Verdict from 35 user reviews

4 reasons to buy

  • Several outdoor enthusiasts loved how the KEEN Laurel Mid Waterproof protected their feet from getting wet.
  • This hiking boot was very comfortable, according to some owners.
  • A small percentage of hikers loved the ankle support from its mid-ankle height.
  • It did not require a break-in period, as stated by a pleased lady hiker.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Based on a handful of customer reviews, this hiking boot was too narrow.
  • One upset wearer had to return the boot as she felt lacing them up was not secure with only one pair of hooks.

Bottom line

The KEEN Laurel Mid Waterproof was able to supply comfort and waterproof protection to its users. It also received appreciation for its supportive build. Conversely, its imprecise fit and sizing gained disapproval. Overall, amidst a couple of setbacks, the KEEN Laurel Mid Waterproof remained a dependable boot on the trails.

Tip: see the best hiking boots.

Good to know

  • The KEEN Laurel Mid Waterproof features a blend of textiles which contribute to its rugged yet feminine appeal. It is also equipped with materials that are designed to promote women’s natural biomechanics. The brand added their KEEN.Dry technology to provide waterproofing and breathability.
  • This day hiker from KEEN uses a direct-attach PU midsole which offers impact protection and long-lasting cushioning. Its molding technique yields a more durable and bonded structure. On the other hand, ground adhesion comes from its non-marking dual-compound rubber outsole.

A women-specific hiking boot, the KEEN Laurel Mid Waterproof runs true to size. It is offered in B - standard width and comes in full and half sizes. Its lace-up closure enables users to customize the fit.

This mid-cut day hiking boot uses a dual-compound rubber outsole which grips on most types of terrain. The brand also added KEEN.Protect feature, which acts as a toe bumper for protection against accidental knocks.

The KEEN Laurel Mid Waterproof has a direct-attach polyurethane (PU) foam midsole. During its manufacturing process, it immediately connects to the upper and eliminates the need for sewing. As a result, its structure becomes more stable and secure.

The midsole is integrated with a PU heel cushion which absorbs negative ground impacts for a more comfy ride. Also, it has a stability shank which promotes a steadier gait. The removable metatomical footbed cradles the foot for arch support.

Protecting the user’s foot from the harsh outdoors is a combination of suede, nubuck, and breathable mesh. It is also equipped with KEEN.Dry, a brand-owned waterproof membrane that safeguards the foot from any wet elements while allowing it to breathe.

Round laces pass through fabric eyelets and open hooks to lock the foot in place. Its collar and tongue are padded to give an extra cushioned feel. Its rear pull tab makes on and off easier while the rubber rand which wraps the lower part of the boot reinforces the upper. 

-Users looking for other mid-top boots from the same brand can check out the KEEN Targhee III Waterproof Mid.


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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.