Who should buy the KEEN Explore Mid WP

The KEEN Explore Mid WP is a worthy trail companion, especially for those who do not mind replacing its laces right away. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a lightweight, comfortable and supportive hiking boot.
  • Prefer a hiking boot that delivers surefootedness over a variety of terrain.
  • Prefer a hiking boot that can make strides on level surfaces feel more natural.

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Excellent traction on different kinds of surfaces

With the KEEN All-Terrain rubber outsole, trail lovers can stick to different kinds of surfaces with sufficient traction. Its engineers placed generous amounts of multi-sided lugs all around it to give adventurers improved sticking power over loose soil. These heavy-duty lugs have a depth of 4 mm.

KEEN Explore Mid WP outsole

Offers extra skid resistance on descents

The outsole of the men’s variant has toothy ridges at the heel and forefoot for extra skid resistance on descents. In the women’s version, these ridges are replaced with carved-out lugs.

KEEN Explore Mid WP outsole 1.0

Offers adequate underfoot cushioning and ground stability

The KEEN Explore Mid WP is capable of giving wearers adequate cushioning underfoot and ground stability with its stout midsole made of EVA or ethylene-vinyl acetate. The heel part of this component is made considerably thick yet cushy to mitigate shock on impact. 

KEEN Explore Mid WP midsole

Excellent arch support

Its medial region, on the other hand, is armed with a lightweight stiffener (also known as a shank) to double down on arch support.

KEEN Explore Mid WP arch support

Offers anti-odor treatment

Atop the shoe’s chunky midsole is a removable footbed for added comfort and support. It is made of polyurethane with anti-odor treatment.

KEEN Explore Mid WP insole

Facts / Specs

Weight: 12oz
Use: Urban hiking, Day Hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Lightweight / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Narrow, Normal / Normal

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.