Verdict from 100+ user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • A majority of buyers praised the excellent fit of the KEEN Oakridge.
  • Scores of wearers loved this lightweight shoe.
  • A significant number of users found this KEEN hiker to be extraordinarily comfortable.
  • Some wearers said that the shoes did not require any breaking in.
  • A bunch of hikers were elated that the gear offered them excellent grip.
  • A couple of users lauded this Keen offering for its versatility. It can be worn for their day-to-day activities, they mentioned.
  • A few wearers whose work and activities entailed getting on their feet for extended hours appreciated the support that the KEEN Oakridge shoe afforded them.
  • A significant number of people said the Oakridge is worth the money they spent.
  • The minority of buyers admired the affordable price of this model.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The Oakridge's toe box felt narrower than other offerings from the brand, scores of consumers observed.
  • A few online shoppers complained about how poorly made this gear was than the other KEENs they owned.
  • Some owners shared that they needed to continually replace the insoles or use more than one to counter the stiffness.
  • Not many wearers whined about the shoes getting too hot on the feet.

Bottom line

Hikers who want to improve their trail game will find the KEEN Oakridge worth checking out. Its excellent grip, lightness, and overall feel didn’t go unnoticed.

Despite the good points, this shoe model is also riddled with criticisms especially due to its narrow toe box. Negative points aside, the KEEN Oakridge hiking shoe has enough compelling traits that make it a viable hiking footwear option.

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Good to know

  • The KEEN Oakridge is equipped with attributes that enable hikers to negotiate a variety of trails. It is recommended for adventures from summer to fall. Its leather and mesh upper features a moisture-wicking lining for durability and hiking performance.
  • Stability and security on the trail are made possible by the shoe’s stability shank and 4mm multi-directional lugs. It also comes with Cleansport NXT, a technology that provides odor control using pro-biotic technology.

KEEN Oakridge is a low-cut, lightweght hiking shoe built for men and women. It runs fairly true to size and is offered in regular lengths and half sizes. Its classic lacing system provides a secure and snug fit. The KEEN men's Oakridge shoe comes in standard width. The same goes for the women’s model.

Thanks to the KEEN Oakridge hiking shoe’s non-marking rubber outsole with 4-millimeter multi-directional lugs, wearers are afforded grip on a variety of trails. It also extends to the front of the shoe acting as a toe bumper for added protection.

This shoe gives wearers both underfoot comfort and cushioning through its compression-molded EVA midsole. It also comes with a TPU stability shank for ground stability.

Its removable metatomical EVA molded footbed is also engineered with an emphasis on the big toe (the first metatarsal joint) to provide arch support and cradle the foot’s natural contours.

The KEEN Oakridge hiking shoe is equipped with a leather and mesh upper. It comes with a breathable moisture-wicking lining that gives a fresh and dry in-shoe feel. The toe rand creates abrasion-resistance and protection. There are tongue and heel pull tabs, allowing for easier on and off.

-Metatomical is a term coined by American footwear brand KEEN. It combines the words metatarsal (name for the set of long bones in the foot) and anatomical.


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