KEEN’s Targhee III Oxford: Propelling wherever

If you are an agile adventurer but need something highly protective (without resorting to a pair of hiking boots), the Targhee III Oxford fits the bill nicely. The shoe in question, however, does not rely on lightness to boost your game; no, it relies on these three elements working in unison:

Deep ankle pockets. These let your lower leg and ankle move with minimal restrictions.

Energy-saving midsole. Its dual-density (plush-yet-springy) construction translates to virtually effortless takeoffs.

Heel and toe rockers. Transitions, particularly over compact and level terrain, feel smoother and more natural with these.

Now how about the protective aspect of the Targhee III Oxford? Well, besides its abrasion-resistant leather shell, there is the featured shoe’s rubber toe cap, a.k.a. KEEN.Protect. If there is anything tank-like about the Targhee III Oxford, this shock-absorbing bumper has to be it.

The Targhee III family

Arguably, among the most diverse family of kicks on RunRepeat, the Targhee III collection can be all that you will ever need for your trail pursuits. Are you looking for something easy to wear? Check out either the Targhee III Slip-On or the Targhee III Sandal.

For escapades involving wetness, whether coming from the sky or lying in wait in puddles and such, the Targhee III Waterproof and its mid-top bigger brother are ideal. That said, go for the latter if you consider wading through some 3-4 inches of water the highlight of your adventures.


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