If it turns out that I just got a bum pair and the second pair last forever, I'll post about it here. Otherwise, when they die, I'll go back to my Shimanos and wait for the wider, more durable version.