These shoes are great! Perhaps I received an updated…
Use: Daily use, short dayhikes.
Break-in Period: No break-in needed
Price Paid: $80-100
These shoes are great! Perhaps I received an updated model from the two previous reviewers, but they have worked great for me and I never had an issue with the laces being loose. I wear them as my daily shoe of choice.
They are light and keep my feet dry, very good ventilation without the side effect of debris getting into them as the other reviewer mentioned.
My only con to the shoe is what to do with the drawstring lace, I end up shoving them under the laces further down which ultimately caused the laces to rub and break.
I've owned these shoes for over two years now and love them! Wish they were still made.
As best as I can figure, the Keen Ferndales are (were?)…
Materials: leather, nylon mesh, rubber
Use: dayhikes, all-around wear
Break-in Period: None
Price Paid: $60
As best as I can figure, the Keen Ferndales are (were?) a one-off model made for sale exclusively(?) by REI. They're similar to the Keen Taos/Arroyo "hybrid" sandal/shoe, but have mesh panels to help keep debris out, yet still allow ventilation.
Another similarity is the cord-lock type lace set-up. Although these locks can make them quick to put them on, they don't hold the laces securely, making the shoes almost too loose to wear after taking a few steps. I ended up getting some cut-to-fit Sierra Laces "conventional" shoelaces which make the Ferndales much more secure, comfortable and wearable.
Another option is to order replacement laces directly from Keen on their website. I did this for a pair of Arroyos, and they work well since the replacement laces are made from a stretchy, bungee-type material and cord-locks seem to have more spring tension.
Other than the lace issue, I've found the Ferndales to be very light, comfortable, have good support and traction. Of course they're not quite as well ventilated as the Arroyos, but it's nice not having to periodically shake out debris that inevitably collects in them. I've given the Ferndales a conditional 4-star rating. They're great once the laces are replaced.
What is up with the clip that is supposed to hold…
Price Paid: $70
What is up with the clip that is supposed to hold the laces tight? They come loose after a few steps!!
Here's what other sites are saying:
Keen Ferndale cross-training shoes combine sandal breathability with trail-shoe support and protection, letting you run in confidence and comfort. Breathable polyester, spandex mesh and waterproof leather uppers synergize into flexible, quick-drying, protective and supportive shells for your feet. Patented rubber Toe Guards protect feet from scuffs, bumps and uneven terrain. 1-pull elastic drawcord lacing secures uppers around instep; heel and tongue loops aid entry and exit. Traveling webbing heel cage draws heel counters in when lacing is tightened, minimizing heel slippage. Woven, hydrophobic nylon mesh linings enhance comfort and control moisture. Removable Metatomical EVA footbeds are shaped to provide ample cushioning and arch support; will accommodate orthotics. Dual-density molded EVA midsoles offer shock absorption and cushioning while maintaining balanced support and toe-off flexibility. Hardened EVA shanks deliver side-to-side stability and increase surefooted confidence for high-octane activities and varied terrain. Nonmarking carbon rubber outsoles with deep lug pattern offer exceptional durability and traction on loose dirt, scree or rock.
- REI refers to the men's version