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.