Verdict from +100 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • Nearly all reviewers raved about how comfortable Keen Howser II shoes are. One person likened wearing the sneakers to walking on clouds while another claimed the shoes are good for people with heel spurs and plantar fasciitis.
  • Plenty of users loved the warmth of these kicks. They described the shoes as being cozy toasty but not hot.
  • According to a lot of testers, these low-top sneakers provide great foot and arch support whether you’re walking or standing up.
  • The Keen Howser II sneakers were commended by several purchasers for being extremely versatile. They mentioned that these work well whether used as house shoes or outdoor wear.
  • The low-top kicks are water-resistant, reported a good number of buyers, which makes these footwear perfect for daily outdoor use during the winter.
  • The style of the Howser II is quite fashion-forward. These shoes have gotten their owners plenty of compliments from strangers and friends.
  • Some consumers mentioned how sturdy their Howser II shoes were.
  • A handful of customers remarked how much they liked the colors of these Keen sneakers.
  • These are light and slip-resistant sneakers as noted by a few buyers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Keen Howser II silhouette runs small according to several customers.
  • The back of these low-cut sneakers rubs slightly on the heels, a few people reported.

Bottom line

For unceasing comfort that can be worn in and out of your home, these sneakers are tops. Howser II shoes provide the right amount of support, are cozily warm, and have very grippy soles. The materials are quite durable yet light.

There are only two things that take away from these sneakers being perfect. For one, these shoes run small, and second, the shoes’ back rubs on the heels. Both are fixed easily enough. A size adjustment should suffice while thin socks should stop the shoes from rubbing too much.

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Good to know

The Keen Howser II can be enjoyed by both sexes. There are men’s and women’s versions available for this silhouette. Women’s sizes range from 5 to 11 while the men’s version is offered in sizes ranging from 7 to 15. Hal sizes are available for both. The shoes do not use laces but instead utilize an elastic gore panel for a snug fit. The measurement runs small by a half size, so customers need to remember to size up.

You’d never guess these sneakers double as house shoes. They have a cool vibe that looks ready to take on the urban landscape. The shoes are best when paired with casual clothing such as shorts, leggings, or jeans. Dark colorways of these sneakers could pass for casual Fridays at work and can be worn with your chinos.

These toasty warm sneakers will keep your feet cozy throughout the winter season. The Keen Howser II shoes have water-resistant nylon uppers with microfleece linings to give plenty of warmth even with the bitter and biting cold weather. It has rubber outsoles with superior grip to prevent slips even on the icy ground so you can wear these outside when going shopping or walking your dog. Keen.cush PU footbeds with Cleansport NXT tech provides excellent cushioning while keeping foot odor under control.

The Keen company was established by Martin Keen in 2003 in Alameda, California. Born out of an idea of making a toe-protecting sandal, the Keen company has grown quickly into a giant footwear and accessories business with sales hitting $140 million in just six years after first opening its doors.

The brand has since delved into manufacturing, not just sandals, but work cleats and lifestyle shoes too. The Howser II comes from their lifestyle collection. It is an updated version of the original Howser which, according to the company description, provides “sleeping-bag-like warmth to the feet.” The design has remained mostly the same as well as the specifications except for the Cleansport NXT tech feature that has been added to the footbed for natural odor control.

  • The Keen Howser II are slip-ons with non-marking rubber outsoles, gored side panels, and removable footbeds.


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Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.