Light, breathable, tough — and best of all wide…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $110
Light, breathable, tough — and best of all wide and comfortable!
- Innersole is firm, could use more cushion
Almost two years ago I was diagnosed with some pretty bad heel spurs, almost requiring surgery on both feet. I decided to go with the orthopedist's suggestion of trying to dramatically change the type/shape of footwear that I was used to wearing as an alternative to surgery. So I did, which lead me to the Keen Voyageur.
I am a woman who has a hard time buying shoes. I have very wide feet, and I also wear a women's 10.5 on foot and a 10 on the other. Many times I wind up with an 11 because of availability and more often than not I buy men's shoes because I need the width. I should also mention that I am plus-sized gal and tend to wear down soles and innersoles more quickly than slender women.
When I went into REI to look for a new shoe, I had automatically gravitated to the men's section, but shortly thereafter a very, very helpful REI salesperson listened to all my woes and steered me back into the women's section and to the Keen brand and their wonderfully wide foot box.
I picked out a couple of styles I liked, and he went in the stockroom and came back with many boxes- sized 10, 10.5, and 11! I was absolutely thrilled to find a shoe in an actual size 10.5.
The Voyageur 10.5 was the first shoe I tried on and it fit perfectly. They are much lighter than my old hiking shoes. The foot box is wide and I have no crunching of my toes. The foot bed is nicely formed with an arch that feels natural and not too high or too low.
My only "complaint" (and really it's more of an observation) is that there isn't a lot of cushioning in; it's a more firm foot bed. The heel area does not irritate my heel spurs at all, and my foot does not slip or rub in that area. The venting on the sides lets the shoe breath well (and I hate sweaty feet) but does not let in water.
The sole itself provides great traction without being overly aggressive and causing me to face plant. The laces are strong and plenty long enough to leave them as loose as you want without running out of lace. I got mine in the charcoal/blue and they go nicely with jeans and any grey or black hiking pants.
I've been wearing these Keens for months now, through fall hiking and a very snow-laden Connecticut winter and they still look fantastic. The sole and the toe-protector are in great shape, no signs of cracking or peeling.
These have been a great purchase for me and would definitely buy them again.
And as a huge bonus for me, the careful use of better shoes (including these Keens) has all but eliminated my heel pain and Achilles inflammation — so no surgery for me!
Would not buy these shoes. These have to be one of…
Source: bought it new
Would not buy these shoes.
These have to be one of the worst pair of Keens I have bought, I have owned several. After a mile into my 15-mile hike my toes went numb. My feet slide all over the shoe so much so I had to duct tape my feet so I could continue my hike. They were fit properly to my foot so that was not the problem.
I know Keen makes a wider shoe, but these are huge. Not like my other ones. These are very poor shoes and if anyone said they were going to buy them I would suggest not to.
Keen isn't lying when it comes to their waterproof…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $76
Keen isn't lying when it comes to their waterproof material. The whole shoe can withstand a good beating, no holes or torn seams. The shoe has been overall a good trail shoe.
- Good materials
These shoes are very comfy for long hikes. They protect my toes very well. Also I really love how fast the dry after trekking through water. Almost time for an upgrade and I'm definitely going to go with Keen again.
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Like its cousin, Targhee, the Keen Voyageur hiking shoes offer the same four-wheel drive traction and stability minus the waterproof barrier.
Hiking with the Keen Women's Voyageur Hiking Shoes on is like opening the windows and letting cool, fresh air into your stuffy apartment. Unlike many supportive hiking shoes that feel hot and stifling on summer days, the Voyageur Shoes' mesh linings provide breathability for your feet. The ESS shanks on these Keens provide torsional stability as you breeze down the trail, and aggressive 4mm lugs grip rough terrain.
Highly ventilated with mesh panels, the Keen Voyageur is ideal for hot summer day hikes. Great traction and stability.
These rugged, breathable hikers let you take on your favorite trails while keeping your feet cool and comfortable. The leather-and-mesh upper allows air to circulate while the signature Keen toe cap protects from knocks and bumps. Dual-density compression-molded EVA midsole offers superior support and cushioning on rugged trail conditions. Fitted with a torsion stability shank for added stability. S3 heel support structure combines shock absorption and suspension to reduce pounding and rolling. Nonmarking rubber outsole with multidirectional lugs helps you maintain traction on challenging ascents and drops. Imported. Please note Our fit tests indicate you should order one half size larger than your usual shoe size.