Who should buy the KEEN Greta

The KEEN Greta is a female-specific winter boot best recommended for:

  • day hiking and urban hiking during the colder months
  • fall-to-winter outdoor escapades


What the packaging might not tell you about the Greta

If you are already quite sold on the Greta, what with all its publicized features and female-specific engineering, great!

KEEN Greta What the packaging might not tell you about the Greta

That said, allow us to heighten your hype for it by presenting you the benefits as well as the downsides of the KEEN Greta.

Plushier backrest

Tired of stiffness bugging your heel and lower calf on your daily hikes? Well, “enough is enough,” says the Greta with its highly padded shaft.

KEEN Greta Plushier backrest

It also makes the collar more flexible, translating to less restrictive sideways movements.

Shield-like bumper

Another thing that you can prevent in the KEEN Greta is sustaining toe injuries.

KEEN Greta Shield-like bumper

Indeed, like most KEEN hikers, this boot has a proprietary rubber toe cap designed specifically to absorb shock—ideal for haphazard and aggressive negotiations.

Gusseted tongue is too puffy

However, to an experienced hiker, the Greta’s gusseted tongue is too puffy, which is prone to bunching.

KEEN Greta Gusseted tongue is too puffy

The tongue also does not have any "real" padding, she added.

A tad narrower across the toes

Another common complaint of this winter boot is that it is a tad narrower across the toes. Buy a half size up, advises one reviewer, if you are planning to get the KEEN Greta.

KEEN Greta A tad narrower across the toes

Yet again, dozens of hikers find the KEEN Greta’s insulation highly effective in below-freezing conditions.

Cozy footbed

It traps in heat just like the boot’s insulated upper. On top of that, the footbed in question has odor control, leaving your tootsie not just warm but also stink-free.

KEEN Greta Cozy footbed

There is no doubt in the minds of numerous adventurers that the Greta delivers excellent comfiness with almost zero break-in period required.

Watertight winter boot

Its ability to ward off wetness is quite remarkable, many trail-goers say. Unlike most heavy-duty hiking boots, this insulated KEEN offering will not weigh you down.

KEEN Greta Watertight winter boot

Sticking to various outdoor surfaces, icy ones included, is business-as-usual for this hiker.

A bit more support 

For wearers whose heels and arches require a bit more support, the Greta is a dependable ally for those with wobbly ankles.

KEEN Greta A bit more support 

It comes with a removable, dual-density EVA insole that offers arch support and additional cushioning for lasting comfort Reports state that toe splay is very possible in the Greta.

KEEN Greta is a solid offering for female-specific winter boot

As a brand designing quality shoes for life outside, KEEN gives us a solid offering in Greta hiking boots for women.

KEEN Greta offering for female-specific winter boot

For a good alternative, there exists a Greta Tall—the featured boot’s big sister, which sports a “taller” ankle cuff.

Facts / Specs

Use: Day Hiking, Urban hiking, Snow
Cut: Mid cut
Collection: KEEN.DRY
Features: Insulated, Eco-friendly / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole / Antimicrobial, Non-marking, Heel brake
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run 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 analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.