No doubt about it, these shoes would be wonderful…
Use: dayhikes, ultralight backpacking
Break-in Period: None
Price Paid: $99.95
No doubt about it, these shoes would be wonderful were it not for their lack of durability. They're comfortable straight out of the box -- nice wide toe box, but grip the heel well. Have the cushion and stability of a boot, but wear like a trail runner.
Unfortunately, however, they don't hold up. I've been through two pairs. The soles started coming off after 60 miles of easy, good weather, day hikes with the first pair, and after only 15 with the second. Combination of poor design (delamination begins with wings that wrap around sides of shoe) and manufacturer defect (poor glue). Friends have reported similar problems with the Taos hiking sandal.
Rumor has it Keen is currently redesigning them. I'll be first in line to test out the new line, but until then, it's going to have to be something else.
I love these shoes but BEWARE of sizing. They run…
Materials: leather and e-vent (like Gore-tex)
Use: short day hikes (so far)
Break-in Period: nada
Price Paid: $109.99
I love these shoes but BEWARE of sizing. They run at least a half size small. Support your local shops and try a pair on. At least you'll save the aggravation of shipping back.
Here's what other sites are saying:
The Women's Keen Targhee II will get you anywhere you need to go and make sure you get there fast, comfortably, dry and in style. The breathable leather upper and waterproof/breathable lining on the Targhee II will keep your feet dry from both the inside and the outside. A lugged sole provides traction on steepest terrain and Keen's comfortable fit will make these a shoe you turn to not only in the mountains but everyday. Clearance sale is limited to quantity on hand. The Targhee II features: A women's specific fit. Breathable leather upper. Removable metatomical footbed that molds to your feet for a custom fit. Non Marking rubber outsole with 4mm multi directional lugs. Dual Density Compression Molded EVA Midsole Shitake/Rust features an E-Vent waterproof breathable liner. Charcoal/Warm Olive features a Keen-Dry waterproof breathable liner.
The Targhee Women's Hiking Shoe from Keen takes on tough trails. Take a different path with Keen's contoured Metatomical footbed and well-known Toe Guard. Generous amounts of EVA foam absorb rough rocks and the slams from scrambling to eliminate fatigue to let you hike longer. Long descents and hair-raising hikes fall prey to the Targhee's carbon rubber sole and its trail-hungry traction. Stability and support come from an oversized heel counter and wrap-around lacing system that eliminate slipping, sliding, and sloppy fit in the heels. From Grand Targhee to downtown Toronto, these shoes' water-resistant uppers and superior support system will not lead you astray.
- Backcountry Outlet
These full-featured Targhee cross-trainers with waterproof protection give your feet 4-wheel drive traction and stability combined with great looks. Waterproofed nubuck leather and flexible nylon mesh uppers offer ample durability, flexibility and breathability for comfort on the go. Secure-fit lace capture system with sturdy nylon webbing eyelets and heel wrap help lock feet to footbeds for better support. Webbing pull loops at heel and tongue allow easy entry/exit; padded and gusseted tongue keeps out debris and moisture while relieving lace pressure. Synthetic nylon linings help absorb and disperse excess moisture quickly for fast drying. Waterproof bootie construction with sealed seams keeps feet protected from water seepage and immersion. Patented rubber toe bumpers protect feet and uppers from bumps and abrasion. Removable Metatomical™ EVA footbeds are custom shaped to provide ample cushioning and arch support; will accommodate orthotics. Compression-molded EVA midsoles offer shock-absorption and padding for all-day comfort. Supportive ESS nylon shanks provide torsional stability and protection from uneven and rocky terrain. Non-marking carbon rubber outsoles with aggressive 4mm multi-directional lugs for long-wearing durability and superb terrain bite. Closeout.
The Targhee Womens Hiking Shoe from Keen takes on tough trails.