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.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
Good to know
Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
WeightMen: 15.4ozWomen: 12.6oz
WidthMen: Normal, WideWomen: Normal
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With out-of-the-box comfort and an updated look, the Keen Targhee III Low is a day-hiking shoe that offers good performance, especially for those who have a hard time finding a pair of shoes that will fit wider feet.
Updates to Keen Targhee III Waterproof
- The latest iteration of this day hiking shoe, the Targhee III Waterproof is improved to let users securely tackle rugged trails. It now has the new All Terrain rubber outsole from Keen which is designed to bite into various surfaces.
- Keen has incorporated a resilient, internal shank to enhance underfoot support. This is in addition to the EVA midsole, metatomical footbed and the ESS shank—features carried over from its predecessor.
- The upper has shown significant upgrades too. Some of the changes include a different construction of the eyelets, a more contoured collar, an improved layout of the leather and a mud shield.
Keen Targhee III Waterproof size and fit
The Keen Targhee III Waterproof caters to men and women. Both versions are offered in standard width, with the men’s having a wide option too. It relatively runs true to size. Its lacing system enables the users to adjust the fit as desired.
The boot features reinforced eyelets work with the injected TPU heel-capture system. As the user tightens the laces, the system securely holds the heel in place for added stability.
The All Terrain rubber outsole from Keen has 4 mm multi-directional lugs. It enables the shoe to grip on most types of terrain by preventing muck from building up. Steadiness on ascents and descents are handled by the increased surface contact in the heel and toe areas. Additionally, the Keen.Protect acts as toe bumper, shielding against accidental knocks.
With a premium leather equipped with the proprietary Keen.Dry membrane, the Targhee III Waterproof protects and prevents the foot from getting wet. The inside of the shoe is lined with a breathable mesh too. Also, to keep odor at bay, it is equipped with a Cleansport NXT antimicrobial technology.
This low-cut day hiking shoe has leather overlays which act as a mudguard and add durability. A pull tab is attached on the heel to facilitate on and off.