Made of lightweight materials. They don't have much top-of-the-foot coverage so they're mostly suitable for well-maintained trails and summer hikes. Also useful for crossing rivers and streams. They come in open and closed-toe designs. See the best hiking sandals.
The low-cut equivalent of hiking boots. Comfort is paramount in the creation of these shoes so they often have flexible materials. Generally used for day hikes. See hiking shoes.
Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking boots.
Specialized footwear. Often insulated and used in technical routes, ice climbing or expeditions. See mountaineering boots.
Good to know
For hikes that won't last for more than a day, go with hiking sandals or hiking shoes. Tackling trails with greater challenges will require hiking boots or mountaineering boots.
For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.
Good to know
Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
Good to know
Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
WeightMen: 19.1ozWomen: 16.4oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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Robust, supportive, practical, attractive and packed with an array of protective features, the Gypsum Waterproof Boots are ideal for the active, outdoor girl looking for something comfortable and long lasting.
Updates to Keen Gypsum II Mid Waterproof
- Keen has furnished the Gypsum II Mid Waterproof with technologies to let users travel for miles. It uses a non-marking rubber outsole that has 4 mm multi-directional lugs to promote traction. The Keen.Protect provides additional forefoot protection.
- The cushioning and support are handled by the components in the midsole. A metatomical dual density EVA footbed, ESS shank, heel support structure and the Keen.Zorb work together to render optimal performance. The Cleansport NXT takes care of the freshness of the boot's interior.
- Using a durable nubuck leather and breathable mesh upper, the Gypsum II Mid Waterproof maintains comfort. The Keen.Dry sustains the boot’s waterproofing.
Keen Gypsum II Mid Waterproof size and fit
The Gypsum II Mid Waterproof from Keen is offered in sizes 7 to 15 with half sizes until 11.5 for men and 5 to 11 plus half sizes for women. Both variants are in medium width. It fairly runs true to size. The traditional lace-up closure grants users a customized fit.
The Keen Gypsum II Mid Waterproof is equipped with a grippy, non-marking rubber outsole. It has 4-millimeter, multi-directional lugs to ensure that mud and dirt do not remain stuck on its surface. The design of this outsole also creates a channel to let water out when traversing wet areas, thus maintaining its grip.
The footwear company's patented toe protection—Keen.Protect—is also incorporated into this day hiking boot. It safeguards the foot against accidental bumps.
Keen Gypsum II Mid Waterproof makes use of a removable, Metatomical, dual density EVA footbed. Metatomical, a term coined from the fusion of metatarsal and anatomical, is engineered to give arch support. It conforms to the overall shape of the boot providing comfort and support. Moreover, the dual density EVA foam adds cushioning and flexibility.
To maintain the freshness of the environment inside the boots, Keen has applied the Cleansport NXT in the Gypsum II Mid Waterproof. This technology works naturally by breaking down odor-causing bacteria. It involves microbes that are activated by sweat. They remain dormant until reactivated.
Providing an additional layer of comfort is the Keen.Zorb. This full-length cushioning is shock absorbent and delivers instant relief.
Securing every step on the trail is the ESS shank. It renders torsional rigidity which stabilizes and adds midfoot support in every stride. The stability of this day hiking boot is further enhanced by the heel support structure.
To provide the Gypsum II Mid Waterproof a durable yet breathable upper, Keen has combined nubuck leather, mesh and textile lining together. Nubuck leathers are known for their resistance to abrasion and wear accounting to its durability.
Keen.Dry—a patented waterproofing technology from Keen keeps the feet safe against wet outdoor conditions. It also allows moisture from the inside to escape, preventing blisters and hot spots.
The Keen Gypsum II Mid Waterproof has a gusseted tongue which provides additional protection against debris. The pull loop on the back of the heel and the top of the tongue warrants smoother adjustments, while its soft, padded collar renders comfort.
- Keen recommends using a leather cleaner and conditioner (found in most footwear dealers) to rid this boot of dirt.