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If you can deal with the large toe box and keep your…

Rating: rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Source: received for testing via the Trailspace Review Corps (Sample provided by Keen for testing and review)

Summary

If you can deal with the large toe box and keep your toes from smashing into the end while descending you might like these boots. If you have super wide feet maybe.

Pros

  • Durable
  • Great grip
  • Very waterproof

Cons

  • Hopelessly wide toe box
  • Lacing system is inadequate
  • Footbed is too thin

Keen makes some great sandals, the ones with the rubber toe cap. They also make some decent shoes.  I think these boots are a fail though, at least for my feet.

In their defense I did a few things these boots were truly not designed for. Maybe the title of this review should be: Things NOT to do with your Durands. If you want to just read my gripes skip to the Problem section. 

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Probably not what they were intended to be used for, but they did pretty well and stayed waterproof. Strap-on crampons are not their thing though.

Testing:

I tested the Durand boots on several day hikes this spring and summer above the tree line. I hiked on trail, off trail route-finding (I was NOT lost ;) and over boulder fields. I took them up to Icicle Ridge and Grindstone Mtn summit scrambles. I had to finally stop taking them along because of one huge issue you can read about below.  Finally, on my kid hike last week, I left them at home and went with my running shoes. I couldn't bring myself to wear them again. My camera suffered a disaster and lost almost all of my pictures unfortunately.  


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For moderate hiking with limited downhill walking (it's possible) they are decent.

Fit:

These boots fit like a sneaker. As a matter of fact I caught myself wondering why I didn't just wear sneakers instead a few times. But as far as fit goes, they are, to my middle-average sized feet, clown shoes. Keen shoes look great with their huge toe box and, if you have ultra wide feet, they might be the ticket for you.

I wear size 9 to 9.5 and tested the size 9.5.  I have average to slightly wide feet. The Keen boots were still far too wide for my feet. I tried to tighten the laces to fit me but it just made my instep hurt. Trust me I tried several different lacing ideas; tight instep, tight ankle, loose all over, tight all over, nothing worked.


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This rubber heel pad feels really nice. The mid-sole under the rest of the foot is too thin IMO.

Comfort:

They are plush inside like sneakers. Your toes will never be cramped inside the large toe box. The ankle cuff is super padded and gives decent support.  They fit like shoes, feel like shoes and perform like shoes, till you walk down hill.  Then your toes might butt into the end of the toe box as mine did, causing me much pain. 


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Even after testing they clean up really nice. Almost zero noticeable wear.

Water Resistance:

In this category they crush. I hiked through creeks, through DEEP mushy spring snow (worse than rain IMO) and they never leaked a drip. I can honestly recommend them if they fit you and you need good waterproofing.  They breathe better than most WPB boots and after a punishing day of snow, creeks and dirt, my little piggies were cool, dry and blister free. 


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A soft rubber compound makes rock-hopping a pleasure. I gripped like Spiderman.

Traction:

I did about three miles of boulder hopping in these boots and they grip like glue. The soft rubber compound, likely to wear out like butter on pavement, is great for scrambling. 


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Trademark rubber toe cap and hopelessly wide toe box. But seriously ZERO wear or failures.

Durability:

After each of the abusing trips I washed them in the sink, scrubbing them with a brush, and each time they came out looking almost brand new. After hard use they had zero stitch issues and seemed to take the beatings like a man.  In this category they also shine. 


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They do look really nice.

The Problem:

These boots look and feel super plush, until you walk down hill. That huge, clown-shoe toe box makes it impossible to keep your toes from ramming into the end of the boots during descent. For a little hill it's okay but after 2-3,000 feet of downhill I was ready to rip them off and go barefoot.  Combined with the thin mid-sole that allows you to feel all the rocks underfoot and my feet were angry. 

Best For:

Very light hiking on level trails with really wide feet that fill the toe box snugly. I know a lot of Keen fans will be mad, but I can not recommend these for any kind of real hiking, which is sad because its a local company I'd like to support.

For those of you who like to LOOK outdoorsy at work, in class or around town (you know who you are) these might be the ticket.  The waterproofing will be great as you walk to class in the U-district or go to the EMP or catch a Mariner's game. If that's your bag then yes, these are stylin' kicks that will go great with the TNF summit pack you bought to carry your books to class in.

DrPhun

My big toe is my longest toe, so I like Keens becasue they don't cramp my toes liek some othr brands. If you are sliding forward there are some things you can do with lacing (like adding an overhand knot at the ankle) that can help keep your heel in the heel pocket.


5 years ago
FromSagetoSnow

I know a lot of people enjoy Keen footwear and I just couldn't get these to work. I can get a much better fit with a lot less effort with any number of other boots.


5 years ago
Seth Levy NONPROFIT REP

Thanks for your review Jeff! Sounds like these didn't fit you at all!


5 years ago
FromSagetoSnow

I have someone in mind who they might be perfect for though. I'll pay it forward.


5 years ago

I have to say my feet are ultra wide, and that this…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $180

Pros

  • Bridge of the foot, not cramped
  • They feel like a custom boot
  • Excellent traction
  • Soles allow me to feel the contour, thickness allows feel

Cons

  • Upper lacing could be engineered a little better
  • Tongue barely too narrow
  • Heel sole pattern, needs one more deep cut

I have to say my feet are ultra wide, and that this boot and fit are absolutely fabulous for me! I could not be more pleased. Also I don't have any foot slide forward problem pushing a downhill hike.

I've tried almost all of the top reviewed boots out there, and if you have a fat foot with a good arch you won't find a better fit! These fit like a glove and support my ankles with grace and firm reinforcement!

Durable, comfortable, and lightweight. Great for wide…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $180

Summary

Durable, comfortable, and lightweight. Great for wide flat feet.

Pros

  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Good traction
  • Waterproof never fails

Cons

  • Seams separate near the small toe

Another writer says they are not for serious hiking, but rather for looking like an outdoorsy person. I don't know what this writer considers real hiking, but this is what I do in  them. I never see a trail where I go cause I'm a land surveyor.  I am in swamps, hills, creeks going up, down, through thick underbrush, rocks, sand, and any other conditions you can imagine.

These boots do it all. I'm on my third pair and ready for a fourth. They last me about a year before the traction is not sufficient anymore. Mind you that I wear them five days a week for work, and on the weekends for yard work or any adventure I may go on.

Their true test is my job. I doubt any trail can throw at them what I do. The best part is, that even after a year plus and worn to nothing, the waterproofing is as good as the day I bought them. I stand in creeks while coworkers go running for their muck boots.

These are not wanna be boots by any stretch of the imagination.

Experience

Tons, tried many boots over the last decade, these are the only ones I will wear.

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for sharing your experience with these boots, Antonio!


2 months ago

American Made Built-In Heel Pain. Who's bright idea…

Rating: rated 0.5 of 5 stars

Summary

American Made Built-In Heel Pain.

Who's bright idea was it to put the raised black rubber rock in the center of the heel area?

If you like hiking on a rock under your heel, by all means buy this boot.

Pros

  • Good stiff, durable boot

Cons

  • HEEL PAIN


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The most stupid design ever with the raised hard rubber rock under the center of your heel pad.

i had to void my warranty and cut the rock out so I could use the boot. I like spending good money and voiding the warranty a week after buying a product.

You can always buy one of their Made In Vietnam boots if you prefer not supporting their American Factory Workers in Oregon.

I should have bought a pair of Limmer Lightweights for twice the money. One piece leather upper, glove leather lined, Vibram soles.

Great boot otherwise.

FromSagetoSnow

Some people love these boots, I hated them. I guess if they fit, they fit and if they don't they REALLY don't


3 years ago
Steve Mullen INCENTIVIZED REVIEWER

Wondering why you just didn't return them?


3 years ago
Bill Heel Pain Willy

Steve, once used outdoors they cannot be returned. Walking around the house they were fine but hiking uneven trails proved otherwise.


3 years ago
Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Welcome to Trailspace, Bill. Too bad about the boots. Do you have any pictures to show how they failed you at the heel?


3 years ago
Bill Heel Pain Willy

Alicia, how do you attach a photo? The issue is their raised rubber sole material that is roughly an oval 1 1/2" x 1" that is raised approx. 1/4". It is a section that is formed as part of the sole attachment process. So the nice heel cushion is essentially the hard durable rubber of the sole.


3 years ago
Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Hi Bill,
To add photos to your review:



1. Click the yellow “Edit this review" button at the top or bottom of your review (you can do this to update your review, add new info, pics, etc).



2. Click in the Detailed Review section of your review where you’d like to place an image.



3. Click the Insert/Edit Image icon (third from the right, looks like a tree) at the top of the Detailed Review section.



4. Select and Insert a photo you’ve already uploaded or upload a new one.



5. Once done with any edits, click the “Save Your Changes” button at the bottom of your review.



You can check your review and edit and update it as often as needed.



I hope that helps.



-Alicia


3 years ago
Steve Mullen INCENTIVIZED REVIEWER

Bill, If you buy your boots at REI they are always returnable if they don't work out for you.


3 years ago
Bill Heel Pain Willy

Steve, I bought my boots from Chuck's Boot. They are the largest bootery in the region, by far. Plus, REI did not have this boot in their local store.


3 years ago
Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for sharing a picture, Bill.


3 years ago

Lightweight hiking boot with a roomy toe box. I purchased…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $144

Summary

Lightweight hiking boot with a roomy toe box.

Pros

  • Roomy toe box
  • Lightweight
  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • Slippery sole
  • Weird last lace

I purchased these boots because of the nice roomy toe box and their light weight. Most hiking boots today seem to have a narrow toe box which is OK if you have a pointy foot. 

I am a little disappointed in them. They turned out to cause my foot to blister in the heel area on a very steep rough hike. I have not noticed the same problem on level trails. The soles are very slippery on wet rocks.

Also, the construction of the cuff area around the Achilles tendon is kind of weird in that it dips down in back. It caused pain in my right foot's tendon but not my left. I thought it would break in but I ended up putting a 1/2 in. slice in the back to re-leave the pressure.  

Size wise they run a little short, so you have to order the next size up. Some people have complained about a heel dimple underneath the footbed causing pressure annoyance. I did not feel it but I also replaced the stock foot bed with an over-the-counter orthotic. 

The last lace is stupid in that it is not a hook but a closed loop. The two right below it are hooks. You can get used to it but it is just stupid design. I will still use these boots but they would not be my go-to boot for any tough hikes.

I tried to make them work rather than send the back because of the roomy toe box and light weight when you want to pack them in luggage, but I would have sent them back knowing what I know now. I did not get to test the water resistance.

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Too bad they didn't work out for you, smokykoko. Thanks for sharing your review of these boots.


4 years ago

rated 3.50 of 5 stars All Durand Waterproof Mid versions

In addition to the 5 men's reviews above, there is 1 review for another version of the Durand Waterproof Mid. Read all reviews »

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