We spent 6.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Nearly everyone who has reviewed the KEEN Venture Mid Leather WP loves the boot’s high level of comfort.
  • Its arch support is fantastic, according to a small number of owners.
  • Based on a couple of reports, this KEEN hiking boot has minimal-to-zero break-in time.
  • An expert who has tested the Venture Mid Leather WP finds the shoe impressively lightweight.
  • This remarkable boot-type hiker has an eye-catching design, says a customer who has purchased it.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Venture Mid Leather WP’s laces are too short, a user who has bought it claims.
  • Its lugs break down quite easily, says an expert who has put the shoe through its paces.

Bottom line

Comfort-wise, the Venture Mid Leather WP hits the mark. The better news is, its comfiness is achievable right off the bat. This incredibly lightweight boot also shines in the areas of support and aesthetics.

That said, the shoe might scare away some hikers with its laces that lack meaningful length, or with its allegedly not-so-durable set of lugs. Nevertheless, the KEEN Venture Mid Leather WP has enough tricks up its sleeve to make converts out of many.

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-The Venture Mid Leather WP, the boot-style brother of the low-top Venture WP, is engineered with lightness and optimal hiking performance in mind. It can keep moisture locked out thanks to its proprietary waterproofing system.

-Its sole unit, which is made up of a sturdy midsole and a brand-exclusive outsole, comes built with a generous toe rocker. This feature delivers enhanced walking comfort on flat or level terrain.

KEEN’s Venture Mid Leather WP is an over-the-ankle hiker designed specifically for men. Its overall fit may be customized for a secure lockdown by means of the boot’s lace-up closure. KEEN engineers armed the shoe with Konnectfit, a company-owned technology that promises to lock the heel in place.

The Venture Mid Leather WP enables adventures to remain surefooted over slippery terrain with its durable rubber outsole, called KEEN.All-Terrain. It is capable of producing and maintaining enough surface traction on soft-soiled surfaces, thanks to its 4-mm thick multi-faceted lugs. The shoemakers over at KEEN gave it a moderate heel brake to help owners take on descents with a bit more control. They also made its front end extra protective with KEEN.Protect.

Where the terrain turns for the rugged and uneven, trail enthusiasts can rely on the Venture Mid Leather WP’s cushy yet resilient midsole. This long-wearing component, which is made of EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate), is designed to stabilize the foot with as much comfort and shock absorption as possible. Its ability to support the user’s arch is enhanced by the lightweight shank built into its medial zone.

Placed right on top of this stout layer is the hiking boot’s supportive footbed. Its entirety is made of PU or polyurethane, making it an adequately tough yet springy component. Since it is infused with eco-friendly anti-odor technology, it can last many hikes without getting stinky.

The mid-top main shell of the KEEN Venture Mid Leather WP is made mostly of waterproof leather. It is crafted with a mesh liner to make its interior sufficiently breathable. Its comfy bootie is built with KEEN.Dry, making virtually every inch of the shoe watertight. The Konnectfit heel-capture system engineered around the heel zone of the upper adds to the overall supportiveness of the boot.

Making up the hiker’s fit management system are combination eyelets and a synthetic lace. This particular lockdown system encourages quicker lace-ups thanks to the open design of its uppermost eyelets.

Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Paul loves adventure. Over the past 20 years, he has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He’s summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and outfitting specialist at places like The National Outdoor Leadership School, No Barriers USA, and Sierra Trading Post. He has been quoted in NYMag, NBCNews, and Business Insider to name a few.