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.
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Go exploring in the Keen Rose sandal come rain or shine.
Updates to Keen Rose
- The Keen Rose has an overall, flower-like design. Its washable polyester webbing upper and hydrophobic mesh liner make it water ready.
- Providing users with adequate underfoot protection and shock absorption is the sandal’s EVA midsole. Its built-in, arch-supportive Metatomical footbed is imbued with Cleansport NXT—a proprietary anti-odor technology. Giving wearers ample grip over rugged trails, on the other hand, is the Rose’s non-marking rubber outsole.
Keen Rose size and fit
Keen’s Rose is a closed-toe, fairly true-to-size hiker specially made for women. Its interior is contoured around a female-specific last. It comes in B – standard width and may be had in a number of whole and half sizes. Achieving a personalized fit is possible via the sandal’s adjustable hook and loop closure system.
Keen engineers opted for a non-marking rubber outsole with the Rose. Its surface is laden with wrinkly protrusions (a.k.a. lugs) that bite into uneven terrain for footing security. It has an extension that goes all the way up to the tip of the sandal’s forefoot section, safeguarding wearers from injury-causing frontal impacts.
Stability, cushioning, and shock absorption are all supplied by the Rose’s EVA midsole. EVA, or ethylene-vinyl acetate, makes this chunky layer not just comfortable but also durable and stress resistant. Encased within it is a TPU shank—a supplementary component that doubles down on support and stability. Additional underfoot cushioning, on the other hand, is care of the sandal’s non-removable Metatomical footbed.
The Keen Rose’s webbing upper is both tough and quick drying as it is made of polyester. Making it more washer-friendly is its hydrophobic mesh lining. Its synthetic ankle strap is made adjustable thanks to the stitched-on hook and loop fasteners.