Our verdict


The KEEN Steens Vent gets high marks for being lightweight, and comfortable. Most people who have worn it are impressed by its comfort level and quality build. What's more, it's a pretty supportive shoe that makes your trip to the trail more enjoyable. The Steens Vent has totally won the hearts of many outdoor lovers. It perfectly fits the bill for anyone looking for a light yet tough shoe that is comfortable to wear in warm climates.


  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable hiking shoe
  • Sturdy build
  • Excellent ankle support
  • Durable
  • Adorable design


  • Too bulky-looking

Who should buy the KEEN Steens Vent

The KEEN Steens Vent is a nice-looking shoe that performs really well on canyonlands to desert trails. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking shoe that keeps the foot fresh without residual chemicals that can harm the environment.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that offers enhanced breathability and delivers lightweight support.

KEEN Steens Vent logo

Size and fit

The Steens Vent shoe is a low-cut hiker with a leather upper that conforms to the foot. It may take some time to get used to it but once the leather adapts to the contours of the foot, wearers report enjoying a snug and comfortable fit.

KEEN Steens Vent laces 4

Furthermore, its collar and tongue are padded which ensures cushioning and support. There's also a pull loop at the back for easy on and off. This KEEN hiker can be tightened easily through its robust lacing system that connects to the overlay wrapping the ankle. 

Prevents slipping from slick surfaces

For a successful trip to moderately challenging trails, the Steens Vent is equipped with an aggressive sole that features 4mm-deep lugs. There are grooves along the sides and heel area that prevents slipping in case you come across slick surfaces. 

KEEN Steens Vent outsole

Durable rubber

This durable rubber sole is non-marking which means you can use it indoors without leaving a trace.

KEEN Steens Vent outsole 1

Lightweight cushioning by EVA

A major factor for its lightness is the use of EVA in the midsole. It stands for ethylene-vinyl acetate which is the same material used for orthotic top covers, Aside from being lightweight, EVA has good energy return and shock-absorbing qualities. 

KEEN Steens Vent midsole

Eliminates odor from sweat naturally

This shoe also comes with a removable insole that is infused with probiotics which eliminates odor from sweat naturally, and a stability shank for lightweight support.

KEEN Steens Vent insole


The KEEN Steens Vent has an upper made of leather and mesh. The leather overlays create a durable structure for the shoe and the mesh lining keeps it breathable.

KEEN Steens Vent upper 1

Secure fit

It has a traditional lace-up closure that provides a secure fit.

KEEN Steens Vent laces